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This Swordsmith Hacks Ancient Weapons to Unlock the Secrets of Viking Metallurgy

Jeff Pringle is an Oakland-based swordsmith, so it’s no surprise he has hundreds of pre-industrial and viking-era swords, axes, knives and other sharp, wonderful artifacts in his collection. But Pringle describes his collection as almost “accidental,” and the way he uses his collection has put the blades he makes…

Blizzard have planted an Axe in a Times Square Taxi, because Warcraft Blizzard have planted an Axe in a Times Square Taxi, because Warcraft

Look, I get getting angry if your cab didn't get you where you wanted, but this is a little extreme, no?

Turn Any Stick Into an Ax With This Multi-Tool Chopping Blade Turn Any Stick Into an Ax With This Multi-Tool Chopping Blade

In a survival situation, with enough determination you could probably chop down an entire tree with the Leatherman multi-tool on your belt. But the effort required would certainly leave you exhausted and unable to fight off bears. That's why the Klax multi-tool seems like such a better solution, as it can turn almost…

A Cleverly Curved Axe Head Turns Anyone Into Paul Bunyan A Cleverly Curved Axe Head Turns Anyone Into Paul Bunyan

They say if you build a better mouse trap the world will beat a path to your door. But if you live in the woods, and come up with an ingenious way to improve something as simple as an axe head, the world will be able to clear cut a path to your door. Because cutting down trees and turning them into cords of firewood…

The 5 Types of Ax Everyone Should Know The 5 Types of Ax Everyone Should Know

The forest isn't just going to lay down and stack itself into timber piles because you asked nicely. You'll need to fell, chop, and hew it into submission. Here are the tools to do it.

Installing This Axe Shelf Looks Incredibly Easy and Dangerous Installing This Axe Shelf Looks Incredibly Easy and Dangerous

With a brilliant design incorporating two axes, Köln International School of Design students Yanik Balzer and Max Kuwertz have created a shelf that makes installation an absolute breeze. You just need to find an open space on your wall, wind up, and hope that at least one side of the axe heads makes contact with a…

The Ultimate Backpacking Outfit The Ultimate Backpacking Outfit

Backpacking gear was my original obsession with technology. For even the most minor update to my kit, I read dozens of reviews, talk to my expert comrades, and then finally try it out myself.

A Carbon Fiber Core Makes This Axe Lean and Mean A Carbon Fiber Core Makes This Axe Lean and Mean

Aside from a few innovations in materials, axe design has been something that's gone relatively unchanged for awhile now. But a new concept, dubbed the Zai Core, from designer Kacper Hamilton, which makes use of carbon fiber in the handle and a series of interchangable carbon steel blades, breathes new life into an…

Double-Duty Axe Saw Turns Forests Into Firewood Double-Duty Axe Saw Turns Forests Into Firewood

A few years ago Zippo decided to expand its product offerings so the company's wares appealed to more than just smokers, arsonists, and action movie heros. Recently they've made a strong push into outdoor gear, and this brilliant four-in-one axe proves that Zippo's not just slapping its logo onto any old product.

You'd Want This Axe If Zombies Attacked You'd Want This Axe If Zombies Attacked

In the event everyone starts turning into zombies and eating each other's faces off (looking at you, Florida), this Tactical Tomahawk axe is the kinda tool you'd want to have.

Was This Indestructible Axe Made By the Same Craftsmen Who Created Thor's Hammer? Was This Indestructible Axe Made By the Same Craftsmen Who Created Thor's Hammer?

The best feature of this seemingly indestructible fiberglass-handled hatchet isn't that you can repeatedly drive a tractor over it without snapping the handle. No, it's that the axe can be used by anyone with $30 to spare—unlike Thor's hammer which can only be wielded by the mythical hero of Norse legend.

Could There Be a Cooler Maurice Sendak Tribute Than This Awesome Axe? Could There Be a Cooler Maurice Sendak Tribute Than This Awesome Axe?

Maurice Sendak was important to us here at Gizmodo: His stories inspired us to follow our own internal compasses when our parents told us to stop wasting our time skateboarding or making movies or playing with gadgets. In an unhappy coincidence, we visited Best Made Co.'s New York City workshop on the day of Sendak's…

We Are in Another Golden Age of Axe Design We Are in Another Golden Age of Axe Design

When guns came along and became mankind's primary weapon, axes were relegated to chopping firewood and other mundane tasks—ending the medieval golden age of axe design. But thanks to a recent spike in zombie popularity, designer axes have enjoyed a renaissance.

Daily Desired: This Badass Throwing Axe Hits the Spot Daily Desired: This Badass Throwing Axe Hits the Spot

An axe used to be a tool fundamental to human survival. Today, I'm just as likely to be felling trees as felling zombies. I've decided to turn to sport to tap my inner woodsman with this vicious throwing axe.

Whittling Is Definitely an Artform in Maskull Lasserre's Case Whittling Is Definitely an Artform in Maskull Lasserre's Case

Canadian Maskull Lasserre's woodwork is miles from the kind of whittling woodwork that takes place down in Alabama in a rickety old rocking chair. For one, each piece is incredibly intricate, and extremely macabre, with skulls popping out of furniture and axe handles carved into skeletons.

The Moment a Russian Axeman Looked Into the ATM Camera's Eyes The Moment a Russian Axeman Looked Into the ATM Camera's Eyes

Apparently Russia has a slight problem with some crazy-skinhead running around town with an axe, hacking into ATMs. Evidence of his second destruction was caught on CCTV by the ATM, which sadly didn't fare too well:

An Axe You'll Want To Frame An Axe You'll Want To Frame

We love axes. We love gorgeously shot videos. We love American flags. So it's no surprise that we're positively drooling over this beautiful introduction to Best Made's new American Felling Axe. Four pounds of steel, three feet of hickory, a lifetime of patriotic chopping. [Best Made]

Determined Bank Robber Proves That "Bulletproof" Doesn't Mean "Axe-Proof" Determined Bank Robber Proves That "Bulletproof" Doesn't Mean "Axe-Proof"

Let's say you really, really need to rob a bank, like in under four minutes. But there's all this pesky bulletproof glass between you and the terrified tellers! If you can relate, take a tip from this industrious Chinese bank robber, who understands that "bulletproof" glass doesn't mean you can't axe the bejeezus…

Gizmodo Loves Axes Gizmodo Loves Axes

This morning, we decided we think axes are awesome. Beautiful, functionally perfected, and, yes, great for elegantly chopping the crap out of things. Below, a roundup of our favorite old school cutting contraptions.

A Real Man's Gift: Make Your Own Axe Kit A Real Man's Gift: Make Your Own Axe Kit

You could get the budding lumberjack in your life an axe for the holidays, but what's the fun in that? If he's going to chop down his own Christmas tree, he should do it with an axe he made himself.

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