GEARTESTING Axe Sheath

Dean Cattell

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I thought it would be best to start a separate thread for this idea. Post #96 from the EDC multisheath thread speaks to the possibility of using the approved design for smaller axes with a few modifications. Basically, leaving the bottom open and extending the closure a couple of inches will create a sheath for axes that can be attached to packs.
 

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Why not just modify the section on the original multisheath you rolled up on the bottom to have a flap as well that is secured by hook n loop plus a snap button. Then add at the top a longer hook n loop flap. Now it can hold tools, be rolled up as well for smaller tools or open the bottom totally so that it can work for longer axes and tools that have handles as well. I went with both snap buttons and hook n loop for this due to added redundancy and strength on the bottom so tools don't fall out the bottom. Radio pouches use a hook n loop and snap button configuration to hold the radios in so along those lines.

Also if one snap button not good enough and want even more structure just extend the bottom flap and have two snap buttons. My measurements per each snap button and the flap would be based off the size of that velcro tab system for when you fold it up. So fold one would be one snap button and if wanted two on the second fold would be second snap button. Might have to add some extra length to the velcro tabs for when it is folded as well.
 

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Here is a crude drawing of having a section that folds in at the bottom and then the other piece wraps around the bottom and then comes up the front of the pouch. This would allow for a snap on the bottom and a snap on the front. Have hook n loop in between as well.
 

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That would definetly work!

Something along those lines should. My only concern is keeping your original idea of it being able to fold up at the bottom as well. I am sure Andy will look at it and see if something along those lines is able to be done. Regardless of how its done just have velcro as the main closure method with snap button(s) as the redundacy.
 
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Andy Z.

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Why not just modify the section on the original multisheath you rolled up on the bottom to have a flap as well that is secured by hook n loop plus a snap button. Then add at the top a longer hook n loop flap. Now it can hold tools, be rolled up as well for smaller tools or open the bottom totally so that it can work for longer axes and tools that have handles as well. I went with both snap buttons and hook n loop for this due to added redundancy and strength on the bottom so tools don't fall out the bottom. Radio pouches use a hook n loop and snap button configuration to hold the radios in so along those lines.

Also if one snap button not good enough and want even more structure just extend the bottom flap and have two snap buttons. My measurements per each snap button and the flap would be based off the size of that velcro tab system for when you fold it up. So fold one would be one snap button and if wanted two on the second fold would be second snap button. Might have to add some extra length to the velcro tabs for when it is folded as well.
Thank you for your sketch and explaination, which are very clear and I think it's a good idea to do an improvement for the original tool pouch. Please check the GIF pics attached above. I tested the one we have and it sways slightly when walking. Is this a problem for you? As axe is heavy, is this normal for most of them?
 

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Here is a crude drawing of having a section that folds in at the bottom and then the other piece wraps around the bottom and then comes up the front of the pouch. This would allow for a snap on the bottom and a snap on the front. Have hook n loop in between as well.
In this way it will be difficult to be snaped on on the bottom. I think just velcro will be enough (like the new tool holder we released recently https://www.onetigris.com/open-top-flashlight-holster-04.html) OR just one snap.
 

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@Momo also attached some pics of details about the pouch we tested. Kind of like the second pic you shared.
 

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The idea looks good, but what about covering the bussiness part of the axe? I imagine it would be a good idea to have some protection over the sharp edge of the axe?
 

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The idea looks good, but what about covering the bussiness part of the axe? I imagine it would be a good idea to have some protection over the sharp edge of the axe?
Dear Sir, the problem is that there are many different sizes of the sharp edges of the axe, so we cannot make a universal size to protect the sharp part. Maybe the seller of the axes will provide them?
 

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Thank you for your sketch and explaination, which are very clear and I think it's a good idea to do an improvement for the original tool pouch. Please check the GIF pics attached above. I tested the one we have and it sways slightly when walking. Is this a problem for you? As axe is heavy, is this normal for most of them?
I think the style in the gif could work. If it is swaying to much maybe the holder has to be longer.

When it comes to the original tool pouch I was just suggesting a way to have the bottom open as well as keep the folding of the bottom ability but yes similar to the flashlight 04 holder..

Personally I think you are on the right track of the one you demonstrated holding the axe.
 
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Dear Sir, the problem is that there are many different sizes of the sharp edges of the axe, so we cannot make a universal size to protect the sharp part. Maybe the seller of the axes will provide them?
We had this conversation long time ago. But yes, use the axe’s original sheath...
 

Dean Cattell

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Dear Sir, the problem is that there are many different sizes of the sharp edges of the axe, so we cannot make a universal size to protect the sharp part. Maybe the seller of the axes will provide them?
Most if not all axes will come with a cover that will protect the sharp edge of the axe. The traditional wood handle ones are usually leather, others are a form of cordura or other material. The main issue for me is attaching to a pack. I think there was a post either here or maybe on FB where a person used an open pistol holder. The original X sheath will hold most axes and hatchets if the bottom of the Sheath is open. I cut one of my x-sheaths to convert it to an axe carrier. Works well with hatchets, but the Velcro closure could be a little longer for some of the traditional axes with bigger heads. 4AA8042A-B0D9-4159-9A8F-6068E18B515F.jpeg
The attached pic is the x sheath with a Mora hatchet.
 
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Dean Cattell

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I quickly snapped some pics of three different hatchets (overall length 13 to 19 inches) that show the x sheath with an open bottom holding all three. The pic that @Momo posted shows that there would be weight distribution on either side of the sheath, some swaying. The pics here show hatchets with a different head design, so there would be more swaying due to the weight of the axe head. There would be two ways to address the swaying. First start at the top of the sheath with a double Molle strap for the head of the axe and narrowing down to one Molle strap for the handle. Second, and the most easiest fix is to limit the amount of movement at the bottom of the handle. This can be accomplished by using existing straps or pockets on the pack that the axe is being attached to. Most axes also have a lanyard hole at the bottom of the handle. Looping some Paracord through that hole and securing the loop to the pack stops the handle movement and therefore the excessive sway created with a heavy axe head. There is a post on the One Tigris Life FB page from a reader that used a minimalist pistol holder as an axe sheath.
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