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Gerber 45905 Camp Axe With Sheath

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  • Lightweight yet virtually unbreakable
  • Perfectly balanced construction for comfortable use
  • The Polymer Fiberglass handle transfers minimal shock and is molded around the forged axe head
  • Features a Swedish forged steel head provides superior edge retention
  • Includes ballistic nylon sheath
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Product Description

Product Description

Unbreakable, lightweight Lexan handles molded around highquality forged steel heads keep these axes perfectly balanced. All axes come with nylon belt sheaths. Lengths:Pack axe 9", Sport axe 14", Camp axe 17.5".


The Gerber 45905 Camp Axe is a durable, high-performance axe that is well-balanced for efficient impacts. With a forged stainless steel head that will maintain its edge over time, this 1.5-foot-long axe features a smooth and virtually indestructible glass-filled nylon handle that feels comfortable and secure in the hand.

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45905 Camp Axe with Sheath
At a Glance:
  • Axe head made with durable forged steel that maintains its edge

  • Glass-filled nylon handle is virtually indestructible

  • Ideal balance and weight for comfortable, effective swing

  • Compact and lightweight for easy portability

  • Ballistic cloth sheath included
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Gerber 45905 Camp Axe

Use the Gerber Camp Axe as a hatchet or axe--split or cut wood for the fireplace or campfire, make wood chips, cut tree limbs, and more. View larger.
Reliable Materials Ensure Extended Use
Crafted with a highly durable glass-filled nylon handle that is molded around the axe head, the Gerber Camp Axe can withstand extensive use and tough conditions. The axe head is engineered with durable forged steel, which means it will keep its sharp edge over time.

Weighted and Balanced for Increased Comfort and Control
The Gerber Camp Axe features balanced construction and weight for superior handling and effective impact. The glass-filled nylon handle transfers minimal shock to the hands and arms, and the swing of this lightweight but durable axe is comfortable and easy to control.

Ideal Size for Outdoor Use
At just over 2 pounds and measuring just under 18 inches in length, the Gerber Camp Axe is easy to strap to your pack for use while camping, hunting, or hiking. The included sheath allows you to easily carry the axe on your belt and protects the head during transport or storage.

Multiple Functions Increase Versatility
You can use the Gerber Camp Axe as a hatchet or axe, and depending on the project at hand, you can split or cut wood for the fireplace or campfire, make wood chips, cut tree limbs, use it for wood gathering, and more.

About Gerber: A History of Innovation
Savvy. Moxie. Craftsmanship. Attention to detail. These are just a few of the company traits that have contributed to Gerber's emergence as a world leader in outdoor gear. Joseph Gerber started Portland, Oregon's Gerber Advertising back in 1910, and one Christmas, he hired a local knife-maker to craft 25 sets of kitchen cutlery as client gifts. The knives were so popular Mr. Gerber ultimately left his agency to launch Gerber Legendary Blades in 1939.

It makes sense, really. An idea man gets the idea of a lifetime and turns it into a major outdoor brand--one that commands respect among knife lovers and knife makers alike. And now that same high regard is spreading in new directions, in the form of many outstanding products such as tools, personal L.E.D. lighting, and more.

What's in the Box
Gerber 45905 Camp Axe and ballistic nylon sheath.

Product Information

Technical Details

Part Number R534
Item Weight 1 pounds
Product Dimensions 18 x 7.5 x 2 inches
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Item model number 45905
Item Package Quantity 1
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No
Warranty Description Limited Lifetime Warranty

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3.7 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #353,947 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#192 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Gardening Tools > Axes
#55,685 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Hand Tools
Shipping Weight 6 pounds
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First Available July 2, 2004

