Axe Activities 101. A Primer

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Different types of axes are designed for different kinds of tasks. To decide on the right size, shape, and weight of the COMBAR axe we undertook detailed research into the most common tasks in which an axe is used outdoors. Our research showed that most of the time, outdoorsmen would be using their axes for trail work, whipping up some kindling, chopping campfire logs, splitting, trimming branches, and felling saplings up to 10 cm (up to 4 inches) in diameter.

The Golden Rules:

  • The sharper the axe blade, the safer it is to use and to get the job done - it will stick where you strike.
  • The best position for using your axe for camp tasks is kneeling on one or both knees.
  • Always position a chopping block beneath the object you are cutting. This will prevent the blade from hitting the ground and ensure the longevity of your blade edge.
  • If you are not out alone, always keep other campers at a safe distance when you are using your axe.
Cutting Stick - Method A
  1. Anchor one end of the stick against a small log or rock.
  2. Cut at the point where the stick rests on the chopping block.

 How to use an axe cutting a wood stick

Cutting Stick - Method B
  1. Place the axe edge in contact with the stick.
  2. Bring both up and down on the chopping block together.

 How to use an axe cutting a wood stick

Splitting Stick - The Full Contact Method
  1. Place the axe edge in contact with one end of the stick.
  2. Bring both up and down on the chopping block together.

How to use an axe splitting a wood stick

Limbing
The right way to cut off side branches is from the bottom of the tree toward the top, cutting on the branches' underside.
How to use an axe - limbing

 

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