It’s a beautiful day in northern BC, Canada. The snow is melting extremely fast, although I expect more snow to fall before it’s over with this winter. The elements puts a scratch in you that’s hard to scratch. The itch is always to go camping, but that will need to watch for a while. For the time being, there’s preparation activities to relieve the itch.
I dug out my axes today. They have to be sharpened I’ll use the power grinder to accomplish that.
While I was taking a look at them, I realized how important it is to have the right axe for the task you’re doing. Here is a description of the three axes that Viking axes I would recommend:
A Splitting Maul: It doesn’t have other use than to split wood. You can’t chop over the grain with it, and it’s impossible to clear brush with. The blade is extremely thick. Its weight is considerable. The mix of weight and thick blade makes it perfect for splitting on the end grain. If you’re campground camping and the wood supplied is big, here is the axe you would want. If you’re wilderness camping and not active, you will likely be sawing wood. You will need this axe. The splitting maul will tolerate a little dullness.
A Brushing or Chopping Axe: Because the blade is extremely thin, it is excellent for cutting brush, and when you yourself have to cut cross grain it’s advantageous to that. However, in the event that you attempt to split blocks of wood, this axe will get stuck in the block every one of the time. You will also find it very hard to obtain it unstuck. This axe likes to be sharp.
A Combination Axe: This blade is really a little thicker compared to Chopping Axe and a little thinner compared to Splitting Maul. You can use it successfully for both splitting and chopping. It won’t do the job as well as the axes devoted for anyone jobs, however it is a good compromise. It too likes to be sharp.
If you do a lot of splitting, then you have to get a splitting maul. If you’re wilderness camping and on the move a lot, then you want the Chopping Axe. You will see guys utilizing it for small chopping jobs, even whittling. When am traveling by truck and camper, in place of trekking, I will usually take two axes – the Splitting Maul and A Chopping Axe. If you intend to buy just one axe, then allow it to be Combination Axe. Keep it sharp, it will serve you well.