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.
THE BEST Axes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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