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Fiskars Brush Axe
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- Ideal for clearing brush, cutting trails, stripping logs or felling small trees
- Hardened steel blade is precision-ground to cut with less effort
- Rust-resistant, low-friction blade coating helps the blade glide through wood
- FiberComp handle is lightweight for increased swing speed but stronger than steel for excellent durability
- Blade length: 9 inches
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I used a new tool today to beat down some Chinese Porcelain Berry vines and it worked extremely well. To date, my tools of choice have been a 22" machete - for English Ivy, Winter Creeper, Multiflora Rose and tall Japanese Knotweed, and a 12-inch bow saw for anything over 1.5 inches in diameter. I also use a weed cutter (grass whip) for secondary knotweed cutting, etc.
I have found that the difficulty with Porcelain Berry is that it hangs away from native plants, is swingy and poorly supported. It's often so dense that one can't get close enough with hand pruners or loppers to make much progress. And the machete requires tedious, exhausting and repeated hacking. Today I used my brand new Fiskars brush axe on it, expensive at $39 through Amazon, but worth every darned penny.
It's a bit shorter than a machete, very light and well balanced. The handle is high impact plastic and absorbs shock well, the blade is short enough to be relatively safe, and the blade is strong, anti-corrosion coated and takes a good edge. But most of all, the downward pointing hook serves (similar to a grass hook, brush hook, bill hook or ditch bank - which are much heavier and unwieldy) to keep hanging vines and springy arms of shrubs from sliding off the cutting edge. The rounded point of the hook also impacts the ground before the blade, which helps to preserve the edge of the blade.
This tool cuts through vines up to 1 inch like a hot knife through butter! I reckon it is twice as effective as the machete for swinging growth and 4 times as fast as a lopper - plus being much lighter than a lopper.Read more ›
My one complaint - what is described as a sheath is not what I or likely you would think of as a sheath. It is hard plastic with a plastic snap to hold the tool in it. It is great for hanging on retail racks. It is a severe disappointment if you are expecting something to attach to your belt to safely carry when not in use when you are in the field. It is not possible to use it in this manner.
Bottom line - if you don't need the sheath for carrying and safety, then buy this tool. If you do need a sheath for carrying and you value safety, then buy the Gerber version of this tool. They are the same tool and same company.
Have fun - chop, chop.
One day, I was cutting vines and the blade broke right off the handle. It was bizarre because there were no prior signs of damage. There were no cracks and the blade did not feel loose. So for the love of Crumb Cake, be careful with this tool if you purchase one.
I am happy to report that after I sent an email (including pictures of the broken tool) to Fiskars' consumer affairs department, they said they would forward the pictures to their quality control department. They were very helpful and quick to respond.
This tool is amazing. Well balanced and just the right combination of heft and length. It takes a few minutes to get used to it, as initially you will not expect it to cut cleanly through up to 1" diameter branches with a single swing, which it can and often does. You can also chop through larger diameter branches with a few swings using a hatchet methodology. I was able to clear 'about' 3,000 square feet of thick brush in just a few hours' time, and I wasn't trying to break any records in doing so.
A note of caution: considering what this does to branches, etc., you do need to exercise care or you could easily get seriously injured. Do not hold anything close to where you will be chopping; maintain a good footing and keep your children clear of your work area when using. If you're getting tired, stop. All of which should be common sense ...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This thing is wicked! We should start seeing them in the next horror movie anytime! Sharp! It will deflect if you are not paying attention when you are using it. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Erin
I bought one of these about ten years ago and it's still fantastic. It's like having the best of an ax and machete in one tool. Read morePublished 27 days ago by UltraB
This is the best tool of its sort. I have 3 of them for different machines. Will not use any other type of hatchet or machete anymore!!Published 1 month ago by jason brown
Purchased this for my husband and he loves it...uses it all the time when we are riding thru wooded areas on the 4 wheeler... Read morePublished 1 month ago by randdhamm