The Woodsman's Axe
May 23, 2012
Review by Joe McMaster
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Compact but heavy enough to get the job done. Very well made.
Cons:They are difficult to find.
The Bottom Line: I would reccomend this axe to anyone. It's a great axe for camping or having in your vehicle.
Garrett Wade Swiss Chopping Axe
Recommend this product?
I always keep an eye out for a good axe. While browsing around the Army / Navy store I noticed a new axe they started carrying; the Garrett Wade Swiss Chopping Axe. It’s a short, well-built and sturdy looking axe. It also has a flat hammer side. It’s hard to find a good axe with the flat hammer side. The flat side makes it a lot easier when pounding wedges, whether falling timber or splitting wood. Timber fallers are always looking for these flat side axes. They are a lot easier on your falling wedges. This axe is difficult to find because they are an old military surplus item. These axes are between 30-50 years old. This is one of the reasons the quality is so good. In many aspects, they made things better back then. It’s a tank for being such a small axe.
~ 26” Overall Length
~ Axe weight 5 ½ LBS
~ 2 ½” Reinforced like handle
~ Oak Hardwood handle
~ High Quality Steel
~ Swiss Craftsmanship +86
Stock # 04D04.11
The main reason I like this axe is its short but sturdy hardwood handle and its heavy oversized axe head. Because of this the axe can be secured to a back pack or stowed in your camping or survival gear. While small, the hefty head is still big enough to get the job done. It can be used for anything a larger axe is used of. It also comes with a sharp edge that takes and holds an edge well. Although I couldn’t find out what grade of steel it’s made of, I know it’s a high grade steel. The only stamp or mark on the axe anywhere was a +86 brand. I was able to put a very sharp edge on the axe and it lasts. I have chopped down saplings and low branches for making a lean to. I’ve also used it for splitting fire wood and kenneling. I wouldn’t use this axe to split wood for any amount of time. I’d use the longer handled axes and splitting mauls. For camping, hunting, survival gear, a Preppers go bag or bug out gear it’s a good axe and large hammer. The Garrett Wade Swiss Chopping Axe would be a great addition to any outdoors enthusiast gear.
Clean with hot or cold water and completely dry knife. Then place a light coat of gun oil on the steel. I use the Lansky 6" Diamond Sharpening Pad for sharpening my axes.
· Wear steel toed boots and eye protection when chopping or splitting wood.
~ Smith & Wesson CKGM Guide-Master Tanto Knife, Green
~ Lansky 6" Diamond Sharpening Pad
Thanks for the read,
Joe McMaster © 2012
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