How to choose a tourist ax for a hike: recommendations and reviews
To go on a campaign without an ax, and any experienced tourist knows this, the idea is fundamentally wrong. High-quality and reliable tool in the campaign is always useful. A considerable amount of work will help to perform a tourist ax, starting with the preparation of firewood for fire and ending with the scaring of wild animals.
The choice and acquisition of a hatchet for tourism should be approached very thoroughly, thoroughly, having studied all the nuances and pitfalls. It is necessary to take into account all the moments: the weight of the ax, its configuration, sharpness, quality. It should be comfortable, light at the same time (you may carry it in your backpack for several days) and durable (there will be a lot of work for the tool).
During the times of the Soviet Union, such a type of recreation as hiking was very popular. Families with children, university students and schoolchildren and even retirees went on trips in order to maintain morale and their own health. Any tourist, hunter or fisherman at that time had a tourist kit with him (ax, saw, knife).The only disadvantage of the axes of that time is a decent weight, which was not associated with hand luggage, which must be carried on itself for a long time.
The highest chic at the time - tourist ax "Pathfinder", easy and convenient in work. But if at the present time there are many options for the scabbard for axes, then it was simply wrapped with an improvised rag and laid neatly into a backpack.
There were plenty of minuses in such an ax. First, there was no special scabbard, they were simply not provided for in construction. This is a significant drawback. Secondly, the retention of the blade on the handle left much to be desired. Probably, many people remember how wedges were beaten so that the metal part would not fly off from its rightful place and not fly to someone in the forehead. Thirdly, the handle was so smooth and slippery that working with, say, wet hands with such an ax was very problematic and even traumatic.
The tourist ax of FISKARS, founded in 1649, is one of the most frequently acquired and popular. The forged tomahawk ax is a compact tool with a very sharp blade.The design of such hatchets allows you to use them for chopping wood and throwing.
The weight of such a tourist ax is small, on average about one kilogram. The length of the handle - about thirty-two to thirty-five centimeters. The handle is already made not from slippery wood, as in the “Soviet” version, but from a shock-absorbing composite fiberglass. The hand with long-term use of the tool does not get tired, hold nicely, does not slip and does not crash.
Very thought out and design tool. The tourist ax of this company, as a rule, has a rather bright handle. It is orange or lime color. Remember how many times lost axes in the foliage or grass? With such a bright pen, this will no longer be a problem for the tourist.
And the most important difference is the sharpness of the blade. They can, according to reviews of experienced tourists, even shave if necessary. Often such an ax replaces the knife. No pegs, no blade overhangs, no injuries during use.
Ultra-compact forged ax with a total length of a handle up to 24 centimeters, light and convenient - this is the dream of any tourist.A small ax is easy to use. It is very compact, fits even in a small hiking backpack. As a rule, with such hatchets there are special covers that protect the backpack from cuts, and a person from injuries.
The only minus is the ax, due to its lightness, not so energetic in working with large thick logs. It is easy to chop small wood chips for a fire, but to cut a massive tree is already problematic.
There are axes on the market that are sold without a handle at all. That is, you buy a kind of billet tourist ax. Having found any suitable stick in the forest, we fasten an ax handle to it with the help of a paracord, and the ax is ready for work.
What is it for?
Before you go to the store, in order to buy yourself a new tourist hatchet, you should decide on some points. It is necessary to know exactly for which job you will most often use this tool. This will help you determine the choice and make it right.
- Making small pegs used when setting up a tourist tent.
- Hammering into the ground of these very pegs.
- Cut the branches.
- To make several logs.
- Prick some small thin twigs for an awning or a tent.
- Beat off from wild animals.
- Open a tin can or cut a loaf of bread.
- Or maybe boil porridge?
How to choose?
By answering all these questions, you decide for yourself how to choose an ax for tourism. Experts advise to give preference to the options rather heavy, but compact in size. The weight of the ax should vary from 600 to 900 grams. The length of the ax, as recommended by experienced tourists, should be from 60 to 85 centimeters. The strength of the nozzle blade on the base is not even discussed.
The quality of steel is a very important point, which should always be checked before purchasing an ax. How to do it? The density of the metal can be checked with a simple click on the blade. Try to make it as strong as possible. If during the click you heard a deaf, languid, deep and drawn-out “tink,” then you have a fairly strong and high-quality metal. If the blade of the hatchet whistles when clicked, whistling furiously and “wriggling”, as experts say, move away from this counter and go to another tool. Having bought a poor-quality ax, you will not receive a guarantee that after the first blow to a small bitch, no grooves, notches, or even holes will appear on the blade.
For hikes, it is better to choose forged one-piece axes. The handle must be rubberized. They are compact and easy to use. If you already choose an ax with a wooden handle, then you should give preference to birch of the highest grade. Carefully inspect the handle, it should not be chipping and knots. The only disadvantage of wooden handles is that they may crack over time, which will never happen with rubber and plastic.
It is important to pay attention to the flat surface of the blade. Often sold axes Finnish production, which have a slightly corrected blade. In work, it is convenient only for those who could adapt to it. The blade must be positioned correctly. If it gives forward, then a strong return to the hand is possible during work. And it hurts.
The hole into which the ax is inserted must necessarily be large in size and conical. Round holes threaten frequent departures and, consequently, injuries. The groove inside the hole should be long. This ensures the correct distribution of force during shear movements.
The ax handle must be comfortable. Form - straight, slightly thickened.Thickening should be in the place where you grab a hand. If in all respects, except for the handle, you are satisfied with the ax, then just wrap it with tape for greater comfort of work. This is a minor trifle, which is easily corrected.
And, of course, sharpening. High-strength and high-grade steel even costs more, but it lasts longer and never fails. Experts say that a good tourist ax with the correct sharpening can easily cut metal nails. And your hatchet can this? If not, then immediately go to the store for a new one.