The AXE™ (patent pending) by Carter Products® was started in 2015 to find a better more comfortable way to turn using carbide insert tools. After a year+ of research and development we launched the Made in the USA full size AXE in 2016. Our goals were simple, create a unique tool and handle that set a new standard in the market place, most importantly at an affordable price without sacrificing quality on any part. The AXE is all that and more from a company building quality since 1929.

The AXE Difference:

Carbide tools are nothing new, they’ve been used in metalworking forever and in woodturning for years, thus we set out to create something unique and user friendly. The early design and feedback from testers indicated that wood was the preferred handle material, and although we had initially envisioned a modular metal design with interchangeable tool bars, most of our testers indicated they didn’t want to stop working to change bars in and out, they just wanted to grab a tool and go! Thus, each tool is a stand-alone tool complete and ready to cut right out of the box. 

 

Handle and Bar Design:

The first departure from traditional woodturning tools is the handle with its flat sides and angled rear. Instead of just going round like everyone else on the market, we took the time to research a new unique design that is frankly more comfortable than most handles on the market, but with a functional purpose as well. The tapper and flats on the rear not only allow for a more comfortable grip, but on the round and square tool they allow for positive angle registration when sheer cutting with the tool slightly angled. To facilitate the transition of sheer cutting, both the round and square tipped bars have flat bases with slightly radius edges to allow smooth flowing movement from flat to angled. The flats on the handle also allow the user to determine the tools sheer angle when doing interior cuts that may not be as visible like when turning bowls. Unlike other tools recently released on the market our sheer angle isn’t fixed as your approach on the work piece isn’t fixed nor are the angles of the piece you’re working on. So, after months of testing it was determined that no one single angle is best for all sheer cuts so rather than have a fixed angle the AXE’s radiused edge allows infinitely adjustable angles based on preference and work piece contours. Don’t get stuck with a manufactures’ suggested angle, determine the angle that best works for you and your piece. We also found that rolling the edge from cut to sheer created a smoother surface which is harder to accomplish with a fixed angle or square cutting bar. The diamond tool, which isn’t intended to be used at an angle, is completely flat on the base. So, when you combine the enhanced control and comfort handle with the radius edge bars we’ve set a new standard in carbide tools.

 

Cutter Design:

The super sharp cutters designed for the AXE are long lasting, but affordable to replace. The square tool also has the added benefit of coming stock with two bits (a $15 value). The square ships with a rounded square installed and a true square second bit. All bits have the virtue of being able to rotate to a new cutting surface when they are no longer cutting optimally, to give you extended use, but again affordable replacement when needed.

 

Easy ID:

The next feature, which was highly requested, was the quick identification feature we incorporated into the ferrule of the handle. All tools in the AXE line will repeat the same color code throughout the line. Thus, any size tool with a gold ferrule will be a detail tool. Any tool with a red ferrule will be a round tool and any tool with a blue ferrule will be a square tool. This way, at a moment’s glance to the tool rest, the correct tool can be found every time. As we add other shapes or cutters, new colors will follow but remain consistent within the entire AXE line.

 

Made in the USA and Overbuilt for longevity:

Other notable features that this tool has are as follows. It’s made in the USA right here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The bar is full stainless steel for corrosion resistance and unlike some tools it is over built with the main bar inserted into the handle a full 5” for added strength, balance and long-term durability. The handle is solid hard maple, sourced and machined also in the USA.

 

Affordability without sacrificing quality:

By far the biggest selling point on top of all the revolutionary features already listed is that our introductory MSRP price for the tools. For a MADE IN THE USA, full sized tool this price is significantly less than almost any other carbide tools on the market even without the above-mentioned features.

