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How to Choose the Right Axe

Last updated: November 25, 2019 4 min read 0 Comments

How to Choose the Right Axe

About now you may be wondering “Why does a shaving store sell axes?”, and the answer doesn’t get much simpler than this: axes are awesome.

Five years ago when we opened, we had big shoes to fill. Shaving gear and beard care simply didn’t fill our shiny new space, so we added a bunch of outdoor knives and hand-made axes for fun. They stood up to our high quality standards, they made the shop look cool, and they seemed like fun.

Our staff started getting really into outdoorsy stuff as one by one, we all picked out our own handmade axes. Now axes are an irreplaceable part of Kent of Inglewood and many of our customers put them on their Christmas lists. If you are one of those loved ones or you’re building your own list, we’re here to help.

Which axe do I need?
While all of our axes are cool, each model has it’s unique purpose and is suited to a different person and job. 

The Casual

This is most Canadians. You may camp from time to time or host fires in your backyard. Chances are you love the outdoors, but they’re not your life 24/7. A couple of axes will get most jobs done for you, so you probably need a big one and a small one.

The Hultan Hatchetfrom Hultafors is perfect for making kindling in your campsite or backyard. The fine, precise edge is razor-sharp and the 14” handle can be held a variety of ways for different applications.

The Qvarfot Felling Axe is designed for taking down small to medium trees. While most folks won’t need to do this, take the chance if you get it: it’s extremely satisfying. I go out and hunt for my Christmas tree on crown land every year, it’s a blast. The Qvarfot can also be used to chop smaller logs and does so quite well, but it is likely to get stuck in larger logs.

The Hult Splitting Axe is fantastic log-chopper for those who want the satisfaction of splitting their own wood by hand. The profile is designed to blast wood apart without sticking, and it seriously excels at it. The Hult is a great first axe for someone who wants to start a collection.

The Survivalist

These folks are serious. They likely spend days or weeks at a time in the untamed wilds, camping, foraging and exploring. If you are one of these folks—or want to be, you need these axes.

The Ekelund Hunting Axe andStalberg Carpenter’s Axe are perfect for many outdoorsy folks. A skilled individual can use them like a longer axe to split and fell, while also choking up on them for more precise work. Their short handles make them more packable than a large option. The carpenter’s axe features an edge more designed for bushcrafting while the hunter’s is best for felling, with some hunters even using the curved edge for skinning large game.

The Aby Forest Axe is the ultimate adventuring axe. The longer contoured handle and broad blade make it great for felling, and a thicker profile allows it to split incredibly well. The axe features a beard to protect your hand while wood-working and cutting kindling. The tempered back can be used to pound on stakes and tent pegs. Best of all, this axe is extremely packable compared to other large axes.

The Cabin-Owner

First and foremost, cabins need heat. Preferably heat thrown off a wood burning stove or fireplace. Whether this is a vacation home or your full-time lodgings, you need an axe that will do some heavy lifting. TheHultafors Splitting Maul is perfectly engineered to blow through logs of all sizes. This beast is shapes to never stick, and it’s extra weight does all of the work for you.

If you want to go a step further (and can do so legally), start felling your own trees! Be sure to do so only with proper training and protection, as felling can be very dangerous. Before the days of chainsaws, axes like theArvika Racing Axe were common. A massive blade like this is nice and thin, so it will bite into trees beautifully and make felling a breeze.

The Agelsjon Hatchet seems goofily small, but has many applications around a cabin. The short handle gives you superior control when chopping wood inside during the cold winter months. Small hatchets like this are also great for spoon carving, a great way to pass the time out in the wilderness. You can get detailed instructions on axe-based spoon carvinghere.

Speaking of passing the time, is there a cooler way to keep busy than axe-throwing? TheHultafors Wetterhal Throwing Axe is designed for competitive chucking. With an extra $20 and the wood from a couple of dismantled shipping pallets, you can throw together a target and start axe-throwing whenever the mood strikes.

Whether you’re on your first axe or your fourteenth (who, me?), we’re here to make the selection process easy. Ultimately axes are like kitchen knives: you’ll use a medium-sized one the most, the addition of larger and smaller options let you do all your outlier tasks. 2-3 axes will last almost anybody a lifetime. 

Check out our axe collection here

Adam Zarycki
Adam Zarycki

Adam has been in the culinary industry for ten years now. He’s a vegan, a husband, and he’s heavily invested in animal rescuing. Adam is also our resident axe nerd. If you ever have questions about axes or a good recipe without meat, he's the man to talk to!

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