12 Best Bushcraft Axes

Bushcraft axes are some of the most versatile tools a prepper can own. With the right one, you can fell trees, chop wood, and even build shelter. But with all the different options on the market, which is the best bushcraft axe for your needs? Check out our list of 12 of the best options to find the perfect one for you.

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Gerber Downrange Tomahawk Axe

Gerber

This Gerber tactical tomahawk axe is a lightweight and tough bushcraft tactical axe that can handle any job you throw at it. Made with a steel body this axe head is strong enough to take on any task, from cutting wood to peeling bark, and more. The desert tan G-10 scales on the handle provide a comfortable grip and the Molle-compatible sheath allows you to carry it with ease. You'll never have to worry about being unprepared again. With the integrated prying handle and hammerhead design, this axe can do it all, from self-defence to survival in the woods. Plus, the cool G-10 handle will provide a secure grip in any situation without splintering into your hand or giving you large blisters. We know you will love this tactical survival axe, so don't wait!

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Two Handed Berserker Viking Bushcraft Axe 19"

CRKT

Imagine you're in the bush, but your small pocket axe won't cut it. That's why it's a great idea to have a pocket axe as well as a large axe. The 19" CRKT/ viking bushcraft axe is the perfect tool for any outdoor enthusiast or prepper. This carbon steel forged bushcraft Viking axe has a rust-resistant coating, which makes it ideal for outdoor jobs. It's also lightweight, making it easy to carry with you on your next outdoor adventure, without getting fatigued, after all, it only comes in at 2 pounds! CRKT's Viking bushcraft axe can be used for many different cutting jobs with its versatile design. From chopping firewood to clearing a path in the wilderness, to building a small trappers cabin, this handy tool is up for anything.

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Gerber Gear Bushcraft Axe with Sheath

Gerber Gear

Level up your bushcraft axe skills with this awesome axe. This 10" bushcraft hand axe is perfect for tossing in the back of your truck when you go camping. Furthermore, the provided sheath is easy to clip onto your belt, making this a good bushcraft axe to even take on a hike, just in case. With a palm-sized design coming in around 10", you can expect this axe to provide explosive results despite the tiny size. This is due to its already razor-sharp blade which is perfect for making shavings to start a fire, or simply using the blade to cut a rope. You really can't go much smaller than this axe, without bloodying your knuckles, so we could definitely recommend this to our friends at Shaman Mountain.

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1844 Helko Werk Germany Rheinland Hatchet

1984 Helko Werk Germany

Bush crafting is a super popular hobby, and there are many tools on the market to help you in your pursuits. But few can compare to the quality and craftsmanship of an 1844 Helko Werk bush crafting axe. Their axes are handmade in Germany with only the finest carbon steel blades and American Hickory handles. Helko Werk's takes great pride in their work, and each axe is finished with a full-grain leather sheath, to protect the razor fine edge. With a blade that is 6.5” long and 2” wide, this bush crafting axe is perfect for larger branches and logs as well, not just the small stuff. The American Hickory handle provides plenty of leverage, while the linseed finish protects the wood from moisture damage, and if it ever does split, you can still fashion a new handle out of surrounding wood to keep going.

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Hultafors Swedish Steel Axe 22"

Hulaftors

Hulaftor's name carries a lot of merits, not to mention they are also some of the best bushcraft axes on the market. There's a reason for the steep price tag as well, these are made with some of the best materials they could get their hands on. With that being said, if you're interested in shelling out a little more money, you can get an axe that will last a lifetime in the bush. What makes this bushcraft axe so much more better than others, is the Swedish steel it's made with. The steel has been forged in the same foundry since 1697, which means Hulaftors has had time to perfect the process. The total weight of this axe comes in around 2 pounds, which is pretty light for a larger axe of this stature. Featuring an American hickory handle, which means this hardwood can stand up to the abuses that come with being a bushcraft ax.

