Good all round axe. Help please

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  1. Stevie

    Stevie Backpacker

    Hi all,

    Looking at buying an axe for camping. Looking to spend circa £50 with a length around 50cm or so.
    Can anyone suggest a good all rounder please? I've looked at several online but without being able to try them it's hard to make up my mind. Suggestions welcome please.

    Many thanks,
    Stevie
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  2. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    For felling/snedding or just splitting firewood?

    What uses do you want it for?
  3. Whiteburn

    Whiteburn Thru Hiker

    And here's me thinking ICE AXE!!!
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  4. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

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  6. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Felling? Is this 'cutting down trees' ? Serious Q.
  7. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    It does mean that Ed.

    I don't know what sort of camping Stevie does - I guess it's on private woodland, bushy style camping if an axe is used.

    That Hultafors looks pretty reasonable.

    I like GB axes but find the handles a bit fat to grip - and I have fairly large hands.
  8. Stevie

    Stevie Backpacker

    Hi Mole,

    Looking for something that is a good all rounder - capable of any task in camp...or as near as damnit.
  9. Stevie

    Stevie Backpacker

    Thanks fella,

    Had a look at the Hultafors range and quite like the look of the carpenters axe in the youtube reviews.
    Would love a GB but a bit rich for me.

    Do you know anything about the Hultafors Carpenters axe?
    I appreciate its designed for dry wood tasks but seems rather capable.

    Many thanks,
    Stevie
  10. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Er...... Trek-lite.com :o o:

    Ti anyone.... :D
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  11. Stevie

    Stevie Backpacker

    Ti edh?
  12. EM - Ross

    EM - Ross Thru Hiker

    Thinly disguised haunt of UK bushcrafters with secondary strings to their bow-drill
  13. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    A carpenters axe will not be an all rounder?
    Not great for felling and very poor for splitting anything 'loggy'

    Blade will be thin and edge end squarer
  14. Stevie

    Stevie Backpacker

    Totally confused guys. Perhaps its me, I'm visual, not one for reading between blurred lines. Can you shed any light on the above two comments please Ross and edh?
  15. Stevie

    Stevie Backpacker


    Ok, thanks Mole.
  16. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    I'm not a bushy, but have used axes for work for years,*and was taught by older men who worked with axes for years.
    Bushcraft is a new thing really.

    If it wasn't for treework, hedgelaying it was green woodworkers who mostly used sharp axes.

    Most UK Bushcrafters appear to look to modern Scandinavian designs, despite the UK having had a mass of good axe producers in the past - and plenty still available secondhand.

    * have the scars to show for it!
  17. Stevie

    Stevie Backpacker

    Thanks Mole. I'll keep looking.
  18. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    I know I'm a lightweight but that is going too far :D

    I was alluding to lightweight backpacking and the carrying of an axe; mutually exclusive?
  19. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

  20. EM - Ross

    EM - Ross Thru Hiker

    @Stevie - In response to Edh's comment - Despite the title & tagline of this site there's a lot of bushcrafters here. If my perception is correct they include the founder & a lot of early members so I'd expect you'd get a response - as you have.
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  21. Scotty Von Porkchop

    Scotty Von Porkchop Ultralighter

    I actually like a 1.25-1.5lb kentish style axe for a lightweight carver and general purpose camp axe.
    The modern style Scandinavian style ones are much better for splitting though BUT you can pick up a vintage British made kentish style on a boot sale for a few quid.

    I could be entirely wrong though as my axe was 50p and has 'chip chop no 1' stamped on it. Its like a one eyed ugly dog, I love it in spite of itself?
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  22. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Section Hiker

    I rate the GB wildlife hatchet but has been said it's a "Bushcraft" thing.

    A Laplander saw goes through green wood like butter but so does the sawblade on my SAF (Swiss Army Knife). I don't carry either for lightweight backpacking.

    Meths cooking, "leave no trace" ;):):):)
  23. Sunndog

    Sunndog Backpacker

    cheap range of Hultafors?.....lot of axe for the money, good steel and haft wood but be prepared to re-profile the edge. I had to on the two i'v got

    Wetterlings?......little bit rough around the edges compared to gransfors. I broke two bits on two consecutive axes so lost faith in the brand

    Gransfors?......don't worry be happy

    Fiskars?.....perfectly fine axes if you don't mind polymer hafts. but cracking value
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  24. EM - Ross

    EM - Ross Thru Hiker

    Love it! The best kind! I know nowt about axes but have a vintage hammer I got from a car-boot I use daily & just seems perfect balance, weight & right in the hand for what I use it for. Your post made me look it up as I also know knowt about hammers & as I appreciate the tool so much I ought to know what it is. A hand drilling hammer.


    SAK saws are under-rated IMO. As a young 20 year old house owner (them were the days) I used one to cut pine tongue & grove for a sauna look bathroom! (it was the early 80's)
    Last edited: Feb 3, 2016
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  25. Stevie

    Stevie Backpacker

    Thanks everyone. Gives me a few to consider.

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