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Okay, question about the size and weight...
Okay, question about the size and weight of this ax. Various resources around the net indicate that the Gerber Camp Ax is supposed to be longer and weightier than the Gerber Sport Axe. However, reviews and answers to questions here on backcountry seem to indicate the opposite. Whats the deal backcountry? can you give us a precise size and weight in regard to these to axes?
I just went to the Gerber website. Here are the specs for the camp axe:
Overall Length: 17.5''
Length of Blade: 3.13''
Weight: 38 oz.
Blade Material: Forged steel
Handle Material: PolyamideT
And for the Sport Axe:
Overall Length: 14.25
Length of Blade: 2.81
Weight: 21.4 oz.
Blade Material: Forged steel
Handle Material: Polyamide
Incredibly Sharp and Lightweight
This axe cuts through logs like a hot knife through butter. I used this in Yosemite on some knotted oak and it sliced right through. It's honestly the sharpest axe I've ever used and very durable for being so light. One hack and logs were split in two. I felt like a bad ass lumberjack with this thing.
Does this product come with a sheath?
Does this product come with a sheath?
lame cell-pic of the heavy-duty nylon sheath. Has velcro closure and belt loop.
This might be obvious, but the handle is hollow. You can stuff it with various items (like band-aids or chinchilla food)
I like how the head is molded into the shaft to avoid the loose head syndrome.
The back of the hatchet is large enough for pounding in stakes, etc.
I do wish gerber offered the 2-in-1 saw/hatchet combo in this larger size.
Fiskars is nice if you anticipate dropping it in the woods, get the same effect with some colored tape!
What is the difference between this and...
What is the difference between this and the Fiskars hatchet? They look identical except for the handle length.
By the way, I have the Fiskars hatchet. It is a great little lightweight hatchet that will take an amazing edge. It will honestly shave hair off my arm and then easily chop through camp fire logs. This Gerber axe looks like it has the same head. If that is the case then it should work very well.
The handle with the Gerber is obviously longer, besides that, the Fiskars handle is fiberglass composite while this is glass-filled nylon. This blade is also stainless steel, Fiskars only claims "Drop-forged steel" but no mention of stainless(?). The Gerber's sheath is ballistic nylon, so it will hold up to the ax and rocks, and whatever else. The reviews on Fiskars site start out by saying "What Gardeners are Saying" which tells me it's ok for camping but designed (or marketed) for gardening. Both seem really good, here's the weights: Gerber: Weight: 2 ib. 6 oz., Fiskars: 1.15 lbs. Also, Fiskars is the parent company to Gerber Legendary Blades, Silva compasses, and Buster boats. Ya bettah axe sumbody!
Thanks for the help! I'm glad I "axed!" I do like the Gerber sheath better. The plastic thing that the Fiskars hatchet comes with looks like part of the packaging. I've been meaning to make a sheath for it. I'll probably sew and rivet one together eventually. I've got an old beat up military assault pack that I can scrounge the fabric from.
What the Fiskars hatchet has is that it is very lightweight. I am a guy who just has to use a hatchet instead of a saw, so I carry one in or on my pack when I'm hiking. Of course I keep it razor sharp so it will double as a large knife.
Being a knife guy I'm not crazy about most grades of stainless steel for blades. I have never had a knife get rusty, even knives that I have had since I was a kid, and stainless just doesn't take an edge like carbon steel will. I love the grade of steel that Fiskars uses, I don't know what it is, but I love it. If it is stainless then it must be one of the newer alloys that holds an edge well.
I was thinking that Gerber must have joined up with Fiskars. The design of the tools were just too similar. Because of the weight I guess I'll stick with my trusty Fiskars blade. It has been a great tool so far.
For the record, that line of Gerber axes was/is made by Fiskars in Finland, out of the same materials as Fiskars' own line of axes. If you look at the part that wraps around the head, you'll see the words "Fiskars Finland" molded into the composite material they call "nyglass". Gerber's Gator line of axes (the ones that one with the saw or knife in the handle), however, is made in China and Taiwan.
BTW, you *can* get the nylon sheath for the Fiskars...
Also, Google "Fiskars Axe" and see what axe users say about them. It's not just gardeners using them. I'd bet most gardners never even touch an axe, in fact.
Best Camp Axe I Have Owned!
This thing is awesome! It is really light and solid. Chopped through wood like a mule eating an apple. I was really surprised how well it did on larger pieces of wood. I kept having to "up the ante" to see how thick I could go. Still made precise and deep cuts allowing me to easily chop through things much thicker than I thought. Not good for splitting logs, but will chop through them, no problem.
Take it along
This axe is super lightweight considering its size. The handle is strong and the blade is super sharp. Slipped cutting a log and nicked myself. But it works great and good to have when out camping.
This axe is simply awesome....It is extremely sharp, lightweight, and durable. You can cut through 4 to 5 in. logs with relative ease. The heavy steel axes can wear you out after chopping for a while...they are more for blunt force and cause you to use more energy...This just cuts right through wood. This size is prefct for getting most firewood, but I plan to get the full size Gerber axe eventually to see how it is at splitting logs.
This is very good for car camping. Works well for splitting logs for kindling and for also chopping off branches.
How much does this axe weigh
How much does this axe weigh
It weighs 21.1 ounces. If you need a tool for cutting logs for a fire I would recommend the Gerber Gator Saw 2, I've used both (friend has the axe I have the saw) and the saw cuts much faster with less effort, and weighs only 7 ounces.
The official weight is 21.1 oz, but from a practical standpoint this is much lighter than a traditional full size axe with wood handle. The all plastic handle makes this much lighter and nice for car camping.