Blacksmithing - Forging a bearded axe

  • Published on Mar 21, 2017
  • I show how I make a bearded axe (viking style).
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  • Jamal Udin
    Jamal Udin 8 hours ago

    What powder do you use to combine steel springs, can I get them in the shop? And whats the name.?

    • Torbjörn Åhman
      Torbjörn Åhman  7 hours ago

      When forge welding steel you use flux to keep the surfaces "clean". The most common form is pure borax

    TERRYBIGGENDEN 17 hours ago +1

    Avery beautiful gaze! :-)

  • Sebastian Firebreather
    Sebastian Firebreather 20 hours ago +1

    Hot damn.

  • Drakon Choas Bringer
    Drakon Choas Bringer 23 hours ago


    • Torbjörn Åhman
      Torbjörn Åhman  7 hours ago

      Only the body is mild steel, the edge is proper steel.... mild steel is much easier to forge and is cheap.

  • vonBelfry
    vonBelfry Day ago +1

    In the recommended, the title was "Forging a bear..." I'm shocked and disappointed that this is not a video about Ursine fabrication.

  • James Hunter
    James Hunter 2 days ago +1

    Won't find one of these in Home-Depot!

  • Adam Stevens
    Adam Stevens 2 days ago +1

    epic - just wow ....

  • Lewis_ Adams10
    Lewis_ Adams10 3 days ago +1

    *You're worthy*

  • Lewis_ Adams10
    Lewis_ Adams10 3 days ago +1

    Damn the new minecraft texture pack lookin' good

  • ctboomer2000
    ctboomer2000 4 days ago +2

    Absolutely beautiful, thank you for sharing!

  • Ray Zickrick
    Ray Zickrick 5 days ago +1

    Skeggøx ?

  • JOSHuA WAMplEr
    JOSHuA WAMplEr 5 days ago

    Why did he put coal in the eye of the axe head when forging out the eye?

    NATURE AND DOG 6 days ago +1

    Very nice, well done.

  • Ovidiu Iacovita
    Ovidiu Iacovita 7 days ago +2

    I love how you work !
    Greetings from Romania.

  • Filipe Rodrigues
    Filipe Rodrigues 8 days ago +1

    Bewtiful axe

  • János Béres
    János Béres 9 days ago +1

    This is my favorite video from you. Amazing! Really thank you very much!

  • BlackOutSurvival
    BlackOutSurvival 9 days ago +1

    Tf man that anvil is huge

  • Pete Cambeul/PJG
    Pete Cambeul/PJG 10 days ago +2

    Cool! Great Job! Thxs.

  • Tanel Laan
    Tanel Laan 10 days ago

    Nice axe. But this ribbon dangling from your hat right near the moving belt grinder will take your head off one day.

    • Torbjörn Åhman
      Torbjörn Åhman  9 days ago

      :) Looks worse than it was, but that mask is history....

  • حسين البياتي سلاش ماين كرافت

    @حسين البياتي

  • Der Beobachter
    Der Beobachter 11 days ago +3 of the last men on this planet with the know how to forge and create a hatchet......Top👍👍👍👍

  • johnsepticlemon
    johnsepticlemon 12 days ago +1

    5:49 WE’RE UNDER FIRE!

  • Monsterhunter Nathan ultimate

    You have the skills of a true craftsman!!!

  • Michael Williams
    Michael Williams 12 days ago +5

    Great editing with the nature scenes and then the gentle music. Exactly what was needed to keep me interested! Fantastic handiwork too!

  • Ryan Trogdon
    Ryan Trogdon 12 days ago +1

    Friggin awesome!

  • Paul Drowns
    Paul Drowns 13 days ago +1

    That's why we buy your, and you don't buy our's!

  • agent 00000007
    agent 00000007 13 days ago +1

    Заточи топоры нормально

  • Emperor Washington
    Emperor Washington 14 days ago

    What is the powder that you were using in the making of the blade?

  • Randy Woodworth
    Randy Woodworth 14 days ago +1

    I got an old axe head in the shed, i've been meaning make a handle for it, i'll go to the lumber yard and get a piece 3 foot piece of hickory wood and carve it to shape.

