This axe handle guard can be built for a variety of axes, which will be added to the expanding drop-down list.
The axe handle guard will protect your axe handle from breakdown whenever you overstrike your axe, hitting the handle on the wood. It can save you from having to replace the handle, but with time, the axe handle guard will break down as well. It is made out of ⅛” thick leather and treated with Fiebings Mink Oil (available from us here). There are two color options – brown or natural cowhide color (color may vary slightly). Keep in mind that the brown guard will show scratching more quickly than the tan option.
The axe handle guard (collar guard) can also serve as a grip on your axe, and depending on how tightly you lace it down, should not slip down the handle. The guard runs roughly 4 inches down the handle, but this will vary with the axe you buy it for. As a general rule, the smaller the axe, the smaller and shorter the axe handle guard will be.
Each axe handle guard is fitted and formed to the axe handle, so it will fit extremely well if you have the same axe handle. If it does not fit perfectly, you can moisten the guard and tighten it onto the axe when it is moist, it will take the shape of your axe and become formed to it as it dries.
The leather will have holes made for the lace, and provided with the axe handle guard will be a 2 ½ foot length of quality leather lace, which is more than you’ll need, but makes it much easier to lace the guard on. You can cut the excess off or get creative with your tying. Also, you can use para-cord, shoe laces, or any other lace. When tightening the lace, do not pull excessively hard, as leather lace can tear.
If you have a sheath for your axe (from Review Outdoor Gear or otherwise) with a strap that loops around the back of the handle, you may need to stretch the strap just slightly to fit. You can first try this without moistening the strap, but if that does not work, you can do so after slightly moistening the strap with water and stretching until it snaps into position; allow it to dry like this.
A video of about how to lace the guard to your axe and an overview of this guard is available on our YouTube channel, please see the bottom of this page.
*Photos in the gallery are showing the axe handle guard on the Gransfors Bruk Scandinavian Forest Axe (brown) and the Small Forest Axe (tan).
Important: This product does not include the axe or the sheath shown in the photos.
Stock: The axe handle guards will be made to order, so please allow at least a week for production. Production time will go down as we get a feel for the demand. Thank you for your understanding.
Overview of the Axe Handle Guard and how to lace it:
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This holster is hand crafted in Spokane, Washington.