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Benefits and Drawbacks Of Axes – Learn How They Work

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We have talked about axes a lot on our website. We wrote a lot of reviews and made a lot of guides to help you understand how an ax works. Today, we have decided to write a post that will go in-depth on every part of the ax plus more.

Axes have been around for a while now. A lot of people think that axes are used for one task only, but in reality, there are a lot of projects that can benefit from using axes.

Why Do You Need Axes?

As I said before, axes are an important tool that can be used for different tasks. A lot of people use axes for camping. There are many reasons for that, the first and biggest reason is that axes can cut different materials.

For example, axes can be used to cut firewood so you can build a fire.  Except for that, axes are helpful to cut other things too, such as ropes or any other material. They can also be used to protect yourself, especially while camping, you can protect yourself from different animals or even people.

There are a lot of different types of axes. For example, we have axes that are specifically made to cut wood or chop down trees. There are axes that are decorative-only such as Viking Axes.

They come with fully-made Viking Design, or they come with a handle that you can easily customize and give it a Viking Look.  Usually, they come with a low-quality blade, so if you decide to cut anything with these blades then most likely they will break.

Why do you need axes? Well, for a lot of reasons. But the main one is that they can cut through different materials. They are mostly used to chop down trees

Additionally, there are axes that can be used for different competitions. A competition that is gaining a lot of popularity lately is the ax-throwing. If you love axes and you want to find a new hobby then the ax-throwing competition might be ideal.

It will help you get better hand-eye coordination plus it works your muscles. There are axes that are specially made for throwing competition, they usually come with a double-bit blade and a comfortable handle.

You can even use axes for your business, some people love to make their own axes.  Selling axes can make you a lot of money, especially if you make durable and high-quality axes.

  But, if you don’t know how to make your own then that’s okay. We have made a lot of guides to help you with this topic. You can find them on our website by clicking the “Axe” on top of the website.

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Benefits of Knowing Axe Parts

Knowing how an ax work and its part is very important. Especially when you are shopping for one. While shopping the seller could give you false information just to make you buy the ax or talk about things that you don’t know what mean. Knowing the parts of the ax can help you understand the seller.

Moreover, there are a lot of different types of axes that can be used for different tasks, knowing things about axes can help you make a better decision because you will know exactly what type of ax you need.

Knowing these things can also help you decide to make your own ax.  Making your ax isn’t hard and if you have enough knowledge then you can actually make one that will fit your needs plus more. Although, we highly recommend to start off by buying axes first and not jump into making your own.

Drawbacks Of The Axe

Although there are a lot of pros from using axes, there are some cons too that are worth mentioning. The first thing that you may notice about axes is that they are all the same, which means that these tools haven’t evolved over the years. Even that they are great from cutting different materials, in the modern world they are not needed anymore.

They can also be dangerous too. As you know, every ax has a sharp blade, that blade can cut through the hardest wood, now imagine the harm it would do if the ax came in contact with the human body.  If you are not careful enough, you can harm yourself and even others around you. Having axes near your children is also a bad idea.

But, if you have enough experience then this will not be a big problem. Experienced people already know the danger of the ax and they protect themselves all the time while working.

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Tips On Using The Axe

Your safety comes first while using the ax. Always before starting, make sure to check if the head is securely attached to the handle, if the head is loose then it can fly around while working and hurt someone, you don’t want a sharp blade flying around you, right? Of course not, that’s why you have to always check.

There are many things that you need to do while using the ax. But the main one is that you need to always protect yourself, axes come with a very sharp blade t

The other thing you need to do while using the ax is using safety gear. Especially safety goggles, they will protect your eyes from any wood kickback or from dust. Gloves are also important, especially if the handle isn’t comfortable and vibrates while cutting.

It is recommended to use the ax with two hands, using with one hand can lead to ax slipping from your hands. Moreover, using the ax with two hands gives you a better chance of cutting the wood with one take, because you can add more force.  Always make sure to control every move you do with axes.

Axes can also be a stress relief, especially if you are having strong emotions. If you are angry you can get the ax and start chopping trees, just make sure to don’t rush the process or you can harm your back.

Learn Here: 3 Things You Need To Do Before Using Axes

Final Words

Axes may have been around for a while, but they are still being used for a reason, right? Yes, and that reason is that they do a good job, especially for firewood or kindling. Before deciding to buy an ax it is recommended to know what tasks you will use the ax for, so you can know exactly which type of ax to buy and the features you need. 

If you don’t already have an ax then make sure to check our reviews that we have made for different types of axes.


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We're a team of engineers, contractors, technicians, and woodworking experts who use power tools daily and share fact-based information, tips, and recommendations. At thetoolgeeks.com, we debunk myths about power tools and share methods to use them effectively.

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