What’s up guys, John here, back again with another no holds bar axe review to help you cut throw the competition. Today we will be looking at what it takes to be crowned the best throwing axe to have in the wild. There are a lot of factors to consider before you can make the right decision.
Throwing axes and knives are one of my favorite things to do. I’m not sure what I like more, impressing my friends, or myself. Learning how to throw an axe is easy and fun. It just takes a little time and a lot of practice, and nothing makes somebody’s mouth drop quicker than throwing an axe perfectly across your yard into a bullseye.
The Best Throwing Axe Technique
When it comes to throwing your axe there is a plethora of styles and techniques to use. You should master these two techniques first, before proceeding onto more difficult throwing styles. Either of these throws can be effective when used properly. The key is to practice safety when throwing any bladed objects. You must always respect your blade.
Double Handed Throwing Axe Technique
Start with your left foot forward. This is important because you want to try and keep your torso square with your target. Now, hold you axe extended in front of you in your left hand.
The back of the axe is what you use to aim at your target. Once you have your target sighted, take your right hand and grip your axe above your left hand. Make sure you don’t place your thumbs on the spine of the handle because this will cause the axe to twist when thrown.
Remember, your starting and release point are the exact same when throwing an axe. As you begin to draw your axe backward, make sure to avoid leaning to one side. The easiest way to do this is to raise your elbows. This axe throwing technique is so effective because it creates a semi-circle over your head that produces a centrifugal force in the axe.
I always try to do a couple practice swings before I let my axe fly. This is very similar to a golfer warming up before the swing; you are just trying to get a smooth motion going. Remember, you want to release your axe at the exact same spot you used to aim. The good news is, your body begins to recognize this release point and over time it will become natural.
Single Handed Throwing Axe Technique
This technique is very similar to double handed throw, but there are a few key differences. Many people have difficulty with this throw because they try to pitch their axe like a baseball. Grip your axe firmly with your right hand and place your left foot forward, in the direction of your target.
Now draw back your axe hand by raising your elbow straight up. It is important that you don’t shift your entire body like a baseball pitcher because the axe is extended behind your head. This is the same lifting motion as the double hand technique uses. Your bicep should be next to your ear when wound fully back. The key to this throwing technique is to allow the axe to slide out of your hands once you reach the desired aiming point.
It’s not your power that gives your axe speed, it’s the momentum at which the axe is projected. You can literally hear the handle slide out of your hand. This noise is an indication that you have done everything correctly and the only adjustment you need to do is distance.
The Best Throwing Axe – My Top 5
Now that you got your technique mastered, you are ready to consider, what is the best throwing axe for you. There is no shortage of axe manufacturers and the majority of them produce medium to low quality products. I want a throwing axe that can also be used for cutting and splitting wood, not just thrown and when I’m in the wild I am far more likely to reach for my hatchet before my fixed blade survival knife. If you are like me, you need a serious throwing axe that can handle a lot of use. These are my pick for the top 5 throwing axes to have in the wild.
Smith & Wesson SW671 Extraction and Evasion Full Tang Tomahawk TPE & Steel Handle
The Smith & Wesson SW671 Extraction and Evasion Full Tang Tomahawk features a 3.9″ 1070 High Carbon Steel blade that is perfectly balanced for throwing. This axe weighs in at 2.69 pounds with an overall length of 15.9″. The handle grip is removable and slightly textured to assist with your grip.
- High Carbon Steel Blade
- Textured Handle Grip
- Great Length
If you are trying to learn the art of axe throwing, this is a great starter blade. You get a professional-grade throwing axe at a great price point. I own a couple of these bad boys and I use them when I am teaching friends and family. The durable materials used in construction and aerodynamic design make this a smart buy.
Browning Shock N’ Awe Tomahawk Knife
The Browning Shock N’ Awe Tomahawk Knife features a High Carbon 1055 Tool Steel Blade. The overall length of this axe is 13″ and the handle has a glass breaker at the bottom end. I like the hot forged powder coating used on this axe, it gives this blade added protection from moisture and wear.
- 1055 Tool Steel Blade
- Glass Breaker Handle
- 1-Piece Design
- Handle is Smaller
I like the feel of the paracord but I found the handle of this axe to be kind of small for some people. The sheath is a big plus for this axe. It is very easy to insert the axe and the fold-over straps keep your axe securely in place. This is a great throwing axe for anyone looking to get a dependable blade without breaking the bank.
Fox Small ATC Commanche Fighting Tomahawk 14 1/2″ overall 8 3/4″ black non-stick
The Fox Small ATC Commanche Fighting Tomahawk in constructed from a forged N690Co Stainless Steel. This gives this axe excellent balance and weight. The material on this axe is a better than most. A G10 composite was used in the handle to reduce slippage.
- N690Co Stainless Steel
- G10 Composite Handle
- Cobalt Vanadium Non-Stick Coating
- Full Tang
- Grip is Stiff
There are few throwing axes that compare to the overall durability and quality found in this unit. I am a huge fan of this blade. If you are looking for a high-end throwing axe to help you improve your competition skills, look no further than the Fox Small ATC Commanche Fighting Tomahawk.
Hogue EX-T01 Tomahawk S-7 Blade, Black
The Hogue EX-T01 Tomahawk S-7 Blade is one serious axe that can handle the rigorous schedule of a professional axe thrower. This axe is perfect for everything from pinging targets to splitting logs. I really like the skeleton blade arrangement. It keeps this blade light.
- S-7 Steel Blade
- G-10 Scales
- Solid Black Sheath
This axe is constructed from S-7 Blade Steel that gives you added power. G-10 scales give you a better grip than previous versions of this axe and the blade is hand sharpened to a razor sharp edge. If you are looking for a throwing axe that can also function as a reliable tool in the wild, this is the best throwing axe for you.
Gerber Downrange Tomahawk
The Gerber Downrange Tomahawk gives you the perfect balance of functionality and form. This intuitive design gives you an axe, hammer, and pry bar in a portable layout. The 420HC Steel body with Cerakote is virtually unbreakable and the MOLLE compatible sheath attaches to packs, e=webbing, and body armor.
- 420HC Steel
- Desert Tan G-10 Composite Scales
- MOLLE Compatible
- Pry bar
- Edge Dulls Easily
This military grade tomahawk is designed to take some serious abuse. Gerber is known for delivering quality products and this axe continues that legacy. This is the best throwing axe for the money and I like that it is MOLLE compatible.
The Best Throwing Axe – Final Thoughts
Throwing axes is a great way to spend an afternoon and if you are like me, a great skill to have in case of a zombie apocalypse. I didn’t start off throwing like a pro, it took me many years to finally reach a professional skill level. I hope that the information in this throwing axe guide helps you to find the best throwing axe for you.
Once again, it’s John, signing off from another in depth blade review to keep you ahead of the slice. Make sure to tune in again soon to catch up on all the exciting new blades we will be examining.