If you follow the above simple steps to look after your axe and apply them on a regular basis, your axe will stay in top condition for many years to come. There are a number of easily available products that can be used to treat your axe mask. To apply this treatment to the axe mask, first remove the mask from the axe. Then apply a liberal amount of the liquid to the exterior of the leather, not forgetting the welt. Leave the Nikwax to dry, then rub it into the leather with a damp piece of kitchen towel or cloth. Keeping your axe in prime working condition does, of course, include keeping it sharp. I’m not, however, going to cover axe sharpening in this article.
We have various handle styles for which we cut the blanks out of in house. This is a good alternative for those who wish not to spend the full cost of having us properly carve and hang your axe for you. All handle blank wood is fully seasoned, dry, and is cut to have the straightest grain possible. To replace an axe handle, purchase a new handle suited to your axe and remove the old one by drilling or sawing it off. Next, mark the saw wedge, or kerf, of the new handle with a pencil and test the fit by manually pushing it in and striking the other end. Then, shorten the handle if necessary, fill in the kerf with a wedge, and secure the handle in place by adding metal wedges in the eye. Finally, saw off the protruding wedge and treat your new handle with a coat of mineral oil.
The handle of the ax, as well as the head region, have been weighed and positioned accordingly, to maximize the power that is being transmitted by the user onto the chopping block. This greatly multiplies the driving force, making the chopping process extremely convenient. This is what is referred to as a grinding technique, which forms the sharp edges around the head of the ax, for better effectivity and outcomes during cutting processes. What’s more, the sharp edges allow an effortless flow when diving through the wood, in order to achieve a greater degree of contact as supposed to other grades of manufacturing. We understand the importance of having top quality forestry tools. Professionals depend on it for their everyday tasks. That’s why our forestry tools are designed for pro loggers. Whether you’re deep in the forest, at the mill or in your yard, Husqvarna axes, hatchets, maulsand forestry tools lets you get your job done with ease. For that reason, the materials and construction of your camp axe or hatchet must be high quality. In the coolness and quirky stakes, the Off Grid Tools Survival Axe is very much a winner.
It has to be straight-grained and with no knots over it. Also, its growth rings should run in the absolute direction. Find a hickory wood, cut and dead for minimum one year. However, the wood is less strong in comparison to other wood types. Also, axe made of birch are not much reliable in nature. Spilling axes, felling axes, carpenter’s axes, etc. fall under the two types. Just like the head, the head is also required to have a protective finish.
I like this style a lot and find it makes a fantastic budget bushcraft axe. Though shorter versions exists, I prefer the 28″ handle for chopping with two hands. There are some tools that I just don’t want to go camping without. While some people may prefer a handle made from more modern materials, and I get it, there is just something about the traditional wood handle axes that I just love. For extra water resistance, including some Tung Oil on the handle will help to seal the surface well. Tomahawks left in the wintertime to deal with humidity change can easily have its head come off when it comes time for chopping or splitting in the summertime. This is usually the case for restoring old axes, however for newer projects – good old BLO is still the most common. Still, there are good reasons why fire departments across the US are transitioning to fiberglass-handle axes.
But, a good-looking handle does not guarantee quality. So, always stay away from the cheap ones and the axes with handles being heavily stained or painted. The blade is made with Swedish steel and the handle is hickory wood. Both a steel wedge and a wooden wedge has been used to keep the head in place. Also, doing your finish in this way will really seal up the handle well. If you live in an area that gets high humidity, this is a life saver in terms of mildew buildup. Since BLO can be considered food for mildew, sealing it with a coat of beeswax helps the longevity of your axe handles.
Truper Single Bit Michigan Axe is the best wood splitting axe for many uses like wood splitting at home, dairy, farm, sport, gardening or recreation. The HM-31/2H, the handy axe has an edge assembly of a heat treated blade, wood and, steel. The head of Cold Steel Trail Boss Axe is of European style with a 4-inch long blade and 4 ½-inch cutting edge. The American Hickory handle is straight-grained, very sturdy, and durable. The wooden handle is made by American craftsmen of the finest 2nd growth Tennessee Hickory. And it’s attached to the head not with a single wedge, like most axes, but four! One lateral wood wedge and three additional metal wedges work together to brace the head in all dimensions.
