Awesome Axes

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Klecker KLAX Lumberjack

Klecker KLAX Lumberjack
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Klecker Knives makes this tool that combines multiple functions into an axe head. It has a knife blade, hammer head, gut hook, bottle opener, hex wrench set, 1/4″ driver, lanyard hole, carabineer gate, and ruler. Its clamping system can be used with standard axe handles or wood you find while out hiking or camping.

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.

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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.

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.

CTAX Multi-purpose Tactical Axe

CTAX Multi-purpose Tactical Axe

Designed for first responders, preppers, and campers, Stone Gryphon Tactical’s versatile tool combines an axe, hammer, pry bar, and gas valve wrench in one. It’s made from forged 4130 steel and features a lightweight, skeletonized handle. Made in the U.S.A. by a veteran-owned business.

ChopFit Chopper

ChopFit Chopper

This unique workout tool was modeled in the shape of an axe. Rather than a sharp and dangerous head, it has a tomahawk-shaped weight, enabling a dynamic cardio and strength workout. Its handle was designed for comfort and optimal grip, and the accompanying mobile app includes a variety of workout routines.

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
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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.

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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

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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

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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.)

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