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Every thrower should know how to balance a throwing axe. If anyone has used a pair of scissors or a knife before they know that slowly, but surely, they will begin to become dull. With throwing axe’s not only does the blade become dull, it starts to lose its balance.
Constant care and maintenance are important while handling sharp objects as they tend to lose their luster from time to time. Just like how many football players care about the performance of their ball they use or how a pilot worries and cares for his plane, we too should make sure that our tools are fit and ready for the challenge. It is because of this we should learn how to keep our axes properly balanced at all times.
A throwing axe needs balance and it is very important for several factors:
- It affects your accuracy, an unbalanced blade can wobble or shake, causing you to unsuccessfully hit your target.
- The lack of balance might cause the handle to hit the location instead of the blade itself.
- An unbalanced axe has a higher chance of it breaking.
- With no balance in your axe, the dullness and drop of quality of the blade is more likely as you will not be able to perform your regular duties with it.
Some people also have balance preferences in regards to the center of mass, if you put the head on the edge of the table it should not falter. After using a throwing axe several times it will soon become obvious that something is off with your throwing axe – you will need to balance it once again so that it can be used for maximum effect.
The first thing we need to do is inspect and find out what is causing an imbalance in our axe:
Double Bit or Single Bit axes
By design, double bit Axes are more symmetrical than single bit axe, it tends to be easier to find faults in a double bit axe since it is as if you are looking at a reflection of the tool. If you have a single bit axe however, you might have a few more problems as it might be harder to notice the faults in the axe that you have. Another note is that a double bit axe needs to be perfectly symmetrical or else throwing it cause be a nightmare, whereas single bit axes were made very specifically for their purpose and typically need less time in terms of repairs or replacements.
Inspect the blade itself to see if there are any deformations to the metal
Once we know what type of axe we have we need to check out the most vital part of our axe, the blade. Our blade should be smooth, not ragged and or with serrated edges. You should be able to cut small objects with it, likes straws or paper cleanly, without any actual force.
If you are having problems with this then it is time to sharpen your blade. While blacksmith’s and those with the workshop space might have the ability to use higher end tools and machines to fix such problems, most of us will not be so lucky. It is because of this we need to have a sharpening stone ready for use at a moment’s notice. Another item suggestion is an axe file, it is a very simple item and is one of the better options for sharpening an axe.
Make sure that the blade itself is aligned properly with the handle
Once we know that the blade is sharp and able to do its job, we should begin to look at the handle of the axe. These imperfections or problems might seem minor to some, the wood is beginning to chip or crack slightly or maybe there is discoloration on it. This can lead to issues with your throwing axe while being used.
These problems tend to be signs of change in regards to the axe’s weight distribution which affects how you throw it. A damaged handle can cause certain instances in which the damaged wood can begin to loosen the blade itself, causing the axe to break! If it is an axe that has gone through some damage it might be a good idea to wrap it in leather or a form of tape to help keep it straight, smooth and balanced.
Once you have made these checks it is time to begin working on fixing these problems, making slight adjustments to your axe can be a bit difficult at first but the money and sense of pride that you will feel upon working on it will create its own enjoyable experience.
“That’s alot of work!”
If these suggestions seem a bit of a burden or maybe they are too time consuming, it might be time to begin looking into purchasing replacement parts. Because of the general purpose of throwing axe’s it is not uncommon for replacement parts to exist.
Simply return to the location that you bought your axe and then ask if they have the replacement parts, your local expert will be more than happy to assist you. If your local store does not have it then it might be time to pursue the item online, although you might have to wait a while to get the specific blade you need.
Maybe buying just the part of an axe seems like a burden, maybe then it is time to get a new blade altogether! It is possible that you might want to try a difference brand or a different material handle that might make it much more difficult for it to lose its balance. Remember that wear and tear on an axe is natural but that does not mean you have to struggle with using it every single time.
When it is all said and done, an ounce of prevention is worth a lot. Something that needs to be talked about is handling and caring for your axe before and after using it. It needs to be said that after every throw you will be checking it for quality and making sure that nothing serious is happening to your throwing axe.
By having the tools we used to fix the axe handy we can use them on a more short term basic to handle and heal our tools before it is too late. If you remind yourself and take care of it then your axe will last you much longer.