Introduction: Battle Axe

Picture of Battle Axe

Greetings !

My son and I decided to convert some metal junk into something more useful like a battle axe - in case of zombies and such. Enjoy and be safe.


- the blade is made of an old sprocket from a dirt bike

- the shaft is composed on the two rail road spikes

- the handle is a chain

- the grip is also two rail road spikes wrapped into leather belt.

- spay paint


- welder

- grinder

- personal protective equipment: gloves, eye protection,

SAFETY: use common sense with the grinder. The fingers are not like hair - they don't grow back.

Step 1: The Blade

Picture of The Blade

The blade is an old sprocket from a dirt bike.

We cut it in two, smoothed the edges, and removed any burrs.

Next we welded strips of steel for blade to shaft connection.

Step 2: The Shaft and Handle

Picture of The Shaft and Handle

The shaft was made of two rail road spikes. They were cut and the long pieces were welded to create one long spike.

The handle was a chain. More welding / grinding ...

Step 3: The Grip

Picture of The Grip

The grip - two rail road spikes welded back to back.

We wrapped it up in a leather belt after we spray painted the entire axe.

Step 4: Final Assembly

Picture of Final Assembly

... more welding, grinding and polishing.

Silver spray paint for the body and a bit of brown spray paint on the head to create deeper dimensions ...

Thanks for viewing !!


snelgrave101 (author)2016-07-30

Thats a cool piece , happy hunting come the apocalypse.

gabe.crawford.562 (author)2015-03-31

How strong would you say the handle is. I want to do the same thing because it looks amazing but I'm afraid it will not be very strong.

The weak point of the whole design is the handle. It is made of chain where the individual links were welded. My expectation is that one good hit against a block of wood or zombie head would cause a handle break in two. While a welded chain is a nice decorative touch, it is a poor choice for a functional weapon. However, welds are definitely strong enough to support a heavy ax blade

i tried doing this but with a bicycle sprocket. It was clearly not made to be a blade, it bent up really fast.

knutknackebröd (author)2015-03-29


johnrm321 (author)2015-02-26

Very cool, it looks like you used these road spikes for the project!

bettina-sisr (author)2014-12-28

Wonderful project! I am currently making a single sided battle axe for my son and now my nephew wants one too! I have cut out the parts, and am going I oxy/acet weld them. What type of weld did you use? MIG? If you used Oxy/Acet can you give some pointers like tip size etc...Nice project!

RushNafikov (author)bettina-sisr2015-01-02

Thank you. Yes, we used MIG - we bought the cheapest Lincoln from HomeDepot. Unfortunately, I don't have any experience with oxy/acet :(

Please post some pics when you are done.

yakubgazimovich (author)2014-09-03

Молодцы здорово у вас получилось Правильно воспитал сына Руки должны помогать голове Умелый сын гордость для отца

Blackcloud161 (author)2014-08-25

That is totally AWESOME!

Thanks for sharing!


seamster (author)2014-08-25

Cool! I like the use of the sprocket, and the chain shaft looks great!

RushNafikov (author)seamster2014-08-26

Thank you.

shaddoty (author)2014-08-25

remind me not to rob this guy

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