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The Urban Battle Ax...

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Goblin, Jul 5, 2008.

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  1. Goblin

    Goblin Member

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    18" handle. 3 1\2" cutting edge. Ouch!!!

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  2. kamagong

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    This is my UBA.

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  3. Landlocked Pirate

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    I can't quite make out the name brand on that fine-looking weapon. What kind is it?
     
  4. Okiecruffler

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    Ah, you guys need to step into the future, or past or whatever....
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    Don't ask, a gift from a very strange friend.
     
  5. GearHead_1

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    You are scary crowd.
     
  6. AndyC

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    Gorgeous wood - what is it?
     
  7. The Tourist

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    Since Wisconsin is so touchy on firearms and self defense, I've often wondered about customizing some garden variety CS axe with a mirror finish edge. Any potential home invader is going to wet himself facing that.

    My only concern is the media blitz after the fact. To be sure, any attack is going to result in a major trauma, like the loss of a limb. Around here with this liberal bent, I'm sure I'd be demonized guarding my own home.

    "Bipolar Biker Hacks Up Intruder."

    Still, some of those CS axes are only thirty bucks on "Special Projects"...
     
  8. Creature

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    That is tiger stripe or curly maple.

    But this effect can also be achieved by "fire burnishing" a hardwood such as birch, walnut or dark maple using leather strapping wrapped around the handle and burnishing the handle over an open fire. This fire burnishing technique also "hardens" the wood and has been used for hundreds of years.

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    Genuine curly maple:
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  9. armoredman

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    Okie cruffler, I like it! Is it real steel or a display model? As for using a camp axe or such for self defense, axes have been a primary defensive weapon for people for centuries. Can't beat the design as useful for both utilitarian chores and self defense if neccesary. Never runs out of ammo, either. :)
     
  10. Okiecruffler

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    Honestly I couldn't tell you what it is. I would guess some kind of cheap steel. It is sharp after a fashion, but I haven't paid a bit of attention to it. In fact I had to dig it out of the closet to get a pic for this thread. It's back in the closet now. Was given to me by a guy who has a house full of flea market swords. He's convinced they are investments.
     
  11. DAVIDSDIVAD

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    I can't even remember how I managed to do that.

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    I'm digging my AT VTAC so far!
     
  13. CWL

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    Kamagong, is that 'hawk made by Louis Tortorich?

    I have a 'hawk like that forged from a farrier's rasp.
     
  14. shecky

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    That purveyor of fine zombie killing tools, Budk comes to the rescue!
     
  15. Okiecruffler

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    Well, that answers that. Turns out it's solid, mirror polished, stainless steel.
     
  16. TimboKhan

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    Anything that includes "Piercing spikes" has just got to be rad.

    I have always sort of wanted a Tomahawk, but I just don't know where or what I would use it on as I don't anticipate going into battle anytime soon, and I already have a little hatchet for cutting up wood. Still, the idea of a handy battle-hatchet has always been a sweet siren song to me.
     
  17. Timthinker

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    Some of our "battle axe brethern" may find the following true story interesting. Many years ago, a family friend and his wife returned home one evening to discover their home had been buglarized. This gentleman, a former U.S. Army boxer, grabbed a camping axe from his garage and instructed his wife to telephone the police from a neighbor's house. He then crept indoors with the axe raised overhead. Fortunately, no one was there. He later told my father that he felt confident that his old camping axe would have sufficed in case of trouble.

    The point to this story is do not discount the sheer power of an axe welded by a large, determined person. The axe still remains a deadly weapon in the right hands.


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  18. Dionysusigma

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    Closest thing I have, except a few differences (made in 1944, square head, metal sheath, built like a tank, been through hell, etc.). Not sure of the country of origin, though.

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  19. TimboKhan

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    Word. My last point might have come across as me thinking that the ax was sort of mall-ninjaish, but the fact is that I would rather have an axe than a sword. Of course, if I were engaging in medieval style combat in general, I would rather have a halberd or spear than either, but the fact remains that I was being quite serious when I said that battle-axes were cool.
     
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    Pfft. Minimalist.

    Use a trebuchet. :evil:

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  21. Timthinker

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    TimboKhan, I think we both agree that axes, spears and other edged weapons are just as deadly today as they were in ages past. True, blades have not been the primary weapons of soldiers for centuries, but they can still wreak havoc in determined hands. I hope to read some more commentaries about edged weapons here in the future. Until then, good luck.


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  22. TimboKhan

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    Pshaw. Your trebuchet doesn't even have enough room to load even half of a dead rotting cow, or more than three severed heads. :evil:

    As a side note, I was probably a sophomore in high school before someone informed me that it was "tray-boo-shay" as opposed to "Tree-bucket". Darn French and their stupid "words".

    Edit to add: Wait, is that even a French word?
     
  23. jahwarrior

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    you call those axes? p'shaw.

    this is an axe:

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  24. Creature

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    Cold Steel offers precision drop forged hawks made from medium carbon 5150 steel...for a very reasonable price. I own many hawks...custom and factory (over two dozen and counting).

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    The Trail Hawk is the one that I gravitate to and use the most out of all of them. It is light enough to be quick but heavy enough to use as a hammer or crusher.

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  25. Goblin

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    I would like the traditional "Hawks" more if they were more firmly attached to the handle. I don't see how any one could use them for anything practical!!!
     
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