  • Illusionstheater
    Illusionstheater 14 days ago +1


  • Randall Summers
    Randall Summers 14 days ago +1

    Very good video. I truly enjoyed. Thanks.

  • vin 950
    vin 950 16 days ago

    jw, why did you use a spring steel edge and a different steel for the rest? I thought this was done due to high carbon steel being expensive in the past? Was it just for fun?

    • Torbjörn Åhman
      Torbjörn Åhman  15 days ago

      That's the main point I guess, to only use the steel where needed and use iron for the rest. Mild steel as I use here is much easier to forge than any high carbon steel.

  • Hanter Killer
    Hanter Killer 16 days ago +1

    Хороший топор получился.

  • Padraic Smith
    Padraic Smith 18 days ago +1

    I gather wood so that I can haft an axe.
    I have an axe to gather wood.
    The Cycle continues.

  • Sadi
    Sadi 18 days ago +1

    6:27 MG-42 sound

  • Sadi
    Sadi 18 days ago +1

    1:52 machine gun sound

  • People's Front of Canada
    People's Front of Canada 18 days ago +2

    All I can say as I'm half Norwegian and half English....I want one.It very much appeals to me,for some reason.Nice job sir.

  • Saved by Grace.
    Saved by Grace. 19 days ago +1

    Wonderful craftsmanship.

  • dubnstuf
    dubnstuf 20 days ago

    What makes you prefer the linseed oil over walnut? Great video and a beautiful tool, thanks for posting it.

  • NovorSec
    NovorSec 20 days ago +1

    Wow this really shows how hard was to build an axe on ancient times, literally it was a technological challenge lol

  • Иван Иванов
    Иван Иванов 25 days ago +1

    Всегда приятно посмотреть на настоящее творчество настоящего мастера !!! Спасибо!

  • Life on Wheels
    Life on Wheels 25 days ago +1

    Beautiful craftsmanship sir!

  • Nhad al-iraqi
    Nhad al-iraqi 25 days ago +1

    Creative in your work

  • Robert Lombardo
    Robert Lombardo 26 days ago +1

    Killer intro!

  • Bettas Sragi
    Bettas Sragi 27 days ago +1

    Very nice 🤩

  • Patrick Edward O'Toole
    Patrick Edward O'Toole 27 days ago +2

    Absolutely amazing. One of the best axe builds I have ever seen. What a wonderful product you created. Really well done in every aspect, and A+ for video quality. Thank you.

  • slowpokebr549
    slowpokebr549 28 days ago

    hmmm....wonder where he got his super cool hatchet?

  • David Spence
    David Spence 29 days ago

    May I ask why you're throwing charcoal into the head of the axe while stamping out the hole for the handle?

    • Eisen
      Eisen 26 days ago +1

      To keep the drift from sticking would be my best guess.

  • CloroxBleach
    CloroxBleach 29 days ago +1

    How much? I need one now

  • Dusit Poemwattana
    Dusit Poemwattana 29 days ago +1


  • Alex Harwell
    Alex Harwell Month ago +2

    *Gimli, son of Gloin, wants to know your location.*

  • Unique Primitive  Technology

    So beautiful ,

  • OwdJockey
    OwdJockey Month ago +4

    Hi Torbjorn, excellent craftmanship and a beautiful piece of work. Now all you need to do is grow a beard, get some tattoos and start quoting Ragnar Lothbrock. LOL

  • Cem Achilles
    Cem Achilles Month ago

    I want to buy one from you ? Do you have a shop?

  • Mark Russ
    Mark Russ Month ago +1

    mother: what are you doing down there??

    Son: nothing mother! ahahahahah

    never mess with anyone who can make an axe from scratch. you just know that they're evil fuckers. P.s amazing craftsmanship!

  • Richard Smith
    Richard Smith Month ago +1

    Beautiful work!!

  • Richard Smith
    Richard Smith Month ago +1

    Hello Buddy? I have been watching ( forged in fire ) for like a year or so and I always wondered why do the guy on there make there ruff blank knife, Then timmer it in oil, Then grind the hell out of it, Then sharpen it! So my question why don't they grind it until its down ready to sharpen then temper it like you just did on this ax? Don't it take alot of the timper out when they grind it to death?

