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The International Axe Throwing Federation (IATF)

(5.1) Standard Axe (Hatchet) Specifications


  1.  Standard Throwing Axe (Hatchet) Requirements:  see image 2.1 below
    1. The handle must be made from wood, no other material is allowed;
    2. The axe must be a single bit blade, ie: no blade or sharpened spike protruding from the back of the axe head.
    3. Handle Length:
      1. ​The length must be a minimum of 13” long and cannot exceed a maximum of 17” long:
        1. ​This measurement begins from the bottom (butt) of the handle to the top of the axe head. See Image 2.1 (2.1.2);
        2. If any of the handle protrudes from the top of the axe head (eye) it does not count towards the minimum or maximum handle length. See Image 2.1 (2.1.1).
    4. ​​Weight:
      1. The axe head must weigh between 1.25 and 1.75 pounds. Please note, referees and officials will refer to the stamped or advertised weight of an axe. If there is no stamped weight, a referee or official may weigh an axe including the handle to assess its combined weight.
    5. ​Blade Length:
      1. The face (blade) of the axe must be no longer than 4″ and must be fixed to the handle of the axe.

Image 2.1:

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