so, i was looking into getting an axe from trustco but they're really expensive. any alternatives for backpacking axe?
>inb4 plastic handle
also general bushcraft tools/knives/guns thread.
considering pic related(195 dollars).
I'll do it...
> TACTICAL HAWK
Personally, I use a Sven Saw and a Condor Sapians. All I need.
I can break small stuff with my boot and the Sven Saw is way lighter, faster and quieter than an axe/hatchet.
Depends on what size you mean by backpacking axe as in Scandinavian forest axe sixe or a small hatchet.
I reccomend a husqvarna 26 inch multipurpose axe as they are on sale for $65 on amazon right now.
Anything Scandinavian like Gransfors Bruks, Wetterlings, or Hultafors would adequate.
nah live my dick be, most people use a saw for something that is 5" in diameter nor around.
basically you are doing it all wrong. also for twigs like that a folding saw which is smaller and lighter would be just as good.
Pic related my most useful camp tool besides my knife/torch.
a hatchet can do the same your saw can and some more
and it also cuts logs to size
i plan on getting a saw cause meh it cuts neat edges looks better when you are building things, but it's not a priority
I have learned long ago that most recommendations on this board are not helpful. The problem is, if you truly want a fantastic axe, you are going to need to do some research. What does a well hung axe look like? What wood type and how does the grain of it need to run? How many pounds is necissary for certain jobs, what type of trees are you going to be either felling/limbing/or splitting and how is that going to reflect on the axe head type.
All you will get are a bunch of recommendations for axe makers on here, most of them rather useless in my opinion. Especially Gransfors... there are plenty of local forges or commercial tool makers that don't rely on Hipster cash money to fuel the over-priced addiction to mediocre axes. (They prey on people like /out quite easily because of their distinctive inability to put even 30 minutes of internet research)
Define efficient. Cause if it's energy expenditure, I can hack through a log with a sharp axe faster and with less overall fatigue than I can with a saw. There's really no comparison when it comes to overall physical fatigue between the two. Also, the axe uses more muscles/compound movements, whereas the saw uses a limited number of muscle groups and therefore will wear you out faster.
Just my experience.
i think it depends on the diameter of the wood
when you cut with axe you remove excess material the more the diameter the more the excess you need to wedge it... so for things as thick as my arm a hatchet does it faster for stuff as thick as my thighs a saw would probably win the race.