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There are lots of great Paracord projects over on Instructables, and we’ve featured quite a few of them here before (see below), but this one from Harlan Whitman caught my eye, both because of the great job Harlan does presenting the technique, and because of the great-looking results he gets on this camp axe, which he made himself. [Thanks, Harlan!]

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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • http://www.kentkb.com kentkb

    Beautiful axe, is it from HW Knives? I looked at that site but did not see it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Harlan-Whitman/770724350 Harlan Whitman

      No connection with hwknivesandmore.com.  That axe is made by me ;)

  • http://www.kentkb.com kentkb

    Beautiful axe, is it from HW Knives? I looked at that site but did not see it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Harlan-Whitman/770724350 Harlan Whitman

    Thanks for nifty review!

  • Tobot

    It looks great but that it’s going to cause you some severe pain/blisters with even mild use, there’s a reason traditional axes aren’t full tang and yet another reason you don’t see paracord wrapped axe handles