Field Notes: More hatchet-like in proportions, the Outdoor Axe swings straight and confidently. Making contact with larger limbs, Axe cuts deeper than the 1lb. weight would suggest on paper. In reality, the place this one lives since conceived by survival expert Lars Falt, this tool finds its own path. Wielded one- or two-handed, Active Junky took it to task where chainsaw-like penetration mattered (cutting and sectioning pine and hardwoods) as well as on more delicate missions (shaping and shaving). Spin it around and, using good judgment, employ the elongated head to drive stakes and wedge-split balky firewood. Slide Outdoor Axe back into the vegetable-tanned leather sheath but keep it nearby. The tasks at hand, big and small, won’t let it rest long.
Pros: Competent control. Peerless good looks. A reputation that precedes them.
Cons: Shorter blade length takes precision to make the most of every swing. Pricing means this one is definitely an investment.
Tester Comments: “As a lifetime outdoor lover and graduate of the Pathfinder Survival School, I’m shocked at the pure utility of this piece. The balance, head angle and collar guard carry – and deliver – on the promise of exceptional agility. Two-handed felling and one-handing limbing flowed easily even before finer work ensued. Carry this piece in tandem with a blade-equipped multi-tool and you’re covered.”
Key Attribute: Agility
Best For: Camp and backcountry use, essential carry on rafting trips and for climbing basecamps
Category: Cutting Camp Axe
Weight: 1 pound
Overall Length: 14.5 inches
Axe Face: 2.5 inches
Blade Steel: Ovako steel
Handle Material: Hickory with beeswax seal
Sheath Material: Vegetable-tanned leather