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Best hand axe value for $50 or less

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by sleepyone, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. sleepyone

    sleepyone Well-Known Member

    Looking for something I can carry in my hunting back pack either on the outside or in the main storage compartment. Don't really want to carry it on my belt as I will have my hunting sidearm and a pocket knife on the right side and my rifle on my left shoulder left shoulder. Would like it to come with a sheath. My back pack is a Tactical 5.11 Rush 24.
  2. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

  3. sleepyone

    sleepyone Well-Known Member

    Gordon, saw this one on Midway last night before I created this thread! Looked like a good value. Thanks for the reference. I have an old Gerber lock blade knife from 25 years ago back when they were made in U.S. The nylon belt holster still has the Made in U.S.A tag. Been a great knife, but I have been buying Kershaws the past few years. Even some of my Kershaws are Chinese made though. Have you noticed a decline in quality since Gerber was outsourced to China?

    Just measured out 17 1/2" on my desk. That is pretty long, but the price is right and it is lightweight. Can you think of anything shorter but still a substantial axe?
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2013
  4. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    Like I said Fiskars and Gerber (look the same) have shorter ones but IMHO that is the shortest/lightest one that really will cut wood around camp easily.
  5. sleepyone

    sleepyone Well-Known Member

    I have used Fiskars loppers for years and they have great warranties. I have broken a pair, and all they required for a free replacement was a picture of the broken pieces. An exact replacement was shipped free of charge that same week.
  6. Unistat

    Unistat Well-Known Member

    Estwing Campers Axe


    This the 16" model. They also have a 26" version, both under $50. Also comes with a sheath.
  7. Shanghai McCoy

    Shanghai McCoy Well-Known Member

    The Eastwing is a classic. Solid and pretty much "sailor proof"...
    You might want to look for an older Plumb Boy Scout hatchet if you have a used tool and antique store around. I have a couple and they are great little hatchets.
  8. saltydog452

    saltydog452 Well-Known Member

    Best to W.E.B.Griffin, Mac.

    Whatever happened to McCoy?

    When camping up on the Sulphur River, we used to carry an Eastwing Goegolist's Hammer in an improvised thick Copper wire hammer carrier.

    Lots of fossils and such up there.

  9. DDeegs

    DDeegs Well-Known Member

    Timberline "Kommer Bush pilot survival hatchet" 9" OAL
    knifecenter has them for $40
    I own one, works well for camping, chopping up wrist thick and smaller limbs.

  10. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  11. messerist

    messerist Well-Known Member

    RC and Unistat both made excellent suggestions. Can't go wrong with either I think.
  12. sleepyone

    sleepyone Well-Known Member

    So far I like the Kommer Bush pilot survival hatchet 9" best for its small footprint. Seems like a perfect hatchet for my hunting backpack. I like the Estwing 16" Camper's Ax for its value being an all-steel hatchet and I like the Gerber/Fiskars for their size yet still being lightweight. I've also been needing to get a hatchet for camping trips that can chop some larger limbs than the Kommer is probably capable of doing. The Estwing or Gerber might be the ticket. Thanks for your suggestions.

    RC, I'm sure the one you recommended is fine, but my pricepoint was $50 or less.
  13. P.B.Walsh

    P.B.Walsh Well-Known Member

    Estwing is made in the U.S.A., the Gerber is not, that should indicate which one to purchase.
  14. Unistat

    Unistat Well-Known Member

    I actually use the Estwing Rigbuilders' Axe. It doesn't come with a sheath though, I had to make my own. It's also a little more expensive.

    True story: When I pulled it out of the box when it arrived my two year-old said "Don't smash the baby!" (referring to the 7 month-old.) And so it was christened.

    The shorter version is the Carpenters' Hatchet.

    Carpenters' Hatchet

  15. heron

    heron Well-Known Member

    I've got an Estwing in my truck bag; it looks like the model in post #6. I wanted something that I couldn't break. One-piece forging -- Dennis the Menace couldn't break that thing. It's sharp, too.
  16. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    I've got both and like the Gerber better.

    I have no problem buying products from a Finnish company that employs twice as many Americans as Estwing does.
  17. sleepyone

    sleepyone Well-Known Member

    Just ordered the Estwing E44A 16-Inch Steel Campers Axe for $39.99 with free S/H from Amazon and the Russ Kommer Timberline Bush Pilot 9" Survival Hatchet for $44.99 with free S/H from Midway USA. It was a hard choice between the Estwing and the Gerber/Fiskars, but the Estwing will be strictly a camping hatchet whereas the Russ Kommer will be carried in my hunting pack. Thanks for the recommendations everyone!

    One more question. What is a good sharpener to carry with me?
  18. P.B.Walsh

    P.B.Walsh Well-Known Member

    Gerber is Finnish.... learn something new every day!
  19. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    All good choices and I have a wonderful OLD Eastwing with a leather handle in my jeep. But the combination of the very light weight with the long handle (which fits in a Harley Roadking saddle bag FWIW) which allows real two handed chopping just isn't available anywhere else .Mine will stay attached to the side of my trekking pack.
  20. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    Fiskars bought them in the late '80s.

    edit: Wiki says 1987.

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