This RAZOR-BACK Axe is built to last. It is solid, attractive and likely to stay that way.
This compact ax is built to last with a very rugged 14 in. fiberglass handle.
The large "soft grip” fits my large hand and reduces impact when chopping. It is well balanced.
The 1.25-lb. forged steel carbon head is permanently bonded to the handle. It is just the right size for home owner use in the garden, sinking a nail or camping.
We recommend this ax. We have provided several photos and a very short chopping demo video to aid prospective buyers.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Long-Lasting, Strong, Sturdy, soft grip area is large enough to fit large hands, includes a rubber blade cover, lifetime limited warranty
While only weighing 1.25 lbs, this is a solid hand axe. The fiberglass handle is well formed, lightens the axe and fits nicely in my black diamond hand axe belt holder. I'm not certain why they call this a camp axe, I call these things hand axes and this is a good one. The weight is well balanced for clearing trails in the spring or clearing roots when altering landscaping (pic)... it's a lot easier to sharpen a hand axe vs a chainsaw blade..
This ax is a pretty basic ax. It's a good good weight and easy to carry. The coloring is nice, and it has a good rubber grip overlaying the fiberglass handle. The steel head is painted in a black paint to prevent rusting.
That is, unfortunately, all there is. Aside from what i just mentioned, this ax has ZERO features.
Advertised as a "camping" ax, it lacks a number of features that one would want when going camping. First off, the back needs to be larger and perhaps flared out to allow use as a hammer. Nailing stakes into the ground immediately jumps to mind. The back should also not be painted, just bare, as it will chip if used as a hammer.
There should also be a notch in the bottom of the head to allow for easy stake and or nail removal. This would have been trivial to implement, yet it's not here.
And how about a hook of some kind on the handle so you could hang it off a rope or a branch?
A good, light ax for chopping branches and logs. Comfortable grip. Lacks any features to make it a standout camping tool.
There wasn't a very good edge on this camp axe when it arrived, but it didn't take a lot to get it that way. We only use it for cedar kindling but it seems to be holding its edge now. It is a nice size to pack to the back country or keep in the truck box. The handle is easy to grip and the red color makes it easier to find. It seems to work like it should if you need a hatchet.
This axe was very sharp as delivered. The handle is plastic with a fiberglass core - you can see the fiberglass when you peel off the sticker because there are holes under the sticker. The head is painted with an extremely thick layer of paint, so thick that it just flakes off. It would be nice if it was unpainted. The balance is somewhat end-heavy because the handle is so light. The handle seems thin, and does not fit well in my hands. But it does absorb impact pretty well. I took a few swings and intentionally "missed" in both forward and backward directions. The handle only sustained cosmetic damage. The eye never showed any signs of handle separation.
After about a hundred hits in hardwood, the blade had lost its edge. Resharpening was easily done with a file and stone. The steel seemed soft when filing, and when I tried to cut through some 16D nails, they just bent and left deep half-moon notches in the blade. This confirmed that the blade was either not hardened very well, or it was inferior steel.
In a sense, this makes a good camp axe because it will chop enough wood to last a camping trip, and you don't have to worry about losing it since it is a 'value' axe.
Love this new 1.25 pound camp axe. I have a couple of machetes, but sometimes you just need a small axe and this is perfect. Feels very sturdy and strong in your hand, and you feel comfortable swinging it. The weight I think is perfect for the size, making it easy for just about anyone to use effectively. The blade is okay right out of the package, but I definitely think you should sharpen it right away for maximum effectiveness.