Likely the last Ruana hatchet made by Rudy Ruana. Signed “1983 R. H. Ruana“, and accompanied by an interesting history, this hatchet was purchased directly from Rudy Ruana shortly before his death by the consignor’s brother (as detailed in a letter to be personally addressed to the purchaser). Mr. Ruana was losing his sight during this time and would align the metal pieces by touch prior to welding. He also dated and signed some of the pieces he did in 1983 as he knew retirement was imminent. To the best of anyone’s ability to determine, it has never been used or taken afield.