Schrade SCAXE10 Full Tang Hatchet
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- Powder Coated 3Cr13 Stainless Steel Head with Hammer Pommel
- Black TPR Rubber Wrapped Handle with Lanyard
- Thermoplastic Belt Sheath
- Blade Length: 3.55 inch (9.02 cm) Handle Length: 5.91 inch (15.01 cm)
- Overall Length: 11.08 inch (28.14 cm) Weight: 1.37 pounds
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I bought the 2016 model SCAXE 10 after years of using and abusing the Kershaw carbon steel Camp Axe in local sage brush and woodlands of the deserts and mountains where I've lived and camped. I've found that I don't need a knife much when camping until processing fur, fish, or game. A well-sharpened hand axe + squared-off top for ferro rod and scraper use + rasp-like slits cut into one back edge, it does 90% of the work. When playing on the coast, swamps, or in rain forests, however, I always accepted the limitations of the Gerber BG Survival Axe with its 3CR13 stainless construction. The wetter woods, jungles, or swamps took a toll on the Kershaw's carbon steel. I found the stainless steel was a useful trade-off to the limitations of the small BG axe. I found ways to work around those limitations but I never liked the compromise.
When I saw the SCAXE 10 show up on the web, and recognized the similarity to the Kershaw, I had to try it.
I'm glad I did. The new Schrade SCAXE 10 is nearly identical in form and function to my proven Kershaw, but the SCAXE 10 brings to hand the easy maintenance of 3CR13MoV that I found useful in the wet places. Here's the comparison stuff:
SCAXE 10 is about 6 ounces heavier and a bit thicker in all working dimensions than the Kershaw. If you throw them into a backpack, overall size is (almost) the same. Allowing for the different stress/shock allowance for the Schrade's 3CR13MoV stainless vs. the Kershaw's drop-forged 1055 carbon steel, I make a rough, gut-level approximation that the durability under design loading and impact will be nearly the same. I'll leave it to other engineer geeks to prove/disprove that order of magnitude estimate, it's just my guess based on my experience with these materials in other tools I've used.
In terms of "feel" during use - they're almost identical except carrying and swinging the weight.
For the checkout, I worked both to "near mirror" sharpened condition. I sharpened & polished both to allow a visual inspection for chipping, flaking, rolling, flattening, etcetera. I then used both to chop through identical 3" thick maple rounds (actually same branch), split each round into four slabs, notched one slab to the half-way point, then drilled four holes through the 3/4" thickness slabs using the top "point" of the axe blades.
During chopping, the lighter, thinner Kershaw blade seems to bite just as deep as the heavier, thicker Schrade. Beyond the weight difference - identical feel and function. Both were as good as can be expected from a "belt hatchet". No, you wouldn't want to build a log cabin with either one. But either one would serve well to build a debris hut for a night or two and would take the same energy to do it.
Post-use, the Schrade's stainless steel edge showed only the expected scratches from the dust on the wood. No chipping, no rolling, no deformation. The entire length of the blade still sliced paper after the workout, just like the 1055 carbon steel version.
The plastic cover design for both Kershaw and new Schrade are nearly identical as well, but the Schrade is visibly thicker. It even feels thicker and stiffer. Does that make it more robust? I don't know yet. But I've used the Kershaw version for years without failure yet.
Of note, though, I hang it from my belt using the "Nite Ize" flashlight holder or the "Rothco" canvas sheath, not using the plastic belt loop integrated into the plastic cover. That stress of belt carry could be a fatigue contributor to plastic failure. One idea I''ll try soon is to cut off the back-end that folds over, and connect the two, blade-covering sections with nylon or leather straps that pass around the handle similar to the way Buck's axe cover works. I'll probably do that to the thicker Schrade cover first because of the very slight size difference in the axes. The Schrade cover fits both the SCAXE 10 and the Kershaw. The (slightly) smaller cover of the Kershaw doesn't work for the Schrade.
Ultimately, I'll make a leather, or hybrid Kydex + leather cover/sheath that will fit both. That way, when I go to the dry country I'll lighten the belt by 6 ounces, but in the wet country I'll have the stainless version. I'll never have to compromise functionality again.
If you're a carbon steel purist, I understand your preference. I've used carbon steel axes and knives in the woods for over 50 years. With the right care all I've ever had to fix were wooden and leather handles that broke, burned, rotted, or were chewed up by wayward porcupines (yep, really!). I'd recommend having full-tang stainless tools as a backup. Why? Look at EOTWAWKI situations as worst-conditions camping in the long-term. The last thing you'll have time or energy for is maintaining your tools. And further, where are the most widely-varied resources found? In the boundary ecology of the coastal river deltas. Those places, and those challenges, are not friendly to carbon steel.
If you're not a purist and can have only one, Schrade's new SCAXE 10 is a darn good choice to have in your hand.
Bottom line: This new Schrade SCAXE 10 is a capable and dependable belt axe. The Schrade 3CR13MoV steel takes a sharp, durable edge, unlike the cheap 440 stainless junk versions that chip, crack and flake with real-world use (yeah, I tried them too). In addition, the solid stainless steel construction won't let you down because of handle breakage when you need it most and when there's no time to repair/replace. I recommend it to any outdoorsman or prepper for its broad utility as a light weight and durable tool.
The belt looped sheath is basic and no frills. It's not what I would use to rely on. Think of a blade guard with a molded in belt loop.
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Cons: stiff plastic blade cover is cheaply made and unsafe. Arrives dull.Read more
I like to keep this in my bug out bag.