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Old 02-10-2013, 18:15   #1
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What would you recommend for a SHTF axe/cutting tool?

In Iraq I carried a simple Estwing Drywall Axe. It served both as a hammer and a cutting edge. Sweet and simple. Are there better options out there? I am looking for something that would get me through moderate barriers to splitting wood. What say you all?
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Old 02-10-2013, 18:21   #2
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Depends on how you want to use it.
If you're talking for a fixed location, like your home, I'd say a crowbar for moderate barriers of the urban construction and a chainsaw for cutting wood.
If you're talking about a catch all, I like Cold Steel tomahawks.
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Old 02-10-2013, 21:03   #3
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1st..thanks for doing what you do for us.

2nd..two words...Gransfor Bruks. with axes, i like them Old school. some blacksmith hammering out a tool with his expertise..backed up with 150 years of tradition.

not so sure how it would do going thru a barricade..so maybe a council tool (made in the USA) pickhead axe? like the fireman carry..but smaller.

just sharpened it today!! it would shave your legs.

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Old 02-11-2013, 15:57   #4
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In Iraq I carried a simple Estwing Drywall Axe. It served both as a hammer and a cutting edge. Sweet and simple. Are there better options out there? I am looking for something that would get me through moderate barriers to splitting wood. What say you all?
I would go with the "Truckers Friend"

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Old 02-11-2013, 16:08   #5
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Old 02-11-2013, 16:42   #6
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The SOG tomahawk is pretty nice for hiking, easy to port and fairly lightweight. I like mine, fits an ice axe loop just fine.
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Old 02-11-2013, 20:45   #7
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The SOG tomahawk is pretty nice for hiking, easy to port and fairly lightweight. I like mine, fits an ice axe loop just fine.
how do you carry it without a sheath? does it come with one?
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Old 02-11-2013, 21:24   #8
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I'm more a fan of the modern Fiskars/Gerber hatchet tools. They don't have looks but they do have durability and function.
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Old 02-13-2013, 20:27   #10
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My vote is for C-4 and det cord.
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Old 02-18-2013, 06:53   #11
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Another vote for the Fiskars. I have one that came out shaving sharp. I have used it to cut limbs over 2 inches diameter. 1 to 2 swings and the limb is severed. Easy to use.

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Old 02-18-2013, 17:28   #12
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I carry a Bear Grylls Gerber parong in the tool box on my truck. It is a heavy duty machete and it works very well. For anything bigger I use a full sized axe. The truckers friend does look good. I am going to check one out for sure.
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Old 02-18-2013, 17:41   #13
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Honestly, I'd have to go with the Crovel.

The maxed out version is like 40 tools in one.

http://crovelfoldingshovel.com/

I saw this on Doomsday Preppers last year. The episode was about the guy who actually invented it.
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Old 02-19-2013, 14:57   #14
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Crazy! Since zombies are rare and general random apocalypse almost as rare. Wouldn't you want a tool you could use until then? Like for actual camping and chopping wood? That crovel looks useless. It looks like a shovel.
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Old 02-19-2013, 14:58   #15
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Yes, it is a shovel... and a lot of other things.. lol didn't you read the description or watch the video demonstration?
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Old 02-19-2013, 19:26   #16
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Yes, it is a shovel... and a lot of other things.. lol didn't you read the description or watch the video demonstration?
i couldnt make it past the video. you couldnt chop down a tree with it. i watched two skater types chop down a 2x4. ooookkkaaay.
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Old 02-19-2013, 15:53   #17
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My vote is for C-4 and det cord.
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In Iraq I carried a simple Estwing Drywall Axe. It served both as a hammer and a cutting edge. Sweet and simple. Are there better options out there? I am looking for something that would get me through moderate barriers to splitting wood. What say you all?
I've got a leather handle wrapped Estwing hatchet and I just picked up the Wetterling Expedition Axe.

The Cutting Edge

The Cutting Edge

Both are light and dependable and easy to pack.

I have the SOG Tomahawk and the steel is very soft and would be my least recommended tool.

I have both the Cold Steel Rifleman's Hawk and the Trench Hawk. Of the two the rifleman's hawk is the better tool while the Trench Hawk would make a fine weapon.

Out of all of them I would chose the Wetterling for getting the job done followed closely by the Estwing and then CS Rifleman. Wood handles can be field fabricated if broke or a longer handle installed as needed and the Estwing has a steel handle that could be re-wrapped if the leather rots away or is damaged.

The real question is what do you expect to chop and then choose the tool.
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Old 02-19-2013, 19:22   #18
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HEY..syntax. i just got my Wetterlings Wildlife hatchet this past friday. i touched up the edge and almost cut myself. it is a razor. fit/finish isnt so great compared to my Gransfor Bruks..but first time i hack apart the chest cavity of an elk..i assume the "new axe look" will be a thing of the past.

great tool!! i am taking it hunting, and downsizing my knife.
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Old 02-20-2013, 05:47   #19
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HEY..syntax. i just got my Wetterlings Wildlife hatchet this past friday. i touched up the edge and almost cut myself. it is a razor. fit/finish isnt so great compared to my Gransfor Bruks..but first time i hack apart the chest cavity of an elk..i assume the "new axe look" will be a thing of the past.

great tool!! i am taking it hunting, and downsizing my knife.
Very cool. I've not handled the Gransfor Bruks but it gets good reviews.
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Old 02-20-2013, 07:27   #20
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If you are bugging out to the woods to stay safe and not busting through the city like Stallone, a folding saw and a good knife like the ESEE 3 would be good. Or sub the saw for a machete or the super cool ESEE Junglas. If you aren't familiar with ESEE, they have a lifetime no questions asked warranty and really good resale value if you don't like it.

ETA: recommendations on the idea of multiuse and lightness. Stay safe and light.
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