Battle Axe

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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.

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Step 1: 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

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

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

... 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 !!

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    14 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Thats a cool piece , happy hunting come the apocalypse.

    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.

    2 replies

    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


    4 years ago

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


    4 years ago on Introduction

    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!

    1 reply

    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.

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