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A Great Axe Starts with A Great Team

All American Axe Company


Meet the Team - at least most of them!

“The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don’t play together, the club won’t be worth a dime.” – Babe Ruth.

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Ron Hardman

Ash Marcus has been a valued member of our team since the beginning. They are a key part of assuring we provide high quality products and that our clients receive top-notch customer service.

Lead Blacksmith and Co-Designer

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Liam Hoffman

Axe Handle Design and Production

When we went looking for the finest axe handles in the world, we didn't have to look any further than Liam Hoffman. In fact, when Liam agreed to work with us, we didn't bother contacting anyone else. Liam Hoffman, owner of Hoffman Blacksmithing, is by many accounts one of the greatest axe makers in the world. Liam is the author of the book FORGED a Guide to Becoming a Blacksmith and In June of 2016 he became the youngest blacksmith to ever win the History Channel's Forged in Fire.

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Hal Van Hercke

Owner and Co-designer

Knife industry veteran Hal Van Hercke is the owner of CastleGate Knife & Tool, a knife retailer, in Sedalia, Colorado. Unhappy with the quality of his existing axe suppliers, Hal Van Hercke went on a mission. "I knew we needed something better, after spending several weeks talking to every axe manufacturer in North America and Europe I realized there was a huge gap in the market for a truly exceptional production axe made right here in the USA."  "I found the very best blacksmithing operation right in my backyard. When Ron and I met we realized instantly that we shared the same values. When Liam agreed to ramp up and supply us handles we all knew we would be unstoppable."    

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