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The 3 Best Throwing Axes

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Throwing axes has become a cult-like activity across the continent as axe-throwing centers have popped up in every single major city in North America and many beyond.  Since around 2015 the trend started, and now it’s as strong as ever.  Even some of the most timid, small and shy people I know are aggressively chuking axes end over end at targets in throwing facilities and even their backyards here in my town! Wow, let’s see what kind of hardware people are using!

A throwing axe is an axe that is designed to be used as a close range weapon or as  a melee weapon. How a throwing axe differs from a throwing knife is that it has more weight and length, giving it a much more brutal impact. The axe also has more uses since the blade is actually sharp–you can actually cut down trees with a throwing axe.

This article will review the top 3 throwing axes and recommend the best choice. Don’t be fooled, price does not equal to quality with throwing axes!

What to Look for in a Throwing Axe

 

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 Name  Wasp  Double Bit  Throwing Axe
 Brand  Southern Grind  Condor  Perfect Point
 Weight  10oz  12oz  12oz
 Length 11.5 in  12 in 9.5 in
 Sheath  Kydex  Nylon  Nylon
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You would want a throwing axe that is made of sturdy materials. If it is made of weak steel, the axe can break if it hits a hard object or is dropped. Also, you would want an axe that has a good sheath. Like all knives, a good sheath makes the knife much safer and it’ll protect the blade making it last longer.

The length of the axe and the axe’s weight will determine how fast it will spin, how far it will go, and how much impact it will have. Lighter axes will have less force, distance, and more spin than a heavy axe. Some individuals like heavier axes because they can calibrate their throws easier. A special type of axe that many throwers like are tomahawks. They are very light and small compared to other axes.

Southern Grind Wasp – 11.5″

Southern Grind is a company that was started by country singer and knife enthusiast Zac Brown. He personally oversees the design and production of each and every product.  Peachtree City, Georgia is home to his production facility (really just a glorified metal shop) and his team makes knives and metal works that are designed to be highly functional and ruggedly dependable. No knife leaves Southern Grind’s workshop without meeting the high standards set forth by the man in charge.

The Southern Grind Wasp is a super lightweight, balanced throwing axe made from skeletonized 8670M high carbon steel with a tumbled satin finish. It has finely sharpened edges on the head and spike and they’ll stick a target with ease regardless of how you throw your axe. Each axe is marked with a Wasp logo on the handle, and a decorative cutout on the head. This set includes 4 throwing axes and a custom Kydex sheath for secure storage.

Southern Grind throwing ax

Southern Grind tops our list for quality and integrity!

Condor Double Bit Throwing Axe

Condor is brand worth considering as they’ve fully thrown their hat into the ring, vying for top spot in the throwing axe industry.  This Throwing Axe from Condor features a double bit design with a black traction powder coat and a tan paracord handle wrap. No cheap materials here!  The axe is made from 1075 high carbon steel that has been heat treated and annealed to approximately 50-55 rockwell hardness (HRC). It has a paracord wrapped handle for improved grip and survival applications. Item includes a canvas sheath with a leather belt loop attachment.  It’s 12.5 inches long and weighs 1 lb 4.8 oz.  Hey, here’s something you don’t hear every day;  It’s made in El Salvador!  (just a useless bit of fun info!)

Condor ax

Condor is an excellent choice for the “coolness” factor and the quality is above average!

 

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This is one serious double bit throwing weapon. Don’t confuse axe-throwing with tomahawk throwing. That’s a different thing!

Perfect Point Throwing Axe

Okay, I’ll level with you!  The reason this axe made our list is that it gives you a decent value for the cash.  It’s true that more than a few owners of this set of axes have complained of the head actually breaking off.  That’s a bit uncomfortable for me to read.  Having said that, many more have raved of the quality and value.  I’ll leave this one up to you, but unless you’re a hard-core thrower, I can’t imagine you’d be disappointed by the whole set – especially for the price!

They’re 9.5 inches long with a satin finished stainless steel blade and handle.  A nylon sheath is included.

It seems that this throwing axe has quality issues for some, but for the price, I’m not gonna go through the loops of getting replacement axes from the manufacturer.  I’ll take my chances!

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Perfect Point offers a great beginner, “econo” model of throwing axe, and it comes in a variety of finishes.

Conclusion to Finding the Best Throwing Axe

So, out of the three throwing axes we have reviewed, which one should you buy? Well, the answer depends on who you are.

If you’re just curious about trying your hand at a few throws in the backyard, you may cough up the $20 for a set of the Perfect Point axes.  You really don’t have too much to lose on this purchase, but please don’t think I’m endorsing the “excellent” quality!!!

If you’re interested in something with a bit more quality, and offered by premium retailers, I’d go for the Wasp from Southern Grind.  There’s a bit more professional pride going on here and the price reflects that!  We believe you won’t be sorry for this purchase.

If you want a tomahawk to throw around, I highly recommend the Fast Hawk.

Do you have a favorite (or one that you really hate) ax?  Leave me a comment (or nice words, or criticism) below!

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Comments

  1. Any idea what the best edge is for a throwing ax – concave on a belt grinder, or convex on a wheel? Given you’re not trying to cut through wood, and just stick in the wood, it seems that a concave edge is better.

  2. Just bought the schiflett throwing axe 3 hours ago. My first throw stuck. It is extremely balanced, making it extremely predictable. That blade on the back, is more of a spike, and I’ve stuck a few upside down. Strongly suggest it, you wont be let down. Wish I’d known that Amazon was selling them for half the price I bought it at the flea market.

  3. I am a hapkido guy who judges primarily based on practicality. For me, an ideal throwing ax would need to be useful in both close combat and for throwing. I have been researching what axes this would be the case for.

    I am sad your article doesn’t go into more detail as to what to watch out for like many throwing knife articles. I wanted more specifics on shifts in balance, longer vs shorter axes, and ideal blade head sizes. I think I might try the 2nd option and also get a more practical axe however. Thank you anyways!

  4. Nice article. I have a variety of ‘hawks, including SOGs – the best i have found is by far the Condor tactical throwing axe. It’s 1075 carbon steel (heat treated), and the head and handle are one piece so it will never break. They do a “field axe” version as well, which comes with a leather sheath and wood handle scales. If only it were 3 or 4 inches longer it would be the only hawk i’d ever want.

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