Viking Sling-Ax Build

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Viking Sling-Ax Build

Post by JoergS » Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:27 pm

OK, I am currently in the process of making a Sling-Ax. I use the Cold Steel Viking Ax Head they gave me, a great product!

Here is day one and two... a handle, made from local dogwood, as the starting point.

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After some shaping:

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The eye in the blade is slightly funnel shape, like it is the case for all good quality ax heads. This allows you to wedge the handle in tightly.

I cut in the slot for the wedge first.

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Then I made a wedge from rosewood and hammered it in.

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Next, I made a steel wedge from a length of flat steel I had lying around, hammered it in diagonally to the wooden wedge, effectively splitting in half. This filled the eye out in all directions. Rock solid. Applied linseed oil for further permanent swelling.

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Even though this is the correct way to attach an ax head to a handle, I installed the supplied safety screw.

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After some more filework and some sanding, I oiled the whole shaft and I am done with this step. Tomorrow, I will attach the slingshot.

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The shaft is very smooth, but not perfectly straight. I don't want the weapon to look like an industrially made product. Therefore I used hand tools only, did not turn it in the lathe. This looks like a true Viking ax.
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Re: Viking Sling-Ax Build

Post by Storm Crow » Sat Apr 19, 2014 1:01 pm

Very cool so far. :)

Prepare to be inundated by comments on Youtube about how you're gonna eviscerate yourself when firing the slingshot. :mrgreen:
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Re: Viking Sling-Ax Build

Post by Halfapint » Sat Apr 19, 2014 1:04 pm

I'd be frightened if I saw you holding that........... Good looking ax actually
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Re: Viking Sling-Ax Build

Post by JoergS » Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:35 am

Here is the finished weapon. Branded in some runes (looking cool, I think), attached a Panther frame and replaced the chrome like polished surface with a brushed finish, so it matches the ax head.

A lanyard made from hemp rope completes the setup, in order to mute the usual critics Strom Crow mentioned :)

I like that thing a lot!

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Re: Viking Sling-Ax Build

Post by Nick Adams » Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:17 am

Looks like to me you put the head on upside down, I think with axes like this the longer part of the blade points toward the end of the handle and not up and away.
When ever I put a handle into a head I always liked to only use a wooden wedge and save the metal ones for if the head loosens later. Also is usually thought better to use a soft wood like pine for the wedge.
I would never put screws through the head because it will weaken the wood they go into. This handle's eye section already has two slots for wedges cut into it and now has two holes for the screws.
Don't know if I ever heard of using dogwood for an axe handle but should be OK for something like this, I used to make axes for a living and mostly used the more traditional Hickory with some Ash

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Re: Viking Sling-Ax Build

Post by JoergS » Sun Apr 20, 2014 11:13 am

The head is meant to be mounted this way. Lynn Thompson pointed out to me that this is so you can stab your opponent.

It has to be mounted this way as the eye is wider at the top, for the wedging.

As I am a newbie regarding axes, I read up on how to attach an ax head correctly, and most (not all) of the experts advise to install the metal wedge as a safety measurement.

You are right, I would not have installed the screw either, but it would not look complete without it. Keep in mind this isn't for chopping wood or other hard things... I don't think the handle will break when you use it against a Zombie.

Regarding the wood, this kind of Dogwood is the hardest wood you can find in Northern Europe. From wikipedia:
The wood of C. mas is extremely dense, and unlike the wood of most other woody plant species, sinks in water. This density makes it valuable for crafting into tool handles, parts for machines, etc.[1] Cornus mas was used from the seventh century BC onward by Greek craftsmen to construct spears, javelins and bows, the craftsmen considering it far superior to any other wood.
So I guess it is OK to use it for the weapon.

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Re: Viking Sling-Ax Build

Post by procyon » Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:59 pm

As for what direction the head goes - not a clue.
Nick Adams wrote: Also is usually thought better to use a soft wood like pine for the wedge.
I used to use pine and spruce wedges all the time when I was younger - but have used harder woods for the last 20 years or so. Here is why.
The softer wedges wouldn't drive as deeply into the slot as hardwood - which meant that I had less of the handle bearing against the axe head. And the softer wedges compressed more rapidly over time - meaning I had to pull the head and put in a new wedge more often when a head would start slipping. It wasn't uncommon for me to end up resetting the head of an axe at least once before the handle gave out when I was using softwoods. Since I started using scraps from the apple that I cut for the smoker - I almost never have a head loosen.

But I don't generally use the metal cross wedges, except with hammers and such (where I use circular ones). I found that I ended up with more handles splitting when I used them on axes.

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Re: Viking Sling-Ax Build

Post by Purple_Mutant » Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:46 pm

I like it! As a person of Norse heritage, I approve :twisted:
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Re: Viking Sling-Ax Build

Post by ednemo » Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:41 pm

Man, I love these videos! Great stuff as always!

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Re: Viking Sling-Ax Build

Post by grennels » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:17 pm

Maybe fill the safety screw holes with solder or something? At least enough to fill the slot. In the interest of authentic appearance.
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Re: Viking Sling-Ax Build

Post by bu55c » Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:09 am

Ok, LOVE the axe! The War Witch has always been a favorite of mine and adding a slingshot "pommel" to the handle pure insane genius.
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