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It’s Military Surplus Wednesday and we are taking a look at an Unbeatable, Inexpensive Axe; the Swiss Military Woodsman Axe!
Link : https://swisslink.com/new-swiss-military-reserve-woodsman-axe.html
Price : $27
Weight : 4lbs 11oz – Substantial!
Handle : 20” Ash Hardwood
Blade : 4.5” blade
For the price, this is one of the best axes on the market! It’s a heavy duty, two handed tool which could easily fit into the inventory of any outdoorsman.
For bushcraft needs, I have to admit, this is rather heavy. If you are trekking around with a 5lb axe I’m impressed!
Since I haven’t sharpened this axe I can’t give you a review and I may get to that in the following months. I wanted to show you all what this axe is and how it arrives to you as there is one very important aspect to it that may be a deal breaker for some;
Swiss axes and hatchets will arrive to you dull….duller than a freaking spoon! If you can’t sharpen an axe blade, I’m sure that you can find someone to do that for you.
They were issued like that back in the day so the user could use it for splitting or give it an edge for finer work. The benefit is that when you sharpen the head yourself, it will be at the angle your hand naturally sharpens and it will be easier for the user to touch up every time. Everyone has their own particular angle that feels best, so sharpening is always consistent.
Something to keep in mind is that this is a $26 axe which means that it’s perfect for a basic beater tool. Keep it behind the seat of the truck, take it with you on your next hunting trip, etc.
Handle is smooth enough but a bit of work will take it to the next level. Some sanding and coating of some oil will go a long way.
Tip : Give it a rubdown with beeswax/oil mix or linseed oil and sat it beside the wood stove for it to absorb into the handle.
For $26 I think that this is a heck of a bargain. There are a few sites selling these but they are much more expensive. For a project axe, a beater axe, this can’t be beat.
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