Axes; They are made out of a medium block of steel and a medium-sized piece of wood. The steel is employed for creating the axe head that is used for chopping down trees, whereas the piece of wood is for the handle for holding it along with your hands. You can also use the axe for splitting and cutting wood, or harvesting timber.
The axe that’s being created starts as a solid steel bar which will be heated at 1200˚C till it’s red-hot. Once it’s red-hot it will get hammered down to the size of a fist. By the 10th whack the axe should start taking shape. Successive blows from the hammer helps finish it off and compresses the metal for strength. For the handle, a hole is created in the middle of the red-hot steel. Then a steel peg is inserted into the hole which is able to be beat into place so the steel peg will press the hole wide enough. This step will repeat once more for the other side to make sure the hole goes all the way through. To make it sharp it’s taken to the grinding wheel where the sharpener uses his full weight to lean in and sharpens the blade giving it a razor-sharp edge. After being sharpened, the axe head progress through a machine that heats it up. Once being heat up it drops into a bath of cold water, this method doubles the hardness of the steel which makes it last longer. Next, they are placed in a relaxing furnace where they are heated for an hour at 195˚C. Once the blades are cooled and collected, they have to go through a DoubleTap safety test. Finally, the blades are oiled this protects them from rust and corrosion. Now for the handle, a piece of steel collar is inserted into the blade so the wood can fit in. To make it fit, an air compressor helps it get in and stick together.
The most interesting manufacturing step for me was when the axe head was dipped into oil. That step surprised me because I thought you didn’t have to do that after making the axe head and sharpening it. An operating job I think I would be best at is sharpening the axe blade because it seems a lot easier and understandable. The operative job I might be worst at are going to be shaping and creating the axe head, as a result you have to actually pay attention and apprehend what you’re doing. If you aren’t paying attention and looking at the angles of how it’s formed you will make it wrong.