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Best Axe size for bushcraft

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Gaurdian_A1, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. Gaurdian_A1

    Gaurdian_A1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 28, 2009
    I know i should post this in the sub forum, but i want it to get more than 30 views in 5 days LOL.

    I am going to buy a new wetterlings axe, so far i like the large hunting axe they offer, but i was wondering what everyone else thought on this matter.

    What size is the most useful without being to big or to small?

    the hunting axe has a 20" handle...seems nearly perfect as a bushcraft axe..In the end i suppose its all personal preference.


  2. The Government

    The Government

    Aug 21, 2009
    I heard a bushcraft guy say that a good length is the length from your arm pit to your palm.

    ^^Like you said though, personal preference.
  3. A.P.F.

    A.P.F. Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 3, 2006
    I would be more inclined toward the 16", because it is a bit easier to pack and a bit easier to use for smaller chores.

    Good taste in axes, by the way. :thumbup:
  4. Todd A

    Todd A

    Oct 6, 2007

    Yep.. It depends on how much weight you want to haul around, if you want it to fit in your pack, and just how much axe work you need to do.

    I have the 10" Wetterlings. It fits inside my day bag, works OK for spliting kindling, great for limbing,and I have chopped up to 4"-5" diameter standing trees with it.

    Nice little axe.:thumbup:
  5. A.L.

    A.L. Basic Member Basic Member

    Jun 27, 2007
    I would agree with this, or an hatchet if you want to spare room and weight.
  6. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    Wetterlings are good tools.
    I also like the Hudson Bay pattern axe heads for light weight and good cutting geometry.
    for long carrying I prefer a head weight under 2 pounds and for usefulness, an OAL around 24" give or take a few. (20-27" top to bottom) I also like a little bit of swell or dogleg at the base for grip.
  7. c00per


    May 13, 2007
    The Wilderness and Survival Skills forum is teaming with very knowledgeable wildery people, I'm sure you'd get way more then 30 views in 20 minutes. :)

    That being said, Brian Andrews takes a Snow and Nealy axe and modifies it to make what looks to be a very fine bushcraft axe. About perfect for what I would use it for.
  8. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    I want one of his modified S&N quite badly. He makes a beautiful axe out of them. :cool::thumbup:
  9. stevekt


    Dec 10, 2003
  10. Mannlicher


    Nov 19, 2008
    I make do with a spiffed up Wetterlingss 12 inch handle ax.
  11. Bolt-action bultema

    Bolt-action bultema

    Oct 4, 2009
    I like 19". I have a long torso, so it fits on my packs fine. The extra length makes a huge difference if you need to actually fell a tree.

    In the winter, I have no problem taking my 23" axes with me.
  12. Leftoverdj


    Nov 4, 2009
    I'm not into bushcraft nor backpacking, but I've put in my full fair share of time swinging an axe. I'm with 1066Vik. In the long ago, I worked on a back country survey crew clearing sight lines. We used Hudson Bay pattern axes as big enough to do serious work and small enough for belt carry in very rugged terrain. I would not want anything smaller than a 1.75 lb head and a 24" handle in an axe I expected to seriously use, and I'd probably fit it with a fiberglas handle at that. A broken axe handle is not a trivial matter when you are deep in rough country.
  13. ndscustom


    Nov 28, 2009
    check out gransfors bruks. :thumbup:

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