“Axes”- a kit that had been with us for millennia and been our trusted hand to cut, shape and split woods.
For a moment, let’s forget about the axes that we’re using today, and take a broader look at the whole evolution axes had gone through.
We mean, just compare the functions, strengths, parts of two axes from 2019 and 1819. You’ll just realize how we’ve been concerned enough to make this tiny tool more effective, impactful and long-lasting.
Long story short- you can do way more stuff with an axe that a random user from the 1800’s would do.
That brings us to an obvious responsibility of learning the parts on an axe and types of axes at the first place. And this article is going to guide you through the whole way.
Hop on the wagon, and let’s start-
- 1 11 Obvious Parts of An Ideal Axe
- 2 6 Type of Axes Used In Woodworking
- 3 Wrap Up
11 Obvious Parts of An Ideal Axe
Well, there’s nothing called an ‘Ideal’ axe, right? Yeah, indeed.
As different types of axes are available in there, everything starting from the head to toe differs in style and strength. But for now, we’ve done a generalized list of parts of an axe. Have a look-
- Axe Eye
- Blade/Bit/Cutting Edge
- Toe and Heel
- Cheek/Axe Side
- Axe Handle
- The body of the Handle
- The Throat of the Handle
- Back of Handle
- End Knob
That being said, each of these parts have their own roles to play. But the #1 task of all these parts is to let you operate with minimum effort and maximum output.
Want to check out where each of these parts are located? Here is the complete illustration-
Parts of An Axe (Illustrated)
Now, it’s time to have a look at what role each of these parts plays. Keep in mind that, all of these roles combinedly let you do what you can do with a full-form axe.
6 Type of Axes Used In Woodworking
Some common questions to be confused about are- what kind of axe is the best for splitting wood? or What kind of axe is best for camping?
When you’re new to axes, these sort of questions are pretty common to popup in mind. Don’t worry! we’ve an entire section to talk about different types of axes.
Why Axes Are So Much Diverse?
See, axes are for a number of applications. They used to be used weapons before. And today, they’re mostly for woodworking purposes, survival purposes and for professional carpentry.
As axes are majorly used for woodworking only, we’d showcase the diverse variation of woodworking axes only. Let’s Have a look-
Splitting Axe or Maul axes are used to split wood into small and manageable pieces. The cutting edge is wedge-shaped. For this reason, splitting axe split wood apart without cutting them.
Our Favorite Splitting Axe(with Features)
- Perfect Blade design include low friction coat
- Sharp Edge and comfortable grip
- Proper weight Distribution provides more power
- Lightweight and Unbreakable Handle
Felling axes are unique with the thin edge that they come with.. Those are used to cut wood, chop and fell down a tree. The cutting blade is thin and sharp. the felling axe head has sharp blade that makes the axe more efficient.
Our Favorite Felling Axe(with Features)
Helko Classic Scout – 2.5 Lb Felling Axe Features
- Grade A American Hickory Handle
- Total Weight: 4 lb.Head Weight: 2.5 lb and Length: 28 in.
- Comes with leather sheath
Hatchets are small, lightweight axe designed for use one hand. It is effective for rough cuts and cutting the branches of firewood. Hatchet axe for camping and traveling is quite popular practices.
But sometimes, people get confused and get to ask- Is a hatchet an axe? Well, long story short- a hatchet is a one hand axe.
Our Favorite Hatchet(with Features)
Estwing Special Edition Sportsman’s Axe – 14″ Camping Hatchet Features
- Handle made of steel with comfortable Leather Grip
- Most Durable
- Perfect length and cutting edge for all types of cutting
- Suitable for outdoor uses
An axe that looks like a Hatchet but in a little bit larger size, is called a carpenter’s axe. Like the name suggests, it’s generally used in traditional woodworks. The poll of carpenter’s axe is designed for being used as a hammer.
Our Favorite Carpenter’s Axe(with Features)
Husqvarna 576926501 19″ Wooden Carpenter’s Axe Features
- Thin Sharp Blade for perfect cutting
- High-Quality hickory handle
- Designed with maximum control
- Ideal length for camp used
An adze is a perpendicular axe with a sharpen metal piece attached to the handle. Its used for smoothing, sharpening or carving hand wood. Moreover, It is used as a pickaxe as well.
Our Favorite Adze Axe(with Features)
Solidtools Forged Adze Hoe Features
- American hickory handle
- Sharp Blade but not for woodworking
- Suitable for Gardening
A broadaxe is a comperatively larger axe with a wider blade. It has two types. If one side of the broadaxe is flat and other side is beveled then its called single bevel, or chisel-edged axe. On the other hand, if both sides are beveled, it’s called double bevel axe.
Both of these two types of broadaxes are used as weapons and also used for hewing timber and logs.
Our Favorite Broadaxe(with Features)
Vaughan & Bushnell SB2 Broad Hatchet dark blue Features
- Extra large hickory handle
- Beveled cutting edge
- Rust resistance with black colour