Leather Axe Sling…new offering from Badger Claw Leatherworks

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  1. badger claw

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    Mainewoods asked me if i could put together a system for him to carry his small forest axe on his back. I had seen some axe slings before and with his input I came up with one that allows you to use the factory GB (or similar style) axe mask. It is also adjustable in size and adjustable to fit different axe lengths.

    Here is it on me with the axe head at my right hip.
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    The leather strap is 1 1/2" wide in 8/9 oz leather…so its extremely durable. After my particular process of dying and treating the leather comes out very supple and not cracking…you'll see in a few more pictures what i mean.

    The buckle on the front is solid brass…as i state in almost every one of my listing i WILL NOT use the cheap brass plated buckles and d-rings. Yes these cost twice as much but you get what you pay for...
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    The top strap with snap closure…This strap "floats" beneath another piece of leather that is stitched to the main sling allowing you to carry a variety of axe lengths.
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    The bottom attachment is a piece of heavy duty leather stitched to the sling and you slide the retention strap from your axe mask through…
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    The sling comes with a canvas storage sack. You can see here how tightly it coils up, no cracking and the top retention strap snaps around the coil.
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    Ready to be safely stored…Mainewoods plans on carrying it in his pack (with his axe ON his pack) but when he gets to camp and is needing to carry his axe during the day he can take out the sling and is all set!
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    I won't have any of these in-stock for a couple weeks..but any orders will be placed in line with my other work orders and will be finished prior to stocking items.

    Price is set at $75.

    Thanks for looking!
     
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    Beautiful work.
     
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    Very nice. although I have never had to carry an axe on my back, I am interested in your design. About one year ago, a magazine (The Backwoodsman?) had a short article that showed a similar design - but that one had the axe head carried under the right arm.
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    Simply stunning. I really like that.
     
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    Elegant and clever stuff, my dude.

    I will just email you my PIN number, shall I? :4:
     
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    Yer killin me.....

    Not 15 minutes ago I paid you for the axe collar I ordered and now I see this gem.

    Nice work friend. I like the simple straight forwardness of this.
     
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    Very Very Very Cool Idea!!!
     
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    I can see so many other options here than just an axe sling!
     
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    That looks great, I can definitely see one of these bad boys in my future!
     
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    you mean like the universal knife baldric carry that can attach to the sling strap that I'm testing...…?

    :4:
     
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    It's like you read my mind!
     
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    Well that's just downright slick. Excellent looking work, as always.
     
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    Love it! I always envisioned a bed roll sling with loops and snaps and clips that would hold an axe and have some removable pouches that could be transferred and utilized as your possible pouch, a fire kit, Laplander sheath etc. Everything essentially attaches to the bedroll harness system and then be removed and attached to your belt when you arrive at your camp.
     
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    Very very nice. Great job on the design.

    -BW
     
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    Always such a beautiful job on the dye colors.

    One item I would love to see is some kind of universal Baldric setup (if that's even possible).

    Killer work as usual man.. You really transitioned into full time flawlessly.
     
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    Very nicely done, sir!
     
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    Brother I can't wait. A review is in store !!! Outstanding [emoji106]
     
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    I love how you take a simple concept and make it a work of functional art
     
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    Truly superb craftsmanship, I really like it.
    Shane
     
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    Very cool! If I lived in an area I needed an axe regularly I'd be all over this!
     
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    It's a very clever design.
     
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    That's awesome and very classsy looking BC! I really like it.

    I will offer something for thought as I tried a similar design I made with cheap cotton canvas straps and it worked fine but on steep hills it would shift around more than I liked. I never messed with it again but I always thought an extra strap with a snap at the bottom that would secure it to your belt would keep the axe in place on your back better. It could be on the backside of the strap where the axe head is. That's where it shifted the most with the weight. Just a thought as I really like the idea of this method of axe carry. It's much better then on your hip for larger axes. Just thought I'd mention that as your designs and execution are much better then anything I would do.

    Keep up the good work bud!
     
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    We had thought about that after I shipped it out, so Mainewoods is gonna test it out a bit and that made be added. In just my testing around here it was pretty balanced. One of the reasons I went with such heavy 1 1/2" leather was make sure it was stable. But ya a sliding loop with a harness clip might be added if need be.
     
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    Great concept, John. And beautiful work as always!
     
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    Really nice idea and beautiful work as always.
     
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    Looks great John !!

    I'll be really interested to see if / how this becomes a Baldric system.

    May very well see one of these in my future, as well :dblthumb:
     
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    As always, stellar work; now, how about a leather rifle sling?
     
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    Impressive design and excellent work! I need one of those.
     
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    This is so awesome, unlike most this one is nice and slim instead of the regular rather bulky in my opinion! Plus great little storage system for when it is not in use! Love this man if our $ wasn't in a race with a peso I'd def be hitting this up!
     
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    I've upgraded this system a bit...the top strap now can accommodate three sizes of axe handles and I've added an additional retention strap for the axe head.

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    If you have purchased a sling and would like these upgrades straps just email me and I'll get set made for you. Just cover the shipping, no additional charges.
     
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    Can you share a picture with an axe in the upgraded system?
     
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    Sure I'll post some tomorrow. I've already shipped this one out but have another being finished tomorrow so I'll take a bunch of pics.
     
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    So here is how the sling works....

    If you have a mask with a strap you feed that through the lower part.
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    Then the additional strap feeds through and around the head of the axe like so...
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    The upper strap also has 3 holes to fit different size handles
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    I am in need of this sling for my boarding axe. What is the sizing of your sling? I am rather large (6'9", 325lbs).
     
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    Hi Rick. Welcome to BCUSA.
    You can contact John at john@badgerclawleatherworks.com
    He makes some awesome, high quality items, that should last you and yours for years.
    Check out his website at http://www.badgerclawleatherworks.com/

    I know he'll work with you to make exactly what you need.

    Feel free to introduce yourself here on the forum. Great to have you !!

    _Fret
     

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