Friday, September 5, 2014

Quick Review: SOG Backcountry Axe

The fine folks at SOG Specialty Knives and Tools sent me one of their Backcountry Axes to try out recently. My impression? The edge is thick and a bit dull by my standards, but surprisingly, I was still able to buck this dead Fir tree cleanly in half with it:

Its wedge-shaped head makes it a great splitter, and the saw that's included in the handle does a solid job cutting through dead branches and pole-sized saplings. I found the handle to be exceptionally comfortable, and the included plastic sheath is handy and well designed.

The SOG Backcountry Axe is not something I'd recommend for bushcraft, but it should do a fine job around the campsite.


3.75 out of 5 Stars

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About the author

Jason Schwartz is the founder and senior editor of Rocky Mountain Bushcraft. He is a former Red Cross certified Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor, and has taught bushcraft and wilderness survival techniques to the Boy Scouts of America, interned with the US Forest Service, and studied wilderness survival, forestry and wildland firefighting at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado. Jason has also written for magazines such as The New Pioneer and Backpacker, including writing the "Tinder Finder" portion of Backpacker's "Complete Guide to Fire," which won a 2015 National Magazine Award (NMA). Email him at rockymountainbushcraft @ (without spaces)

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