Literally. I got this ax I think from my grandmother in 1998. Grandma used to have a big house heated with wood stoves. I got it then some one left it out side for a year or 2 while I was in Japan. Last time I cleaned it up when I put the last handle on it in 2009 or 2010. All it took was a flap wheel paint stripper wheel and one of those "work sharp" knife sharpeners. It's a little better and sharp enough I could slice a deer open with it now. Needs a little more work before I put another handle on it.