I've had this hatchet for a long time - over 50 years. I got it at a yard sale or junk store so who knows how old it is. I think I replaced the handle once and certainly replaced the handle wedges. I used to use it on camping trips and still do - otherwise it is just around for occasional tasks and lives in this block of wood that is sitting in the garage. It is somewhat rusty and the handle is a bit rough but it'll do.
I have a scar on my right hand that I got once when "testing" the sharpness of the hatchet. It too is early vintage; it still shows although barely.