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Belt Axe


Don Abbott
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This was my first attempt at a split & drifted axe. I uses a chisel I had and forged the eye drift out of a piece of 1" round stock.

 

My grandson had a birthday coming up and his father had given me a big piece of dump truck leaf spring, so I thought I would give it a try.

 

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I didn't have a suitable hold-down, so I tacked a piece of 1" angle to the back of it so I could keep it in my hardee hole white I split it.

(I also drilled a couple cheater holes to keep things straight).

 

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This is what I wound up with:

 

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This was based loosely on what 18th Century reenactors know as a "Fort Miegs belt axe". The original (repro, not artifact) I have is smaller. This was to be a beefed up version.

 

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Unfortunately, I didn't get any good "as finished" pictures. You can tell from the tree sap and finger prints that it had already entered into field testing.

 

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Handle from an old hickory sledge hammer handle with an osage wedge.

 

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You could pretty much read his mind when he first unwrapped it.

 

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I doubt it will look as good the next time I see it, but I'm sure it will undergo rigorous testing. So I'll find out soon enough if I did my job right.

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