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Best hand axe value for $50 or less

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

  1. rio nueces

    rio nueces Well-Known Member

  2. Brian Williams

    Brian Williams Moderator Emeritus

    Norlunds camp axe or hatchet.
  3. BLB68

    BLB68 Well-Known Member

    The OP has already made a purchase, but I'll throw another name out there: Condor Knife and Tool has some nice looking axes and hatchets that I've read positive reviews on.
  4. bubba in ca

    bubba in ca Well-Known Member

    Eastwing is a tough old beater, but might be a little heavy for backpacking. A good hickory handle is lighter.

    Ames All American and Condor are not chicom and have traditional models with hickory handles. From what I see on the net, anything under 50 bucks will need some carefull sharpening to be useable, and many over 50 bucks aren`t any better!.
  5. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

  6. witchhunter

    witchhunter Well-Known Member

    A hickory handle might be lighter, but I still have my dad's Estwing, and I am an old man nowadays. I couldn't break it, I can't say that for his bamboo fly rod.
  7. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    My Father got an old Plumb scout ax from the 1950s. You could SHAVE with it.
  8. 308win

    308win Well-Known Member

    I don't have first hand experience with their products but I am sure someone here does; Council Tool has some nice looking axes and hatchets. They also have a Hunters Ax that has a shorter handle and Dayton head configuration.
  9. earlthegoat2

    earlthegoat2 Well-Known Member

    If you look around used you might find some great values.

    I have found Wetterlings Hatchet and Camp Axe for just above 50 each. Got hatchet off ebay even.
  10. krupparms

    krupparms Well-Known Member

    I have 3 of the Gerber / Fiskers all different sizes. They are very handy & lite. I just was given a 26" Estwing campers ax as a gift. It is a very nice tool. Sounds like you already made some good choices. Don't forget a good ax Sharper, it will come in handy. Good luck &hope you enjoy your new tools.
  11. sleepyone

    sleepyone Well-Known Member

    krupp, have any recommendations?
  12. krupparms

    krupparms Well-Known Member

    I would recommend eather Lansky or Work Sharp. They have some good choices. Also a good round file & a round diamond hone. That is a good place to start. Axs & hatchets need to be sharpen different than a knife. A quick check in a camping guide or book should show the proper method. Good luck hope that helps.
  13. shinyroks

    shinyroks Well-Known Member

    For the axes a small hand file will do wonders. It is light and with a little practice can sharpen to a shave. Stones and other sharpeners take forever, as the steel in the Estwing (can't comment on the other) is much harder than any knife, and thicker to boot.

    Oh yes, and i see as you have already made your selection I really like the classic looks and performance of the leather-handled Estwing. Liked it so much that I just had to buy a leather-handled hammer to match :D.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2013
  14. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    Estwings are 55-56 RC, IIRC. Not hard at all.

    Wetterlings and GBs get as hard as 58, knives will get into the low 60s depending on steel and intended usage.


    MMmmm.....purty axes.
  15. CaptFlint61

    CaptFlint61 Member

    Estwing has served me well over the years, carry one in my truck kit along with a collapsible saw and machete - just recently picked up what appears to be Swiss Army hand ax, cost me $15 for work in the yard; Takes a great edge and looks to be indestructible. you can never have enough 'edged' tools.
  16. shinyroks

    shinyroks Well-Known Member

    Those are some purdy axes... I didn't realize axes were actually so much softer than knives. Must be the thickness that gives them that feel while sharpening.
  17. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    I just found out that some of the good stuff (Gransfors etc) use laminated steel. woot! Quite interesting considering that a normal axe (Estwing etc.) works/cuts wonderfully.
  18. jyo

    jyo Well-Known Member

    I went with the Gerber/Fiskars 14" camp axe---smaller, lighter, mine was pretty sharp as delivered---works well...
  19. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    I scored a old Estwing clone for 5 bucks off ebay.
  20. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf member

    Hopefully it'll cut. I blew a hole through an old Chinese hatchet (they still sell the exact model) with a 30-06 many years ago because it would just bounce off of any wood regardless of edge angle/grind etc.

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