As long as there are trees, there will always be a demand for axes, no matter how electric or electronic tools may become. While there is an electric alternative for almost anything these days, the simplistic yet useful nature of the axe makes it a must-have for anyone who needs firewood.
This being said, you can never be too careful when choosing an axe to buy?because you don’t want it breaking as soon as the going gets tough. So perhaps we should find out what are the best axes out there and what characteristics make them stand out from the rest. For this purpose, we put together a list of the ten best axes money can buy.
10Cold Steel Rifleman’s Hawk American Hickory Handle
The Rifleman’s Hawk American Hickory Handle Axe from Cold Steel is as American as an axe can get. This 22-inch axe features a drop forged 1055 carbon steel blade with a primary edge of 3.5″, which is more than enough for anyone’s needs. Like the name suggests, it also features an American Hickory handle which is both durable and sturdy, a handle that will have you splitting even the biggest of logs without the risks of breaking.
9TEKTON 3284 20-Ounce 14-Inch Fiberglass Camp Axe
This isn’t a log-splitting axe per se but a camp axe with a more delicate construction. This being said, its durable fibreglass construction recommends it for anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors because of how easy it is to look after and because of how lightweight it is. As a matter of fact, this axe weighs just 20 ounces and only measures 14 inches in length, thus making it perfect for anyone’s camping needs.
8Fiskars Consumer Prod 78506935 14-Inch Hatchet
Lightweight and reliable, this 14-inch hatchet from Fiskars is perfect for chopping kindling and small logs. Thanks to its specially designed blade, it will chop increasingly deeper with each swing, an efficiency it also owes to its perfect balance. At the same time, it benefits from an almost perfect power-to-weight ratio which increases swing speed to multiply power while its proprietary blade-grinding technique provides an almost perfectly sharp edge.
7Gerber Gator Combo Axe II
This axe features a forged steel head designed to increase the blade’s striking force and durability. It also has a glass-filled nylon handle which hides a coarse blade saw that you can use to cut branches or brushes. Not only that but its Gator Grip handle increases its grip considerably while making it easy to handle. At the same time, the saw it comes equipped with is held inside the handle magnetically, thus making it unlikely that it will fall.
6Sog Specialty Knives F01TN-CP Tactical Tomahawk
We all know how important it is to have a versatile tool on hand at all times, which is exactly what makes this particular axe stand out. You see, this tactical tomahawk can be used not only for standard wood cutting but breaching operations, excavations, obstacle removal, extractions, and a few other useful applications. It also benefits from a glass-reinforced nylon handle with a 2.75-inch stainless steel head, which needless to say, is always to be desired when dealing with such an axe.
5Estwing E24A 14-Inch Sportsman’s Axe
What makes this particular axe stand out from the rest of the axes we talked about so far is the fact that it is forged in one piece using 100% American steel. At the same time, it has a hand-sharpened cutting edge and a beautiful leather grip for good measure. Furthermore, it comes with a heavy duty nylon sheath to protect the axe at all times but also to make it easier to carry and store.
4Cold Steel Trench Hawk Axe
This isn’t so much a standard axe but a hawk axe, one designed to meet a multitude of standards when it comes to cutting, slicing, excavations, or removing obstacles. It does so thanks to a drop forged 1055 carbon steel construction that guarantees its sturdiness and durability. Also worth pointing out is the fact that it has a polypropylene handle designed to make the axe easy to handle without making it too heavy.
3Estwing E44A 16-Inch Camper’s Axe
This 16-inch camper’s axe features a high-quality steel blade designed to trim trees, split wood, notch timbers, and drive wooden stakes if needed. At the same time, it comes with a sheath to protect the axe whenever you’re not using it but also to make it easier to carry. On a related note, it has to be said that it has a 4-inch cutting edge that might prove enough for doing almost any type of cutting.
2Fiskars X15 Chopping Axe
Ideal for felling trees, this reliable 23.5-inch axe from Fiskars will meet even the highest standards without being too difficult to handle. Behind its manoeuvrability stands its perfected balance and its power-to-weight ration which increases swing speed to multiply power. As such, it will chop deeper with each swing, many thanks to its shock-absorbing FiberComp handle and to its perfect edge.
1Fiskars X27 Super Splitting Axe
When it comes to splitting large logs, there is perhaps no better axe on the market than the X27 from Fiskars. This reliable axe is designed for maximum efficiency so as to give you more one-strike splits than most axes. It manages to do so thanks to an almost perfect balance and to a power-to-weight ratio aimed at increasing swing speed to multiply power. At the same time, it benefits from an advanced bevel convex blade geometry which adds splitting power to each swing while making the blade easier to remove from the wood.