I first ran across this design in the library at USC when I was in college. I have carried this design, as well as an ardent desire to create my own version of it, in my head for almost 25 years now!
The leopard's mouth was designed to be a bottle opener. However, at this point we do not know if the bronze teeth will hold up to steel bottle caps over time, but our first experiments have been successful.
Our Leopard Axe is cast in bronze, and comes on an ash handle set with brass studs. The axe is just under 6 inches (150 mm) long and just over 2 inches (55 mm) tall. It weighs a little more than a pound (525 grams). Mounted on an ash handle. Available in solid bronze, or bronze body fitted with a steel cutting edge.
Original axe photo