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Looking for an axe to primarly use for kindling

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by whooki, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. whooki


    Dec 14, 2006
    I am looking for a high quality axe to use for splitting kindling. It doesn't need to split any of the larger stuff. I was hoping to get some input from people who know more then I do. I would be willing to spend $150 or so but would really prefer to spend less if possible. It will be used to make kindling from mostly hardwood, usually oak, on 16 to 18 inch logs.

    I did a few searches and think I have it narrowed down to a Wetterling, Husqvarna, or GB but I am going back and forth about what length handle and model to get. I know I don't want a huge axe but something between a wildlife axe and a Scandinavian Forest axe. It would be nice to be able to get a multipurpose axe but if those don't work for kindling nearly as well I'll get a dedicated splitter.

    Any advise would be greatly appreciated even if you guys tell me I am on the wrong track.

    Thanks for the information,
  2. Stubai


    Mar 16, 2007
    Try E-bay...look for a good Plumb, Zenith or Collins. Plenty of good choices in your price range, just make sure the handle is very tight.
  3. G-pig


    Jul 5, 2011
    No need to spend 150 on an axe to split kindling.... Buy an oldie, throw a handle on it and you'll be out 25 bucks.
  4. whooki


    Dec 14, 2006
    Is the steel on the older vintage American axe heads as good as Wetterlings or GB?
  5. Operator1975

    Operator1975 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Sep 24, 2010
    Flea market - $10 tops - and sharpen it yourself. You aren't making a rolex afterall.
  6. Kentucky

    Kentucky KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Basic Member

    Dec 13, 2008
    Yes, GB uses something akin to 1055 carbon steel in thier axes...54% carbon content.There are rumors around that GB uses L6..Not true, even the heat treat they list on thier website is way,way different than anything you would ever use for L6...
    The steel in many older axes are at least equal if not better..Gb is an excellent product..You pay for the hand craftsmanship, fit and finish..All of which are excellent..Personally I would look into an older american made axe as well for what your wanting...Just check around and see for yourself..
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2011
  7. whooki


    Dec 14, 2006
    Is a vintage American boy axe a good choice for kindling and using one handed?
  8. G-pig


    Jul 5, 2011
    I use a 3 1/4 pound single bit for kindling... a 2.5 should handle very nice when you choke up.
  9. trailmaker


    May 15, 2011
    If you're looking for a good one handed splitter check out the Estwing "Fireside Friend". It's like a mini one handed maul, all steel with a rubber grip. The backside can work pretty well for pounding wedges also. There's nothing nostalgic or romantic about it but it works.
  10. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Yup. Fireside Friend will do the job nicely. You also might try the Condor Scout Hatchet. It's essentially a splitting wedge with a handle. You can either swing it to split or baton it. Either way, kindling is basically what it was largely designed for (along with fair performance in general chopping). It's a cute li'l sucker.
  11. marthinus


    Dec 10, 2006
    Bahco makes a nice hatchet as well and not bad quality for the price IMO.
  12. whooki


    Dec 14, 2006
    I found a vintage Collins boy axe I might get if I win the bidding. I think this will be a great all around axe for kindling and other chores. Thanks for all the great input everyone.
  13. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Collins is good stuff. Best of luck on the auction!
  14. LMT66

    LMT66 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 18, 2008
    How about a Helko Classic Line-Hatchet
  15. rgrady


    Jun 14, 2009
    GB splitting hatchet, 3.5 lbs 19 inch long . Great little splitter.
  16. whooki


    Dec 14, 2006
    I lost the bidding on the Vintage Collins Boy Axe but I am now considering buying a Helko Hatchet or small axe since they appear to be made from high quality steel and will withstand cutting hardwoods well.
  17. lmalterna

    lmalterna Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 12, 2002
    I was hoping you won that one! I picked up another Collins hatchet there with a good looking handle and face for 18.99 with shipping. Don't give up. I also have Wetterlings, Fiskars and GB- they all do the job. Husqvarna was selling Wetterlings rebranded blades, you might find a deal on one of those.
  18. Steve Tall

    Steve Tall

    Aug 28, 2010
  19. BITEME

    BITEME Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 14, 2007
    Yeah I have one of these and it's awesome it just explodes the kindling apart,initially I was using my wetterlings but I had knots in the oak I was splitting and I think the Wetterlings head wasn't wide enough,not slamming the Wetterlings but for this application the Estwing maul worked better-just my .02ยข
  20. Dusty One

    Dusty One Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 12, 2004
    For just kindling that Estwing " Fireside Friend " does look good. May have to pick one up !

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