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Survival knife transforms into a camp ax! Adding a haft to the Axxis!

Survival knife transforms into a camp ax! Adding a haft to the Axxis!


Hi, I’m Sean Heumann with Bone Daddy Blade
WerX, back again to blow your mind as we continue our exploration of the Axxis, a wholly unique
cutting and chopping implement that reduces weight while improving functionality so you
can do more with less. In my previous video, we explore how the Axxis
can be used as a micro-hand axe and the design features which are responsible for unleashing
its awesome chopping power. However, I have yet to reveal what I feel
is the most impressive feature of the Axxis: It’s ability to transform into a full-size
ax. The first step to turning the Axxis into a
full-size ax begins with selecting a haft. Lucky for you, the entire forest is your hardware
store! Green wood saplings tend to make the best
hafts as they are more flexible and less prone to splitting. Once you have located a possible contender,
use the opening between the forward and rear-facing triggers to determine if the tree you are
considering is thick enough to function as haft. The wood should be slightly thicker than the
opening. Once you have located a suitable tree with
an adequately thick and straight stalk, you can begin by clearing away any branches, twigs,
or rough spots that might exist along the portion of wood you intend to use. An 18 – 20-inch haft should be suitable for
most tasks. Next, you may use the Axxis to chop the sapling
into a more manageable size for further processing. In addition to your haft, it is recommended
that you also chop an additional section, which can be used as a light hammer for a
later step. Set this aside for the time being. Use the Axxis to flatten both ends of the
haft. Although it is only technically necessary
on the end, which you intend to mount the Axxis, flattening the grip end will also ease
use and reduce the odds of getting a splinter. Now that you have a clean, smooth haft with
flattened ends, it is time to assess the piece of wood to determine the best orientation
along which to mount the Axxis. Although your haft may seem straight, most
have some natural curve. You MUST adjust for this. The best way to do this is to hold the haft
out in front of you at an arm’s length. Slowly start rotating until you find the orientation
where the wood appears straightest and most in line with your arm. Once you have determined the straightest alignment,
imagine that line extending across the flattened top of the haft. Place the belly edge of the Axxis directly
over this imaginary line extending across the flattened top of your haft. Using the additional section of wood you set
aside earlier, gently hammer along the spine of the Axxis to split your haft. DO NOT hammer too hard, as this will likely
cause your haft to split in two. You only need to split an inch or so into
the top of the haft, just enough so the channeled mounting wedge can be inserted. At this point, you may find that your haft
is too thick for the Axxis to fit over the end and slot into the fresh split. If this is this case, you can use the Axxis
to shave the bark from either side of the haft along the split. However, it is important to remove as little
material as possible as you want to maintain a tight fit between the Axxis and the haft. Use your wooden club to tap along the spine
of the Axxis and seat it into the split, alternating between the front and back. As you tap the Axxis into the split, you will
probably notice your haft split a bit more from the pressure. This is normal and to be expected. You will know the Axxis is sufficiently seated
when roughly two inches of the haft extend beyond the top of the tool. Don’t lose your head through premature chopping! Although the Axxis appears to be mounted at
this point, IT IS NOT YET READY FOR USE. Using a good measure of cordage, begin lashing. I find a loop with a slip knot on one end
of my cord helps to get me started. Be sure to wrap as tightly as you possibly
can, sandwiching the Axxis between the two halves of the split. Once you have taken a few ultra-tight wraps
around the top split, you can start moving down the haft, lacing through the mounting
holes, and applying even wrap pressure along the entire split. There is no dedicated wrap pattern to follow. How you lash your Axxis depends on a number
of factors, including cordage type and length, as well as the type of wood and bark texture. I have mounted the Axxis to countless hafts,
and I doubt I have ever used the exact same wrap twice. Now that you have a fully hafted Axxis, you
are ready to take on monsters. Chop to your heart’s content; we are sure
the Axxis can handle whatever you’ve got. Just make sure to check your lashing ties
regularly to safeguard against head loosening. If it has, tighten as needed, then keep on
hacking. Thanks a bunch for checking us out, if you
like what you’re seeing, please leave us a message in the comments below. Also, be sure to check back in with us regularly
as we release for more videos of the Axxis in action. Until next time, Stay nasty, my friends.

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