Sure, I've got one like that. Grandpa to Dad to me, 3-4 handles, at least 2 heads, several wedges. Definitely grandpa's axe, though. Has to be, it's in his toolbox, too!Question: My grandfather gave his axe to my father who years later replaced the handle. My father gave it to me; and years later I had to replace the head. Is it still my grandfather's axe?
which Fiskers are you specifically referring to? Sorry, I'm at work and didn't have time to read through the entire thread if it's already been statedThe Eastwing is not a splitting axe, it is more of a fallers axe , Sticks a lot when splitting . The head is to narrow.
I carry one in my recovery gear.
The FISKERS IS BY FAR MY FAVORITE splitter. Life time guarantee , holds an edge , light handle with heavy head makes for less effort to get the job done.
I also have my Grand fathers axe. It's a wonder. BUT I hesitate to haul it to the woods as I could never replace it.
You either get a splitting tool or a chopping tool Either can do both but not well. To split you want a wide heavy head, that doesn't need to be super sharp that will quickly and abruptly create a wide cavity along the grain,this is called a splitting maul. It looks like a sledgehammer with a fat wedge on one side of the head.So to tie this up in a pretty little package, an 18-24" Splitting or chopping axe would be your choice for a rig/camping tool?
I've been using a Home Depot maul for 10 years and it works fine.Hey Darrell,
Lots of great information. Thanks for your insights. Living in Atlanta, the local hardware and Big Box DIY stores don't have the best options for axes. Very limited sizes/variations. Ive only found one Fiskars, 19" chopping axe, 3-4 Fiskars 36" splitting axes and plenty of splitting mauls. Based on my projected usage, going with an axe like you recommended seems like the best option. I could see carrying a solid chopping axe to clear trails and possibly a 14" splitting hatchet for kindling, etc.
Quick amazon search shows that exact Estwing for about $55. Or the black "Special Edition" version for the same price. Very cool.