If you were on History Channel's "Alone" what axe would you bring?

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  1. Sticks N' Stones

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    I thought of this question as a way to represent long term survival where you have minimal tools yet you still aren't starving to death, as I believe this is the hope of the contestants even though it doesn't play out like that.

    For myself, I'd personally bring my 2.5# Collins Homestead Cruiser 28". Why I would bring such and axe over a boy's axe is due to the fact in my mind is that while having a metal hammer is better for powerful blows, I could make an array of batons. Plus I have the two different grinds. Granted it isn't the best splitter ever as the bits are thin, I could open a crack with the axe and hammer in wedges with the baton for firewood.

    Beyond this any axe with a head weight above 3# in my mind would be ridiculous as at that point your waisting to much energy.

    Finally if a Cruiser worked for Dick Proenneke It would work for me.

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    I would probably bring my 2.5 lb cruiser as well. It’s a nice middle ground between my pack axes and my 3.5 lb Kelly Jersey Pattern. The two different edges is also a plus in many scenarios.
     
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    My Collins on it's 32 inch handle . IMG_20170329_161819582.jpg
     
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    Probably my 2-1/4lb True Temper on a 29" handle, but the decision would involve hours of hand wringing and muttering obscenities to myself.
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    After deciding on this axe my next move would be to hastily call Adam (@batmanacw ) and have him overnight me a 28" West Woods handle for it so I could hang it properly and get rid of that ugly sloping shoulder I did.
    Edit: just wanted to say that I've never watched the show, so my choice, as most who know me have come to expect, is woefully uninformed.
     
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    I would go 1.75 to 2 lbs on 24" to 26"..... but I've never watched the show.

    I can take down an 8" tree in a few minutes with either weight head. I wouldn' tackle too much more than that.

    I can split anything I would tackle with that axe easily. I'd just use wedges for anything stubborn.

    If you need to do one handed work with your axe you absolutely will appreciate my selection.

    I might go with a thin Rhineland pattern because it's easier to connect cuts when bucking or felling to pop bigger chips with a lighter axe.
     
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    Im another whose never seen it.
    But for speculations sake here's a 2 1/4 lb on a 26" handle that's about what I like for things of a camping nature in a work to weight ratio. Great light felling and firewood getter, and I'm pretty good with a boy axe one handed.
    I like and use double bits a lot, but in this case I'd want ax axe with a poll.

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    I only watched the first season, so I'll base my answer around the assumption that I'll be in the same area at the same time and under the same rules.

    I would go for a slightly larger axe, specifically a 3-3.5 lb Dayton or Michigan pattern. Once I got my camp location set it would be a lot easier to get bigger work done with a full size axe. I think it was Lucas who had a full size Jersey and a larger crosscut saw. He was able to get a ton of work done with that combo.

    I don't own this one anymore, but this Kelly Michigan hafted on a 30" handle would be what I would look to put together for the show, although I prefer the Dayton pattern slightly more. IMG_1143.jpg
     
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    That's a nice one! @Brown85 , did you make the handle?
     
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    Thanks! No, I didn't make the handle, It was a club from House that I shaved down. It actually came to me octagonal and I had to remove so much material it was smooth by the end lol. With the time spent I may as well have made my own.
     
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    I would bring my hand-forged 8th Century Viking Battle Axe (repro), of course!
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    Well, maybe not.:D I'd probably bring something a little more practical like my G-B Scandinavian Forest Axe. Weight is the main issue. A larger Axe would be nice, but having to haul it around would be a drag. Hence, my choice of the G-B Scan. Forest Axe.

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