What metal is Thors AXE made of?
Iron Man’s Suit
You could say that Tony Stark was a bit under pressure when he developed his first Iron Man Suit, captured by terrorists and having suffered an injury by a shrapnel that is moving dangerously close to his heart. With the help of a fellow captive Stark builds a generator to power an electromagnet keeping the shrapnel from killin him as well as the very first Iron Man Suit that he uses to escape.
While this prototype suit was welded together from steel, and was therefore actually made from iron, Stark kept improving and developing his armours over time for different applications. This means that the Iron Suit materials changed over time.
Stark must have quickly replaced steel with a different material since it is a very heavy and rusts easily. The following armours were probably made from titanium since it is much lighter than steel, but still extremely strong. In addition to its strength, this metal can resist extreme temperature changes as well as chemicals such as acids, alkalis and water.
Stark might have chosen the alloy “nitinol” later on when improving his armours. This alloy is a mixture of the metals titanium and nickel. Therefore, it has all the above mentioned advantages of titanium, but it also has two special features called “shape memory” and “super elasticity”. These two properties help the alloy to return to its original shape after deformation. This means the material can “self-heal”, a huge advantage when fighting super villains like Thanos and Ultron.
For his final suits Stark seems to have moved away from metals completely. At the beginning of “Avengers: Infinity War”, he proudly tells Dr Strange that his new suit is made from carbon nanofibers. These fibers are very long and thin threads of carbon. Woven together, carbon nanofibers are both stronger and lighter than titanium and nitinol. This sounds like the perfect material for an Iron Man Suit (which is actually not made from iron as we have seen).
Thor’s Hammer and Axe
(Mjolnir and Stormbreaker)
Thor’s Hammer, Mjolnir, was forged from the heat of a neutron star, called Nidavellir. These incredibly heavy, dense stars are made when giant stars die in supernovas and their cores collapse. Due to the heat and pressure protons and electrons inside the core melt together to form neutrons. There are no repulsive forces between the neutrons, which means they pack together extremely tightly creating a relatively small, but super heavy object, the neutron star.
Unfortunately, all of this does not exactly tell us which material Thor’s Hammer and Axe are made from. I personally always assumed that it was in fact made from the neutrons inside the star. This would explain why it is so incredibly heavy.
However, in “Avengers: Infinity War”, this does not seem to be the case. Thor, Rocket and Groot travel to Nidavellir to forge a new weapon for Thor. In the scene that shows the forging of Stormbreaker, Thor’s Axe, it is clear that the heat to melt the metal comes from the neutron star. But that does not seem to be the case for the metal inside the boiler.
So, what else could Mjolnir and Stormbreaker be made from? Thor’s Hammer is always said to be extremely heavy. This means it must be at least partially made from a very dense metal. The two densest metals on today’s periodic table are osmium and iridium. These two materials could be a part of Mjolnir’s and Stormbreaker’s composition.
Besides being heavy, Thor’s weapons should also be reasonably strong when fighting Thanos, Ultron and other intergalactic villains. However, osmium and iridium are not very strong metals. Therefore, the material for Thor’s weapons would have to be an alloy (a mixture of metals) between osmium and/or iridium as well as a stronger metal like steel (which already is an alloy itself). With a mixture like this, you might just get the right material for Thor’s Hammer and Axe.
Captain America’s Shield and Black Panther’s Suit
Captain America’s Shield and Black Panther’s suit are both made from vibranium, a very rare metal that does not naturally exist on Earth. The only source of vibranium is the African kingdom Wakanda, the home of Black Panther. The country has a prehistoric meteorite to thank for this incredible natural resource. Vibranium fuelled Wakanda’s rapid technological development making it one of the most advanced nations on Earth.
In the movy “Captain America: The First Avenger” we get some demonstrations about what makes vibranium so special. Moreover, Howard Stark claims that vibranium is stronger than steel, which is proven later in the movie when Captain America’s shield defends projectiles from machine guns and even withstands rocket grenades.
