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April 2019

Two handed axe throwing

Our Commitment to Safety

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At Whistle Punks we never compromise on safety. Whether it’s our top-notch instructor’s training or the state of the art equipment we use, we’re always looking for ways to make axe throwing as safe as possible.

That’s why RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) & TESS (The Events Safety Shop) have endorsed us for having excellent safety practices.


Each lane is supervised at all times by a qualified instructor and there are only ever two players per lane throwing an axe at a time. Our instructors teach players to throw properly and avoid throwing in ways that could cause an axe to come back at them.
Each instructor is highly trained and regularly assessed to ensure all guest experiences follow our safety guidelines.

Axe design

Whistle Punks use axes with a wooden handle. This is because our experience has taught us that wooden handled axes will bounce far less than their rubber-coated counter-parts.

Lane design

The matting on the floor of our lanes has been handpicked and extensively tested to make sure it absorbs as much of the force as possible and reduces the risk of an axe making its way back at you.
We also have shock absorbers above our targets that catch axes and prevent them from rebounding from a height.

Simon holding one of our new axes

The Whistle Punks Axe

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As axe throwers we have thrown and tested a lot of different axes, forever seeking that perfect throwing axe. It would need to have the right balance between weight and length while still remaining within the standard axe throwing proportions.
There have been a few close-shaves, some almost-rans and far too many not even closes.

Our quest may be at an end.

We are changing from our current axes to a Helko Werk axe. The Whistle Punks logo is stamped on the side and it was made according to our exacting specifications – the perfect Whistle Punks axe.

These axes will provide a better quality axe to throw with. They will last longer, throw better and have a nicer all round experiences.


About Helko Werk:

Helko Werk started in Cronenberg, Germany in 1844. They quickly earned a reputation as a manufacturer of high-quality hatchets, axes and forestry tools, and by the early 20th Century were exporting to Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Helko hatchets and axes are recognised worldwide as some of the finest forestry tools available.


The Forging Process:

All Helko Werk axes are drop-forged from high-grade carbon steel. Drop-forging is one of the most proven methods of crafting durable hardware and tools.
After forging, the heads are hardened and cooled. Unlike many other manufacturers, who use a water bath, Helko tools are cooled in warm oil to avoid small chinks and cracks forming in the metal.

They have spent 175 years perfecting the hardness and temper of their blades, creating the ideal balance between superior edge holding ability, ease of sharpening, and resistance to chipping and fracture.

The quality of the handle is a measure of the tool’s integrity. Helko Werk equips their axes with some of the finest American Hickory and Swish Ash available.


The Whistle Punks axe specs are:

Weight of head: approx 600g
Handle length: approx 36cm – Ash