Tuatahi Racing Axes

Quality Competition Racing Axes

The winning balance between technology and craftsmanship

One Piece AxeOne Piece Axes

At Tuatahi our Research and Development team have been working on the design of a “Super Axe” much like the axes World Champion David Foster talked about in his book “The Power of Two”.

After several years of development, we sent various prototypes out to some of the best in the world to test in a wide variety of wood types and conditions. The results were outstanding and prove by far that our one piece axes, are in fact the best axes Tuatahi have ever made.

Axes are available in various size patterns and should not be cut or ground down to size after hardening and tempering. We've discovered through our testing that this can release tension in the axe and may result in a top performing axe becoming an average axe.

Quality features:

Each Tuatahi Racing Axe has the following features:

  • Axes are individually hand forged from the highest quality tool steel, extra forging in the one piece axes results in better performance.
  • Axe shapes are machined.
  • Range of size patterns available.
  • Axes produced are a better shape.
  • Axes are individually hardened and tempered in atmosphere controlled furnaces and temperature controlled ovens.
  • Axes are individually precision ground to suit various wood types.

Customers may select:

  • A fully finished axe ready to go.
  • A partly finished axe to suit the customers specifications, that he/she is able to finish off themselves.

Individual specifications may include:

  • Axes ground for individual wood types.

Tuatahi Racing Axes can be supplied with or without handles. We stock Racing Axe Handles and also have available Axe Filing Jigs, Leather Axe Covers, Aluminium Axe Wedges, Axe Drifts and Honing Stones!

Main Tuatahi Racing Axe

One piece axe sizes:
We have the following sizes available:
Pattern W = 7 1/4” long x 7” wide (184 x 178mm)

Pattern 2 = 7 1/4” long x 7 1/4” wide (184 x 184mm)

Pattern 3 8 = 7 3/8” long x 7 3/8” wide (187 x 187mm)

Pattern CD = 7 1/2” long x 7” wide (190 x 178mm)

Pattern 4 = 7 1/2” long x 7 1/2” wide (190 x 190mm)

Pattern 4 2 = 7 1/2” long x 7 1/4” wide (190 x 184mm)

Pattern 5 2 = 7 5/8” long x 7 1/4” wide (194 x 184mm)

Pattern 5 4 = 7 5/8” long x 7 1/2” wide (194 x 190mm)

Pattern 6 = 7 3/4” long x 7 1/4” wide (197 x 184mm)

Pattern 6 4 = 7 3/4” long x 7 1/2” wide (197 x 190mm)

Pattern 6 6 = 7 3/4” long x 7 3/4” wide (197 x 197mm)

Pattern 8 4 = 8” long x 7 1/2” wide (203 x 190mm)

Pattern 8 8 = 8” long x 8” wide (203 x 203mm)

Pattern HH2 = 8 1/2” long x 7 1/2” wide (216 x 190mm)

Pattern HH3 = 8 5/8” long x 7 1/2” wide (219 x 190mm)

Tuatahi Racing Axe

Variations of Axe Grinds

A lot of these grinds will cut soft or hard woods, the variation between soft and hard woods is how the edge is done, for example a hard wood axe will have a rolled edge. Tuatahi can also Double Grind.

If you are unsure what grind would suit your wood type please do not hesitate in contacting us.

No. 1 Grind

No. 1 Grind

This grind is available slightly rolled, flat or hollow.

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No. 2 Grind

No. 2 Grind – Chisel Grind

The width of the chisel can vary from 1/4 inch to 1 1/2 inches depending on the wood type. Most chisels are ground flat and varying degrees of hollow are put in behind the chisel.

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No. 3 Grind

No. 3 Grind – Banana Grind

This grind is available slighty rolled, flat or hollow.

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No. 4 Grind

No. 4 Grind – Supergrind

There are variations of the Supergrind to suit different wood types.

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No. 5 Grind

No. 5 Grind – Mitre Grind

This grind is available slightly rolled, flat or hollow.

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No. 6 Grind

No. 6 Grind – Combo Grind

This grind is available hollow only.

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Recommended Grinds for Wood Type

"I have often been asked what racing axe grinds suit various wood
types. The following is my personal preference of grinds, other
competitors may differ here, but I have found the following to work well
in these woods".

Eddie Fawcett

Wood Type Recommended Grinds in order of preference

AUSTRALIA

Gum Chisel Grind
Mountain Ash Banana Grind, Chisel Grind
Poplar Supergrind, Banana Grind, Chisel Grind
Woolley Butt Chisel Grind

EUROPE

Beech Chisel grind with a rolled edge
Fir Chisel grind with a rolled edge
Poplar Supergrind, Banana Grind, Chisel Grind

NEW ZEALAND

Birch Chisel Grind
Gum Chisel Grind, Banana Grind
Pine (Radiata) Chisel Grind
Poplar Chisel Grind, Banana Grind, Supergrind
Strobus Chisel Grind, Banana Grind, Supergrind
Taraire Chisel Grind

SPAIN

Beech Chisel Grind with a rolled edge
Poplar Supergrind, Banana Grind, Chisel Grind

UK

Poplar Banana Grind, Supergrind, Chisel Grind

USA/CANADA

Alder Chisel Grind, Banana Grind, Supergrind
Aspen Banana Grind, Supergrind, Chisel Grind
Cottonwood Supergrind, Banana Grind, Chisel Grind
Frozen wood Chisel Grind with a rolled edge
White Pine Banana Grind, Supergrind, Chisel Grind

Lighter Weight Axes

We are in the process of testing new patterns for lighter weight axes, boys and ladies axes and smaller work axes. We will update details when these are available on the website.

 

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