The 10 Best Axes

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Best Axe

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For this post, I have put together a collection of the best axes currently available.

Axes have been used for millennia to shape, split and cut wood, and to harvest timber. The axe has many forms and specialised uses but generally consists of an axe head with a handle, or helve.

Generally, cutting axes have a shallow wedge angle, whereas splitting axes have a deeper angle. Most axes are double beveled, i.e. symmetrical about the axis of the blade.

Most modern axes have steel heads and wooden handles, typically hickory in the US and ash in Europe and Asia, although plastic or fiberglass handles are also common. Hatchets tend to be small hafted axes often with a hammer on the back side (the poll). 

The following axes use the latest innovative components to meet your needs and help to ensure you do your best work.

So here is my list of The 10 Best Axes. 

Enjoy!


1. Fiskars x27 36" Super Splitting Axe

  • Fiskars much-requested X27 Splitting Axe provides power that makes splitting medium-sized to extra-large logs easier than ever.
  • Like every X-Series Hatchet or Axe, the X27 combines perfected weight distribution.
  • Advanced blade geometry.
  • Ultra-sharp edge and virtually unbreakable design to maximize your performance.
  • This combination of features allows the blade to disperse wood more effectively, offering more one-strike splits with each swing.
  • Includes Fiskars longest handle for increased leverage to maximize the power and speed of taller users.
  • Since you can split wood more easily with the X27, each job requires less time, less effort and less hand strain.

2. Husqvarna 26" Wooden Multi-Purpose Axe

  • Multi-purpose axe is a single-bit axe in traditional style.
  • Head is attached to the hickory shaft using both a wooden and Steel Wedge to secure fastening.
  • Versatile axe used for tree felling, wood chopping, and other jobs.
  • The long handle provides power to the cut.
  • Includes a leather edge cover.

3. SOG Specialty Knives Tactical Tomahawk Axe

  • Based on the Vietnam Tomahawk, the SOG Tactical Tomahawk is an extreme evolution of the original.
  • 420 stainless steel head is mounted to the glass-reinforced nylon handle with heavy-duty bolts.
  • Steel ferrule for additional handle reinforcement.
  • Carried in a nylon sheath w/ belt clip.
  • Versatile tool for breaching, excavation, and other utility applications.
  • 2.75-inch stainless steel axe head.

4. Husqvarna S2800 27" Composite Splitting Axe

  • Powerful splitting axe for splitting large logs and wood chunks.
  • Composite fiberglass handle with hammer axe head function.
  • Hammer function for an easy and effective use of splitting wedges (no Steel wedges).
  • Combination of the optimized axe head and the light shaft concentrates the power into the cut which gives an easier split of the logs.

5. Fiskars X15 23.5" Chopping Axe

  • Fiskars has designed this chopping axe with a shorter, more controllable 23-1/2-inch handle.
  • Easier to swing, lets you land the head exactly where you want it.
  • Hardened steel blade starts out sharp, stubbornly holds its edge, and chews quickly through flinty heartwood with help from the friction-reducing non-stick coating.
  • Cures the dangerous problem of loosening axe heads with an insert-molded design locks the blade in place so it won't ever unhitch itself from the durable, weatherproof handle.
  • Includes a sturdy sheath for safe storage and transportation. 

6. Estwing 16" Shock Reduction Grip Axe

  • Estwing's world famous Camper's axe is the choice of outdoorsmen everywhere.
  • Both the head and handle of the axe are forged in 1-piece and hand polished to a beautiful finish.
  • Offers unsurpassed balance and temper.
  • Patented Shock Reduction Grip reduces impact virbation by 70%.
  • Includes a rugged ballistic nylon sheath with belt loop so it can always have your tool close at hand.
  • Tempered 4 in. cutting edge for easy cutting. 
  • Estwing Axes are forged in the in USA.

7. Gransfors Bruks 25" Forest Axe

  • The Gransfors Scandinavian Forest Axe is ideal for felling larger trees and for limbing a felled tree.

  • Forged to a curved bit, making it suitable for cutting into fresh, resinous wood such as spruce or pine.

  • Length with handle: 25 inches.
  • Weight: 2.6 lbs.
  • Sheath in vegetable tanned leather.
  • Comes with English language "Axe-book".

8. CRKT Woods Chogan Tomahawk Axe

  • The Columbia River Knife and Tool T-Hawk Axe has the lightweight, slim design of a hatchet fused with the power and blade design of a full ax.
  • Any outdoorsman or woman will be impressed by the versatility and usability of this quality dual ax design.
  • Whether you’re chopping logs or hammering down tent pegs, this tomahawk has you covered. 
  • Constructed with 1055 carbon steel hot forged into a rock solid blade head with a hammer finish.
  • The thick, quality steel is ideal for tackling timber or chopping through branches on your hiking path. 
  • The lacquer coating around the handle allows for a smooth and comfortable hold that won’t leave blisters or splinters, and it increases the durability and longevity of the wood for consistent outdoor usage. 
  • Evolved from tactical tomahawks, this ax is ideal for all outdoor survival and wilderness needs.

9. Estwing Sportsman's 14" Forged Steel Axe

  • Estwing's world famous Sportsman's axe is the choice of outdoorsmen everywhere.
  • Both the head and handle of the axe are forged in 1-piece and hand polished to a beautiful finish.
  • This classic axe offers unsurpassed balance and temper.
  • Genuine leather handle is sanded and lacquered for a durable yet comfortable feel.
  • Includes a rugged ballistic nylon sheath with belt loop so it can always have your tool close at hand.
  • It has a tempered 3-1/4 in. cutting edge for easy cutting.

10. Estwing Double Bit Axe

  • Estwing's American-made Black Eagle Double Bit Axes are designed for sportsmen and military professionals.
  • The lightweight design makes it easy to carry.
  • Estwing’s Shock Reduction Grip for comfort and durability.
  • Black Eagle tools are balanced and weighted, made to last. 

I hope this list of the best axes was helpful.

If you think I left out one that is important or have a suggestion for a future article, let me know in the comments below.

Brandon Hubbard, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

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