Custom axe handle

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by deltablade, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. deltablade

    deltablade Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 29, 2006
    Where could I get an axe handle with an eye dimensions 1”x3”.
     
  2. ithinkverydeeply

    ithinkverydeeply Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 17, 2018
    Some guys on Instagram are putting out swanky looking handles. I’ll DM you some specifics.
     
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  3. Square_peg

    Square_peg Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Single bit or double bit?
     
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  4. deltablade

    deltablade Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 29, 2006
    Single bit masting axe
     
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  5. Square_peg

    Square_peg Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    You're not gonna find one of those available commercially. Your best bet might be to buy railroad pick handle and shave it down to fit.

    https://househandle.com/products-2.html#railroad

    Or buy a raw stave of hickory and make it totally from scratch. I believe House Handle has sold them by request. I think shipping is high.
     
  6. Yankee Josh

    Yankee Josh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    Will you post some photos of it? I'd love to have a peek at it. Is there a makers mark?
    I recently made a helve for my mast axe. Used red oak; [​IMG] [​IMG]
    This pic is all finished and oiled;
    20190927_162839.jpg
    Have you considered making one yourself? It's awfully gratifying!
     
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  7. deltablade

    deltablade Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 29, 2006
    I would make it myself, yet having a hard time locating a hickory 2x4. Yours looks great, thanks for posting.
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  8. deltablade

    deltablade Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 29, 2006
    did you bend it to that shape, or carve it?
     
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  9. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Yes, House sells rough cut 2x4x36 boards, but the ends are often checked an inch or so on both ends, so maximum length you can get is usually about 34" out of them. Cost per unit is low, but a 2x4 of hickory is HEAVY so it costs a lot (more than the cost of the boards) to ship them. It basically makes the most sense to buy a dozen or more to get the per-unit cost of shipping as low as reasonably possible. And then you have a bunch of good hickory!
     
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  10. jblyttle

    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2014
    Are West handles still being made? I have a need but can't find them.
     
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  11. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Nope. Adam stopped making them. It was more work and fuss than he had time for with his day job and recovering from having his house get hit by a tornado a year or so back.
     
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  12. jblyttle

    jblyttle Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2014
    A shame but I understand. They were top quality.
     
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  13. Yankee Josh

    Yankee Josh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    After it was split; [​IMG]
    I shaped it with a side hatchet.
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    I used a draw knife and my orbital sander from this point on.
    And you don't have to use hickory btw. There's quite a few options. Whatever you do post up your progress!
     
  14. deltablade

    deltablade Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 29, 2006
    what other wood would make a good handle?
     
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  15. ithinkverydeeply

    ithinkverydeeply Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 17, 2018
    Ash is often used as a substitute. It is softer and easier to work so that might be a good choice. I might also suggest a 4 in hand file for the job.
     
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  16. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Ash, beech, black locust, osage orange, hard maple, oak, yellow birch (not paper birch)...lots of different options.
     
  17. garry3

    garry3

    Sep 11, 2012
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  18. deltablade

    deltablade Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 29, 2006
    House is shipping me their railroad pick handle and a blank, in hickory. I may try to shape one myself. many thanks to you all
     
  19. deltablade

    deltablade Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 29, 2006
    I got the railroad pic handle from house. It has a solid head. Do I cut a slit in the end of the head for a wedge?
     
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  20. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Yes, you'll be cutting the kerf in it if planning on wedge-fitting it. A good rule of thumb is 2/3 the depth of the eye.
     
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