Is the Ozark trail camp axe any good at all?

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  1. Sinjin

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    I bought this axe really to see how bad it was, but it surprised me. It's by no means a quality piece of gear, however it has its own niche in any outdoorsman's collection. Its a mean splitter, chops pretty well and weighs almost nothing. it would be fine for backpacking, but its best use, in my opinion, is to just leave in the truck. let it sit there and make an appearance when the need arises! for $14.00 its really not such a bad deal.

     
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    Appreciate the review! I added comments in one of the other posts about it. It's certainly getting some mild attention. Provided one is not morally or ethically opposed to copycat products (but this may be a licensed copy....), it's a good beater axe for splitting and chopping.
     
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    Its not quite a carbon copy of the fiskars, those heads are little more versatile, this thing is basically a handled small splitting wedge haha. if they made a whole line of different sizes i would think it was a little ethically wrong, but for now i see it as a cheap somewhat decent axe for beginners and passive bushcrafters. Thanks for watching!
     
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    Just an update, and BIG surprise... It has started rusting, at least that means its carbon steel I guess?
     
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    I had figured 3CR13MoV ... perhaps it is something else, although I have seen 8Cr take rust spots as well.

    Also, I have two of these and they still work great. Excellent choppa's. Great for delimbing fallen trees, or roughly pruning the lower branches of the spruce tree next to my house that is getting too close...

    I chipped my first one hacking into solid red pine fatwood.... oops.
     
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    That makes sense, I’ve seen rust on 8cr too. Mine just has tiny little chips, I’m not too upset with the axe over all!
     
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    My first thought would be how cheap are you/big box xyz willing to go knowing it's intended purpose . I would imagine that knowingly selling a inadequate/unsafe edged striking tool would not be worth the legal hassle to turn a few coins . I'm sure they're trying to fill a niche for ones that might not want/need to invest in a more expensive offering , but still . I'd be interested in hearing more in the future . I wonder who they're sourced from ?
     
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    No clue.. probably whomever makes the Gerber variants of the Fiskars X7... they're all basically copies of/inspired by each other. I can say that the polymer handle of the OT camp hatchet is good, it's solid.. this thing does not feel like it wants to come apart at all.

    Although it has more of a splitting head on it (OK, that's exactly what it is), I was still able to use mine to help carve up a spoon out of white birch last summer. It does well, but is certainly no GB carving axe.

    That being said, for $14, it'd be a great spare hatchet, loaner, or one to leave at the camp site so that there is always one there. Now having said that, it is my primary hatchet simply because I have no other. I don't feel under-equipped with it, but it does feel awkward when I'm used to and prefer using more traditional gear, ya know.. like hatchets and axes with wooden hafts.
     
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    I’m sure the axe is safe, I beat it pretty good, and it has a couple small chips in the blade, so the steel is soft. But the structural soundness of the axe is pretty stable. I’m gonna do some more beating on it soon and I’ll get back to you if you’re interested.
     
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    It's more of a curiosity to me . But I'm very interested in this thread . Someone might need a similar tool and I'd like to know if this is a viable option .
     
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    If its for occasional use, and just splitting kindling for fires and the like, I would say its viable. I wouldn't use it to carve, chop down trees, or stake my life on it in any way.
     
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    That's more or less the type of stuff I was questioning . I've seen them and couldn't even justify the <$20 price tag . I think i saw them with the green markings like the Gerber branded tools as well as the Fiskars orange ?
     
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    Yeah green is gerber and orange is fiskars, generally. And or the price you could easily get a vintage axe head and hickory handle that would be much more versatile.
     
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    Exactly , I have vintage axes I don't have $14 into . Even used hard they were a better investment . My Permabond plumb only cost $7 and my half hatchet plumb $2 plus $4 for the Ace hardware handle .
     
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    Exactly. Unfortunately not everyone has the enthusiasm to hang their own axe. Another, albeit less merited, niche that this axe fills.
     
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    Once again Sir , correct .
     
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    @Sinjin that's my camp axe of choice good braw! And it does great, I can get ya some demo picks if ya like it's going out tonight to complete intermediate bushclass
     
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    Awesome! Yeah man, post some pics! I look forward to it!
     
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    I have the Fiskars version of this hatchet and really like it, as well as the smaller Gerber hatchet and full size Gerber axe. Im planning on making a PVC mask for the hatchet when I have some time. The hollow handle is a great spot for small psk type items.

    I have a lighter, tinder, LED light, and a trick birthday candle in a Ziploc bag inside the handle of my hatchet. I then wrapped duct tape and quite a bit of paracord on the handle. Didn't really change the weight much, but gives a few options if I were stuck out overnight with it. This hatchet carries really well on my Finn gas mask bag.

    I'll always love my more traditional Kelly axe, but these are great tools for someone who just wants to grab a cutting tool and use it. My full-size axe has been mounted on the roll cage of my utv for 7 years and has proven to be invaluable many times over with almost no maintenance.
     
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    There is either corners cut in the ozark. Or price gouging in gerber and fiskar. What corners and how bad is the question. Like you said a back up in the truck. Im swinging the gerber equivalent. As a General firewood getter it's all I need. Small Cedar and maple won't challenge any but the worst axe.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Maybe I just got a good one.. but it holds an edge as good as any Gerber or fiskars axe.. 1523117257314162735958.jpg
     
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    Heck I even took my sheath off my Gerber and put it on my OT 1523118087579-1142041188.jpg
     
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    Makes feather sticks pritty well!
     
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    I was having a hard time getting fine shavings with mine, it was biting very deeply, which either means I just needed to practice with it more, or the grinds vary from axe to axe. I got fine shavings with the axe I compared it to
     
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    I found if you take the paint off the edge before using it, and hit it lightly with a stone the edge one these jokers is pretty mean!
    Afew of my braws got them too!
     
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    That makes sense, I will give this hatchet another try.... Though I'm not sure anything can replace my Gransfors Bruks... haha
     
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    I got one from the Easter bunny. I was told he purchased it on sale for $7 . For 7 bucks (free to me!) I can't complain!!
     
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    That’s a great deal!
     
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    It's hard to beat a functional tool that is cheap enough to sacrifice if the need arises. I need to add one to my car kit.
     
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    It’s a good spot to keep it! That and a little bow saw and you’re all set!
     
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    1524176144805890793794.jpg Still goin strong! I'll let y'all know how it fairs after my 5 one stick fires
     
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    I've been using mine rather regularly, and a TON last summer/fall, so going into year two and so far so good. Good chopper, good splitter, fair carver.
     
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    Mine is still in my truck hah. But I did use it a whole bunch on a recent sporadic camping trip, and I was again very impressed by it. I definitely have no regrets about buying it!
     
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    One could do a lot worse for $15. That's for sure...
     

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