The axe is16 inches in overall length, and it weighs 2 pounds, 1 ounce. The blade length is inches and it's crafted from C steel. I need to know a good steel to make an axe or tomahawk out of. It needs to be tough and keep an edge. Not looking for any knid of brittle steel. For those who fall between % and % they are labeled mild steel. Both of these steels are good for various applications, but the most popular carbon. At this level, the chromium oxidizes, giving the steel its underlying properties, which include improved resistance to wear and tear. If I had my rathers or You really need a striker with a sledge hammer, but it's certainly possible. Join the fight to access your public lands. Heat Treating and Metallurgy Discussion of heat treatment and metallurgy in knife making.