I was unhappy with the bright, bare metal finish on the modern No. 5 axe, so I decided that it was time to look into my "patina options". I have recently been using cold blue paste to touch up, age and restore old tools. I decided to give it a try on the No. 5.
Here is the link to the Birchwood Casey Blue Paste that I use:
I polished and cleaned up the finish on the head, and folding edge cover, with fine sandpaper and then wiped it all down with isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol).
Then I applied a thick coat of the bluing paste and allowed the metal to darken. After several minutes, I wiped off the paste and applied a second coat. When the metal had darkened up to a wonderful "gun-metal blued finish", I wiped the metal down, cleaned the finish with another wipe-down of alcohol, and called it good!
I gave the wood a light sanding and then finished and sealed it with two coats of Danish Wood Oil-Finish.
That's it, a "new axe" with a custom finish!
You can see my original blog posting from back in 2011 here:
Here is the album of the "New Marbles Pocket Axe No. 5". I hope this inspires some of you to customize your own Pocket Axe or daily chopper!