Compact and lightweight gear usually means the difference between it being carried on you or being left back at camp. Most small camp axes are actually quite heavy and their major use is for chopping large amounts of firewood. This is great if you don’t have to pack that axe all day. But on short or extended trips from camp, you’re probably not going to bring it along.
Too many times a good knife has been ruined or damaged by using it for other than its intended purpose. I've been there and done that! The problem was to find a small, lightweight axe that could be used on short outings or a day hike for “minor” chopping duties and still be easily carried without adding a lot of extra weight. This would also facilitate building a small fire to keep warm, cook a meal or to boil water in order to purify it.
At 9 inches in length and at a weight of slightly less than 10 ounces, this particular pocket axe seems to solve the problem. It is made from a solid piece of steel that is approximately 3/8 inches thick and has a cutting edge length of 3 inches. The handle has a slight curve to it and the axe also came with a nylon sheath with a belt loop. It also has a lanyard hole and a secondary hole about 4 1/2 inches up that allows the handle to be wrapped with cordage. This little axe will quite literally fit in your pocket.
This pocket axe is almost like a ulu with a handle. The blade is too thin for major wood-splitting chores but should work easily for splitting small pieces of kindling. You won’t be clearing any forests with this pocket axe but that’s not its intended purpose. It was also cheap enough that if it became lost it wouldn’t create major damage to my pocketbook. Some minor chopping has shown that the blade edge seems to hold up fairly well so far. A proper wilderness field test will ultimately determine its actual durability.
You can read about a gear test of the pocket axe here:
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