This tool has been UNRECOMMENDED and is now in the DEAD TOOLS category. See the FAQ for more info.

Fiskars Pro Chopping Axe

Fiskars makes the best axes for the money — light, sharp and virtually unbreakable. The handle is a fiberglass reinforced composite that is amazingly strong. A couple years ago I was carving a dugout canoe with my 28″ Pro Chopping axe. The handle held up through a 30″ diameter tree before breaking while I was working on the canoe (a quaking aspen log — not the best for a canoe, but all I could get at the time). Still, the axe was returned to Lowe’s and replaced for free. I have used similar-priced axes in the $30 range and the wooden handles either break in no time or the blade is dull or both. I have used my axe for around three years now and went quite a while without sharpening it. Eventually, I bought the Fiskars companion sharpener for $10 and with a few passes through it, the axe is ready to go.

-- Benjamin Thompson  

[Fiskars no longer produces this axe - it's been replaced by the Splitting Axe -- OH]

Fiskars Pro Chopping Axe

Available from Amazon

Manufactured by Fiskars Brands, Inc.