THE BEST Axes

Smallifying an Axe

Smallifying an Axe

So you’ve got a rusty old hatchet lying around. What do you do with it? You could remove the rust and polish it up, or you could do what Bobby Duke Arts did, and cut it up into smaller pieces and make a shiny new battle axe – albeit one designed for the world’s tiny warrior.

SOG Voodoo Hawk Mini Axe

SOG Voodoo Hawk Mini Axe

A heavy-duty, compact axe designed for outdoor living as well as throwing. Its 12 inch head and 2.75″ blade is constructed from long-lasting 8Cr13Mov stainless steel, attached to a sturdy glass-reinforced nylon handle. It weighs just 23.1 oz., and comes with a ballistic nylon sheath.

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Gerber Pack Hatchet

Gerber Pack Hatchet

Gerber’s compact chopping tool is small enough to toss in your pack whenever you head outdoors. It measures just 9.46″ long, while its sharp blade and ergonomic, rubberized grip make it great for prepping firewood and kindling, as well as cutting branches. Includes a nylon sheath for pack or belt mounting.

The Reverse Axe

The Reverse Axe

Normally, an axe has a steel head and a wooden handle. But in the case of this unusual build by metalsmith Bonn Factory, it’s the other way around. The voiceover is in Russian, but the language of making things is universal.

SOG Camp Axe

SOG Camp Axe

SOG’s stainless steel chopping axe is perfect for camping and survival needs. It’s weighs just 16.1 oz. and measures 11.5″ long, so it’s an easy backpack carry, and its head serves double duty as a wood hatchet and a hammer. Comes with a protective sheath and a lifetime warranty.

G7 Axe

This impressive 12″ survival axe from InvictusEdge not only chops wood, but it also packs a nail puller and a hex head driver on the back end of its head. It’s constructed from 440C stainless steel, with a durable and grippy G10 handle. Save 21% in The Awesomer Shop.

Wrench into Tomahawk

Wrench into Tomahawk

We rather enjoy watching tools being recycled to serve another purpose besides their original use. In this clip from Hassan “Habu” Abu-Izmero, he takes us through the process of transforming an old steel box wrench into a razor-sharp axe.

Making a Viking Axe from Washers

Making a Viking Axe from Washers

As we’ve seen before, it’s possible to make a weapon out of melted washers. But Hassan Abu-Izmero was challenged by a friend to build a viking axe by welding the washers together, rather than melting them down and forging them. The resulting axe looks super cool, and actually works thanks to its razor-sharp cutting edge.

Damascus Tomahawk

This stunning work of blacksmithing comes from Black Forge Knives. It’s made from 1095 and 15n20 damascus steel, attached to a hand-carved rosewood handle. It comes with a handcrafted leather sheath to protect its head when not in use. Measures 21.75″ overall length, with a 6.5″ cutting edge. (Must be 18+ to purchase.)

Adventure Mate AM-V2 Camping Tool

Adventure Mate AM-V2 Camping Tool

The AM-V2 is a 5-in-1 hand tool for outdoor living. Its carbon fiber reinforced nylon handle connects with three different interchangeable heads to provide a shovel, axe, hammer, saw, and a tent-peg puller that doubles as a bottle opener. A 2-stage CAM lock ensures a secure connection between hammer and tool.

Cheese Log Cutting Board + Knife

Cheese Log Cutting Board + Knife

We can’t get Monty Python’s Lumberjack Song out of our head after laying our eyes on Fred & Friends’ whimsical beechwood cheese board and knife set that looks like a slice of felled wood with a hatchet buried in it. Just don’t try chopping down any trees with this tiny axe.

Leviathan Axe Bottle Opener

Leviathan Axe Bottle Opener

Axeadelphia’s keychain bottle opener was inspired by the design of Kratos’ primary weapon in the PlayStation 4 game God of War. It’s made from antique silver-plated steel, with enamel details. Measures appx. 4″ long and makes a great pendant too. It’s too bad you can’t open a beer with Blades of Chaos without breaking the bottle.

