Ask any prepper, and they will tell you that one of the most important pieces of equipment that you can have in your kit is an axe.
Of course, axes are currently readily available, but who's to know at what point in the future we may be no longer able to access them. That is why it is always handy to know how to make an axe.
It can seem like a daunting task, but making an axe is actually a surprisingly easy task. So if a situation arises where you need an axe, but you don’t have one at hand, you can make one with ease.
To help you out, we’ve put together this guide to how to make an axe because it might come in handy in the future.
Why Would You Want to Make an Axe?
You might be reading this and wondering ‘why would I want to make an axe?’ and that is a fair question to be asking yourself. But when you think about it, there are a lot of situations where an axe will come in handy.
For example, if you’re stuck out in the wild, an axe can become really handy. It can allow you to chop down wood to create a fire for heat, which in turn will allow you to boil water to sterilize it, and cook food to eat.
Additionally, an axe can become very helpful should you ever find yourself in a position where you have to defend yourself, for example against a wild animal. When needed, an axe can become a weapon to protect yourself, which is just another reason why it is great to know how to build one.
So now that you know some possible situations where you might find yourself needing to use an axe, let’s take a look at how you go about building one. But first, let’s have a look at the materials you will first need to collect.
Things you Will Need
Before you begin constructing your axe, you will have to collect some materials. You will be able to find most of these materials out in the wild, but there are one or two pieces of man made equipment that you will need.
The first thing that you will need to find is a large rock. This rock must have perpendicular edges, so the best place to find one of these rocks is near a stream or river. These rocks are often called slab rocks due to their natural flat design.
Near the river, you should find lots of rocks like these, and so you can be quite picky when choosing the one for the job. You should avoid rocks that look like they have any physical abnormalities, such as holes or cavities, as these will disrupt the structural integrity of the rock.
You will also need to look for a rock that will be able to complete a hammering job. It is important that the hammering rock is the right size to fit in your hand, and that it also has a flat and even rock face. This rock will play a very important part in creating the head of your axe.
The next thing that you will need to look for is ‘green’ wood or wood that has been freshly cut. It is important that the wood used for the handle is young as this will allow it to withstand the wear and tear that an axe experiences without breaking.
Finally, you will need some cord. If you are unable to find this, you can create it using wet rawhide or bark. Once you have collected all of these, you are ready to start building.
How to Make an Axe
To make building your axe as possible, we’ve laid out how to put the different materials together in a step by step method.
So let’s have a look at what you need to do.
1. Shape Your Axe Head
The first thing you need to do is shape your axe head out of the slab rock that you found earlier. You should do this using your hammering rock.
To begin with you will have to hammer off a smaller piece of rock from the slab rock, but be careful when doing this as it can be a dangerous step.
Once you have separated your axe head from the slab rock you can then begin chipping away at the edges and shaping it until you have a perfect axe head to attach.
2. Polish the Axe Head
Once you have shaped your axe head, you should then polish it with water so that it will remain sharp and durable for the future.
3. Make the Axe Handle
Next, you need to prepare the axe handle using the wood that you found earlier. The best way to do this is by splitting the wood down the middle so that you can simply slot the axe head into the handle.
To create this split, some people choose to use the axe head that you have already made. Alternatively, you can use a knife if you have one.
It is important that the split that you create is in the center of the wood as otherwise this could damage the axe’s ability.
4. Secure the Axe Head
Once you have created the split in the handle, you should then slot the axe head that you made earlier into the split. You can then secure this using the bark or rawhide cord which we mentioned earlier.
The best way to secure the axe head with the cord is to use the wrap method, wrapping the cord around the handle multiple times before crossing it over the axe head so that it is secure in place.
5. Use Your Axe
After the axe head is secure, your axe is ready to use. But remember to take it slow when first using the axe just in case the head is not fully secure.
In short, this is your complete guide to making an axe.
So if you are a prepper, it is always handy to learn this information because you never know when it might become helpful in the future.