Ever wanted to be a fearless bush pilot, ready to repair their landing gear on a remote sandbar? Or that person that makes a shelter, builds a fire and prepares dinner (from foraged foods) in 60 minutes or less? KLAX axe head is the key, bringing to bear camp and survival essentials in a fold-flat tool protected by a ballistic nylon wallet. Purchase the optional 15” hardwood handle or fabricate your own – on the spot – and you’re chopping, hammering and wrenching with authority. Even without the handle, serious cutting, peeling and bottle opening happen smoothly with the 14.4oz stainless steel blade. Bring ¼” bits along if boat, mountain bike or snow machine need work using the integral socket (a metric head version is available as well).
Pros: Stay-sharp edges on all tools. Secure attachment to a fabricated or factory-built wooden handle. Total efficiency in a fold-flat package.
Cons: Tricky to handle safely. Practice and skill are required to take advantage of this high-end tool that functions best with the optional handle.
Tester Comments: “Stunning, really. Rather than a hokey mash-up of trivial tools, KLAX goes to work immediately, even before a clamp-to-cut handle is attached. Non-hunters will learn to love the ulu knife blade, an ancient palm-held cutting, peeling and scraping device. The angled knife blade takes some technique but is the perfect length to slice and chop.”
Key Attribute: Utility
Best For: Backcountry trekking, adventure travel and giving as an Ultimate Gift that’s both totally practical and perpetually amazing
Weight: 14.4 ounces (head only)
Overall Length: 15 inches
Head Length: 6.5 inches
Blade Length: 1.7 inches
Blade Steel: SUS420 Stainless Steel
Handle Material: Wood
Sheath Material: Nylon