Awesome Axes

SOG Survival Hawk Tomahawk

SOG Survival Hawk Tomahawk
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This 19.5-ounce survival axe from SOG chops firewood and hacks through branches with ease. It’s got a claw/spike tool on its back end and a hammering surface on its side. Its 3″ blade is made from stainless steel, and its handle is glass-reinforced nylon wrapped in paracord with a firestarter rod hidden inside.

Shovaxsaw Outdoor Multitool

Shovaxsaw Outdoor Multitool

Metalsmith Hassan Abu-Izmero came up with the idea to build a modular outdoor tool that works as a pickaxe, a saw, and a shovel in one. While there are off-the-shelf tools with similar versatility, we appreciate the work that went into Hassan’s custom-built multitool.

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Reapr Versa Camp Axe

Reapr Versa Camp Axe
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This versatile hand tool is small enough to carry on your belt and packs a variety of useful functions for outdoor living and quick repairs. It has a 3″ axe head with a hammerhead, a pry bar, a nail puller, metric wrenches, and a bottle opener. It has a full tang powder-coated steel blade and a non-slip TPR molded handle.

CRKT Skeggox Bearded Axe

CRKT Skeggox Bearded Axe

The Skeggox was inspired by and named after a 1st-century Norse bearded axe. The full-tang carbon steel chopping tool has a 4.83″ cutting edge and is powder-coated to resist corrosion. A durable glass-reinforced nylon handle provides excellent grip, and it comes with a hard sheath with Tech-Clip and MOLLE mounts.

Inflated Metal Axe

Inflated Metal Axe

We recently saw some unusual axes, but they didn’t include one made by inflating metal. Maker Connor Holland is back with another very cool project – a lightweight axe he created by welding pieces of sheet metal, then expanding them with air into a pillow-like axe and handle. He attached bent steel blades to give it a sharp edge.

A Collection of Unusual Axes

A Collection of Unusual Axes

A standard axe consists of a wooden handle and a single metal axe head. But Jacob Witzling has created a collection of custom axes unlike any we’ve seen before, including a triple-handle axe that can chop three logs at a time, along with a collapsible model, a flail-axe, and a six-way log splitter.

RoverTac Camping Hatchet

RoverTac Camping Hatchet
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This 14-in-1 tool makes a great campsite and backpack companion. Its main feature is a solid stainless steel hatchet for chopping firewood. It’s also got a saw, a knife, a file, a fire starter, screwdrivers, wrenches, an emergency whistle, a can opener, and a fish scaler. And when you’re ready for a break, it pops bottle caps.

Pit Command Fire Axes

Pit Command Fire Axes
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Pit Command’s carbon steel fire tools are designed to help keep outdoor fires going. The three-in-one axes combine a chopping head for splitting burning wood, a serrated hook for rolling logs, and a poker for moving wood around. The 26″ long Ranger is for medium fire pits, while the 30″ long Commander helps with larger fires.

Fiskars Machete Axe

Fiskars Machete Axe
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This versatile garden tool combines the benefits of a machete and an axe, easily clearing thick brush and vegetation. Its curved blade is great for getting rid of vines and skinny branches, while its hatchet head is ideal for chopping thicker ones. Its 18″ blade is fitted with an ergonomic handle and includes a nylon sheath.

UST ParaHatchet Pro

UST ParaHatchet Pro
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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. It also includes a whistle, a firestarter, and a nylon sheath.

Mossy Oak Outdoor Tool Set

Mossy Oak Outdoor Tool Set
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This set of camping tools and accessories is an outstanding value. It includes a hunting knife, a multi-function axe, and a machete, each with one-piece steel construction and a sheath. There’s also a 250-lumen flashlight, 50 feet of paracord, a stone blade sharpener, a flint firestarter stick, and five carabiner clips.

SOG Voodoo Hawk Mini Axe

SOG Voodoo Hawk Mini Axe
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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.

Making a Kinetic Axe

Making a Kinetic Axe

DiesInEveryFilm saw a video of workers swinging sledgehammers with a flexible handle that are supposed to optimize kinetic energy. Inspired by the unusual tools, he decided to apply the same idea to an axe to see how well it would work to chop wood. His version uses a piece of thick aircraft cable for the handle.