The AXE™ Woodturning Tools

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  1. » The AXE™ Full Size Round Carbide Tipped Tool

    AXECARBF-RD
    The AXE™ Full Size Round Carbide Tipped Tool
    $99.95

    The AXE™ Full Size Round Carbide Tipped Tool. Learn More
  2. » The AXE™ Full Size Square Carbide Tipped Tool

    AXECARBF-SQ
    The AXE™ Full Size Square Carbide Tipped Tool
    $99.95

    The AXE™ Full Size Square Carbide Tipped Tool. Learn More
  3. » The AXE™ Full Size Diamond Carbide Tipped Tool

    AXECARBF-DIA
    The AXE™ Full Size Diamond Carbide Tipped Tool
    $99.95

    The AXE™ Full Size Diamond Carbide Tipped Tool. Learn More
  4. » The AXE™ Hybrid™ Size Round Carbide Tipped Tool

    AXE-CARBH-RD
    The AXE™ Hybrid™ Size Round Carbide Tipped Tool
    $89.95

    The AXE™ Hybrid™ Size Round Carbide Tipped Tool. Learn More
  5. » The AXE™ Hybrid™ Size Square Carbide Tipped Tool

    AXE-CARBH-SQ
    The AXE™ Hybrid™ Size Square Carbide Tipped Tool
    $89.95

    The AXE™ Hybrid™ Size Square Carbide Tipped Tool. Learn More
  6. » The AXE™ Hybrid™ Size Diamond Carbide Tipped Tool

    AXE-CARBH-DIA
    The AXE™ Hybrid™ Size Diamond Carbide Tipped Tool
    $89.95

    The AXE™ Hybrid™ Size Diamond Carbide Tipped Tool. Learn More
  7. » The AXE™ Full Size Round Carbide Replacement Cutter

    AXEBIT-FRD
    The AXE™ Full Size Round Carbide Replacement Cutter
    $17.95

    Round shaped replacement cutter for full size AXE Tool. Cutter, new screw and wrench included. Learn More
  8. » The AXE™ Full Size Radius Square Carbide Replacement Cutter

    AXEBIT-FSSQR
    The AXE™ Full Size Radius Square Carbide Replacement Cutter
    $14.95

    Square cutter with radiused faces for full size AXE Tool. Cutter, new screw and wrench included. Learn More
  9. » The AXE™ Full Size Square Carbide Replacement Cutter

    AXEBIT-FSQ
    The AXE™ Full Size Square Carbide Replacement Cutter
    $14.95

    Square cutter with straight faces for full size AXE Tool. Cutter, new screw and wrench included. Learn More
  10. » The AXE™ Diamond Carbide Replacement Cutter

    AXEBIT-FSDIA
    The AXE™ Diamond Carbide Replacement Cutter
    $18.95

    Diamond shaped replacement cutter for full and Hybrid size AXE Tools. Cutter, new screw and wrench included. Learn More
  11. » The AXE™ Hybrid™ Size Round Carbide Replacement Cutter

    AXE-BITHRD
    The AXE™ Hybrid™ Size Round Carbide Replacement Cutter
    $17.95

    Round shaped replacement cutter for Hybrid™ size AXE Tool. Cutter, new screw and wrench included. Learn More
  12. » The AXE™ Hybrid™ Size Radius Square Carbide Replacement Cutter

    AXE-BITHSQR
    The AXE™ Hybrid™ Size Radius Square Carbide Replacement Cutter
    $14.95

    Square cutter with radiused faces for Hybrid™ size AXE Tool. Cutter, new screw and wrench included. Learn More
  13. » The AXE™ Hybrid™ Size Square Carbide Replacement Cutter

    AXE-BITHSQ
    The AXE™ Hybrid™ Size Square Carbide Replacement Cutter
    $14.95

    Square cutter with straight faces for Hybrid™ size AXE Tool. Cutter, new screw and wrench included. Learn More
  14. » The AXE™ replacement screws for any tool

    AXE-SCREWS
    The AXE™ replacement screws for any tool
    $2.00

    If you've lost your screw and need a replacement please give us a call with which ones you need for which tool and we'll send them out. 2 new screws and wrench included. Learn More

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