Picture of Quick-Release Axe Holster


Do you like the great outdoors; do you believe an axe is a necessary tool when venturing into them? Well my friend(s), if yes is your answer do I have an Instructable for you!

This Instructable is the answer to a problem I recurrently noticed when I started portaging with a group of friends some 10 years back. Namely, everything you bring is designed to be carried in combination with one or multiple other items. A full sized axe, however, typically doesn't fall in to that category very neatly. It's too big to be carried at the hip, especially when trying to avoid the risk of impaling yourself should you fall... Not to mention, what if you encounter bear? Or something even worst like bandits? You can't afford to be messing around trying to unsheathe the axe.

Ultimately, this project is a combination of my outdoor experience, both in real life and in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It is an elegant solution for carrying an axe on your back in a cool way, with engineering foresight to accommodate for various sizes of axes, with the mechanical capability to provide quick release and quick holstering.


The following is the objective for this project; ultimately responsible for the design features of the Quick Release Axe Holster.

1. It must hold the axe on the back with the shaft sticking out beyond the shoulder in a cool way
2. It should have a quick release mechanism right into one's hand.
3. It should be straightforward to sheath an axe
4. It should be compatible with any axe design
5. It should be robust requiring minimal maintenance over time
6. It should not have a negative effect on dexterity (i.e., running, bending over, doing front rolls)
7. It should hold the axe firmly on the back at all times.


Base on the objective above, the following design features were achieved:

1. Robustness and water resistance due to Nylon fabric and strap materials and all plastic hardware.
2. Two point harness mechanism - over shoulder and around waste - to firmly hold axe to body
3. Axe gravity release - Velcro based axe head cover and Quick release clip.
4. Variable size and interchangeable axe head cover using snap buttons
5. Variable diameter shaft holster using straps


Please note that the fundamental construction method I use in this project is sewing. This said, the instructions themselves aren't to teach sewing, rather to walk you through the design described above. I hope that you will find this a practical, unique and interesting project.

Best Regards,


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Mate that's awesome!!! I'm thinking that design idea may be used to create a new way to carry my rifle when hunting. Cheers and well done.

Rexanvil767 months ago
Check out axe junkie's on face book a ton of the guys loved this
Cmdr. Vik (author)  Rexanvil767 months ago

haha cool! Looks like someone is already attempting this Instructable for themselves.

jmwells8 months ago
Fantastic job. Consider adding an auxiliary sheath for a file. Perhaps parallel to the handle sheath. A dull axe isn't much help in the wild. Otherwise super!
Cmdr. Vik (author)  jmwells7 months ago

Thanks, not a bad Idea having a file on hand. I'll give it some thought since it's placement may require a redesign of the handle sheath. Wouldn't want to make barrel rolling harder then it already is!

jmwells Cmdr. Vik7 months ago
I'm thinking flat between the handle and you. It shouldn't add to the bulk, and should actually spread the impact out on your back. Perhaps combine it with a small EDC kit.
The Rambler7 months ago

This is incredible.The holster looks awesome and the functionality is truly impressive. You definitely have my vote, not just for the awesome holster but also for the instructable itself. Incredibly detailed, very clear, and thoroughly documented.

Cmdr. Vik (author)  The Rambler7 months ago

Thanks! I appreciate the feedback, I really hope a majority of people find my instructions as clear as you do.

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LynxSys8 months ago

I have to hand it to you, after reading your objectives, I wondered how you would manage to create a back-mounted sheath that allowed for easy sheathing and unsheathing of the tool. Having watched the video, you have accomplished your goals with style (and the finished product looks quite professional).