At Backcountry Treks, we really have never dabbled in the professional or serious uses of axes. Although, the axe toss has been won a few times by Cally and Tyson up in the Thompson Pass parking lot in Alaska. Tyson’s experience of using an axe is made up of the axe toss game and the year we lived in a house with a wood-burning stove. We didn’t pay for the electric baseboard heat, so Tyson ended up chopping a lot of wood. Eight cords to be exact.
Without knowing much about the technology that goes into the build and design of an axe, we were in awe of how beautiful the Wetterlings Axes looked at the OR show. After admiring them for a few minutes, Julia, an axe expert, took the time to explain the effort and thought that went into a Wetterlings axe. She soon explained that the Bushman Axe was the perfect, all-around, lightweight axe.
There are some basic features to this axe that anyone would enjoy and benefit from. First of all, the quality of this axe is absolutely incredible and so obvious to the eye and to the touch. The sheath alone is designed carefully and with high quality and durable leather to ensure protection for years to come. I forgot to mention that Wetterlings has been hand-crafting Axes in Sweden for over one hundred years. They are the oldest and most traditional axe manufactures around today (made by real people). So needless to say, they know what they are doing.
Les Shroud, the famous surviorman, collaborated with Wetterlings to create the ultimate tool. Wetterlings manufacturing skill combined with Shroud’s wilderness experience ensures amazing features in this piece. It’s weight, 2.45 pounds, makes it easy to add this axe to your backpacking gear list. It’s large enough to use with two hands, but small enough to use with one hand. The design of the Bushman Axe also includes an inlet in the blade where one can hold their hand for delicate and detailed work. The versatility of this axe is incredible and ensures that you’ll need one tool for all work. This sentence explains it perfectly: “an axe that is versatile enough for chopping, splitting, hammering and carving, but light enough to be carried long distances.”
If you want to become a genuine bushman, have the right tools when you go into the backcountry, or simply want to impress your houseguests with a beautiful axe, this is the one for you. The Bushman axe is versatile and built with amazing quality and experience.
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