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Man Transforms an Ordinary Hammer into a Super-Sharp Tomahawk Axe

DIY Tomahawk

Australian knife maker Steve Miller breathes new life into a well-loved ball-peen hammer by transforming it in an unexpected way. With the right equipment and a blacksmithing know-how, the humble tool is forged into a DIY tomahawk. He takes us through the entire metamorphosis in a nearly seven-minute-long video on his popular YouTube channel, Miller Knives; watching it is a surprisingly mesmerizing experience.

Miller begins the makeover by removing the hammer head from its original handle and placing it into a fire. After the piece turns bright yellow-orange, Miller removes it from the pit and starts the long process of pounding and shaping the head into a much thinner and wider piece of metal. At this point, it doesn't look like a hammer, but it doesn't look like a tomahawk, either.

Manipulating the blade is just one long step in this arduous endeavor. Once Miller has the piece flattened to his liking, he draws the shape of a tomahawk blade and then slices and files the edges accordingly. This makes them extremely sharp in the process, and signals that the hardest part of the project is now over. All that is left is buffing and refining the metal, as well as creating a new handle from wood.

With his tomahawk complete, the natural question is, “How sharp is it?” Miller answers this in a series of exercises that include slicing wood, a water bottle, and a coconut—all of which the tomahawk does with ease.

Watch the entire video below. You’ll notice that there’s no narration or music, but just the sound of Miller’s tools, and it makes you appreciate his handy work even more.

Artisan Steve Miller transforms an ordinary hammer into a super sharp ax.

DIY Tomahawk

He shares how he created the DIY tomahawk in a mesmerizing video.

DIY Tomahawk

After removing the hammer head from its handle, Miller begins to pound and shape the metal into the a flatter and wider piece.

DIY Tomahawk

It's a long process.

Forged Tomahawk

Forged Tomahawk

To refine the shape of the ax and make it sharp, Miller cuts and files the blade.

Forged Tomahawk

Forged Tomahawk

The final step involves making a handle out of wood.

Forged Tomahawk

So, how well does it work?

Forged Tomahawk

Let this GIF speak for itself…

DIY Tomahawk

… and watch the entire video below:

Steve Miller: YouTube | Facebook

My Modern Met granted permission to use video and images by Steve Miller.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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