If you do decide to make your own handle, try to find a piece of hickory wood that is as straight-grained as possible. You can watch this video to find out how to make an axe handle from scratch. In most cases, splitting axe handles are made of wood but recently more brands are choosing to use composite materials. Splitting mauls, on the other hand, most commonly feature other materials such as plastic, fiberglass or hickory but wooden handles are also used. The handle of this tool differs slightly from that of the splitting axe in design and functionality. Maul’s handle is closer to the round and straighter than that of an axe. The design makes the handle great for levering and swinging. The handles can be made from hickory, fiberglass, and plastic. Plastic handles are very durable meaning they are more difficult to break than handles made from wood or other material. Straight-handled like a maul, these little axes are on the opposite end of the weight spectrum.
To seal with wood properly, and make it protective from environmental odds, you’ve to coat at least four times with a good product. The wedge is an important part of the axe handle that we can not forget about. Therefore, draw lines along with your centers of the top of the handle, and that will make sure that your saw will not go off track. It’s better to do it on a lathe machine at any mechanical workshop. Once you’ve marked it out, take a jigsaw and cut that portion out of the wooden piece. This is the initial workpiece that we’ll work further to convert it into an axe handle. If you’re with the second choice, this post is solely written for you. We’ve discussed three of the most important points- how to make an axe handle, tips to choose the best wood for axe handle and how to protect it from damage.
Identical to the original ‘Seagrave Axe’, the 6 lb Head is mirror polished steel and measures 12″ long, including the 5″ Pick. If you are a squirrel, though, then these items are probably irrelevant. It can easily be converted into a target shape by the use of simple hand tools. With a little patience, I was able to shape the eye of the handle perfectly. Great idea on the baseball bat, I never thought of that and it’s a very good way to get a quality piece of wood. I know that some bats are made with maple, white ash and even bamboo, all of which would make great handle material. I took a piece that was cut to length and carved it into a handle in under an hour with one of those knives. Rounding and tapering the handle can be quite tricky I found. I started off by using the die grinder with a carbide burr. I started with grinding away the parts that I marked off in the last step to get the correct thickness/taper to the handle.
I soak the top of the handle where it comes through the eye because you don’t want that area to dry out and loosen the axe head. Using your drawknife or pocket knife and a piece of scrap wood, carve a wedge that will fit into the slot you cut on the top of the handle in step 10. Drive the wedge down into the slot until it’s very tight. If you want to carve two or three small wedges that’s fine too. It doesn’t make that much difference because the axe head was custom fit, but it may fill in the gaps and look a little nicer. Long, straight-grained woods such as hickory or ash are traditionally chosen for axe handles because they are strong and produce long, straight staves. That said, there are other woods that work fine for axe handles, and because it’s my choice, I decided to make one out of cherry. I often work with cherry because I believe it makes the best canoe paddles, and when I started this project I had a good chunk of wood from a diseased tree we felled last year. The grain is reasonably straight and I can work around where it isn’t.
We recommend going to a firewood cutter for more options. Unfortunately, its strength makes it more brittle as well. Additionally, Sugar Maple does not absorb shock well. This causes the user to become more fatigued when handling an axe made with a Sugar Maple handle. The strength will allow the handle to withstand years of use. At the same time, flexibility will allow the handle to move with the shocks, which not only minimizes user fatigue but also prevents it from splitting or chipping. Be very careful when you’re handling your axe, so you don’t accidentally cut yourself. This type of axe would be best suited if you own a piece of land on which you sometimes have to clear trees or do other heavy chopping. These types of axes are not as portable or versatile as shorter, lighter axes, so they aren’t good for an all-around camp axe. A limbing axe offers a good balance between size, weight, and chopping ability for versatile use.