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Making a Hand Axe

Making a Hand Axe

Most axe heads look pretty similar – a thick, wedge-shaped piece of metal with a sharpened edge. But The Metalist wanted to build something a little different and set to creating a functional axe that looks like a human hand. This thing can dish out a serious knifehand strike. Karate chop!

Combar FoldAxe

Combar FoldAxe
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ACLIM8’s camping axe and hammer has a unique design that allows its head to pivot inward, protecting its sharp stainless steel blade edge when not in use. Its glass-reinforced nylon handle can be upgraded with optional modules including a drop-point knife and a folding saw. They also make an expensive titanium version.

Carving a Skull Axe

Carving a Skull Axe

Maker The Metalist took the head from a well-used axe and reworked it into the most heavy metal tool ever. He first built up some extra metal with his MIG and Tig welders, then engraved a badass skull image that wraps around both sides of the blade. We love the iron fist hammer he used to reattach its head.

Making a Cross-Axe

Making a Cross-Axe

An ordinary axe only splits wood in one direction at a time. The Q shows off an unusual axe he fabricated with an X-shaped head that can split logs both horizontally and vertically at the same time, ostensibly doubling its performance.

Throwing a Boomerang Axe

Throwing a Boomerang Axe

It takes time and effort to learn to throw a boomerang and have it come back to you. But even if we had all the boomerang throwing skills in the world, we wouldn’t attempt what Master S. Kamaraj of Vajram Warriors does – throwing and catching a boomerang with an axe head. He also has done it with a double-sided axe head.

Schrade SCAXE2 Camping Axe

Schrade SCAXE2 Camping Axe

This compact axe from Schrade is ideal for backpacks. It weighs just 1.44 pounds thanks to its glass fiber and TPR rubber handle, while its 3.8 stainless steel blade makes quick work of chopping tasks. Its reverse side has a textured hammer pommel, and it comes with a ferro rod for starting fires in its handle.

Railroad Track Viking Hatchet

Railroad Track Viking Hatchet

Blacksmith Black Beard Projects shows off a really sweet build – a replica of a Viking-style bearded hatchet. Its sweeping axe head started off life as a section of a railroad track, and its handle was hand-carved from elm wood. Also, we’re suckers for anything with a Damascus pattern.

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Making a Tomahawk with a LEGO Handle

Making a Tomahawk with a LEGO Handle

Because of the need for durability, axe handles are usually made from wood, fiberglass, or metal. But DiesInEveryFilm wanted to incorporate LEGO bricks into his design. The head of his tomahawk and center of the handle are still made from steel, but the LEGO-covered handle really adds a nice splash of color to the design.

Monster Hunter Cardboard Switch Axe

Monster Hunter Cardboard Switch Axe

The gigantic Switch Axe from Monster Hunter would likely be impossible to wield in real life. To solve this problem, Crafty Transformer built a lightweight replica of the transforming weapon out of cardboard, complete with the ability to convert from a sword to an axe. Though we don’t recommend lighting this one on fire.

Gerber Gator Combo Axe II

Gerber Gator Combo Axe II
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Gerber’s versatile tool combines two useful functions in one. It looks like a regular axe, but its grippy handle conceals a saw which is held in place magnetically when not in use. It’s a great way to save space when packing for camping trips. Plus, its steel axe head and elongated, glass-filled nylon handle provide great striking force.

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.

Forging Eivor’s 2 Axes

Forging Eivor’s 2 Axes

The guys from That Works are knee-deep in other projects, so they’re sharing the video spotlight with the talented smiths at Bellorphon Studios. Watch them use two very different techniques to make a mismatched pair of axes based on the ones Eivor wields in Assassins’ Creed Valhalla. The flames start at 3:20.

OGT Ultimate Survival Set

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This versatile set of tools includes Off Grid’s Survival Axe, which incorporates 31 functions including a saw, hammer, glass breaker, belt cutter, and wrenches, plus the Survival Companion, which combines a knife sharpener, emergency whistle, firestarter, compass, and thermometer. The bundle includes a nylon axe sheath.

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