If you are planning on really roughing it in the great outdoors, you’ll need a great tent, some high-quality boots, lightweight cooking gear, and a backpacking axe. A great axe will help you to chop wood for starting fires, make kindling, or even set up a shelter. So we’ve researched and reviewed tons of them to make a list of our favorite top ten hiking axes. Here are some of the things we looked for when shopping for the perfect axe:
Size: How big is the whole axe? You’ll have to be carrying this thing around and chopping wood with it, so make sure it’s not too big or too small for your needs. Note: this is not blade size!
Full Tang: Is the axe full tang or is it not full tang? If it is full tang, the metal of the blade will extend through the full length of the handle. This means the handle is less likely to come off while in use.
Sheat: Make sure to protect yourself and those around you from having a loose blade without a protective sheath. If the axe doesn’t come with one, you should think about purchasing one.
Weight: How much does it weigh? If you will be using it for backpacking, you’ll want to get a lightweight version so it doesn’t weigh down your pack. Weight will always be in measured in ounces.
Grip Material: The grip is the part of the axe that you hold onto. The grip material is usually made of something grippy and textured to keep it from slipping out of your hands while you are using it.
Warranty: Does the axe come with a warranty? Most warranties cover defects in the materials or the manufacturing process. Warranties are usually measured in years, but some may be in days.
Now that you have an idea of the important stats for your new camping axe, we’ll get to those reviews. The top ten are all the best survival axes we could find, but the number one place is reserved for our Top Pick. The number two slot is for our favorite axe that was also a great price, making it our Budget Pick. Onto the reviews!