“A bit on axemanship, axe handling and axe safety. Some of what you see I have learned from a good friend Tim Smith at http://www.jackmtn.com/

Learning the basics of handling an axe is important. This handy tool can also be dangerous so it’s best to play it safe and use it properly to get the most out of it.

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Axe Handling

When using any axe, boots (preferably steel toed) should ALWAYS be worn.
When using an axe, a designated chopping area should be marked off.
This should be in an area where there are few if any overhead branches.
Spectators should always be kept at least two axe lengths away.

Here are rules for safe, efficient use of the hand axe:

1. Saw wood to be split into 12 inch lengths.
2. Use the hand axe as a splitting wedge. Do not chop with it! The folding saw performs all cutting functions.
3. Set the axe head lightly into the end grain of the wood

If you have gotten familiar with axe handling, you can pick up a variety of excellent axes in our store, check it out today, or take a look at Amazon for an even greater variety. Some of our favorites below:

MTech USA Camping Axe, Two-Tone Blade, Black Rubberized Handle, 11-Inch Overall

Compact, easily portable tactical axe great for camping and rugged outdoor expeditions
3-inch satin finished 440 stainless steel blade
Durable rubber handle with a comfortable grip

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Price: $17.93

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Yes4all Outdoor Camping Hunting Survival Steel Axe with Spike Including Sheath H269

3-5/8 inch stainless 420 steel blade
Measured 15-inch overall length. Weight aprox. 23 oz.
Black nylon sheath included

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Price: $19.49 $18.99

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Husqvarna 26″ Wooden Multi-Purpose Axe

New Husqvarna 26" Wooden Handle Multipurpose Axe
Hand Forged in Sweden
Hickory Wooden Handle

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Price: $83.95 $62.00

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Fiskars X15 Chopping Axe, 23.5-Inch

Ideal for felling trees
Chops deeper with each swing to get more done faster
Perfected balance and power-to-weight ratio increases swing speed to multiply power, much like an aluminum baseball bat

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Price: $43.89 $33.98

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Cold Steel Trail Boss Hickory Handle

Hawk Length: 6 1/2"
Handle: American Hickory
Overall Length: 26"

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Price: $23.19

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