GEARTESTING Axe Sheath

Sandspoor

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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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You mean like this lanyard? Good idea 👍🏻
 

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I recently seen a post of someone using a pistol holster like the twister as an axe sheath. Maybe consider looking at that for inspiration. The ability of the holster to change sizes make it very customizable to axes and hatchets of all shapes and sizes.
It was on the onetigrislife instagram page.

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Andy Z.

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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?
As @Momo said, axes on market has different shape, it's hard to make one which can fit most of them. Also it comes with a cover/pouch for this part when you buy an axe.
 

Andy Z.

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We had this conversation long time ago. But yes, use the axe’s original sheath...
Yeah. I know but this is a point we need to consider about if we want to release it. The perfect situation is that one fits all. lol.
 

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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.

The attached pic is the x sheath with a Mora hatchet.
Does this modified x sheath sway when you walk?

with a double Molle strap for the head of the axe and narrowing down to one Molle strap for the handle.
We have the same thought of making 2 straps to prevent it from swaying but didn't consider about 1 for handle. Maybe we can divided this holder into 2 part. For small head axe, we only need the one to fix its head and for big one, we will need both holder for head and handle (like the pics attached above).
 

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A. this could be a solution for most of axe. (sorry forgot to draw a cover on the top);
B. ① as I said above, it could sway because of the extra space inside. we could provide a hook and loop strap to fasten the handle inside.
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OR make it to the position ②, the head of axe will be stuck at the black point I marked.
 

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A. this could be a solution for most of axe. (sorry forgot to draw a cover on the top);
B. ① as I said above, it could sway because of the extra space inside. we could provide a hook and loop strap to fasten the handle inside.
OR make it to the position ②, the head of axe will be stuck at the black point I marked.
I think you where on the right track with the one shown previously that you where shaking around and momo showed. If you made it a bit longer and made it so it could really wrap tight around the shaft and then have that flap that folds over the top as shown it would work well and retain it firmly.

I use a Schrade scaxe2l hatchet but I stick it in my spare hydration slot on the side and zipper it up to hold it in place since my backpack carries two hydration pouches one on each side and I only carry one bladder. But a holder I could affix to the outside and use that slot for a 2nd hydration bladder or use on other backpacks I have.

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Sandspoor

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A. this could be a solution for most of axe. (sorry forgot to draw a cover on the top);
B. ① as I said above, it could sway because of the extra space inside. we could provide a hook and loop strap to fasten the handle inside.
OR make it to the position ②, the head of axe will be stuck at the black point I marked.
Will this work with axes with traditional curved wooden handles?
 

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Does this modified x sheath sway when you walk?


We have the same thought of making 2 straps to prevent it from swaying but didn't consider about 1 for handle. Maybe we can divided this holder into 2 part. For small head axe, we only need the one to fix its head and for big one, we will need both holder for head and handle (like the pics attached above).
The modified x sheath does have some movement, the bulk of the weight is outside the sheath. More movement, the heavier the axe. The two strap design shown in the pic should work. The second strap controls the sway of the head by controlling the movement of the handle.
 
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Just a re-suggestion of an idea of long ago. This will allow most sizes and shapes of axes to be carried safely and securely plus you have some area to ad molle for extra pouches. It is a simple and very easy sheath to make...
 

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I think you where on the right track with the one shown previously that you where shaking around and momo showed. If you made it a bit longer and made it so it could really wrap tight around the shaft and then have that flap that folds over the top as shown it would work well and retain it firmly.

I use a Schrade scaxe2l hatchet but I stick it in my spare hydration slot on the side and zipper it up to hold it in place since my backpack carries two hydration pouches one on each side and I only carry one bladder. But a holder I could affix to the outside and use that slot for a 2nd hydration bladder or use on other backpacks I have.

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Actually the reason why it sways is that the backpack didn't carry enough stuff. It needs to be buldging so the pouch with axe would't sway strongly. As you said, we can extend the lenghth of it OR use 2 back straps for Molle panel OR add a seperate part to hold its handle to resolve this problem. No worries. @Momo is doing the prototype. We will send 2 for testing.
 

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I always thought using the pistol holder as an axe sheath was a great idea!
Yeah it's very creative and I never thought it could be used in this way. @Momo tested it as well and the result is that there are to much space for handle and it needs a strap extrap inside to fasten it. Another reasoin is that the cost will be higher than just a pouch with a flap cover velcro closure. So we will go as the GIF we showed finally.
 

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The modified x sheath does have some movement, the bulk of the weight is outside the sheath. More movement, the heavier the axe. The two strap design shown in the pic should work. The second strap controls the sway of the head by controlling the movement of the handle.
agree.
 
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