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Paladine71
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.

http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Paladine71/P1010343.jpg

http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Paladine71/P1010344.jpg

Mounted in my H3 with Quick Fists.

http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Paladine71/P1010350.jpg

Here is a video where Ray Mears discusses it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5W6r5U7yBE

3Hummers
04-30-2012, 11:37 PM
I have a small Gerber and a Woodsman's Pal.

Trekker
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.

http://www.hanzoswords.com/assets/images/sog_fusion_vietnam_tactical_tomahawk.jpg

alrock
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.

alrock
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.

Paladine71
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

06 H3
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.

is350
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

Pappibri
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..

Paladine71
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.

http://www.wetterlings.se/the/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=88&Itemid=57

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

Paladine71
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.

http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g452/Paladine71/P1010359.jpg

Trekker
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.

JonBishop
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

Bigunit
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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4dyBTlhuIo

http://i.ebayimg.com/05/!CD7fQ8gEWk~$(KGrHqUOKjcE0)(kC1QRBNQL+rg-3g~~_1.JPG?set_id=880000500F

ReconH3
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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Paladine71
05-16-2012, 09:32 AM
I like that SPAX, will probably pick one up.

3Hummers
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.

Sircode13
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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JonBishop
06-12-2012, 03:16 PM
http://i728.photobucket.com/albums/ww286/jonbishop32/1a6a3dc9.jpg

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

Paladine71
06-12-2012, 04:08 PM
Sexy! :hubba:

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

3Hummers
06-12-2012, 06:36 PM
SOG is a lot cheaper than the SPAX-16 also.

HUMMER INVESTMENTS
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!

Paladine71
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.

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

3Hummers
06-12-2012, 07:06 PM
Don't want the zombies that close to you.

Trekker
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.

HUMMER INVESTMENTS
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?

cgalpha08
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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HUMMER INVESTMENTS
06-12-2012, 09:33 PM
:thumbs:

JonBishop
06-12-2012, 09:56 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Po4tthKfMp8&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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

3Hummers
06-12-2012, 10:55 PM
Not bad but not great. For $25.00 you get your money's worth.

JonBishop
11-19-2012, 09:53 PM
http://i728.photobucket.com/albums/ww286/jonbishop32/IMG_1675.jpg

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

jakesz28
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.

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



X3
I have the Spax also

Bigunit
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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