Husqvarna has a wooden and composite forest axe. They are also called multipurpose axe. People often get confused which on should buy and why Husqvarna? Because there are a lot of brands out there. Fiskars, Estwing, Gransfors Bruk and many more.
Of course! All the brands are good. But I like the Husqvarna. Obviously a few reasons behind that.
In this forest axe review article, I have discussed the Husqvarna wooden and composite multipurpose forest axe with pros and cons. I hope It will help you to decide that it is worthy for you or not.
Before dive into;
Let’s have a quick difference between Husqvarna wooden and composite(A1400)multipurpose axe –
Husqvarna Wooden Multipurpose Axe Review
Perfect Length and Lightweight
The handle length is 26 inch which is perfect for a well-balanced and powerful swing. This 26-inch length is enough suitable for taller and small users. They can handle this axe without facing any problem.
The weight of this forest axe is 2.1 pounds. Yes! It is a very lightweight axe. So you can handle this axe with one hand comfortably and also can do strike horizontally and vertically.
Though the cause of the lightweight(less than 1 kg), you have to swing the axe with extra forces for the heavy-duty job.
This Husqvarna forest axe comes with a hickory handle. If I tell more about the material of the axe handle that should be a waste of words. Because this is enough for the handle.
The handle is not varnished and the end knob of the handle is a little bit curvy that helps you to get a good grip, even if your hands are wet from sweating.
You can also coat the handle with linseed oil to protect the handle but it makes the handle slippery.
Handmade Forged Metal Axe
This is the hand-forged axe. The axe head is made of strong steel that contains a high amount of carbon. The high carbon atoms help the axe stay sharp, prevent the blade from rusting and make the axe durable.
Husqvarna also provides a leather sheath to cover the sharp blade. But I didn’t like it. You can pick Husqvarna 26 in. axe sheath for this axe.
The length of the blade and cutting edge are 6.5 inches (16.5 cm) and 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) accordingly. Moreover, the axe has a curved bit. All the features make this traditional axe super-efficient.
Multi Pieces Axe
People often forget to consider this feature before buying an axe. You must have considered that the axe is a solid piece or multi pieces.
This is a multi pieces axe that means the axe head can separate from the handle.
The main advantage of this feature is you can replace the handle if it breaks somehow. Though the handle is strong enough to break.
It has a disadvantage too. The handle can be loose. Considering that Husqvarna drives a round steel wedge in wood on the axe head to securing fastening.
You may forget that it is a multi-purpose axe. This axe can be used for a different type of work. Even the back of the axe head can use as a maul.
This axe best for doing kindling, chopping, hewing, limbing, felling, wedging, light splitting, survival training and also suitable for camping.
The blade is sharp enough to cut wood in a clean line. Because of the lightweight, it is not perfect for splitting a larger log. The splitting job can be tedious if you use this axe but light splitting will be okay.
- Made of handmade forged steelhead.
- Comfortable grip.
- Price and quality ratio is good.
- Blade sharp and thin enough that it doesn’t stuck into wood.
- The handle and the head fasten perfectly.
- The sheath is not good enough.
- Not perfect for serious splitting tasks.
Husqvarna A1400 Composite Multi-Purpose Axe Review
The Length and Weight
This Husqvarna A1400 axe is 23 inches long. The weight of the axe is 4 pounds. This axe is heavier than Husqvarna wooden axe. The heavyweight allows you do splitting tasks more comfortably than a previous wooden axe.
The perfect length and weight ratio can make possible to handle the axe with both one hand or two hands and also give you extra power while striking. You can even strike this axe vertically and horizontally.
You may already know this A1400 multipurpose axe handle made of fiberglass composite material. Besides Hickory, nowadays fiberglass handle is becoming popular. A couple of reasons behind it. The main reason is easy handling and soft grip.
In the case of the A1400 axe, there are no exceptions happened. It has also a soft rubber grip and curvy end knob that allow you to hold firmly and prevent flying the axe if you swing it with wet hands.
The best part of the handle is-
The fiberglass handle has a shock-absorbing chamber. It prevents the resonance that creates while you strike the axe with extra force.
Stainless Steel Axe Head and Blade
The A1400 is a sturdy stainless steel axe. It is the best choice for people who always worry about water damage or rusting. Also, It will stay sharp the axe for a longer period of time. The weight of the axe head about 65% of the total weight. So you can do any splitting task easily with this axe.
Many brands coated the axe head and claim that it is stainless steel. But Husqvarna always considers customer satisfaction. So, they provide the A1400 multipurpose forest axe with pure sturdy stainless steel. Moreover, it has maul facilities.
Let’s talk about the blade. This length of the blade is 6.57 inches (16.7 cm) and the cutting edge is 3.54 inches (9 cm)which are almost the same in comparison to the blade and cutting edge of the Husqvarna wooden forest axe(Wooden axe has 6.5 in blade and 3.5 in cutting edge).
The blade is curvy and thick which is perfect for splitting and chopping. Also, it comes with a hard plastic sheath that has a carrying and hanging facilities. This plastic cover makes the axe more portable.
Solid Piece Axe
It is a solid piece axe that means the head and handles combined together. You can’t separate them. So, if the handle break, you can’t change the handle. This is only the main drawback of the axe.
But it has advantages too. You don’t need to worry about the being lose the axe head.
Now the main topic that you want to know.
What is the axe best for?
As I have already told you, the multipurpose axe is perfect for the different tasks. So, this Husqvarna A1400 also best for kindling, chopping, felling, camping, limbing, splitting and many different outdoor tasks.
- Rust preventing pure stainless steel axe head.
- Rubber grip and shock absorbing handle.
- Razor-sharp and curve bit blade.
- Portable size and easy to sharpen.
- Hard plastic sheath.
- Too short for different serious felling work.
- Solid piece axe.
Bonus: Husqvarna A2400 Composite Multipurpose Axe
A1400 and A2400 are almost similar. You have already know the features and specifications of the A1400 axe in the Husqvarna forest axe review section. Now I will tell the key differences between the two axes.
A2400 is longer and heavier than A1400. A2400 is 27 inches long and the weight is 5.5 pounds. Also, the length of the cutting edge and blade is longer than the Husqvarna A1400 multipurpose axe.
If you find a longer composite axe or if you are a taller person, then you should pick A2400 instead of A1400.
Husqvarna Wooden Axe Vs. Composite Axe: Which Should Buy?
You are still reading means you didn’t take your decision that which axe should buy.
Don’t worry! Let me help.
If you need a good axe for heavy splitting wood, instead of other different types of work, then you should buy Husqvarna composite axe.
On the other hand, if you don’t have any serious splitting task, then you should buy a Husqvarna wooden axe.
It will be a great pleasure if the article helps you. In this Husqvarna forest axe review article, I have tried to discuss ins and out.
Now the decision is yours. Your perfect pick makes your job easy. I hope you take the perfect decision to pick the perfect axe for you.