5.11 Operator Compact Axe

5.11 Operator Compact Axe

5.11 Tactical’s 10″ long tomahawk-style Operator axe is great for throwing, cutting firewood, or other chopping tasks, but packs a few other handy features, including a hammer, ruler, wrenches, hex bit holder, nail puller, and an emergency metal cutter.

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Promithi Multitool Camping Axe

Promithi Multitool Camping Axe

Promithi’s new camping axe is a compact tool with a multipurpose stainless steel blade. The blade also serves as a hex driver, a hammer, and a bottle opener. Its nylon-covered aluminum oxide handle makes it easy to grip both normally or reversed.

Teryx Omniblade

Teryx Omniblade

Teryx designed what it bills as the Swiss Army knife of large tools. The Omniblade is a 23″ long 5-in-1 tool. It incorporates a machete, a hatchet, a closed-guard utility knife, a 7″ long saw and a hammer into one compact form.

UST ParaHatchet Pro

UST ParaHatchet Pro

A useful survival tool, this black oxide-coated stainless steel hatchet makes quick work of chopping wood, and has a built in rope cutter, a trio of wrenches, and comes with an 8 ft. length of paracord that serves as its grip. Also includes a whistle, firestarter, and a nylon sheath.

Colin Furze’s Wrist-Mounted Axe

Colin Furze’s Wrist-Mounted Axe

Colin Furze promotes the upcoming action RPG Sekiro Shadows Die Twice by making a working replica of the game’s wrist-mounted axe. The axe is secured to the mount on his arm by magnets and a rubber hose, allowing him to swap axes easily.

Recycling a Bearing Sleeve

Recycling a Bearing Sleeve

Among his many projects, maker M.N. Projects likes to take old bits of metal and transform them into shiny new objects. Here, he takes the sleeve from a large bearing, cuts out a section, flattens it, and sharpens it into a tomahawk.

CRKT Chogan & Kangee T-Hawks

CRKT Chogan & Kangee T-Hawks

Instead of the separate heads of its wooden brethren, these tomahawks have carbon steel all the way through their handles, and glass-filled nylon grips. The Chogan has three cutting edges and a hammer back, while the Kangee is sharp on every edge and has a spiked back.

Bolt into Mini Tomahawk

Bolt into Mini Tomahawk

Miller Knives shows us how to take an ordinary stainless steel bolt and transform it into a nifty little tomahawk. It’s a time-consuming process to flatten out the heated hardware, but once it’s squashed, it’s just a matter of cutting and finishing the piece into the right shape.

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BucknBear Mini Hatchet

BucknBear Mini Hatchet

This compact (8″ long) tool features a unique head design with multiple sharpened edges for versatility. It’s made from durable 440C stainless steel, and comes with a Kydex sheath for easy carrying. Available in silver or stone-washed black finishes.

Splitting Bullets in 4K Slow-mo

Splitting Bullets in 4K Slow-mo

For their latest experiment, The Slow Mo Guys perfectly lined up an axe with the barrel of a gun, and fired a bullet at it so we could see what it looks like slowed down. It’s cool, but it’s the custom two-way axe they built that produces truly satisfying results.

Modded CRKT Woods Tomahawks

Modded CRKT Woods Tomahawks

Tennessee Forged starts out with CRKT Woods tomahawks, then dresses them up with a new handle treatment, copper rivets, a leather neck guard, custom filework on the head, and a rust preventive oxide coating. Choose from axe/spike, axe/hammer, or axe only variants.

BladeMate Survival Hatchet

BladeMate Survival Hatchet

This compact camping axe has a full tang stainless steel blade that’s perfect for clearing brush or warding off zombie attacks. Its 4.5″ blade has extra protection to resist corrosion, and its handle is shaped to be more comfortable than straight-handled axes.

Chopper1 Axe

Chopper1 Axe

First released in 1977, the Chopper1 Axe is an axe head purpose-built for splitting wood. It has rotating levers on each side that swing out after the axe’s edge penetrates the wood, diverting some of the downward force to the sides.

Learning to Throw an Axe

Learning to Throw an Axe

Serial learner Mike Boyd recently gave himself his easiest and quickest task yet: throw an axe and make it stick to a wooden target three times in a row. If anything, this video is proof of how much he’s learned about teaching and video editing.

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