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Old 06-18-2012, 10:14 PM   #1
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Wilderness Axe

Was wondering what you guys would consider the perfect wilderness axe?

I ask because I am in search of a good woods axe.

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Old 06-18-2012, 10:39 PM   #2
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I'm a fan of the Gränsfors Bruk Scandinavian Forest Axe.

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Old 06-18-2012, 10:49 PM   #3
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I have the S.A Wettlerings 26 inch use it around the house and in the back country.
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:58 PM   #4
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You just had to ask that question..

As I canoe camp and hike with my canoe long ways..I am happy with my Grandfors Small Forest Axe.

No axe is perfect. This one is kind of short on the handle length. Its not for splitting ( though I do). It limbs just beautifully. Its not much for chopping big logs. I use a saw for that.
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Old 06-18-2012, 10:59 PM   #5
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The best axes are the ones you find in antique stores. The older the better. They don't make axes like they used to!
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:12 PM   #6
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The best axes are the ones you find in antique stores. The older the better. They don't make axes like they used to!
Google Geoff Burke of Chocorua Boatworks. He specializes in axes(and boats) and delights in antiques. He can tell you more about axes than you thought possible.
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:37 AM   #7
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Old 06-19-2012, 09:47 AM   #8
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I personally like the Gerber Sport Axe. It is lightweight, packs well, and takes care of what I need. It is mostly for limbing, but I have split some stuff with it as well. Pretty durn sharp and holds it's edge too.

http://www.gerbergear.com/Outdoor/Ge...e-II_31-000913
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:13 PM   #9
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I personally like the Gerber Sport Axe. It is lightweight, packs well, and takes care of what I need. It is mostly for limbing, but I have split some stuff with it as well. Pretty durn sharp and holds it's edge too.

http://www.gerbergear.com/Outdoor/Ge...e-II_31-000913
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Old 06-19-2012, 06:55 PM   #10
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Try Snow&Neally, great axes for the money. I have a few of them, Hudson Bay style, double bit and a single bit,
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Try Snow&Neally, great axes for the money. I have a few of them, Hudson Bay style, double bit and a single bit,
Their axes are ok. Certainly a lot better than your typical hardware store ax.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:26 PM   #12
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I have a Snow & Nealley, two foot handle, what a great looking ax and functional as well.
I call it my canoe ax.
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Old 06-19-2012, 11:28 PM   #13
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No idea. He probably has his own out with his name on it.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:14 PM   #14
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Their axes are ok. Certainly a lot better than your typical hardware store ax.
Really cool story about S&N Axes. Bangor Tigers. If you get a chance, look up the story about the Tigers. I do believe the axe men of Maine used these beautys.
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Old 06-21-2012, 09:19 AM   #15
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I know it's not the fanciest, but my 23'' Fiskars has never let me down after plenty of years of hard use and isn't that heavy either.
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:06 AM   #16
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What do you guys use your axes for? I always carry a folding saw which is light and gets the job done as far as cutting wood goes. I can't say I've ever been in a situation where I wish I had an axe rather than my folding saw.
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:44 AM   #17
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I mostly use it for trail work. I hardly ever use it for firewood- I just carry a folding saw myself for that. I generally stick to the "don't burn anything thicker in diameter than my arm" rule for firewood. If I have the axe with me anyways, I might occasionally split a log that was cut from blowdown in the trail if there's one nearby, but that's about it.
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Old 06-21-2012, 11:11 AM   #18
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Saw for cutting rounds and axe for tap splitting of kindling. Most of our trips are backpacking trips with a canoe. So weight matters. Longer handled heavier headed axes would do better but we called a limit to weight.

Though most of our canoe trips are not in the ADKS but rather the boreal forest. We split and spud wet logs because they will burn that way..No shortage of downed timber up there.
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Old 06-21-2012, 03:57 PM   #19
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Was wondering what you guys would consider the perfect wilderness axe?

I ask because I am in search of a good woods axe.

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Cool, asking in the hunting and fishing section what's the perfect wilderness axe...
I get it, ask the folks who really know.

For me, the perfect "wilderness axe" is a good hatchet, which I usually only take on winter backpacking trips and canoe trips.
I bought mine at Lowe's.
Works great.
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Old 06-21-2012, 10:28 PM   #20
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I know it will sound weird but, try a good pair of loppers. You can cut a ton of fuel quick with them. It's not like your laying in a winters supply of wood.
I do use my Gerber and Fiskars (I think there the same company) for splitting or making kindling.
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