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Gränsfors Bruks Bushcraft Hand Axe 9.5"

Gransford Bruks

Bushcrafting is a great way to connect with nature and really get back to basics. Gransford Bruks has the perfect bushcraft axe for you to do just that, no matter what your needs may be. This small 9.5" axe is amazingly lightweight, coming in at only a pound, and its palm-sized design is perfect for taking with you on the go, whether camping or prepping for an emergency. Plus, it comes with a vegetable-tanned leather sheath to protect the razor-sharp blade when not in use. With its precision-forged Swedish steel construction and durable hardwood handle, you can count on this axe not to let you down in the backcountry.

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Council Tool Bushcraft Axe 24"

Council Tools

On the hunt for a quality ax for the bush? Council Tools bushcraft axes are made in the USA and are of the highest quality. These axes come sharpened and ready to use, making them perfect for any outdoor activity, especially bushcraft. With a hardwood hickory handle for maximum impact resistance, these axes are built to last as well. Featuring a 2LB steel head that makes them perfect for chopping larger branches, or simple tasks like collecting firewood. Did we mention it also can be used as a hammer on the flat side of this ax?

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CRKT Birler Compact Bushcraft Axe 16"

CRKT 

The CRKT bushcraft axe is a tough and durable tool that can handle any small bush crafting tasks you throw its way. The Tennessee hickory handle is extremely dense, making it perfect for withstanding the heavy blows this axe will take. The small size of the axe also makes it easy to take with you if you have to bug out quickly. Additionally, the limited lifetime warranty ensures that you can rely on this tool for years to come. Whether you're chopping firewood or clearing brush, the CRKT bushcraft axe can help you get the job done.

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Japanese Bushcraft Bearded Axe 13"

Kings County Tools

Bushcrafting is all the rage, and this axe is perfect for anyone who wants to get in on it. This bushcraft bearded axe features a carbon layered steel blade that makes it super sharp and allows it to hold its edge. The bearded design brings balance and utility to the tool, allowing you to use your axe like a knife as well, for tasks like skinning or collecting tinder. Furthermore, it only weighs 1.6 pounds, making it easy to carry around with you on your hikes or outdoor adventures. You’ll be able to finish the camp chores with ease when you have this bushcraft axe by your side. It’s perfect for anyone who loves spending time outdoors and wants a reliable tool to help them build things.

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Marbles Camp Axe 15 3/4"

Marbles

Searching for a durable, reliable and affordable camping bushcraft axe? Look no further than Marble's camp axe! This heavy-duty hatchet axe by Marbles is perfect for taking deep into the bush. The axe is made in El Salvador and is built to last, with a hickory handle and sharp blade.  The included American-made leather sheath ensures that your axe is always protected as well when not in use, not to mention that it protects your hands from cuts and slices. With a 15 3/4" overall length, this camping axe is perfect for most non-major bushcraft activities. Plus, the hole in the handle allows you to attach a lanyard for easy carrying so you don't lose it or misplace it when you're done using it.

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Woodmans Pal 2.0 - Multi-Use Axe Machete

Woodmans Pal 

The original design of this bushcraft axe machete was used in WW1, and the design was brought back to life by Woodman's Pal. There are many different things built into this axe, including a shovel, machete, and knife. This makes it perfect to take with you into the bush when you take on new challenges. Featuring a highly durable wooden handle, you will be able to swing this axe easily due to the sleek machete-like design. What we love about these bushcraft axes is the metal used to make them is heat-treated to 1500 degrees, leaving you with some of the best steel possible.

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Prandi German Style Hatchet Axe

Prandi

Prandi's bushcraft axe is the perfect tool for notching, skinning and cutting small limbs. This German-made axe hatchet features a lanyard hole so you can attach it to your wrist or packs as well so it's easy to travel. The best part about this axe is that it is perfectly balanced and features a durable, stainless steel blade. Whether you're in the woods making a trapper cabin or making tinder, this axe is sure to make your life a whole lot easier!

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