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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

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    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

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    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 barricade..so 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

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    I would go with the "Truckers Friend"

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CARzaGzCW8"]Trucker's Friend Axe Review, Fun, Path of Destruction - YouTube[/ame]
     
  5. Toml

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    Another Gransfor Bruks fan. Wear gloves.
     
  6. SPIN2010

    SPIN2010 Searching ...

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    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

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    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. RLB

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    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.
     
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  10. Samned2003

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    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.
     
  11. GLOCK19FTW

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

    The maxed out version is like 40 tools in one.

    http://crovelfoldingshovel.com/

    I saw this on Doomsday Preppers last year. The episode was about the guy who actually invented it.
     
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  12. 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.
     
  13. GLOCK19FTW

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

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    "P" for plenty.

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

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    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.
     
  15. 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.
     
  16. 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.
     
  17. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

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    Very cool. I've not handled the Gransfor Bruks but it gets good reviews.
     
  18. SoldMyHat

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    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. :)
     
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