In addition to being extremely strong, vibranium also has a low density, which means that it is very light. Howard Stark also reveals that the name vibranium comes from the fact that the material absorbs any kind of vibrations including sound.
There have been some discussions regarding the nature of vibranium. Some say it could be an alloy or a composite material since no pure metal on Earth comes close to its extraordinary properties. However, all composite materials and alloys that we know of have to be made in longer processes by humans, they do not exist naturally. Therefore, it is very unlikely, in my opinion, that such materials have reached Wakanda on a meteorite.
In my personal view, the meteorite must have either contained vibranium in its uncombined form or bound up in an ore. Ores are rocks that contain enough of a metal to extract it, so the Wakandans could have found an easy way to extract the vibranium. However, both these two scenarios would mean that vibranium is a new, unknown element.
Nevertheless, everyone is entitled to their own view on the Marvel Universe.
M. Lorch and Andy Miah: ”The Secret Science of Superheroes”, Royal Society of Chemistry, 2017, Chapter 7 and 8.
Movie: Captain America: The First Avenger, 2011.
Movie: Thor, 2011.
Movie: Iron Man, 2008.
Movie: Captain America: Civil War, 2016.
Movie: Black Panther, 2018.
Movie: Avengers: Infinity War, 2018.
What metal is Thors AXE made of?
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Thor’s Stormbreaker Axe
Thor’s Stormbreaker Axe Nov 18, 2020 19:35:21 GMT
Post by tommyh on Nov 18, 2020 19:35:21 GMT
This is my first review, and it’s one that I’m certain you have never seen before. No better way to start than a bang.
I won’t say I cried when Thor’s Mjolnir was destroyed in the early scenes of Thor: Ragnarok, but I was pretty sad to see it go. Mjolnir is iconic, both from its Norse history, but also more recently, from the immensely popular Avengers movies. The destruction of that weapon, then, gave Marvel a great opportunity, but also a great burden, when it came to replacement. But Marvel, as they almost always do, rose to the challenge.
This is Stormbreaker.
From the second I saw its debut in Avengers: Infinity War, I knew I wanted one. The problem was that no one makes a functional replica of the axe-hammer. So I started looking at getting one custom-made. I reached out to a few smiths that expressed interest in doing custom work, but no one wanted to make it. I put it on the back burner for a year or two, but I always kept an eye open, and threw out a few inquiries here and there to see if someone was willing to make it. Finally, I found someone who was.
I purchased this axe from a maker on Etsy called MedievalGodsends. He sells a lot of more traditional viking axes, and when I reached out to him, he was willing to take on the challenge. I paid him $600 total for the axe, which he now advertises for $690 or so. The only reason I got a discount (according to what he’s told me) is that he did not realize how much material it was going to take. If I were to order another one, I would be paying full price. I have no relationship with the seller.
A perfect representation of what Vikings carried back in the day. Ha. No, but with regard to screen accuracy, this is not the most flawless representation of Thor’s new weapon. For one thing, it’s about 25% too small in every dimension. That’s probably for the best, as will be later discussed, but it’s just not the right size, and that’s worth noting. It still has tremendous presence; you feel like you should be able to cut the head off a purple giant with some pretty rocks on his hand. Another point of error is just overall design. The blade should be longer, there should be more decoration on the head, and the handle is nowhere near accurate. But, as a matter of artistic interpretation, it works. No one I’ve shown it to has drawn issue with the fact that it’s not a perfect replica.
First, the head. Needless to say, the head is hollow. it’s made from a series of steel plates, about 4mm thick, all welded together to make one giant piece. It’s still colossally heavy, but much more usable than it would be otherwise. The blade itself is made by sandwiching the sharp edge between two «cover» plates, and the eye of the axe is just a piece of steel pipe that everything is welded to.
