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Need a chicken killin' tool.

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Zach Gulsby, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. Zach Gulsby

    Zach Gulsby

    May 17, 2012
    I'm looking for something mainly to cull chickens with. I'm a folding knife kind of guy and don't know much about the hatchet/hawk/big sharp tool realm. Here's what I'm looking for:

    One handed use.
    Good grind that I can freehand sharpen.
    Steel that will let me pass this down to my grandkids.
    Cooler than it needs to be (I could cull chickens with a damned rock if I wanted to, and I wouldn't be on BF asking this question if I wanted a $10 walmart machete).
    Sub $300.
    Some sort of sheath system, preferably something that will attach to a belt.

    I'd also like to be able to put this tool to use in my fields trimming saplings and other miscellaneous brush that needs to be cut back.

    If I'm misguided in thinking that an axe/tomahawk/hatchet will fit this bill the best, feel free to suggest other possibilities. Thanks for your time.
  2. Square_peg


    Feb 1, 2012
    Estwing carpenter's hatchet.

    The straight bit will do a nice job on critter's necks and the steel haft cleans up better than wood. It's American made of quality steel.

  3. Kicking_Bird


    Jul 7, 2011
    For just Butchering Chickens and If you want a Very Well Made Custom Axe that you can pass down to your Family I would contact GL Drew here on the Forum and have him make you an ULU AXE, For Butchering any Critter you wont find a better Tool than this,

    Here's all the Info. In this Link on this ULU AXE,

    And I dont think an Axe or Tomahawk would be any good at clearing Brush & Saplings for that you need a Well Made Big Blade like a Golok, For 300.00 you could get this Custom ULU AXE and a Very well made Golok,
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2012
  4. Bull Mountain Custom

    Bull Mountain Custom Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    I am very new to the axe scene but I highly recommend checking out wetterlings lineup. I think you will find something that appeals to you and will last for generations.
  5. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    Another idea to consider, might be attractive to you. Not an axe, but it's 5160 steel, hand made and differentially heat treated, and with a custom sheath should be under your budget.

    The "Farm Knife" by Himalayan Imports (from their forum here at BladeForums):

  6. Edwood7


    Mar 31, 2010

    I use this one to kill pigs.
  7. pialia


    Feb 11, 2012
    Disturbing :D

    I second the HI Farm Knife!"
  8. jmh76


    Mar 27, 2012
    Man I love that farm knife. Looking at their site I cant find one just like that including sheath. Do you have any more details.
  9. MyDogsHunt

    MyDogsHunt Banned BANNED

    May 12, 2011
    I really like my little Estwing.

    The Moore Maker DB is a nice piece too, but while I'm sure it would be fine for killing Chickens, it's more of a novelty IMO.
  10. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Have Bruce Culberson forge you a Swiss cleaver. :D
  11. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
    Here's a recent HI "Deal of the Day" thread that shows the sheath they come with. (That Farm Knife still looks like it is available, by the way).

    The aftermarket custom sheaths can be made by various leather benders here at BladeForums, or they can be homemade, like this one:
  12. Zach Gulsby

    Zach Gulsby

    May 17, 2012
    What kind of hawk is that? It's beautiful. My apologies if I'm using incorrect terminology.
  13. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    It's a Winkler. :)
  14. parbajtor


    Nov 24, 2010


    Kill 'em all in one fell swoop! :D

    I was going to suggest something by Lynn C. Thompson, but I'm led to believe they only work on pork products ;) :D
  15. Zach Gulsby

    Zach Gulsby

    May 17, 2012
    Man I wish I could afford one of them. What an awesome design.
  16. GingivitisKahn


    Jun 8, 2010
  17. Kentucky


    Dec 13, 2008
    Ive killed more chickens than I could count..The best type of axe Ive used for be-heading is one with a flat blade profile, like a carpenters axe. Just like square peg posted...Theres less room for error..Pretty much gonna get a good clean kill everytime..Ive done it with hawks too but you gonna be dead-nuts on everytime or it will take more than one lick..I like the head to come completely away first time..
    Though to be honest I havent been cutting off heads in a long time..I just grab and go..Wring its neck and toss it down, go to the next one..I can kill out a house in minutes that way..
  18. Zach Gulsby

    Zach Gulsby

    May 17, 2012
    I'm doing geese, turkey, and ducks as well as chickens. I'm also producing small-scale so I'm not particularly interested in hurrying through the process.
  19. M3mphis


    Jan 13, 2011
    Taking their heads off is so messy, tho. Does "bleeding" a bird make any difference if you're cleaning them right away?
  20. Halfneck

    Halfneck Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    Condor Village Parang.

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