Having an axe with you can be tremendously useful in a survival situation of any type. You never know when you may find yourself in the need of one; whether you want to cut something or protect yourself from an attacker, an axe will only benefit you.
However, it can be quite hard to carry it around, especially if you also have a bug-out-bag with you. In a survival situation, you need to have your hands free at all times so that you can walk around better.
If you wonder what to do in this matter, I have the right project for you. I am going to teach you how to create a hands-free carry system so that you don’t have to think about any other ways of transporting it.
Tools and Materials:
- An old belt (or two unless you have a 44-inch waist), a bag of scrap leather strips sold at craft stores, or any leather material 1.5 to 2-inches wide and 48-inches long
- 1/8-inch wide leather thongs to connect the sheath to the strap (and for splicing if necessary)
- Scissors or utility knife
- Leather hole punch – rotary punch, awl, drill, ice pick etc.
- Straight edge
Step 1: Cub to Length
For a 26-inches long axe, you need to have a sling of 48-inches. You can adjust it according to your axe’s size. Regarding the width of the sling, it should be somewhere between 1.5 and 2-inches.
Step 2: Splice
To splice two pieces, simply overlap the two ends about 2-inches and punch 4 symmetrical holes through the overlapped leather (stitching the split pieces is an option). After that, thread a 12-inch leather thong through the holes so that you make a “X” pattern which faces the outside of the sling. Tie the ends underneath with a square knot (right over left, left over right).
Step 3: Attach to Sheath
Punch two holes in the heel portion of the sheath. After doing that, punch another two holes in one end of the sheath. Then, thread an 18-inch thong through the sheath holes and then into the two holes on the sling. Tie them off with a square knot on the inside of the sling. The 18-inch thong should give you ample material to adjust the sling for your stature and clothing.
On the poll end, punch one hole about ½-inch from the edge of the sheath. Now, punch two holes in the remaining end of the sling. These holes are about ½-inch in from the end of the sling. After that, thread another thong through the sheath hole and into the two holes in the sling. Tie a square knot to secure.
Step 4: Cut a Slit
For a ¾ ax, measure about 14 to 15-inches down the sling where it connects to the poll end of the sheath. Next, mark and punch a small centered hole in the sling. From this hole, measure another 4-inches, mark and punch another centered hole.
Using a straight edge cut a slit completely through the sling between the two holes. The ax handle will ride in this slit. For longer ax handles, you may need to adjust the slit placement.
Step 5: Fit and Finish
Now it is time to try out your new hands-free axe carrying system. Simply insert the axe handle in the slit on the sling and secure the sheath on the ax head. Now you are ready to hit the woods in style.
This is all you need to do in order to create your own carrying system. You will find that the benefits are numerous and not at all hard to achieve. Remember, it is better to make your life easier by making a small effort such as making this hands-free carry system, than to take no measures and find yourself in a more difficult situation than it should be.
Do you know any other carrying systems? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.