The perfect axe for every situation
You want to find out which axe will suit you most. This question doesn't come with an easy answer. There are, after all, many different types of axes out there. The most important question is what you want to do with the axe. Think of: chopping, cleaving or throwing. If you use an axe for a purpose it is not meant for, it will cost you a lot of unnecessary energy and it can be dangerous. When making the right choice the weight of the head of the axe and the length of the handle are also key. We made a buying guide to help you find your way through the broad range of axes.
Felling axes: when felling trees
You need a felling axe if you effortlessly want to cut down trees. Feeling axes have the perfect balance between ergonomics and cutting power. For a felling axe it is important that the force of impact if transferred efficiently. That force of impact needs to lead to an effective cut. Cutting down a tree is a very remarkable experience. It is also very dangerous. It is therefore important to know what you are doing and what you need to pay attention to. Tips on how to safely cut down a tree? Read our how-to: felling a tree.
Splitting axes and hammers: splitting your own wood
To split wood there are special splitting axes and splitting hammers. The head of a splitting axe is shaped like a wedge. As such you can easily split wood. Don't use a (splitting)axe to hit a metal wedge! This could damage the axe. You use a splitting hammer to hit a metal wedge. When we say splitting larger pieces of wood we mean chopping the trunk of the tree into smaller pieces, which need to be stored to dry and can later on be used for the fireplace or for a campfire. You usually split larger pieces of wood with freshly cut wood. Splitting fresh wood is namely a lot easier and it will dry faster as well. So don't wait too long before splitting wood after cutting down a tree! Want to learn more about splitting larger piece of wood? Read all about it in our topic how-to: splitting wood.
Hand axes: for kindling and splitting and cleaving smaller pieces of wood
For the smaller cutting jobs you use a hand axe. A hand axe is also called a forestry axe, hunters axe or trekking axe. With these axes you can easily produce kindling and these tools are great for the smaller splitting tasks. Because of its compact size you can easily take the hand axe with you when you go hiking or camping. Hanging from your backpack, for instance. Want to learn more about how to split smaller pieces of wood? Read all about it in our topic how-to: producing kindling.
What once started out in the United States is now also popular in Europe: axe throwing. A lively competition. These axes are also called tomahawks or racing axes. They were originally used by the Native Americans. Because of their weight these axes are also popular amongst bushcraft enthusiasts and hikers.
Top 5 throwing axes
Axes to split, chop, fell and throw: what else do you need to know?
If you want to learn more about splitting axes, felling axes, hand axes and throwing axes we also recommend the following article: what do you need to know about axes? In this topic we discuss each type of axe in more detail.
All about axes
On the page, All about axes you will find all information you need for a full axe experience. From the anatomy of an axe to how to fell a tree. We also explain how to best sharpen an axe. In short: submerge yourself in the world of axes.