There are lots of things to consider when handling a throwing axe, and balance is one of the most important. It may not be obvious, but a throwing axe can lose its balance over time, just like its blade can lose its dullness. Regular care and maintenance are especially required for sharp objects to make sure they stay shiny and razor-edged.
Extra attention should be paid towards throwing axes since balance is another factor to consider. Balance can affect its performance in many ways and is crucial in extending its lifespan. Here’s what you need to know about balancing a throwing axe:
Why It Needs Balance
In order to throw your axe accurately, it has to be balanced. If it’s wobbling or shaking, then it will be much more difficult for you to hit your target correctly. In fact, an unbalanced throwing axe can be wildly inaccurate: the handle of your axe might hit your target instead of the blade, which can also cause it to break.
An unbalanced throwing axe can also accelerate the deterioration of your axe as you won’t be able to properly use it. It can make the blade duller, which will make it even more challenging to use.
The Types of Axes
Balance differs between throwing axes. For example, double bit axes are more symmetrical than single-bit axes, which will make it easier to spot damages or imperfections in your axe. Double bit axes also need to be perfectly symmetrical in order to perform well—the slight asymmetry will cause it to be unbalanced, making it difficult to throw. Meanwhile, it may be tougher to spot faults in single-bit axes because of the way they’re built and shaped. However, they are easier and quicker to fix than their double-bit counterparts.
Deformations in Blade Metal
After determining the type of your throwing axe, you’ll have to check the blade. It must be smooth and sharp—ragged or serrated edges are a warning sign that your blade should be sharpened or replaced. Your blade must be sharp enough to cleanly cut small items, like paper or toothpicks without significant effort. If you have access to a blacksmith near you, it’s best to have your blade serviced by them. Otherwise, using an axe file or a sharpening stone is a great way to make sure your axe’s blade is in top shape.
Alignment of Blade With Handle
Now that your blade is freshly sharpened and performs as expected, it’s time to inspect the handle of your axe. It may be chipping or cracking slightly. Even though this may seem minor, this can actually lead to more issues when using your throwing axe. These imperfections, including some discolouration, are actually signs that the weight distribution of your axe has changed, causing it to be imbalanced. Even worse, a damaged handle may actually lead to situations where the blade will loosen itself from the handle, thereby completely breaking your axe!
If your throwing axe is damaged, it’s best to address this right away. To help keep it straight and balanced, you can wrap the handle with tape or leather. Afterward, make a few adjustments until it weighs nicely and comfortably in your hand.
Looking after your throwing axe means being cognisant of the condition of the handle and blade. If you spot any sign of damage, it’s best to address it right away. You’ll be keeping your throwing axe in great condition, saving you time, money, and a lot of stress.
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