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Kershaw Camp Ax

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  • Features:-Steel: Drop-forged high-carbon steel-Handle:
  • Non-slip over mold-Blade length: 3.5 in. (8.9 cm)-Overall length: 11 in. (27.8 cm)
  • Weight: 14.5 oz. (411 g)
  • This sturdy axe is drop forged in a single piece for reliable durability
  • Drop forging aligns and stretches the metal's grain structure for improved strength
  • For secure grip, we added a non-slip krayton handle and a handy sheath to protect the blade
  • Specifications: steel: one-piece, drop forged high carbon steel
  • Handle: krayton; blade length: 3 1/2 inch (9.0 cm); overall length: 11 inch (27.8 cm); weight: 14.5 oz
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Product Description

This sturdy axe is drop forged in a single piece for reliable durability. Drop forging aligns and stretches the metal's grain structure for improved strength. For secure grip, we added a non-slip Krayton handle and a handy sheath to protect the blade.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000EYHF9G
  • Item model number: 1018
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,267 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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By Tim D. Prevette on April 5, 2010
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Kershaw has always been a great brand of knife for me. Quality products that are made in the USA are the name of Kershaws game. This ax, however, is not of US origin but its still got that Kershaw quality. The best thing about this ax is that its one solid made piece, no worries about losing hatchet heads while using it. Also the weight is fantastic compared to similarly sized hatchets. The only down side to this ax that I have found is the cheap plastic guard that comes with it. It works for practical purposes however so not a necessary replacement.
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So I read the reviews and I knew it would be smaller in size and needed sharpening, however what I didn't expect for it to do is split my logs like a boss! I LOVE this camp ax, I cannot wait to go camping. As of right now I use this guy to make kindle for the fireplace sense we use it everyday, I'm finding i have to sharpen every day to keep in fair condition. the plastic cover sorta pisses me off so I plan on buying a new cover before the first camping trip- it's light weight which is nice should be good when hiking. nice grip on the handle I like the fact its one solid piece and I can still use the back for a hammer. I would recommend this product to my friends and those who would ask!

UPDATE* so it's been a year and this axe is still going strong!! I bought my friend one for when he goes camping and he absolutely loves it!!
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I bought this ax for simple usage for camping, lodging, etc

-Great design, attractive looks with good sheath for protection
-Sharp, BUT the edge retention seems a bit weak. May need sharpening a bit often if you want it to be efficient
-Good weight balance and small size makes it easy for anyone to use
-Small size limits its range of applications but makes it a great tool that will fit in your backpack for hiking or camping
-Top of the ax head to the bottom of the handle is about the length of a letter size paper
-Sheath design allows you to be creative in how you carry the ax as well (if you use paracord and creativity)
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Given the photo of the product I was expecting something that could function as the typical camp hatchet, a compromise between a chopper and a splitter. I was hoping with the "wedge" on the blade in the photo, that it would be even better than typical as a splitter. But this ax has a very thin blade all the way up to the handle. The blade is way too thin for good splitting action. I also have the Gerber Back Paxe, and gave it 5 stars. If I had no other hatchet I would not chuck this Kershaw in the creek, but I considered returning it. It does have a nice balance, and the steel seems to hold an edge, though it required some work to get it shaving sharp after it arrived. I did not alter the edge angles, just polished them up. Given that this is a chopper only, this has a very convex edge that ends up at a very broad angle. It was so broad that it was glancing of branches that I did not hit at exactly the right angle. If I ever get one of the big DMT extra coarse Dia-sharps, I will use it to bring this to a flat 20 degree edge with a 25 degree micro edge, just like I would do a hunting knife. At that angle this ax might work well for butchering tasks. Bottom line though, in this category, the Gerber Back Paxe is far superior to the Kershaw Camp Ax.
(Feb 2012) I did finally get the chance to thin the blade of this Kershaw hatchet getting to about the same profile near the edge as my Gransfors Scandinavian Forest ax. That is a much larger thicker blade, so by the edge I mean the last 3/8" inch because from that point on the larger ax keeps getting thicker, but the Kershaw is flat by then. I basically tripled the width of the "edge" on the Kershaw giving it a gentle convex profile rather than the exceptionally steep convex profile that it came with.
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As another reviewer pointed out, this hatchet is one of several identical ones marketed under different names/brands. Have a look around Amazon before you buy the first one you see- there might be another available for less money.

First and foremost, this is a lightweight hatchet. Where most axes and hatchets base their efficiency around the wight they use to cut/split wood, this hatchet trades weight (and some size) for portability. Mine came with a very poor edge out of the package, and it needed sharpening up before I thought it was ready for use. I don't make a lot of fires, but I had some stored wood in my back yard, and no axe to process it with. So I bought this based on some Youtube videos I saw. The build quality is actually good, and the handle is comfortable, firm and secure, and through an afternoon of splitting/chopping branches I found the hatchet was still comfortable to use. It held an edge well enough for an afternoon of use. Good design!

The less said about the horrendous plastic sheath, the better. You WILL be replacing it. Its complete junk. Bad design!

This is NOT a heavy duty axe. Its has a small, compact, very lightweight head, meaning it is NOT a fantastic splitter. It is a very good chopper. Its made to dig into wood and chop it apart, and because its so light, it will be YOUR arms and shoulders doing most of the work. This is fine for light duty cutting small branches, but is not ideal if you need to fell a tree or split bigger fuel. When used this to lop off branches, or chop longer branches into shorter pieces, it worked well.

It is not made to split wood easily- its just too light for that.
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