Estwing ES44A, Coltello a Lama Fissa Unisex – Adulto, Blu, Taglia Unica
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Accetta Estwing Camper's Axe. Misura 44,6 centimetri in generale. Lama in acciaio di 10,3 centimetri. Impugnatura in nylon blu vinile. Perfetto per Cacciatori, Camper e Outdoor. Ogni ascia e' fatta per durare una vita.
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i've gotten to use this a lot more this fall. i still rate it at 4 stars because of the quality control issues described in my original review. however i will say that it splits wood better than i first thought. if your wood is dry & relatively free of knots, then this works well for splitting logs up to 14" in diameter & 18" in height. at least that was my experience. the long thin blade really bites into the wood & can be difficult to remove when it gets stuck. it would do a lot better splitting wood if the head was a bit shorter & the cheeks fatter. the one piece steel construction seems indestructible.
4 stars, estwing loses 1 star for quality control & thin cheeks, but wins 4 stars because they give us an extra two inches length on the 16" campers axe, it is american made solid steel construction for a reasonable price, & it will probably take the abuse that i will inflict on it.
i had my eye on these for awhile, then snatched it up when it got discounted $10.
i had to return the first one that was delivered for 2 reasons.
the first reason was cosmetic, it had 2 large deep scratches near the poll.
the second reason was a manufacturing problem, it had an incredibly uneven bevel on the cutting edge. very wide on one side, & very narrow on the other side. it should not have made it past estwing quality control, at best it could have been sold as a second.
amazon sent another that was much better right away.
took that one out recently & think it worked well overall. the blade is long & the cheeks narrow, so it bites well & chops easily with a factory edge. however the narrow cheeks aren't as great for splitting, despite the extra length & weight (2.9lb.) over their sportsman's axe (1.66lb.). i wouldn't use it for chopping or splitting anything more than 5-6 inches in diameter, which is actually the size i like to work with when foraging firewood if i can find it. the 16-inch camper's axe has just enough length to use two hands, with good balance & not so heavy that you can't choke up a bit & use it for one handed work.
the hudson bay type head shape also offers a good grip for close work, but would need some extra sharpening to be really effective.
the nylon sheath is light, durable, & effective. best to always put the sheath on when not in use. one of the contestants on alone had to tap out because he didn't sheathe his axe when carrying & he fell due to fatigue & uneven ground resulting in a nasty cut. he even mentioned the danger of the terrain shortly before the accident.
the pictures show 16-inch camper's axe (actually 18" long) compared to a vintage estwing sportsman's axe (13.5" long, same size as one with leather stacked handle, but with blue shock reduction grip).
i will carry the 16-inch camper's axe in the truck for general purpose. the one piece forged steel head & handle take abuse a lot better than a nice axe head mounted on a wooden handle. this is good because i often use an axe or hatchet to extract fatwood from old stumps. with the solid head & handle it is also easy to baton, another activity that can loosen a head mounted on wooden handle. batoning can be handy since it's not the greatest splitter, getting stuck in the wood because of the thinner cheeks.
i'd give it 5 stars for sure if those cheeks were fatter, & it had a bit extra weight which would make it a splitting monster which is how i would get the most use of it at camp because i don't chop a lot of trees/logs, prefer to save energy & saw what i can for firewood needs.
for what is tho, i highly recommend.
Pros: The one piece construction is nearly indestructible, and the blue cushioned grips take a lot of shock out of my swings and hits. The steel is a durable medium carbon metal with a good heat treatment. I've abused my Estwings over the years, and they have held up; no chipping or edge rolling. Also, you can actually use the hammer section to drive nails or pound the crap out of stuff. You're not supposed to do this with expensive conventional axes because hammering deforms the axe heads. I like the non-leather head cover/sheath which doesn't hold moisture, or rot in humid climates. This axe head configuration is a good compromise for a utility axe. However, its better at chopping wood, than it is at splitting wood. It's an excellent general use tool (not a specialty axe) that can be used for a lot of camp chores and (car borne) bushcraft adventures.
Cons: At a little over 3 pounds, it's not light. All of the wilderness weight weenies will cry and moan about how heavy this axe is.
Recommendations: I would recommend purchasing the Estwings with the blue vinyl handles. The blue vinyl absorbs shock, and (IMHO) is more comfortable and durable than the leather stacked axe handles. My dad's old Estwing axe with leather stacked handles was an excellent tool, but when hit by knives or other axes (We used to throw our knives and axes a lot back in our "Doktari" days), the leather handle came apart, section by section. This was clear product abuse, but I believe the blue vinyl handles are a bit more rugged. Also, I would recommend buying the non-coated version and save a few bucks. It's easy enough to put your own coating on this axe with whatever spray paint or enamel you have lying around the garage. The older I get, the more I use ugly florescent (green, orange, red, etc) 80's looking paint on my blades (axes, shovels, latin machetes, parangs, barongs, kukris, bush knives, etc), to contrast against the ambient jungle, and deter theft.