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What would you recommend for a SHTF axe/cutting tool?

Discussion in 'The Cutting Edge' started by usmc4641, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. usmc4641

    usmc4641 NRA member

    Apr 4, 2007
    In Iraq I carried a simple Estwing Drywall Axe. It served both as a hammer and a cutting edge. Sweet and simple. Are there better options out there? I am looking for something that would get me through moderate barriers to splitting wood. What say you all?
  2. ancient_serpent


    Jun 6, 2008
    Depends on how you want to use it.
    If you're talking for a fixed location, like your home, I'd say a crowbar for moderate barriers of the urban construction and a chainsaw for cutting wood.
    If you're talking about a catch all, I like Cold Steel tomahawks.

  3. 1st..thanks for doing what you do for us.

    2nd..two words...Gransfor Bruks. with axes, i like them Old school. some blacksmith hammering out a tool with his expertise..backed up with 150 years of tradition.

    not so sure how it would do going thru a maybe a council tool (made in the USA) pickhead axe? like the fireman carry..but smaller.

    just sharpened it today!! it would shave your legs.
  4. BenjiEDF


    Jun 15, 2012
    I would go with the "Truckers Friend"

    [ame=""]Trucker's Friend Axe Review, Fun, Path of Destruction - YouTube[/ame]
  5. Toml


    Jan 1, 2003
    Another Gransfor Bruks fan. Wear gloves.
  6. SPIN2010

    SPIN2010 Searching ...

    Mar 14, 2010
    On the move ... again!
    The SOG tomahawk is pretty nice for hiking, easy to port and fairly lightweight. I like mine, fits an ice axe loop just fine.
  7. how do you carry it without a sheath? does it come with one?
  8. RetailNinja


    Jan 31, 2007
    I'm more a fan of the modern Fiskars/Gerber hatchet tools. They don't have looks but they do have durability and function.
  9. My vote is for C-4 and det cord.
  10. RLB


    Nov 11, 2007
    Thank you for your service to our country.
    Another vote for the Fiskars. I have one that came out shaving sharp. I have used it to cut limbs over 2 inches diameter. 1 to 2 swings and the limb is severed. Easy to use.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2013
  11. Samned2003


    Nov 6, 2008
    I carry a Bear Grylls Gerber parong in the tool box on my truck. It is a heavy duty machete and it works very well. For anything bigger I use a full sized axe. The truckers friend does look good. I am going to check one out for sure.
  12. GLOCK19FTW


    Dec 16, 2012
    Honestly, I'd have to go with the Crovel.

    The maxed out version is like 40 tools in one.

    I saw this on Doomsday Preppers last year. The episode was about the guy who actually invented it.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2013
  13. Crazy! Since zombies are rare and general random apocalypse almost as rare. Wouldn't you want a tool you could use until then? Like for actual camping and chopping wood? That crovel looks useless. It looks like a shovel.
  14. GLOCK19FTW


    Dec 16, 2012
    Yes, it is a shovel... and a lot of other things.. lol didn't you read the description or watch the video demonstration?
  15. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

    Oct 3, 2000
    Lakeland, FL.
    "P" for plenty.

    I've got a leather handle wrapped Estwing hatchet and I just picked up the Wetterling Expedition Axe.



    Both are light and dependable and easy to pack.

    I have the SOG Tomahawk and the steel is very soft and would be my least recommended tool.

    I have both the Cold Steel Rifleman's Hawk and the Trench Hawk. Of the two the rifleman's hawk is the better tool while the Trench Hawk would make a fine weapon.

    Out of all of them I would chose the Wetterling for getting the job done followed closely by the Estwing and then CS Rifleman. Wood handles can be field fabricated if broke or a longer handle installed as needed and the Estwing has a steel handle that could be re-wrapped if the leather rots away or is damaged.

    The real question is what do you expect to chop and then choose the tool.
  16. HEY..syntax. i just got my Wetterlings Wildlife hatchet this past friday. i touched up the edge and almost cut myself. it is a razor. fit/finish isnt so great compared to my Gransfor Bruks..but first time i hack apart the chest cavity of an elk..i assume the "new axe look" will be a thing of the past.

    great tool!! i am taking it hunting, and downsizing my knife.
  17. i couldnt make it past the video. you couldnt chop down a tree with it. i watched two skater types chop down a 2x4. ooookkkaaay.
  18. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

    Oct 3, 2000
    Lakeland, FL.
    Very cool. I've not handled the Gransfor Bruks but it gets good reviews.
  19. SoldMyHat


    Nov 21, 2012
    West TN
    If you are bugging out to the woods to stay safe and not busting through the city like Stallone, a folding saw and a good knife like the ESEE 3 would be good. Or sub the saw for a machete or the super cool ESEE Junglas. If you aren't familiar with ESEE, they have a lifetime no questions asked warranty and really good resale value if you don't like it.

    ETA: recommendations on the idea of multiuse and lightness. Stay safe and light. :)
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2013