“Pocket” Axe ...

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  1. EddieMullins

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    Still recovering from a shoulder injury but wanting to forge something and also wanting to test out 4140 this was the result. It will fit in a shirt pocket and is shaving sharp. Not sure how practical it is but that wasn’t the point and I think the little guy is pretty cool.


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    I think it might be as handy as a shirt pocket.....Yes, I said it. I carry a small mouse hawk for short day hike. It is great for limbing or splitting smaller branches.
     
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    My 8 year old would kill for a hatchet like that. May not be “practical”, but it is cool as hell.
     
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    I seriously doubt that many on this forum wouldn't love to have one of those. I sure be as proud of it as if I had good sense! :dblthumb:
     
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    That is something you can use for a multitude of things. Very cool.
     
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    Cool project. Bet it would be good for carving.
     
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    Used the little fella a bit today, and it may be handy to have around for the right chores. Could be a cool option for skinning and quartering small game for one. I decided a little longer handle might work a bit better, so .... I made BIG Brother LOL. This one is a whopping 9 inches long. I also decided to go with 5160 for it.

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    SO COOL! Nice work. I bet you can sell a pile of them.
     
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    That’s fantastic! Glad you were able to scratch the itch a bit and prayers for a speedy recovery.
     
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    10/10 from me. I bet it chops some summer sausage like a champ.
     
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    I think that could qualify as a “neck axe”!
     
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    Neck axe could mean something completely different too :eek::eek:
     
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    Hey, cool! Small hatchets are neat. I'd love to learn to forge my own one day -- yours inspires me! That's a nifty little "neck axe"! I bet it would work well for fine carving type tasks. Make one ever so slightly larger and with a bit larger handle and I bet you'd have a great, light weight belt axe that, swung with enough speed, would do just fine for limbing and splitting small diameter wood.

    EDIT: Wow! Just saw your "Big Brother"! That right there is my dream hatchet. Perfect size. I like small, light weight belt hatchets, and nobody seems to sell them.
     
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    Ya doing an awesome job lad, I like em. joe
     
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    Both of those are going to be hot! Please advise cost and availability. Thanks!
    If this is an improper question please excuse and delete.

    Dan
     
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    Just think of the looks you’d get at the next party, that little axe laying there on the cheese plate.
    Yea, I might need one.
     
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    Thanks for all the feedback. These little guys have gotten a lot more attention than I expected.

    Here's another shot of them. I think it might take me a while to chop this one down LOL

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    Made another “pocket” axe or belt axe today. The one on the left is the latest. 2” cutting edge, 5160. I’m liking these little guys more and more.

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    Awesome stuff! Keep it up! Seems like each one gets even better!
     
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    could ya maybe put a ruler or a quarter or pack of cigarettes in a pic so my old eyes would have a size reference.

    I have always been of the mind that a small hawk / hatchet would fill most of my needs that others want one of those sharpened pry bar for.

    Have ya tried using it as a splitting wedge battoned into a hunk of wood. or maybe chopping feet off game, or used to split a deer pelvic girdle when dressing them?

    Aye I can see uses.

    I"ve used a trail hawk head and a hunk of wood to split stuff and then used it like a ulu knife for cutting up things I"d have used a ulu for.

    Want a real challende, make a small curved ADZ head on a modest handle that can be hit with a mallet to hollow out things like bowls or kuskas etc.

    Or perhaps a round chisel blade that could be used so.

    I always get a kick out of beating on steel, or even other metal.

    Big atta boy on your work.
     
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    something for the keychain.
     
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    love 'em.
     
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    It’s rainy but I’ll try to get some more pics with something for scale. I have only just made these so testing has been limited to limbs around the yard and splitting some small stuff. They are fun for kindling and I think would be great for small game.

    For those interest in buying I’m not ready to take orders but will likely make some to offer and can put your name in the list if interested. Pricing will vary with the size and handle but will probably be about $70 for the 6 1/2” tiny one and $85 for the 9 1/2” , and so on as they get larger.

    I did have one other pic I took before of the last one.

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    please put me down for the 9.5" model.

    thanks!
     
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    Will do.

    BTW I have had a little time in the shop this morning turning 5160 round stock into blanks.

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    What's the size of the one in that photo and noted earlier as being 5160 with the 2 inch cutting edge (the one on the left in the photo of the three of them)?
     
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    Its about 9 1/2" handle. The blanks pictured about are the size it was made from. Starts out as 2" of 3/4" round 5160 , weighing about 4 oz. There is weight loss during forging and grinding, I don't know the final weight.

    The tiny one and middle one were made from 5/8" round which I upset (made thicker) and are lighter still.
     
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    It's entirely practical... foresters sometimes carry a sounding axe... that axe is about that size maybe a lil bigger
     
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    Great, thanks!
     
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    Got to do some files testing today with the 9 1/2” Axe. Made a fire lay from some dry oak using only it, a baton and wood wedge when I needed a little assist. Since I had the fire goin I decided to cook up some lunch, chicken and brats. It was still plenty sharp for slicing up some sausage.

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    That's awesome! The lighter picture really helps put in perspective the size - after looking enough without that in mind you start to forget how small it is....perfectly packable though!
     
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    I’m in for a 9.5” if you begin production.
    That looks great!
     
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    Thanks. I'll add you to the list to contact if I have others available.
     

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