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Having great success with my Gerber knive (steadfast) over the years, I purchased the camp axe and continue to be amazed! At first I thought it might be a bit long and heavy to pack but now I never camp/hunt without it. The high carbon content holds an excellent edge and in a pinch I've struck flint rock against it to spark a fire (used w/ magnesium in wet conditions). I used it to field dress elk and older deer to split a tough pelvis when my gigli saw was missing (just make sure the bladder is clear)! The tang is great for hammering in tent stakes since no one seems to remember to bring a hammer. I was concerned about the composite handle but it have held up well in the temperate climate of Kentucky though I haven't have enough extreme cold conditions like the high country to know if it would become brittle and crack. However I have camped/hunted all my life and now consider this part of my "essential" gear and that's not an easy feat!
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I'm a fan of Gerber in the first place but this ax really went beyond my expectations. It ties on easily and conveniently to a pack, is light, seems virtually unbreakable and chews through trees like a hot knife through a cold stick of butter. Working wood for shelters, fire circles, benches and a plethora of other needs is very important in the forest. So you need a solid, reliable tool to get the job done. Now that I own it, I won't go on the trail without this Gerber ax. It's become one of my favorite pieces of gear.
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I have numerous trees on my property and I bought this for tree trimming and to make wood chips for my grill. It works great for both. It is very well balanced. The 17" length extends your reach and makes for a powerful impact without swinging it hard. The blade is holding a good edge. I'm thinking of getting one for my son who does a lot of camping.
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An oversized hatchet comes in handy when tending to the few acres around my house. The Gerber 45905 Camp Axe does a great job on anything under 6 inches diameter and can tackle bigger jobs, if needed. For example, the Gerber had no problem in dispatching a 9" diameter avocado tree last Friday. (It was fun! However, if there had been a half-dozen large trees, I definitely would have gone for a full-sized axe.) Love the well-designed sheath, a real necessity for such a sharp tool. I put some baseball grip tape on the axe handle, for comfort and grippiness. Overall, the Gerber 45905 Camp Axe is easy to carry, so I carry it. It's easy to use, so I use it. And the quality of the materials and the workmanship is first rate.

Pros: Quality, price, sheath, convenient size, sharp, durable handle.
Cons: Not suited for heavy woodcutting, smooth handle (potentially slippery), balance point better suited for a one-handed (hatchet) stroke than a two-handed (axe) stroke.


Additional comments:

My Gerber axe was delivered fully sharpened. If it was not razor sharp, it certainly was near-razor-sharp. (I tested it by lightly touching it with my thumb. I would advise against anyone casually running their finger over the blade!)

My Gerber axe sheath didn't seem to fit when I first got it. That was until I tried turning the sheath upside down (or rightside up as the case may be). The sheath doesn't slip onto the axe head. Instead, the axe slips into the sheath, handle end first. It's an ingenious design that prevents the axe from "axe"identally slipping from the case when carried. However, some may find the design disingenious (unintuitive). Personally, I like the design of the sheath.
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This is one piece of gear I won't enter the wilderness without. My essential backpacking gear list now reads: Tent, bag, water filter, food, firesteel, Gerber axe.

Prior to buying this axe, I was using a cheapie Wal-Mart camp axe that never held an edge no matter how well you treated it and rusted within hours if it came in contact with any moisture. The cheapie also made a better hammer than an axe because it would painfully beat trees down rather than cutting them down, and it turned my arm into a useless appendage for a couple days while I recovered from overexertion. Eventually, I just stopped bringing it altogether and stuck to hunting around the forest for perfect-sized campfire wood, as it required less time and effort than bludgeoning wood with a chunk of cheap, heavy, blunt, rusty metal.

The Gerber camp axe (actually made by Fiskars, the king of quality scissors) is definitely a "more bang for the buck" item. Cutting firewood to size at camp is effortless, as the axe feels light to the arm, but still makes the woodchips fly. This model that I am reviewing is the one I settled on at the store because (for me) it offered the best balance of portability and function. I am sure the larger models are even better at felling dead trees and splitting logs, but the weight difference between models is significant. This one is small enough to strap to a pack, but still gets the job done with considerable ease while setting up camp. Speaking of balance, this thing is nicely-balanced to instill confidence in your swings and you would think that the handle is made of some exotic wood rather than hollow plastic.
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