I accidentally sold my gold axe to Reese and am using my other villager for the sole purpose of getting another from Leif. I've lost count of how many saplings I've bought but I'm pretty sure it's been more than 50 saplings and Leif hasn't given me anything.
I've researched online and came across a forum post on gamespot or some similar type of website and someone mentioned that just picking up someone else's gold axe triggers something in the game that essentially tells it that you've had possession of it and can no longer receive it from Leif. And I know for a fact that the villager I am trying to get the gold axe had previously carried my now sold axe.
Can anyone else corrobrate this for me so I'm not wasting my time TT with my villager?