Making a TITANIUM Axe

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, October 15, 2019
  • Taking on forging a titanium axe in the blacksmith shop today. It's a very challenging project, as titanium is incredibly tough and hard to forge. First I had to carefully heat it up to forging temperatures and then by a combination of working under the power hammer and at the anvil, I was able to turn the raw piece of titanium into an axe head. Grinding the axe as it turns out was harder than hard, but after spending a couple months at the grinder I was able to get it done. For the handle, a beautiful piece of purpleheart hardwood was selected. Carefully ground and shaped to fit the hand, it was wedged tight with a black walnut wedge. What a cool project to build as it makes a very nice axe when it's all finished up! Hope you enjoy the video.

    My name is Timothy Dyck. I got hooked on blacksmithing when I was 13 years old. I quickly realized that in order to keep blacksmithing I needed money to buy costly supplies, so I started making small items and selling them at the local farmer markets. The farmer markets turned into craft shows and craft shows turned into custom projects. Right out of high school I had the opportunity to apprentice under a blacksmith, where I worked with him for four years. We did projects for some of the most prestigious houses around the rocky mountains and were apart of many large public sculptures. I learned many valuable lessons while working under his training, but the desire to set up my own shop and go out on my own was always something I dreamed about.

    So in 2013 I started setting up my full time blacksmith shop out of BC, Canada making custom projects and products like railings, gates, lights, stairs, fences and all the many blacksmithing tools required to keep the blacksmithing shop running. I love what I do and this is my dream job. I enjoy showing you what's going on in the blacksmith shop through the lens of a camera and would love to have you along for the ride as I live out my dream of being a blacksmith in the 21st century.

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  • Joshua Stagnitto

    Joshua Stagnitto

     2 hours ago

    why titanium? that seems like a bad idea for an axe.. you WANT an axe to be heavy.. titanium is just as strong as steel but lighter. and thats perfect for a ton of applications. but on something you want heavier then steel would be the way to go one would assume.. but im also not a blacksmith. what would the advantages be of a titanium axe vs a normal steel one?

  • Joshua Stagnitto

    Joshua Stagnitto

     2 hours ago +1

    "it feels so good... It feels so smoothe. its the smoothest ive ever felt wood. I guess because its so hard."
    while he's stroking it..


    I cant be the only one who thought this.. but even if i am............ ^^ Thats what she said...

  • Тимур Ибрагимов

    Тимур Ибрагимов

     6 hours ago

    Техника безопасности:
    - Ну да, ну да, иду я нахер.

  • Maxx Life

    Maxx Life

     7 hours ago +1

    I was waiting for one of you to lose your grip and then we would have really known who the winner was

  • Steffen Jespersen

    Steffen Jespersen

     14 hours ago

    What titanium alloy was used ? Ti-6Al-4V ?`

    Saying titanium is like calling steel for Iron.

  • Lord Feish

    Lord Feish

     20 hours ago +1

    11:12 for him stroking a hard woody and saying it feels so good

  • Gustavo Chiacchio

    Gustavo Chiacchio

     23 hours ago

    Imagine see this in slowmotion

  • dominic norton

    dominic norton

     23 hours ago

    I am one of the few who have an allergy to titanium, kind of like those who have a gold allergy, but I want an ax like this. As long as I don't keep the metal against my skin it's fine. I would like to find out how much for a head, I think I can get a good wood for the handle.

  • Rob Weijsnicks

    Rob Weijsnicks


    Hi Tim, great work You're doing, respect!!! I enjoy watching Your craftmansship so lot! ... what I'm a bit confused: Your face expression looks always so tough/'cool'/exalted, exaggerated... are You doing this for Your YouTube-audience, or do You have a more 'sensible' and a finer kind of express Yourself? Sorry being maybe very personal, but this kind of 'hard' 'tough' 'ami-style' face expression doesn't look so good to me, because I think even if You are working with hard, raw material as iron, steel You must be a very sensitiv person to get all that feeling in the art You're working out with Your hands! ... anyway, I like to see Your skills AND also the great artistic output of Your hands and Your soul, keep going on!!!

    @ 16:22.5 ... 1:1 it's a fair, real DRAW!

    Keep Your friends!!!

  • Zachary Alspaugh

    Zachary Alspaugh


    I like the white sparks form it because it’s titanium

  • Jimbo L

    Jimbo L

     2 days ago

    I don't know but, I know it'd be a lot cooler if you did.

  • Oscar-Mike


     2 days ago +3

    is it me or did the titanium stay hotter longer than iron?

  • maoristereo


     2 days ago +2

    You should have made a floppy handle for more kinetic energy

  • Trilok Singh Devda

    Trilok Singh Devda

     2 days ago +2

    I was wondering if axe sleep out of anyone's hand....😂

  • Victor Tsygankov

    Victor Tsygankov

     2 days ago

    Ti axe was close-to-mirror polish, while the steel one was OMG-Single-Granma-tool... Could it cause some effect on chopity-chop results?
    Also, commercial pure Ti is just a tad harder than Al, which Ti alloy did you used here?
    Last not least, Ti production includes forging a so called "metal sponge" into a billet, but this is the very first project of forged Ti axe I'm aware about. Plenty of showels, but an axe O_o
    Many Kudos, but I'd like to hear some clarifications )

  • XTrynDamere Roblox

    XTrynDamere Roblox

     2 days ago +1

    And Thus minecraft added Titanium Ingot to make Titanium Tools and armor which is Harder than Diamond and Stronger

  • Intolerant Hindu

    Intolerant Hindu

     2 days ago +2

    Better Axe is wasted on a poor lumberjack🤫 🤣🤣😂😂

  • that comment doe.

    that comment doe.

     2 days ago

    You should really be using brass rivets for the sheath so that if the blade touches it won't damage the steel

  • Sqoou Too

    Sqoou Too

     2 days ago

    Maybe you can drill it out and insert heavier metal plugs into the holes to make it heavier but still a titanium edge.

  • Sqoou Too

    Sqoou Too

     2 days ago +11

    You idiots really had a chopping contest across from each other ? Like, really ?? And with freshly oiled wood as a handle, smiling the whole damn time. Lmfao at the "safety" glasses...