    • Torbjörn Åhman
      Torbjörn Åhman  Month ago +1

      @Richard Smith As I said, if you keep the blade cool (below the edge temper temperature) you can grind however you like. But I can agree that many blades are extremely thick.

    • Richard Smith
      Richard Smith Month ago

      @Torbjörn Åhman So its now good how they do it on the show have ruff blank temper it then and grind the crap out of it?

    • Torbjörn Åhman
      Torbjörn Åhman  Month ago

      When hardening you will get some deformation from the change inside the steel. Which is quite critical for a long thin blade. If it's thicker it will not bend that easy, and you have more material left for correction. Then there is also the issue of de-carburization of the surface, which again is critical for a blade. If you don't protect the steel you will always need to grind away a bit. For an axe or pickaroon the deformation, if any, is not critical. If you are careful not to overheat the blade, grinding is no problem for the hardness.

  • Александр Сергеев

    А можна купить такой топорик?)

  • illeodavinci
    illeodavinci Month ago

    Very nice vid, Just subbed thank you

  • Anthony Dean
    Anthony Dean Month ago

    Amazing, thank you for letting us watch you work, just wondering what the project time was without the time lapse ?

  • TanzKoYol Forever
    TanzKoYol Forever Month ago +1

    I'm looking forward to a future career in blacksmithing, just having trouble finding someone willing to have me as an apprentice. Y'all wish me luck!

    • Colin King
      Colin King 18 days ago

      TanzKoYol Forever Aha, it took you a week to write it, grueling and slowly, but you never gave up! Keep that up and youll end up making a knife, the process is similar!

    • TanzKoYol Forever
      TanzKoYol Forever 27 days ago

      @Colin King thank you!

    • Colin King
      Colin King 28 days ago +1

      Good enthusiasm

  • Cosmic
    Cosmic Month ago +1

    you made the handle too short, now it looks like a children's toy.

  • Cosmic
    Cosmic Month ago

    what was the powder you used to fix the blade edge to the axe head?

  • Esa Bragge
    Esa Bragge Month ago


  • Jesper Fuglsang Nielsen

    Beautiful axe... But, you're cheating a lot! It's not entirely handmade, you know... ;) ;)

    • Jesper Fuglsang Nielsen
      Jesper Fuglsang Nielsen Month ago

      @Torbjörn Åhman no no, that's true. Maybe I just misinterpreted the text, as in "made viking style" 😄
      Have a wonderful weekend,Tor-Stärk-som-Björn!
      Best wishes from Denmark 💪😉

    • Torbjörn Åhman
      Torbjörn Åhman  Month ago

      It's no cheating if you reach your goal. I didn't say I would use the old methods, but the principle is exactly the same.

    OSMAN S. YILDIRIM Month ago +1

    Excellent work .. Congratulations

  • DasOhneEnde
    DasOhneEnde Month ago +2

    tu mutch with machinery. But a very nice Axe :P

  • Dameseano Prietolini
    Dameseano Prietolini Month ago +1

    Este hombre es un genio, literalmente es un artista..

  • Yakup Surucu
    Yakup Surucu Month ago +1

    Tebrikler 👍

  • Nhad al-iraqi
    Nhad al-iraqi Month ago +1

    مبدع ...good.

  • Сергей попков

    понятно спасибо за информацию

  • petoslav 123
    petoslav 123 Month ago +1

    jatu sekyru chci

  • Сергей Мазур

    Хочу купить такой топор у Вас

  • Сергей попков

    а возможно приобрести рессорный молот как у вас в одном из видео

  • Natas Sesuj
    Natas Sesuj Month ago +1

    Nice job

  • Nioskap Motorsport
    Nioskap Motorsport Month ago

    What is this white powder ?

  • DEMON 967 2.0
    DEMON 967 2.0 Month ago +1

    Make Thor’s hammer 🔨 pls

  • JoachimderZweite
    JoachimderZweite Month ago +1

    This is a work of art as well as being an essential tool.

