Material suggestions for a hatchet

Kev

Well-Known Member
I’ve been asked to build a survival type hatchet/axe. It will be made via stock removal. I think I’ve settled on .250 thickness to start. What material would be the best compromise of qualities for such an implement?
Thanks
 

EdCaffreyMS

Forum Owner - Moderator
Good old 5160 is hard to beat for such an application. 1050 could also be used, but would be difficult to find in a correct size.
 

Chris Railey

KNIFE MAKER
I have to agree with Ed on the 5160. If I were going to make a hatchet that would be the steel. How are you going to cut .250" steel?
 

Kev

Well-Known Member
I have to agree with Ed on the 5160. If I were going to make a hatchet that would be the steel. How are you going to cut .250" steel?
Sounds like 5160 it is then.

I have a few options for cutting out .25 material. Bandsaw, a different bandsaw, plasma, cutoff wheel, etc.

Thank you.
 

Stormcrow

Well-Known Member
Full tang I presume? 5160, 4140, or if you can heat treat with a digital furnace, 80CrV2. Properly heat treated and proper geometry in any of those alloys will make a darn good axe/tomahawk/hatchet.
 
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