The head being hollow lends to a unique issue that I discovered pretty quickly: Something was stuck in the head of the axe. I found that incredibly irritating. Here I am, trying to feel like the god of thunder, but when I swing my axe I sound like one of Santa’s reindeer. It irritated me to the point where I drilled a hole in the head, spend about a week blowing compressed air into the thing until I finally blew out the small piece of metal that was rattling around, and took it to a local welder to have it TIG welded shut. There’s still the smallest of rattles from something I was unable to get out, but it’s so quiet that I can only hear it when I’m deliberately looking for it.
The handle is some unknown hardwood, carved to look like a tree branch (or a Groot arm) and wrapped in leather. The leather was a nice touch: even though the movie axe has no leather, I think it fits well in this application and gives the handle a little extra pop.
This is a properly hung axe: it uses three wooden wedges to secure it in place. With that being said, the head was not fit the tightest to the handle. The seller is located in Ukraine (iirc) and when it got here a couple months back, it was solid. Over time, as the wood has dried out, the fit has loosened. In order to remedy this, I filled the gaps that opened up between the head and the handle with epoxy. In retrospect, I probably should have made and fitted some wooden wedges, but hindsight is 20/20. The head’s not going anywhere now, and hopefully it remains that way.
This is exactly what I was looking for in a Stormbreaker replica. It’s big, it’s cool, it’s heavy. It came with an odd finish: some areas were exposed metal, some had what looked like a chemical blue, and some had a matte green paint. It was very strange. After I noticed that the steel was picking up rust easily, I went ahead and buffed it all with some steel wool and coated it in a clear lacquer. That’s solved the rusting issue, and it’s toned down some of the strange color combinations.
Keep in mind: this is a fantasy design. it’s not meant to be practical. It’s a hammer poll hatchet taken to its logical extreme, and then some. I knew when I commissioned it that it was not a practical weapon. It’s just a prop replica that happens to be useable in a pinch as a real axe.
The leather wrap also was loose in places. I epoxied it down, and haven’t had any issues sense. I don’t know if it was loose when it was applied, or if the climate shift affected it, but the leather isn’t going anywhere anymore.
Stats and Handling
Length of handle: 37.5 inches
Length of head (edge to hammer):14.5 inches
Length of edge: 9 inches
Dimensions of hammer face: 5×5.5 inches
Weight: 9 lbs.
Point of Balance (measured from the bottom of the head down the shaft): -0.5 inches (Yes, it’s negative. The head is so heavy that the point of balance is still on it.)
Handling? Ha. You «handle» this axe in about the same way I imagine you might «handle» a lassoed bull. You point it in a direction, swing, and do your best to stop it before it imbeds itself in the ground all the way up to the handle. Which it will do, by the way, with zero effort on your part. This isn’t a fighting axe. Frankly, it’s closer to an anvil on a stick than a woodcutter’s axe. You won’t be swinging it around like Thor does.
I’ve done some woodcutting with this axe, and it’s honestly not very good. It can chop, but the pseudo-langets can hit the wood and stop it from splitting well. The hammer is, well, a hammer. It hits hard and it breaks things. As any good hammer should. The edge is pretty dull. It’ll cut fruit, but a baseball bat would probably do just as well against a water bottle. But again, this is a fantasy design. It’s everything a fighting axe shouldn’t be. I have no intention to really put this axe through its paces. I might touch up the edge on a leather strop to get it sharper, but there’s really no need. It’s a display piece first and foremost, and that’s how I intend it to stay.
This axe isn’t for everyone. It’s not for history buffs, and it probably isn’t for the average Marvel fan either. It ranks negative on the historical accuracy scale, and it’s probably far more dangerous than a Marvel fan would expect from a piece of memorabilia. It’s a pretty rubbish weapon, and fails as a useable tool as well. The price is also pretty steep, especially considering that it’s more of an artist’s interpretation than a true replica. But it makes me happy, and at the end of the day, that’s the biggest reason behind why we buy this stuff. So if you’re like me, and you want a replica of a cool movie prop, but you want it to be functional and «useable» as well, then I wholeheartedly recommend buying one. It had its small problems, but it may very well be the coolest thing I own. I haven’t regretted buying it for a second.