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What is your intended use of the tool ?? (how much did you pay for it?).
Going out on a limb here, I would think that a higher quality metal was heat-forged onto the lesser quality metal for sharpness and durability.
 

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The way I see the photo, it is on the "blade" part. Which, if it is a structural crack, that is the weakest part of the tool.
To be displayed as an antique only, and never actually used for chopping wood, it is part of the tool's "character".
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I have had this axe head for many, many years. It has a crack across the blade that appears to be delamination. An indication that it was hand forged using several layers of steel pounded into one. (damascus style). I have no intentions of using it other than a display and has lived in a drawer for the last 40+ years.
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yep - put it on the shelf and admire it - it has character and history.
"why" did you buy it ?? were you planning on actually using it ?
 
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