Support BladeForums! Paid memberships don't see ads! Here is an axe prototype/tester, cut and forged from titanium alloy plate. The cutting edge is heat-treated. The handle is elliptical, and tapers from thin to thick as it approaches the axe head. The entire circumference is filed into a bevel (except under the handle). OAL is 30.5" with an 8" cutting edge, and a weight of 2 lbs 3 oz, balanced right at the top of the handle. The handle is rubber, nylon, and leather. This axe worked great, so I will make a finalized version. Probably a little bit thicker and longer. Before testing: During testing: After testing: Worked great, stayed sharp!