Since prehistoric times, axes have ranked among the most important household tools, particularly to those with wood burning fireplaces or stoves. They are perfect for chopping wood. For campers and hikers, they are also excellent safety and survival tools for clearing paths, building camps, and protection against threats. Currently, many premium-grade models are attainable in online stores. Whilst most are durable and offer value for money, this article reviewed the top 10 best axes to buy.
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10. TEKTON 3240
TEKTON 3240 is a traditional deep forged felling axe with a durable heat forged stainless steel head. Its style and charm aside, it is also one of the most functional axes for self-protection, doing household chores, and enjoying a promising experience outdoors, while hiking or camping. Its rugged contoured handle, for instance, is light and durable. It fits comfortably in the hands, weighs a paltry 1-1/4 pounds, and has epoxy wedge lock that connects the handled and head securely to prevent accidents.
9. Estwing E44A
Do you camp with friends and colleagues often? Are you looking for an affordable axe that you can use at home and during your outdoor adventures without sacrificing quality? Estwing E44A is a well-designed 16-inch camper’s axe with a durable steel blade and a comfortable leather sheath. It has a sharp 4-inch cutting head suitable for splitting wood, trimming trees, and notching timbers. Its flat back is perfect for driving plastic and wooden stakes, while its sheath protects it from environmental elements. Estwing E44A is affordable, built and thoroughly tested in independent laboratories, and reduces shock on hands by 50%.
8. Estwing E45A
Featuring a smooth polished steel head, a 25-inch ergonomic handle, and an advanced nylon vinyl shock-reduction grip, Estwing E45A is a functional camper’s axe suitable for splitting wood, felling trees, driving plastic and wooden plates, and even notching timbers. It weighs 4.3-pounds, has a sharp 4-inch cutting edge, and has fast swinging handle for efficient cutting. This axe has a sturdy one-piece forged steel construction and an embossed leather grip that improves grips and protects it from the elements.
7. Husqvarna 576926201
For those that camp often or are looking for durable multipurpose axes for chopping wood, Husqvarna 576926201 is a recommended model in top 10 best axes in 2015 reviews. Its 26-inch curved handle is not only ergonomic, but also durable. Its Swedish steel head is durable, while the premium leather sheath fitted on its handle cushions the hand from injuries and protects it from the elements when not in use.
6. Gerber Gator Axe II
When shopping for an axe for regular use, key attributes that you must never sacrifice include quality, durability, and striking force. These are among many reasons why Gerber Gator Axe II is among the most sought-after models in the market. It is light yet durable, features a rugged heat-forged stainless steel head that retains its cutting edge, and lass filled ballistic nylon handle that is rugged yet lightweight. This axe is affordable, suitable for indoor and outdoor use, and has an impressive strike force.
5. Estwing E24A
Estwing E24A is a once-piece and sports-grade axe made of quality stainless steel. This fully polished material is durable, rustproof, and does not dull easily after three of four strikes. With an overall length of 14-inches, this axe is light and easy to maneuver. Its 3-1/4-inch cutting edge handles heavy-duty trimming well, while its genuine leather sheath boosts user grip and protects the axe’s head from damage.
4. Gerber 31-002070 Bear Grylls
Designed for outdoor survival, Gerber 31-002070 Bear Grylls is a functional hatchet with an advanced full tang construction for maximum durability. With an overall length of 9.45-inches, this axe is light and highly portable. It is easy to transport and store, has an impressive 3.5-inch blade, and a rubber handle best for use in all weather conditions. You also get a protective nylon sheath.
3. SOG Specialty Knives & Tools F01TN-CP Tactical Tomahawk
Best known for its aesthetic specialty knives and tool, SOG is also a leading maker of axes, with this F01TN-CP Tactical Tomahawk ranking among the bestselling models in top 10 best axes in 2015 reviews. It is light, versatile, and highly portable; features a 2.75-inch steel blade that is best for obstacle removal, excavation, cutting, and breaching operations; and has a comfortable 15.75-inch glass-reinforced nylon polymer handle that does not slip easily. You get a 1-year manufacturer warranty.
2. Fiskars X7
Fiskars X7 is a 14-inch easy to carry hatchet that works perfectly for hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts. It is also perfect for kindling, chopping small to mid-sized logs, and for personal protection against wild animals. For just a few dollars, you get an ultra-sharp low-friction blade that cuts three times deeper than many traditional axes. It has a balanced weight-to-height ratio, greater swing speed and power, an insert-molded PermaHead that never loosens, and an ultra-strong FiberComp handle.
1. Fiskars X27
Fiskars X27 is a 36-inch supper splitting axe, ideal for tall users. It has a perfectly balanced weight to height ratio for energy efficiency, splits medium to large-size logs with a single strike, and has an ergonomic shock-absorbing DuraFrame handle that protects hands and prevents over-strike damage. It is easy to use, and comes with a sheath for user safety and blade protection.