They’re an indispensable tool for almost any camping or outdoor excursion. Familiarization with the many styles (splitting, hand axe, splitting maul, etc.) and safe handling procedures will ensure that you will get probably the most from the new tool. First, be sure you have selected the proper tool for the job. The hand axe, as the name implies, is designed for single-handed use and is most suitable for cutting small firewood or thinning branches. Hand axes may have either wood or metal hafts (or handles). A great guideline would be to rely on a hand axe for anything as Viking axes much as 3″ in diameter. Bigger than that, and it’s time for you to upgrade to a ribbon saw or two handed instrument.
To create down live trees, a felling axe is required. Felling axes are produced with various head weights and haft lengths – be sure to choose a size that’s comfortable enough to wield safely. A medium-size felling axe generally includes a 3.5-4.5 pound head and 30-35 inch haft, with larger axes sporting heads as much as 6 pounds. The point is, if you are working together with hand axes or felling axes, keep the blade masked when not being used and never leave your axe outside overnight or in wet weather. A good felling axe is just a very valuable tool which will last a very long time if properly cared for. Make sure to keep the axe head well oiled to prevent rust, and sharpen the axe with a carborundum stone when necessary.
If you plan to use your axe primarily to split seasoned wood, consider buying a Scandinavian-style splitting axe. These splitting axes have a wedge-shaped head which are ideal for wood splitting but poorly suited to felling work. Scandinavian splitting axes frequently have shorter handle lengths than other two handed axes, and commonly rely on a 3 pound head, although other sizes usually are available. Larger splitting axes might be called splitting mauls. These kind of tools typically have much heavier heads, and have a straight handle, as opposed to the curved handle. Turnaround hooks are frequently shaped on the finish of a mauls splitting head to be able to help with flipping logs over during the splitting process.