So, you’ve thrown a few axes, maybe even joined a league and upgraded your axe throwing lingo and are thinking about upgrading your gear. Good call.
There are no magic alterations you can do to your axe, unfortunately you still have to get better the old fashioned way. Instead, these are items that we’ve found to help you along the way and make the experience of relaxing and throwing a few axes that much more pleasant.
A quick summary of the must haves:
- Something to hold all your stuff. Make sure its durable or you’ll end up with a hole in your bag.
- Something to help you hold your axe for you.
- Something to keep your blade from getting dull.
- Something that will keep your blade sharp.
- Something that will keep your blade sharper + perform better.
Got all those things covered? If not – keep reading.
5 Must Have’s of Axe Throwing Equipment
1. Durable Backpack:
A backpack or bag to carry your axes. Once you join a league and start playing the sport competitively, chances are that you will have your own big axe, as well as multiple other axes just in case something happens to your main one. If that is the case you definitely need a dedicated bag or backpack for your axes.
The backpack must be big enough to carry your big axe, as well as your spare axes with you. You need to find a bag that either allows your big axe to stick out of the bag, or big enough to actually hold the whole axe. Find one that will work for the type of axes that you have.
This large tactical assault backpack rucksack was specifically designed for military gear, outdoors and hiking, and should be ideal for your own collection of axes.
Really, any good bag will do, but we recommend whichever one you get for it to be a tough durable one. Even though your axe blade might be sheathed all the wear and tear happens quick, trust us.
Get something that will hold all your gear, and hold up to all the abuse. Military style or tactical backpacks work great, and there are always lots of design options available.
When you participate in a league, having a holster for your big axe is great. There’s nothing worse than having your name called out and not being able to find your axe. With a holster, you’ve always got it right at your side and you can pull it right out and have it ready to go at any time. Check out this one here.
This axe holster is designed to help you carry any axe of a reasonable size on your belt or backpack. The holster is made out of one piece of leather, which reduces seams and allows the connection to only have three layers of leather. Four solid brass rivets are placed to hold the holster together.
When I got started, I almost immediately noticed how useful this little thing is. Its so obvious – get a holster so you don’t have to carry it around back and forth. The nicer leather ones are still cheap enough and are great for getting the job done.
Make sure that you don’t get the small option!! The Medium is good for a regular 1.5LB hand hatchet and pretty much everything I’ve tried sits really well. This holster in particular is good at dealing with turns and snaps of the hip.
The last thing you want is for your axe to go flying off your waist because you made a sudden turn. This thing grips the handle really well – my axe isn’t going anywhere.. except for the bulls eye.
2. Axe Sheathe:
I hope that by now you’ve at least got a sheathe for your axe. It may seem like something you can overlook, but axes don’t usually come with sheathes. At least not the one’s I’ve ordered through amazon. They are definitely better for the blade than wrapping the it in rags, and besides just looking badass serves a few purposes.
Custom sheathes are made to fit perfectly for your axe, are super durable and don’t cut through when you move your axe around in your bag. The main body is folded over a welt that is inserted into between the two folded halves which prevents the blade of the inserted axe from cutting the stitch that is placed to hold the sheath together.
The axe head blade, when placed in the sheath, is prevented from touching the rivets because of the welt. The retention strap is then secured with a steel rivet and a steel snap is added for easy on/off action.
A great single bit axe sheathe like this one will go a long way to reduce wear and tear. Not much to say regarding this one vs. another.. we just like to go by personal preference. The custom sheathe we chose is one that got the best reviews by users all saying how well crafted it looks and feels. This YouTube video of how they make it by had is what drew me into getting this bad boy for myself:
4. Axe Grinding Block:
An axe grinding block is really important and will affect your throwing and make a difference in real competition. It should be a priority to have a good grinding block. This will allow you to get the final finish on the axe.
Run the block along the blade to get that sharp edge that you’re going to need to get the axe to stick to the fresh new boards. Make sure you are going diagonally across from one end to the other. Full long strokes all the way through.
How often should you grind your axe?
That really depends on how often you use it. If you are constantly practicing with the same axe, grinding every time won’t leave you with much of an axe at all.
A great general rule to follow is wait till it starts to feel like its getting a bit dull. Then give it a few licks with the Grinding/Sanding block. Do not try to make it as sharp as possible after every game.
5. Belt Sander:
The most important item on the list is a belt sander. This item takes a lot of material off your blade getting that sharp profile to get a new blade ready for competition. If you’ve bought a new blade, chances are that it won’t be where it needs to be to stick on a board in a competition.
You’d be surprised how much better your older axes perform once you go over a few rounds with a belt sander. The grinding block is a good start but the sander is great because it leaves everything level. Having a very level point profile is a huge plus for aerodynamics and accuracy. It’s not going to guarantee bulls eyes(obviously) but you’ll start seeing more success.
Grind all the extra metal off the blade to get the profile down to a thin edge that you really want and allow you to penetrate fresh boards easily. This will allow you to turn any axe, even ones you’ve pummeled in the past into a great throwing axe.
We recommend this one because its relatively cheap and more than gets the job done. Check out this article explaining how to use a belt sander to sharpen an axe.
When I first started, I thought taking care of my axe would be a big pain. But sharpening and maintaining is part of the game. These accessories won’t fix a broken throw, but they will make the whole experience a lot more fun. If you are getting serious about throwing axes – look into some of these and thank us later.
So, what do you think? How did we do on our list? Feel free to post a comment if you think we missed something.
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