Miniature axes, a funny thing to build right? Well a random Google images search returned a picture of some guy that had built a mini axe, and me being me, I thought could you throw it? A quick Amazon search returned miniature throwing axes, but way too big. And thats how you end up building a miniature throwing axe…
How to build a mini axe
The cheapest form of steel at virtually no cost, was a large nail, but obviously it would have to be beaten into shape. My small gas torch as it turns out gives of enough heat to make this relatively easy, and all that’s required is a bit of a bash with a hammer onto any flat steel surface. Making the axe head is about 20 – 30 minutes work and took about half a can of Gas which cost about a £1 ish ($1.20).
The hardest part of the build is drilling the holes without veering of course, especially if you dont have a pillar drill like me. By taking my time and stopping regularly to check my depth and progress, I soon had all three holes done. Internal filing of the holes turned out to be easy after I fixed the drill in the vice and wiggled the axe head to remove internal burs. Then I just added a handle of my choice.
To harden the steel up to retain a cutting edge, I used vegetable oil. But I later watched a video on the merits of using water to quench hot steel instead. I’ve never done this sort of thing before and my result was OK but not superb, I may try water next time.
How to build a mini throwing axe
I gave the throwing axe two large blades, which certainly increases your odds of hitting a target edge first, and the shaft really needs to be steel for durability, unless you’re already an expert axe thrower. If there is any wobble between the shaft and the axe head a small dollop of JB weld does the job. I was actually surprised by how easy it was to hit the target, even managing to hit a cardboard box from over 20 feet away. Be warned though, not all cardboard boxes are equal, I had some that resisted penetration and kept bouncing the axe out.
How to throw a mini axe
First I would advise against indoor axe throwing, there’s potential for accidents. Apart from that it just seems to be getting the distance and rotation right. As long as you keep the axe upright as it leaves your hand, the rest should come with a little practise.
The above project is aimed at adults for education and entertainment purposes only, not to replicate. Anyone doing so takes full responsibility for their own actions.