Oct 05 2014

Best Survival and Bushcraft Axe

Best Survival and Bushcraft Axe reviews and Comparison Guide


axe in treeThere are many preppers and bushcrafters who will tell you they prefer their axe to their survival knife..

This may very well be true – an axe can do many bushcraft and survival skills – far more than a knife can.

Although a Survival Axe would also make a good alternative weapon in the UK, it’s primary use is in a preppers survival kit and Bug Out Bag and the survival axe is definitely up on any UK preppers list and therefore must be taken seriously as an essential bit of survival kit.

Considering the type of work that is expected from a survival axe, it is definitely necessary to buy quality and avoid the cheaper products out there at the moment.

But how do you choose the best survival and bushcraft axe?

Firstly, you will need to decide the type of axe required as there’s a choice between a general duty axe that is capable of most tasks like felling, chopping and splitting – then there’s a bigger, more tougher axe that’s more capable of splitting and felling the larger logs (sometimes called a Maul Axe).

* If you over 6′ 4″ I would go for an axe with as longer shaft handle as possible – you will find these much easier to handle – they can become a bit much for the shorter person. 

Then there’s a hatchet – less shaft length, generally smaller and lighter weight for the more smaller bushcraft jobs, although these hatchets are tough and can still be used for splitting and chopping, it would be a bit more harder work with one of these compared to a splitting axe..

Essentially they are all the same, as they will perform the same tasks and generally look the same with the same components.

Essentially, ANY axe will do in a survival situation.

But, the main, basic difference between any axe and a hatchet is generally  the length of the main shaft – as you can see here with this very nice set of axe and hatchet from Hilka.

The general shape is very much the same, along with the shape of the head and blade – the only difference is the handle length which will mean a lighter weight.

There is no definitive handle length where the smaller hatchet becomes an axe.

From a preppers perspective, an axe AND a hatchet are preferred, but this may not be feasible in a bug out or survival situation and my personal choice would be a hatchet over the larger axe.

This guide chart below is more specifically for the larger axe or splitting axe.

To see my hatchet buyers guide chart please click here – Hatchet buyers guide


 Here are a few main points you should consider when choosing an axe or hatchet –

  • Will fit into a survival rucksack
  • Includes a leather safety carry hood
  • Wood, fibreglass or metal shaft and handle
  • Good size chopping head – 3 1/4″
  • The edge holds its sharpness
  • Will cut through a 6″ diameter timber with ease
  • Easy to handle and precise when preparing kindling wood
  • Extremely comfortable handle


Some manufacturers will produce a whole range of axe’s, from hatchet size up to very heavy duty splitting axe’s, the  current Gransfor axe range. offer many different types of axe and specialise on wooden shafts.

There are, of course, a few other survival axes that are worth considering so I put together the chart below to give some comparisons between the features –

I hope this helps your choice.





 Long handled splitting axe’s

Use the up/down comparison arrows to help your choice.

Long handle splitting axe from Gansfos Buks
- with leather axe head sheath
- hand forged
- 20 year guarrentee

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Husqvarna Splitting Axe
- hand forged
- straight hickory handle

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Fiskars X27 super splitting axe
- hardened forged steel blade
- shock absorbing FiberComp handle

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S.A.Wetterling 32K large splitting axe
- American hickory handle
- Swedish hand forged

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Hultafors Agdor large feling axe
- Swedish hand forged steel
- Swedish hickory handle

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Roughneck splitting maul axe
- fibreglass handle
- drop forged steel

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Hilka Long Handled Axe
- fibre glass shaft
- soft grip handle grip
- forged steel head

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