Did some garage cleaning and found an old hatchet I had for years just laying around collecting dust so I decided to do something fun with it. I’ve always wanted a “viking axe” so I knew that was something I wanted to do.
This is how the old the axe looked like when I found it. Don’t know the brand of this hatchet but I’m pretty sure its not a very fancy axe.
This is how it looks like when finished. I probably spent about 10 hours total working on it and this is my first custom axe built so I’m just a amateur which means anyone can do this with just some basic tools at their disposal.
Ok, so first I did some research online and looked at different viking axes and when I had enought of ideas on how I wanted it I did some sketches on a piece of paper until I was happy with my design. Then I just transfered it to the old axe and started to cut. Use a angle grinder to cut the steel, just make sure you cool the axe often in water so it dosen’t get to hot.
After a lot of cutting and grinding I wanted to make the axe head look nice and shiny. I first started with a scotch brite connected to a standard drill. When finished with the drill I used an air sander to get rid of any deeper scratches on the head.
I wanted to do some etching as well on the axe as it looks really nice if you know how to do it (which I don’t). Anyway I used a 12v car charger and vinegar mixed with salt. I have no idea if thats the best method or not, I just found a guy doing it on youtube with nice result. And I put nail polish on the areas I didn’t want to etch.
It’s harder then it looks to get a nice pattern when you do it by hand with nail polish. Next axe I will use some kind of stencil instead. If you have any tips for my next axe please leave a comment.
After electric etching the axe head it was time to create a handle. I decided to use the old handle because that was all I had at my disposal. To make it look more like a viking axe I needed to make the handle a bit rounder. I marked out how I wanted it and then I used a jig saw to make the design I wanted. Then lots of sanding again. Same here, started with 80 grit all the way up to 400.
Also I wanted to make the axe handle darker so I used something called wood stain.