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ax ?

Discussion in 'Blades' started by irish, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. irish

    irish Monkey++

    Guys have ? about axes,what type should I have around. I loking at a do all one camp work, tool to have around the house in SHIF ie storm damage etc. Should I buy one with a pick back or flat sledge back end or what ?

    Thanks much
  2. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    I have sevral types...
    Pick/axe, single blade and a double bladed, besides the smaller camper style hand axes/hatchets.
  3. sheen_estevez

    sheen_estevez Monkey+++

    double edge if your planning on cutting trees down, this way you always have a sharp edge with a flip of the handle. I have a splitting maul which serves well if I need to beat something into the ground or if using a wedge, hatchet for small stuff.
  4. QuietOne

    QuietOne Monkey++

    A double edge is very dangerous to carry and it's easy to sharpen an ax with a file. A good quality folding hatchet is great for getting through blow-downs in the woods.
  5. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    If light and fast is a concern, go with a 3/4 ax. Might take a bit longer to clear a fall, but you'll be glad for the lighter weight on trail. That and a good knife are likely all you'll need (after water, shelter, food and guns.) If you are staying home (and aren't in the felling business) you can do without an ax, get a good saw, splitting maul and wedges. Double bitted axes are dangerous on both ends, but sure do have a macho aspect that is hard to beat. IMHO.
  6. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    buck saws??? safer,lighter granted you aren't going to fell mighty oaks but for small shelter building they have their place in the kit. small hatchets are great for splitting kindling.
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