Liam Hoffman Blacksmithing Custom Belt Carry Bearded Camp Axe, 12" Overall, Leather Sheath
HOFHBSHB: Custom Belt Carry Bearded Camp Axe
Liam Hoffman Blacksmithing
The one and only Hoffman Bearded Camp Axe is hand forged from a block of 4142 chrome/moly alloy steel in North Carolina, USA and heat treated to provide exceptional performance. It is attached to straight grained ash or hickory wood handles, hand carved and sanded from kiln dried lumber. The back poll is hardened and tempered so it can be used as a proper hammer. This compact model weighs 1.6 pounds and measures 12" overall, excellent for use around the campsite or home. The belt sheath is made from thick USA tanned cowhide with button retention snaps. It is 100% handmade in the USA for the working man or woman.
Blacksmithing has a rich history in human civilization. Everything made out of steel was forged by the blacksmith, including weapons, household wares, tools, and everything in between. In later years blacksmiths became more specialized in what they created. The local blacksmith would have one or more apprentices working under him, following his lead and helping supply the town with necessities of living and working. Once the master blacksmith retired an apprentice would take over. The tools that the blacksmith built were used to clear land and develop early American settlements along with settlements all around the world. Remote villages still exist even today that utilize a local blacksmith. Many techniques used in large drop forging factories today derived from blacksmiths.
Forging is the process that comes to mind when you hear the term "Blacksmithing". Steel is heated until it becomes red hot and malleable. Once malleable, or soft, it can be maneuvered by hammers and other tools specific to blacksmiths. Forging is similar to working with clay or play dough, except you can't use your hands!
- Keep oil on the carbon steel axe head when not in use, and wipe the head clean of anything which can hold moisture. Use any of the oils mentioned above in the caring for knives section. The axe handles should be oiled every now and then with boiled linseed oil found at your local hardware store. If the axe changes climates abruptly a fresh coat of oil to the end grains is highly recommended.
- Axes should be resharpened or touched up after every outing, and it's easy to do this with a fine Arkansas whet stone or leather strop. Be sure that the stone is a very fine grit. Try to sharpen with the stone flat on the mirror finish cutting edge. There is no secondary bevel on the hatchet, so making circular motions with a flat stone onto the flat cutting edge will yield best results.
- Head Length: 5.25"
- Cutting Edge: 3.125"
- Handle Length: 9.375"
- Overall Length: 12.0"
- Blade Material: 4141 Chrome/Moly Alloy Steel
- Handle Material: Ash or Hickory Wood
- Sheath Material: Leather Belt Sheath
- Weight: 1 lb. 6.2 oz.
- Weight with Sheath: 1 lb. 9.0 oz.
- Designer: Liam Hoffman
- Handmade in the USA