Best Bushcraft Axe

(Small Forest and Woodsman Options)

A bushcraft axe will quickly transform logs into manageable pieces for building shelters or making a fire. You can clear brush from camp or cut bows for a makeshift bed.

Unfortunately, the market has seen a decline in brands producing high-quality bushcraft axes. Choices in terms of axe length, weight, and head profile have become scarce.

So, we’ve decided to dig into the options and find the best bushcraft axes. Here they are, as well as info on how to make the right choice.

Gransfors Bruk Scandinavian Forest Axe

It has a felling blade profile, which is quite thin. You won’t want to use this for splitting firewood, but the axe is versatile for bushcraft tasks and ideal for limbing trees.

Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe 19 Inch

Choose this one if you only have light camp tasks to perform and you have enough experience to operate an axe one-handed!

Hults Bruk Akka Foresters Premium Outdoor Axe

Hults Bruk is a longtime rival of Gransfors Bruk (bruk means mill in Swedish). The companies are almost identical when it comes to quality, though some will claim that GB has better quality control than HB.

Helko Werk Germany Traditional Black Forest Axe

The Helko Werk makes a lot of axes for heavy-duty use. Their Black Forest axe is one of their lighter models (but still the heftiest axe reviewed here).

Council Tool Wood-Craft Pack Axe

The Council Tool Woodcraft Pack is the only axe on this list with a bearded head. The main reason you would want to choose this head for bushcraft is because you can slide your hand right up to the blade.

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