Total Length: 34"
Total Weight: 8lbs
Handle Length: 30"
Face to Pick: 9.75"
Head Thickness: 1"
BADAXX, your new "go-to" tool.
The BADAXX tool has been designed to increase the efficiency of firefighters, law enforcement officers, tactical forces, and first responders to successfully perform their jobs.
This innovative tool allows its handlers to rapidly increase the speed at which they can force entry, perform demolition, operate water and gas shut-off valves, and safely rappel from elevated locations. The BADAXX tool has been designed to save the lives of those who save lives.
The concept of the BADAXX tool was born from the obvious necessity of its existence. With the alarming rate of first responders being injured or killed due to ever-increasing rapid fire spread, we needed a way for first responders to safely avoid being trapped inside of or on the roof of buildings and homes being consumed by fire. Scott McCann, a veteran firefighter of 30 years, decided something had to change. In 2012, McCann started designing his tool and began making wood prototypes in his family garage. After a series of prototypes his tool has developed into a game-changing invention: the BADAXX tool. This product has been engineered and tested to be an extremely efficient tool for saving the lives of victims and rescuers alike.
The ongoing efforts of the BADAXX tool are aimed at lowering the amount of risk involved in first responders' efforts to save lives while also increasing the speed and efficiency at which they can successfully do their jobs.
From the very beginning of the BADAXX tool, we insisted that it be made in America or we would not make it at all! We are committed to using local craftsmen and only American made materials. No question, no compromise, and no apologies!
The head of the BADAXX tool is created through the process of… investment casting, otherwise known as lost wax casting. We start with a die that has wax injected into it to form the shape of the head. The wax head is then coated with a series of porcelain layers to create a mold of the head. The mold is then heated to melt and remove the wax and is finally filled with molten 4150 tool steel. Once cooled down, the porcelain is removed and we have a finished head.
Once we have the casting, the head is then hardened through the process of heat treating to create the strength and durability to withstand a lifetime of completing the toughest jobs in the harshest environments.
The handle is precision machined from a solid blank of Aerospace tempered aluminum; this is the toughest alloy of aluminum and is the same grade used in manufacturing commercial aircraft. We have chosen this alloy to allow extreme strength while keeping the weight down. We then treat the handle with an anodized finish to get the color you want and prevent oxidation.
Finally the head and handle are pressed together and pinned with 5 steel spring pins to ensure a lifetime of dependable and durable use. No matter what job is put in its way, your BADAXX tool will never let you down.
As a lead fire-ground survival and rapid intervention instructor, I am always on the lookout for tools and equipment that make the job of the rescuing firefighter more efficient and effective.
...Our team of instructors put the Badaxx through the most demanding situations.
We used the Badaxx to ventilate, escape from the roof, a window and the basement. We also performed forcible entry, breaching, and breaking (including through brick), with the Badaxx and its performance was amazing. I started as a skeptic, but I am now a believer. This tool will save lives”
- Dave Killpack
The base of the BADAXX blade has been engineered to create an emergency anchor point for first responders who find themselves trapped above the ground floor of any structure. The anchor point can latch onto, or be driven into, most building materials. A safety rope can easily be attached to the hole provided at the end of the handle to allow you to rappel to safety. The BADAXX tool allows you to complete many challenging tasks while providing you peace of mind, knowing you have a rock solid anchor point anywhere, and anytime you need it.
Made from hardened 4150 tool steel, the 4.5” pick can quickly be driven into most materials, providing an immediate extra foot hold during emergency operations. We designed our pick to have a consistent width throughout its length. By not having the entire pick tapered like a wedge, we have avoided the wobbly, unstable foot hold most commonly found with the traditional pick head axe. To increase your safety we have added knurling to the top surface of the head to prevent your foot from slipping. With the tapered end and angle of the pick, we have designed it to be very efficient at overhaul while also allowing it to function as a fulcrum for prying and lifting.
The head of the BADAXX tool has been engineered to apply maximum impact force to the striking surface while the beveled edges force material away from the blade. The result is an effective method of breaking through material without the blade being pinched or jammed. This allows for the efficient completion of time-critical operations, while minimizing exertion, and preserving much needed energy. The face of the blade provides an effective striking surface when used with a Halligan style bar. The rectangular hole in the head is designed to receive a 2”-3” adz blade of a Halligan style bar. This design allows the handles to marry close together and can easily be grasped with one hand. The BADAXX tool and a Halligan style bar, affectionately known as the “irons”, are the perfect pair for any forcible entry job!
Precision machined from a solid piece of high strength aluminum for maximum durability and minimum weight. The BADAXX handle is ergonomically shaped for a more natural swing. The hole provided at the end of the handle allows you to easily attach a safety rope for rappelling and bailout operations. The cross hatch pattern along with the hooked finger grab prevents the axe from slipping from your grasp.
The handle has been machined to include two styles of hydrant wrenches necessary to quickly open and close standard fire hydrants. The top surface of the head also includes a pocket that will operate a standard shutoff valve for both water and gas meters.
By Smoke & Oakum
My name is Ken Bush, owner of Smoke & Oakum Leatherworks. I have been a professional firefighter, in Washington State, for the last sixteen years. I have been making custom leather goods for the last 19 years. I learned to sew out of necessity, while I was in the U.S. Navy, by mending my uniforms and changing insignia's after an occasional promotion. There were no tailors to be found, while out at sea.
I later developed an interest in muzzle loading firearms, which involved a number of leather accouterments. Having sewn before, I enjoyed the challenge of making the leather articles myself. Making them myself allowed me to make them exactly the way I wanted. I began researching the techniques and materials used in order to make my items as authentic as possible. Leather workers and harness makers were at their height of their profession a hundred years ago or more, so I figured, who better to study for sewing knowledge and technique, than the old craftsmen.
The Fire Service has been using leather goods, to get the job done, for the last 200 years. Several leather accessories still find themselves useful today. I made a couple of these for my own enjoyment and use. Other firefighters saw them and asked if I could make them one. As time has gone by, my skills have refined and I've established a reputation for fabricating good looking, high quality, and long lasting leather goods. I am pleased to now provide a high quality scabbard for The BADAXX.
My scabbard is made in the same manner as things were a hundred years ago, by hand, using high quality materials. I cut the leather pieces out by hand and sew them by hand using the saddle stitch, because it’s the strongest method. My seams are reinforced by real copper rivets. They are hammered and domed by hand, just like in the old days. No cutting corners by using the cheap and easy double capped or tubular rivets.
It is easy for me to stand out when you compare quality and attention to detail. I believe you will find my scabbard is worth the price. I find nothing is "fireman-proof", but given proper care, this scabbard should last a lifetime.
CAUTION our scabbard belts are NOT rated to be a rescue belt and should not be used to support more weight than the BADAXX!
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