Thanks for the video. Simple, huh?
Still, I would stick with axes that actually have some part there that would help keep it in place.
John like switchpod pointed out you can always insert many different types of wedges to add extra pressure to keep the axe or Hawk head in place, being careful not to split the handle is key.
Yeah, I know, but I was thinking more about metal parts bolted onto the handle, or similar.
But then again, it may not matter as I don’t use my axes as much as I used to.
People used axes and hatchets to make a living for centuries without anything more than a wedge to make a tight fit between handle and head. More times than not the wood cracks where a pin runs through it well before a wedge would have come loose.
My current primary axe has its handle made up of polymer/plastic (not sure what, but not wood).
I have had to use it to cut up fair amounts of wood and it did just fine. Modern axe, I suppose. But, it sure does not just use the wedge or similar, to hold the metal head in place. I never worry about it.
I have a tomahawk with a tapered wooden handle. The top of the handle is wider in diameter than the rest. When chopping, the centrifugal force of the swing forces the blade toward the top of the handle. You can always secure it by wrapping paracord, leather or whatever else you want both above and below the blade, but I prefer being able to remove it by pushing down on it when I want. By removing it, I have the option to use the blade with my hands for a bit more control, like wood shaving for example. If the handle breaks, you can make your own from a branch in a pinch using the blade, but I’m not skilled enough yet to make as good of a handle as the original.
I have yet to find a synthetic handle that had the same qualities as wood. Most notably is fatigue or just flat out damage from extended use. Something about wood makes it much easier on the hand and arm. That said a proper wood handle is getting harder and harder to come by these days. For a “survival” situation synthetic may very well be the best option for the reasons you give.
With a little bit of practice you can carve a new one fairly quickly, preferably with any straight grained hardwood
Just be sure the wood is dried properly first…AMHIK
stimpsonjcat I remember, how did the new handle turn out.
Customer hasn’t sent the axe back yet!