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    For general around the house splitting I use various old axes snagged from garage sales and restored. For camping, I bought a wetterlings Buddy.


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    Gransfors Brüks Small Forest Axe.


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    I’m quite happy with my Gransfors Bruks small forest axe
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    So what is the 6920 / G19 of axes??

    IE: if you had only one, too good of a value of a value not to get, etc.

    Next reasonable step up from Chinese/orange box store

    I'm seeing swedish made Husqvarna axes that look pretty decent. Not a GB, but supposedly made in one of the big name forges (HB? Wetterlings?). Rebadged h20?

    I'm more of a saw guy, but have been using an esterlings hand axe quite a bit more doing trapping stuff, so I'm feeling like I might want to try a forest axe

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinzgauer View Post
    So what is the 6920 / G19 of axes??

    IE: if you had only one, too good of a value of a value not to get, etc.

    Next reasonable step up from Chinese/orange box store
    One may consider the Made in U.S.A. Council Tool Boy's Axe.
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    I use a Council Tool "Hudson Bay" axe, mostly for splitting kindling at the woodpile.

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    I think if you are using it for bushcraft than a small forest axe or small boys axe is the way to go.

    If you live in a wooded area and you need to process wood and have them on the backburner incase the chainsaw goes down I think you need three - a felling axe (3.5 - 4.5 LB with a 32" handle), a boys axe for limbing and pounding in wedges (2 LB w/ 26" handle) and a house axe or large hatchet (1.5 LB with a 16 - 20" handle).

    For the money the Husqvarna's are hard to beat. I prefer to get an old head off ebay or a flea market and rehang it. The steel of yesteryear is far better.

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    I'm pretty new to all of this and I've recently purchased a GB Scandinavian forest Ax. Over the last couple of months I've put it to pretty good use clearing hunting trails, felling small trees and limbing others. I've been looking at getting a larger ax in case my chain saw goes down or I don't feel like carrying it into the woods. I've held off though because the GB Scandinavian so darn versatile. I would consider this my G19 of axes. Fits the bill for most everything I do.
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    All good info, thanks for the tips! Was unaware of the Council tools axes.

    I've got the Husqvarnas available locally, so may do that so I can check grain, etc prior.

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    I have a Husqvarna multi-purpose in addition to various Gransfors and a Council Hudson Bay. My only issue with the Husqvarna is the haft is too chunky. Mine swings far better after I slimmed it down with a spoke shave. I would consider a Council 28" Hudson Bay or Gransfors Scandinavian Forest Axe the G19, the Council 36" Jersey or Gransfors American Felling Axe (or a good vintage axe) as the battle rifle, and my Gransfors Splitting Maul...is a Gustaf recoilless rifle.

    Oh, and now that Snow & Nealley are back to forging and hanging in the U.S. their stuff is pretty good. Everyone at work got Penobscot Bay Axe with our command seal for Christmas and the craftsmanship is legit.
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