Understanding the Different Types of Axes
Have you ever stopped to consider just how many different types of axes there are? Over thousands of years of refinement, what many think of as a simple implement for chopping down trees has evolved into a diverse set of tools. Today, there are numerous kinds of axes that serve different functions, have different forms, and are easy to distinguish. Choosing the right axe for the job makes all the difference in your experience using such a tool. Pick the wrong axe, and you're more likely to tire yourself out quickly before you ever approach completion of the task at hand.
At Engineered For Axemen, our in-depth understanding of axes, timber cutting, and all the related activities comes from three generations of passion. Today, we invest our experience in producing the best all-Australian made axes. Before we consider choosing the right axe, you need to know the different kinds. Let's look at the broad categories buyers today need to know.
The Types of Axes You Should Know
Axes break down into different categories based on their ultimate purpose, the type of wood they're meant to cut, and the shape they take. Although axes could easily break down into more than a dozen sub-categories, we'll look at the main types here. They include the following:
- Felling axe. Primarily meant for chopping down trees, felling axes have a heavy head with a biting action that can take large chips out of timber with strong blows.
- Splitting axe. Also called mauls, these axes feature a head shape and weight more suited to the downward motion of splitting logs rather than the horizontal swings needed for felling.
- Survival axe and hatchets. A common choice for a camping axe, hatchets and survival axes are one-handed tools with shorter handles that perform multiple functions, from chopping to splitting and work best for light duty.
- Tomahawk axe. Based on traditional weapons, tomahawks are very short hatchets that are easy to throw and use for chopping. Lightweight and compact, they also make an excellent camping axe.
- Hunting axes. These are axes designed with a blade that can handle both the tough bark of trees and the difficult job of chopping through bone and meat.
- Racing axes. A speciality axe designed for timbersports and very rapid, heavy chopping motions.
Finding an Axe You Can Trust
Whether you want an axe to keep handy for emergency purposes or you're looking for a racing axe that will give you a competitive edge, Engineered For Axemen delivers the results you desire. Here are some of our quick tips for making the right choice:
- Look for a handle that will support the chopping action you intend to use. A handle that transmits force well and minimises the shock of the impact on your body will be easier to use for longer periods of time.
- Invest in an axe that uses the best quality steel and the most up-to-date techniques for shaping and sharpening.
- Know the type of axe you need. It should go without saying now, but not all axes are the same, as the list above demonstrates.
Engineered For Axemen: Quality Inspired by Three Generations
With decades spent swinging axes, felling trees, and shaping timber, we know what it takes to produce a quality tool. Taking that understanding, we invested in all-Australian manufacturing capabilities — and the difference shows. Start shopping now, or contact our team today to discuss your needs and receive helpful advice to guide your next purchase.