i want a camping axe and i have some quetions

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would the 20 inch wetterlings axe be a good camping axe for choping and spliting firewood and making kindiling and i you have one could you post pics of it in use and with you holding it because i have no idea how big it looks in real life.
 
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would the 20 inch wetterlings axe be a good camping axe for choping and spliting firewood and making kindiling and i you have one could you post pics of it in use and with you holding it because i have no idea how big it looks in real life.

You might go to a local big box hardware store to examine various axes in real life. Note the size of a 28" fiskars and then decide if you would like the smaller wetterlings. They are smaller than optimum for camp work in my opinion. They shine when you need to carry a tool on your back and then work with it. But bigger axes make quicker work of most tasks, and are safer and require less effort.
 
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For a camping axe, I'd second the above and look at the 3/4 axes, often called a "Hudson Bay" or "Boy's Axe". They follow the Mors Kochanski recommendation of an axe fitting snugly under the armpit when held by the bit and the butt end of the handle in the armpit. This has been the best compromise size of axe for several hundred years.

IMOP a 20" or so axe is really a big hatchet. Good for if you are going to do a long hike to a campsite. But if you want to do work quickly with relative ease, look at the 3/4 axes.

I guess Fiskars makes one, Estwing makes a 26" camper's axe, Snow& Neally has a 24" Hudson Bay axe, I think the Gransfors Scandinavian Forest axe is that size, and there's always the cheapie hardware store axes in that size. Plenty to choose from.
 
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Ive never had problems with the wetterlings LHA(large hunting axe) I think 18" over all. Its a good solid axe. one thing your going to find buying a wetterlings is its not as well made over all as say a Gransfur bruks, but with a little work it will work just as well, for some even better. make sure you Either look at one your buy, or buy form a reputable site that will inspect their stock and find one suitable.
 
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