Feb 01 2014

Best Survival Axe Buyers Guide

Best Survival Axe Buyers Guide 

Choosing a good survival axe can be a bit of a challenge with so many good axe’s on the market today. Choosing the very best survival axe is even more of a problem.!

Axes, hatchets and tomahawks are amongst  the most essential survival equipment needed for surviving in the wild, and quite often, outperform any other bushcraft tool. A good axe will make easy work of chopping and splitting wood. It will give you an added advantage when building shelters, butchering game and yet can still be used for finer bushcrafting skills.

Axe’s have been made and used since stone age man first tied a rock to a stick and hit someone.!

Nowadays, the survival axe is a work of art and modern technology, both combined together to give us a virtually indestructible and tough piece of survival equipment.

However, when it comes to choosing the best survival axe, there are a few important design points to think about before just going ahead and buying any old axe.

  1. What is the primary use for your new axe – survival, bushcraft, felling trees
  2. Profile and shape of the axe head – single head, double head, spiked head,
  3. Main shaft ( known as the ‘halt ) materials – wood, steel, composite nylon
  4. Length of axe – short hatchet, medium survival, long tree felling
  5. Weight of the axe – don’t be put off by a light axe, modern technology is very light


Below is my Best Survival Axe Buyers Guide – this chart will help you decide what’s best for your needs.

You can adjust the columns with the arrows to arrange the axe details to suit:


StyleDescriptionoverall lengthhandle materialblade material$$$$$Buy now from Amazon
Fiskars 7850 X7 14-Inch Hatchet14shock-absorbing FiberComphardened, forged steel26
Gerber 31-002070 Bear Grylls Survival Hatchet with Nylon Sheath9.5Rubber5Cr13 stainless steel35
Estwing Mfg E24A Sportsman's Axe14steel with polishedwood coverpolished steel30
SOG Specialty Knives & Tools F09N-CP Hand Axe Straight Edge 2.4-Inch Steel Blade with G10 Handle, Black Finish
11420 steel with G10 cover420 steel26
Schrade Axe with Fire Starter and Rubber Handle, Small11.8plastic with rubber cover3Cr13 Stainless Steel, Titanium coated38
Graintex CA1752 Single Bit Camp Axe with 14-Inch Fiberglass Handle, 1-1/4 Lb14fibreglassGraintex CA175215
Cold Steel Trail Boss Hickory Handle23American HickoryDrop Forged 1055 Carbon Steel33
Estwing Mfg E45A 26-Inch Camper's Axe26steel with rubberized handleall steel full tang40
Gransfors Bruks Hunters Axe19hickory Swedish steel171
Fiskars 7856 X11 17-Inch Splitting Axe17shock-absorbing FiberComphardened, forged steel45


StyleDescriptionoverall lengthhandle materialblade material$$$$$Buy now from Amazon
United Cutlery M48 Apocalypse Tactical Tomahawk(Model:UC2946)15Paracord wrapped 30% fiberglass reinforced nylon Black Oxide Coated 2Cr13 Stainless30
SOG Specialty Knives & Tools F01TN-CP Tactical Tomahawk with 2.75-Inch Steel Axe Blade and Black Ballistic Nylon Sheath, Black Finish15.75Glass-reinforced nylonstainless steel31