Sunday, April 7, 2019

Joeyjios - I threw an axe at a colleague - and it's $15 if you want to try

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By Joey Lee, joeylee@asiaone.com, AsiaOne, 05 April 2019


Opened since August 2018, Axe Factor is Singapore's first and only indoor axe-throwing range.
PHOTO: Opened since August 2018, Axe Factor is Singapore's first and only indoor axe-throwing range.
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Need a space to rel-axe? Forget about spa or yoga retreats.

These days, it's all about unleashing your inner barbarian.

Enter Axe Factor, a little-known gem housed within The Grandstand along Turf Club road with a novel de-stressing activity -- throwing axes just for fun.

Opened since August 2018, it is Singapore's first and only indoor axe-throwing range.

The place was founded by Samuel Tey, 27, who wants the world to know that axe-throwing is so much more than just therapy.



Samuel Tey, founder of Axe Factor.
PHOTO: Samuel Tey, founder of Axe Factor.
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To him and his business partners, it's a legit sport, and they're in the midst of organising a competition for it.

Close to $300K has been poured into the business, which was inspired by an Instagram post of Hollywood beast Jason Momoa casually hurling an axe while sipping on a beer.



The business was inspired by an Instagram post of Hollywood beast Jason Momoa casually hurling an axe while sipping on a beer.
PHOTO:  The business was inspired by an Instagram post of Hollywood beast Jason Momoa casually hurling an axe while sipping on a beer.
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Have they managed to break even?

Not quite yet, but plans of expanding into neighbouring Malaysian and alternative business models like franchising are being explored, said Tey.



If they are good throwers, then I’ll have to replace my board. If they are bad throwers, I’ll have to replace my axe
PHOTO: If they are good throwers, then I’ll have to replace my board. If they are bad throwers, I’ll have to replace my axe," said Tey.
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Aren't hurling heavy axes dangerous though? And have there been any casualties at the seven-month old Axe Factor?

Nope. Tey was happy to report that they have had an accident-free streak, notwithstanding splinters sustained from brushing against the wood.

Blades of the axes used there have been blunted and the oldest customer they've had was an 80-year-old man.



Broken wood helps soften the impact of the axe dropping on the floor.
PHOTO: Broken wood helps soften the impact of the axe dropping on the floor.
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He noted: "If they are good throwers, then I’ll have to replace my board. If they are bad throwers, I’ll have to replace my axe."

HOW IS IT
After giving it a try, I must say it definitely is not as easy as the axe-perts there made it seem.

Although the activity has been likened to dart-throwing, the hachet (which most beginners use), is relatively heavier at 1kg.


Throwing a hatchet (pictured here), is much heavier than throwing a dart.
PHOTO: Throwing a hatchet (pictured here), is much heavier than throwing a dart.
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Also, the art of axe-throwing requires a participant to use enough force, make use of their body's momentum, and release the axe at the right time (when it is around eye-level), for the metal to make contact with wood.

But the resounding thunk and release of adrenaline when it happens is perhaps why Axe Factor sees quite a number of returning customers.

HULK SMASH TO DE-STRESS?
While throwing an axe onto a target requires some level of skill and might be stress-inducing for the uninitiated, breaking things on purpose won't.



HULK SMASH TO DE-STRESS?
PHOTO: HULK SMASH TO DE-STRESS?
While throwing an axe onto a target requires some level of skill and might be stress-inducing for the uninitiated, breaking things on purpose won't.
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Another quirky business built on the idea of helping people de-stress is The Fragment Room, a space for paying customers to hulk-smash to their heart's content.

Opened to much fanfare back in 2017, it was Singapore first, and to date, only rage room.

Here are the details if these places if want to go down and check them out yourself:

AXE FACTOR
Where: The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road #01-32A, S287994

Opening hours:
Mon - Thurs 12pm to 10pm
Fri - 12pm to 1am
Sat - 10am to 1am
Sun - 10am to 10pm
PH eve follows Friday timing
PH follows Sunday timing

Price: $15 for 30mins (walk-ins only), $28/hr (1-2 pax), $80/hr (3-5 pax)

THE FRAGMENT ROOM
Where: 3 Balestier Rd, S329671

Opening hours: Mon - Sun 1pm to 10pm

Price: $38 onwards



Joey at AXE FACTOR, The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road #01-32A, S287994
PHOTO: Joey at AXE FACTOR, The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road #01-32A, S287994
"If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success." (Ecclesiastes 10:10)
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It seems as if one had lifted up His axe in a forest of trees.
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PHOTO: "It seems as if one had lifted up His axe in a forest of trees. And now all its carved work They smash with hatchet and hammers." (Psalm 74:5-6)
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The art of axe-throwing requires a participant to use enough force, make use of their body's momentum, and release the axe at the right time (when it is around eye-level), for the metal to make contact with wood.
The art of axe-throwing requires a participant to use enough force, make use of their body's momentum, and release the axe at the right time (when it is around eye-level), for the metal to make contact with wood.
PHOTO: The art of axe-throwing requires a participant to use enough force, make use of their body's momentum, and release the axe at the right time (when it is around eye-level), for the metal to make contact with wood.
"Its sound moves along like a serpent; For they move on like an army And come to her as woodcutters with axes." (Jeremiah 46:22)
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By Joey Lee, joeylee@asiaone.com, AsiaOne, 05 April 2019
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Reference
[1] Joey Lee, joeylee@asiaone.com, AsiaOne, #Joeyjios: I threw an axe at a colleague - and it's $15 if you want to try, posted on 05 April 2019,  https://www.asiaone.com/singapore/joeyjios-i-threw-axe-colleague-and-its-15-if-you-want-try


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