Yes Tool: copper demolition axe


42 Responses to “Yes Tool: copper demolition axe”

  1. Mister44 says:

    Your title is off. It says “pure copper” which I  would think would be way too soft for something like that. The link says it is high strength beryllium copper.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Best to use it only on soft tissue.

    • Ultan says:

      Beryllium copper is great stuff, fabulously strong and springy, but beware of machining it or otherwise generating dust, e.g. sharpening it. It causes first beryllium hypersensitivity  then berylliosis which is in many ways worse than the effects of working with asbestos. Lung granulomas, fever,  joint aches, chronic shortness of breath; it can occur after a single exposure and may take years to develop.

      Tiny amounts of inhaled beryllium can cause it: “A study found 1% of people living within 3/4 of a mile of a beryllium plant in Lorain, Ohio, had berylliosis after exposure to concentrations estimated to be less than 1 milligram per cubic metre of air.”
      The OSHA limit is 500 times lower, 2 micrograms per m^3, NIOSH recommends less than 0.5 micrograms/m^3.

  2. For anyone wondering why you’ want a copper rescue tool:
    Copper wont spark.

    • jhoosier says:

      Yeah, I had to read through to figure that one out.  Makes sense, I guess.

    • suburbanhick says:

      Given the increasing number of electric and hybrid cars on the market, i think I’d go for something with an insulated handle too!
      Seriously, though – it’s a real concern for first responders and others at crash incidents. You really wouldn’t want to cut through an A, B, or C post with a bundle of live wiring running through it. Even if you don’t get zapped yourself, it could trigger an airbag, a fuel vapor explosion or something else even nastier than the accident itself.
      Be careful!

      • Ito Kagehisa says:

        Although you are quite correct, it’s worth noting that a metal tank full of gasoline vapor is far more dangerous than the high voltage lines in a Prius (which are heavily insulated in bright safety orange, BTW).

        Even Plasma Boy’s eponymous disaster was far less dangerous than a tank of gasoline going off.  He walked away from the plasma arc with only skin burns.

    • Ito Kagehisa says:

       In the rocket motor factory we used bronze, not copper.  We had nearly every tool you can imagine in bronze.

  3. JC C says:

    Thank you, Red Adair, for taking Sparky McInferno out of the oilpatch.  Really, I mean it.

    • I wouldn’t be surprised if Red Adair’s company really did issue bronze tools, especially hammers and axes. Its pretty hard to strike a spark with bronze.

      My grandfather worked at a cracking plant back in the forties and fifties. He “acquired” quite a few bronze hammers over the years.

  4. MrEricSir says:

    Since the handle is copper, wouldn’t this be a really good conductor?  Wouldn’t want to use this without gloves.

  5. heist says:

    The “WARRIOR WIPES” also look pretty nifty. they’re baby wipes. but TACTICAL.


  6. Churba S says:

    Not sure about demolition axes, but it does look a hell of a lot like the Crash Axes you find on Planes.

  7. Robin Davies says:

    Marvelous site. My favorite so far: the “Multi-Function Rescue Shears”. Basically a big pair of scissors with unusual extra features like the “oxygen bottle opener” (which, if I’m not mistaken can also be used to crack walnuts, in a pinch. It’s a bit hard to tell which bit opens the oxygen bottle). 

    What are you go do when disaster strikes? Run for the scissors of course! 

  8. Beanolini says:

     All copper tools must quail before the mighty copper hammer of Thor. Made in Solihull.

    I have one of these, I found it down the back of the sofa when I moved into the flat in which Thor used to live.

  9. Ray Perkins says:

    I guess the fact that sporks come in seven different colors justifies the high price:

    • CygnusXII says:

       They sell those same colored, Sporks at Walmart, for the same price. I bought a few to keep in my desk at the office. They are a bit heavier and thicker than regular Sporks, and worked OK. I used them until my Wife bought me a Titanium one. I keep that one on my key chain.

  10. realityhater says:

    I like the 6 piece  ampco tool kit for the low low price of $ 306.95 – that works out to $51.00 a tool . so $51.00 each for 2 screwdrivers , adjustable open end wrench,10 inch groove joint pliers,6.5 combination pliers and lastly the most important Apocalypse tool the crate opener…….  at  Harbor Freight you would only pay about $12.00 for all six,  but hey who needs money in the apocalypse……

    • Art says:

       Harbor Freight rules  :) 

      I recently discovered their new retail outlet near my home!  I thought I was looking at Xanadu.

      • realityhater says:

        Great store for  cheap tools !   I used to be a die hard craftsman tool lemming – until I realized the quality had gone sharply down hill. I expect a #2 screwdriver to last more than a year and if you like to scavenge garage sales , flea markets etc, occasionally you can still find good quality craftsman tools - but since almost every tool on the market is made in CHINA  anyway – I’ll stick to my harbor freight – especially if it’s a tool I may use only a few times

        • Art says:

           Precisely right!!!  And Harbor Freight sells tools (like drill presses) that are still made of iron and steel like the ‘ol days.  Companies such as Delta, etc,  started “value engineering”  their power tools years ago and are now mostly made of plastic- save for the most critical components.

  11. MonkeyBoy says:

     I think the axe is for wannabe Ötzis in the post apocalypse ice age, though I admit it has more functions than the axe he carried.


    Things with which to hit other things: mankind’s oldest industry.

  13. chgoliz says:

    Copper?  People are already breaking into abandoned homes to strip out copper piping, etc.  In the coming zombie apocalypse, copper will be worth more than gold.

  14. Steve Collins says:

    For the most part, this site distresses me – admittedly in large part because of the Homeland Security association (it might be better as Apocalypse Survival Depot…). Anyway, I can’t help flipping through their catalog. I’m a particular fan of the ridiculousness of the “56 Serving Grab and Go Bucket” and the elegantly plated outdoor meals. 

  15. Kimmo says:

    Hey Rob, innit kinda oxymoronic to say something even has a feature that’s de riguer?

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