Making a TITANIUM Axe
Taking on forging a titanium axe in the blacksmith shop today.
It’s a very challenging project, as titanium is incredibly tough and hard to forge. First I had to carefully heat it up to forging temperatures and then by a combination of working under the power hammer and at the anvil, I was able to turn the raw piece of titanium into an axe head. Grinding the axe as it turns out was harder than hard, but after spending a couple months at the grinder I was able to get it done. For the handle, a beautiful piece of purpleheart hardwood was selected. Carefully ground and shaped to fit the hand, it was wedged tight with a black walnut wedge. What a cool project to build as it makes a very nice axe when it’s all finished up! Hope you enjoy the video.
My name is Timothy Dyck. I got hooked on blacksmithing when I was 13 years old. I quickly realized that in order to keep blacksmithing I needed money to buy costly supplies, so I started making small items and selling them at the local farmer markets. The farmer markets turned into craft shows and craft shows turned into custom projects. Right out of high school I had the opportunity to apprentice under a blacksmith, where I worked with him for four years. We did projects for some of the most prestigious houses around the rocky mountains and were apart of many large public sculptures. I learned many valuable lessons while working under his training, but the desire to set up my own shop and go out on my own was always something I dreamed about.
So in 2013 I started setting up my full time blacksmith shop out of BC, Canada making custom projects and products like railings, gates, lights, stairs, fences and all the many blacksmithing tools required to keep the blacksmithing shop running. I love what I do and this is my dream job. I enjoy showing you what’s going on in the blacksmith shop through the lens of a camera and would love to have you along for the ride as I live out my dream of being a blacksmith in the 21st century.
Making a TITANIUM Axe: Crafting the Ultimate Tool
Axes have been used for thousands of years, and remain a widely used tool across many industries today. Whether for chopping firewood, cutting down trees, or crafting wooden objects, a good axe is an essential tool to many. However, not all axes are created equal, and some are crafted with materials that make them stronger, faster, and more effective than others. One such material is titanium, which is well known for its strength, durability, and resistance to wear and tear. In this article, we will explore the process of making a titanium axe, from the initial design to the final product.
The first step in creating a titanium axe is to design the blade itself. The shape and size of the blade will depend on the intended use of the tool, as well as personal preference. A common shape for an axe blade is the classic “wedge” shape, with a sharp, pointed edge and a wider, blunt end. However, there are many variations on this shape, including double-bladed axes, curved blades, and more. Once the design has been finalized, a titanium bar is chosen, and the blade is cut and shaped using a range of specialized tools.
The next step in the process is to forge the blade. This involves heating the titanium to a very high temperature, and then hammering it into shape. Forging is an important step, as it strengthens the titanium and makes it less likely to break or deform. Once the blade has been forged and shaped to the desired size and shape, it is treated with a range of chemicals and processes to harden the metal and protect it from corrosion and other forms of damage.
The final step in creating a titanium axe is to add the handle. A good handle is essential for providing the user with a comfortable, secure grip, and can be made from a variety of materials, including wood, metal, and plastic. The handle is typically attached to the blade using screws or other fasteners, and can be customized to fit the user’s preferences.
Overall, crafting a titanium axe is a complex and time-consuming process, but the end result is a tool that is both beautiful and highly effective. A titanium axe is far more durable than other types of axes, and is resistant to wear and tear, making it an excellent choice for those who need a reliable, long-lasting tool. Whether for camping, woodworking, or any other task that requires a good axe, a titanium axe is sure to be an indispensable asset.