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a good cutter not a good chopper
on February 16, 2012
Did not want to spend a fortune on a forged axe. Was looking at several gerber/fiskar axes and chose this one. I already have the long handled axe by estwing and happy with that one so it was a no brainer when I purchased this one for camping. I am really confident in the 1 piece solid steel construction of the axe. It can bust through ash wood pretty easily. small enough to put in a medium pack if you needed to. Sharp and keeps an edge pretty well. I prefer this way over a small hatchet. The blade is bigger,and the longer handle makes it a better chopper. You can swing it with so much more power than a small hatchet that there is no real comparison. Maybe if you take weight into consideration but this axe is just more effective.
Update- I finally was able too look at some forged axe heads and try some out and if you are going to need an axe or desire to get more axe skills like I did you are better off spending the extra money and getting a Husqvarna or wetterlings or other forged axes. if you can find a head for cheap that needs a handle I would do that. I wound up buying a Husqvarna forest axe the handle is hickory and the over all length is around 26 inches. It did not come as sharp as I would have liked so I sharpened it and now it is my favorite axe to carry for camping. The difference is in how the head of the axe is shaped from blade edge to the back side. The blade on this and the 26 inch estwing to not get thicker till maybe the 2nd half of the blade. So when chopping thick trees I find that the axe gets really stuck more often and you will wind up using a lot of energy trying to pull the axe back out. The forged axe digs deep, splits and busts trees better than this axe and the estwing with the 26 inch handle. So it destroys more wood mass with each strike preventing the tree to squeeze back on the blade and hold it. The head on the Estwing 16 inch campers axe is better than the estwing the 26 inch handle for tree processing. The other thing I can do with the Husqvarna with the Hickory handle is I can put my hand right next to the bottom of the blade for feathering or scraping fallen timber. I would tell you from the experiences I have gone through If you are trying to find an axe to carry with you into the woods spend the money on a forest type axe with a forged head and a wood handle. If you need axes just to split wood you can get good axes at any big box hardware store. To be fair if you were just dealing with logs or trees less than 4 inches in diameter you are probably not going to have many issues. Only when you get into lumber much thicker is where you will get frustrated