  • Kire Rodeif
    Kire Rodeif Month ago +1

    nice. band saw might come in handy. =)

  • Gretchen Morfea
    Gretchen Morfea Month ago

    Just saying the steel should be glowing orange hot or stress cracks will form on the cutting edge and make it weaker
    It was not alway glowing orange hot
    L I like the video though good job

    • Gretchen Morfea
      Gretchen Morfea Month ago


    • Torbjörn Åhman
      Torbjörn Åhman  Month ago

      It actually depends very much on the type of steel you use. It's hard to judge the exact temperature in any video. It's usually ok to make light corrections and planish at lower heats, but never try to move masses of steel.

  • Ryan 0
    Ryan 0 Month ago +1

    My beard grew three inches watching this

  • Kevin thefishkid
    Kevin thefishkid Month ago

    Such a beautiful piece. Love the little intermissions you have too. Question, how did the metal split like that for the forge weld? I saw you grinded it but then you drew it out after the grinding, how did it not forgeweld back together?

    • Torbjörn Åhman
      Torbjörn Åhman  Month ago +1

      Thanks. Normal forging temperatures will not weld anything!

  • The Professional Edge

    When he is punching the hole what is it he is sprinkling in and why?

    • Torbjörn Åhman
      Torbjörn Åhman  Month ago

      Check out my FAQ -

  • KN BB
    KN BB Month ago +1


  • Hydro Gene
    Hydro Gene Month ago +1

    very good work, very good axe....thanks to sharing.

  • MrGambler650
    MrGambler650 Month ago +1

    Magnificent!! Truly a beautiful axe!!

  • Honzík Krobotů
    Honzík Krobotů Month ago +2

    Well sir, if you ask high price for your work, its well worth it!

  • rodney adams
    rodney adams Month ago

    first tool down timber fram / log cabin tool box. make big ass wooden thor hammer for pond peaces together, what called throw (handle long flate blade) splits shingles for roof and side if want shingle side house or barn, some kind giant chisel . though use ax many same jobs. nice mortises. big ass drill bit witch hardest make. then put stick top to twist it. not best way get drill bite spine but east make self. normal ax suspect made show vedic. level , plumb line , square. problem forget things think make timber frame building or log cabin tools. maybe shovel. put stone down for foundation.

    • Torbjörn Åhman
      Torbjörn Åhman  Month ago

      Sounds like a plan! Some of the tools are on my list already.

  • David Brown
    David Brown Month ago +1

    was expecting better

  • jpsholland
    jpsholland Month ago

    Blacksmithing: the lost craft. Only a handful of people worldwide still master this.

    • Torbjörn Åhman
      Torbjörn Åhman  Month ago

      It's not that bad actually. There are many capable blacksmiths around still. I'm just a beginner really, compared to the pros.

  • Oh Asis
    Oh Asis Month ago +1

    That ash certainly splits nice and straight.

  • Anderes Strider
    Anderes Strider Month ago +5

    When your hydropress starts working it remind me of "The Devil went down to Georgia", dunno why

  • Country Boy Life
    Country Boy Life Month ago +1

    What an awesome axe. Thanks for the video.

  • Tom Kelly
    Tom Kelly Month ago +1

    This was an amazing video! Thanks for sharing!
    I am curious about your fuel, was that coal or charcoal? My guess is coal but I think it would be really great if you could make the fuel to make the axe with the axe as well!

  • Roberto Ortiz
    Roberto Ortiz Month ago +1

    If thor needed a hammer or axe he would probably pick you

  • Sean Romero
    Sean Romero 2 months ago +49

    Nice work, and thank you for not having ridiculous music playing.

    • M_O_ G
      M_O_ G 2 days ago

      @Colin King country road.....

    • Colin King
      Colin King 28 days ago +3


  • Cosmic Charlie
    Cosmic Charlie 2 months ago +1

    I'll take it!!!😁

  • Toko Polo
    Toko Polo 2 months ago +1

    Man, beautiful piece of artwork. You inspire me. It'd be a shame to not subscribe.

  • dingFAching
    dingFAching 2 months ago +2

    That intro was the most Scandinavian shit I've ever seen.

    PEPEL FOG 2 months ago +1

    Der Hamm super