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An axe from a company named Gerber. Does this surprise you? Well, brace yourself. This isn't even Gerber's first one. The Gerber Sport Axe II isn't made of squash or carrots, either. The Sport Axe II combines a glass-filled nylon handle with a forged steel head for no-nonsense, super-tough little wood chopper.

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Simple and effective.

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I wanted something with a little size to it - something to cut wood better than a small hand axe without being forced to take a full wood-chopping axe on camping trips. This was a great fit.



I've taken it on a bunch of trips, and it's held up well.



My only complaint is that it DOESN'T COME WITH A COVER.

Simple and effective.

Just right features/weight ratio.

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

A nice utility hatchet for around camp. Light enough to pack, strong and versatile enough to do real work. It feels like a "full size" hatchet, which is nice.



While it's not great for splitting larger pieces, it's a fantastic limbing axe and I've used it to take down a couple small trees, prep camp constructions, and (yes) split firewood. Backside is hammerlike and occasionally useful. Because of the light handle, it actually improves the swing of it.



The sheath that comes with it is useful only until you get a better one--which you should do quickly.

Great for backpacking

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

This is a great little hatchet for backpacking. It's not too heavy and packs nicely. The sheath that comes with this is a joke though. It's a large, bulky piece of plastic that has no functional use other than to take up space in your pack. I picked up a rawhide sheath on Amazon to replace it. The butt isn't completely flat which is slightly annoying if you're using it to drive your tent stakes. A very minor annoyance. Overall,this a is a great hatchet.

Solid design

    I picked up one a these for a weekend camping trip and after using it a bit my buddy ended up getting himself one too. The size and weight make for good connections when you're chopping which results in less swings. The construction is solid and the handle/head connection holds up to serious beatings. I've used the back of the head like a small sledgehammer quite a few times. Most axes come disconnected when you REALLY get into using them but this one has held up. If mine ever breaks I will buy another without question.

    Great around the Camp

      This little guy takes up very little space when packing and is worth it's wieght around the camp. The handle is light and well shaped and the head is well wieghted with out being clumsy making it a natural for chopping wood. The grey coating on the head starts coming off after a few uses but it works just the same.

      Anyone found a sheath that will fit this...

      Anyone found a sheath that will fit this guy? Included one does kind of suck but great tool.

      will this work to split small logs?

      will this work to split small logs?

      Yes, you should have no problem splitting smaller less dense grained logs and kindling with the Sport Ax. The ax head is pretty narrow so you will be limited to the smaller trees and branches. So if you are out trying to clear the forest you might want to size up to something gas powered but for splitting your camp fire wood then this should work perfectly.

      Although the axe is not designed to split logs in half, it will work sufficiently if you use it on small softer logs. I just wouldn't recommend that as its optimal purpose. It doesn't have a wide wedge head or a lot of weight to the end of it, making it more difficult for that task.