View Full Version : Camping / Emergency Axe

04-30-2012, 09:01 PM
Knowing that cutting tools are extremely important for emergencies and camping, I'm curious to see what axes you guys use.

I use a Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe. It is expensive, but this is an area that I know quality counts. I use Plasti Dip on mine to protect the wood and improve the grip. I used a black dye and leather preserver for the sheath.



Mounted in my H3 with Quick Fists.


Here is a video where Ray Mears discusses it.


04-30-2012, 11:37 PM
I have a small Gerber and a Woodsman's Pal.

04-30-2012, 11:44 PM
I have the SOG Fusion. For the most part I like it, but I wouldn't recommend it for chopping. There's just something really unnatural about the handle. I think it's too small so it's not easy to grip. I may try wrapping some grip tape to see if that improves the feel. Just my 2 cents.


05-01-2012, 12:12 AM
Never thought of putting quick fists there - pretty cool. Unfortunately, my only axe has been whatever someone else is carrying. I do need to get one and I like the Plastidip idea too.

05-01-2012, 12:20 AM
What qualities are you seeking in a good axe for light camping and perhaps clearing a fallen tree across the trail? Talking maybe three days' use per year.

05-01-2012, 12:29 AM
I look for light, tough, quality material and quality construction. Like Ray said in the video, I like mine because it's light enough for one hand, big enough for two hands, extreme quality of material and construction (made by experts in Sweden) and really tough. It's also important that I can carry it easy in a pack for hiking and scouting.

Here is the website for further research on this company: http://www.gransfors.com/htm_eng/index.html

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05-01-2012, 02:03 AM
I am gonna look into buying one...I love the quick fists by the window. That is exactly what I am talking about when I search for compact, strong and lightweight. It fits all 3 of these especially seeing it is tucked away by the window.

05-01-2012, 02:34 AM
the quick fist is an awesome idea , another axe to look at my be the Fiskars axes they are really good, and they are pretty inexpensive they are extremely similar to the gerber just less expensive http://www2.fiskars.com/Products/Yard-and-Garden/Axes-and-Striking/X7-Hatchet-14

05-01-2012, 07:57 AM
The two that I have are really old.. That Fiskars looks real good.. Especially at that price.. I would only use it maybe 15 days out of a year anyway..

05-01-2012, 08:06 AM
Don't forget the Wetterlings Axes, very well made and not nearly as expensive as the Gransfors Bruks. That are great quality too.


Another option is the old Plumb Boy Scout Hatchet, tried and true for many years.

05-01-2012, 08:17 PM
To keep the axe sharp, I use the Lansky Puck. This whetstone is easy to carry and has two sides, course and mild, to bring your blade to a very sharp edge. Of course, you should still use a leather belt to remove the smallest metal barbs that can affect cutting. Usable wet or dry. Recommended.


05-01-2012, 09:04 PM
+1 for the Lansky puck. I've had one for years that I use on my double bit axe.

05-16-2012, 01:28 AM
will that sog fusion fit in the back window spot where Paladine has his mounted? that thing looks sweet! and the price isnt to bad either

05-16-2012, 09:01 AM
After several discussions with my Army Sapper friend, I broke down and got the Ontario Spax-16 rescue axe. He had some very good experiences and stories about this axe. Very well-made and more than adequate for camping/emergency use. I also figured that if I ever need to, I can use it to turn on fire hydrants! :shifty:



05-16-2012, 09:32 AM
I have a Spax too. It's attached to my GoBag in a way that is accessible while wearing the pack. The pack sits against the back of the center console, which makes the Spax also accessible from either the driver or passenger seat. The passengers in the rear seats can also have access to it. It's not a full on axe to build extensive structures, but enough to build a hide, and it doubles as a weapon.

"Ex Umbris Venimus"

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05-16-2012, 09:32 AM
I like that SPAX, will probably pick one up.

05-16-2012, 11:04 AM
I like the Spax also. I really like the Woodsman's Pal but I think I like the Spax better.

05-16-2012, 04:33 PM
Looks like now I've got to go and get me one of these Spax for my bug out bag too. Sounds and looks very useful.

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06-12-2012, 03:16 PM

Just came in the mail :) QuickFists are ordered and in route to my casa :)

06-12-2012, 04:08 PM
Sexy! :hubba:

06-12-2012, 06:25 PM
I likey the SOG!

06-12-2012, 06:36 PM
SOG is a lot cheaper than the SPAX-16 also.

06-12-2012, 06:41 PM
I love te SPAX-16. But when we get to the topic of knives then I think I am sure what my favorite will be!

06-12-2012, 06:57 PM
The only thing that I don't like about the SOG is that it's probably lacking at chopping wood, which is the primary purpose for an axe to me.

06-12-2012, 07:01 PM
I thought your primary purpose was to chop a zombies head off when they come? :ba::dead2::soldier:

06-12-2012, 07:06 PM
Don't want the zombies that close to you.

06-12-2012, 07:13 PM
The only thing that I don't like about the SOG is that it's probably lacking at chopping wood, which is the primary purpose for an axe to me.

Yep, you said it. It's not very handy for chopping, but it works pretty good for splitting kindling. I like to have an axe when vehicle camping, but they're too heavy for my BOB. I use a folding pack saw and field knife.

06-12-2012, 09:07 PM
Don't want the zombies that close to you.

What happens when you run out of ammo? Backup is better than nothing isnt it?

06-12-2012, 09:29 PM
What happens when you run out of ammo? Backup is better than nothing isnt it?

Backup is running them over with your Hummer. ;)

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06-12-2012, 09:33 PM

06-12-2012, 09:56 PM

Here's a pretty cool video of the sog in action, nothing to exciting but a entertaining vid :)

06-12-2012, 10:55 PM
Not bad but not great. For $25.00 you get your money's worth.

11-19-2012, 09:53 PM

took along time for me to finally do this quick lil 5 mintue install, happy how it came out :)

11-24-2012, 09:30 PM
Held a SOG today. Not for splitting wood but considering going back to buy it. I have 3 items I have not taken out of the Hummer. Because I normally forget them when going camping. A gerber machette, a cheap fiberglass handle hatchet and my splitting axe. Not sure what a cop would think if I got searched. I need to put a pack together.

11-25-2012, 04:41 AM
I have a Spax too

I have the Spax also

11-25-2012, 10:51 AM
X4 on the Spax and a Gerber camp axe in the Apocalypse kit, as I believe in system redundancy.

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