I’m not sure I need one, but I’m damn sure I want one!
A joint project between precision rifle manufacturer PROOF Research and Jake Hoback Knives, the PROOF of Life Axe is wickedness epitomized. Just check it out. I’m scared just looking at it. LOL.
Custom knifemaker Jake Hoback talked about the collaboration that spawned this menacing awesomeness.
“This was a unique collaboration,” stated Hoback, in a press release. “PROOF Research supplied the technology expertise and composite materials. Their design input was simple and concise: ‘In terms of fighting functionality, materials, and overall design – produce the highest-performance axe regardless of cost.’ Mission accomplished.”
Hoback explained that the design is one-third tomahawk, one-third crash axe, and one-third ultra-light axe.
Machined from S7 tool steel, it features skeletonized cutouts that reduce the weight to a not-so-heavy 18 ounces. The result is a tool that is heavy enough for extreme use but light enough for on-the-go situations.
The scales are made from aerospace-grade carbon fiber and are affixed to an ergonomically designed handle that promises to leave the user with no hot spots, no blisters, no pain during extended use.
And maybe the coolest part of all is that there’s a two-tier grind on the axe, a stouter edge on the top half for hard use and a finer one on the bottom half for precision cutting. It’s a medieval multi-tool!
“Our customers fit into one or both of two niches,” said Derek McDonald, Chief Marketing Officer for PROOF Research, “those whose profession requires the absolute highest performance, and those who demand the very best and are willing to make that investment.
“The PROOF of Life axe is a fit for both of those customers and also happens to be a very nice collectible for die-hard fans of both Jake Hoback Knives and PROOF Research,” he added.
MSRP on it is $750. Not cheap. And I suppose that’s the downside. But, as we like to say, you get what you pay for.
To learn more about the detail and design philosophy that went into making this limited edition axe, check out Hoback’s website. Additionally, if you’re in the market for a new barrel or a precision rifle, check out PROOF Research.