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Swiss Military Surplus Small Swiss Axe 15-1/2" Overall, 1.6 Pound Head

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Part Number: XTSSA
Manufacturer: Xtra
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Description
XTSSA: Small Swiss Axe
Swiss Military Surplus
 
If you can handle the weight, an axe is one of those tools you'd trade many others for in a survival situation. It can perform all the duties of a good saw, large fixed blade, and a small survival knife. If sharpened correctly it can also feather a stick and create some extremely fine kindling. This is one of those axes that can do all this and more. The 13" hardwood ash handle has a straight profile and the 3.5" blade axe head is superbly attached - that sucker isn't going anywhere. Swiss made, so you know the stainless steel will perform as well as any for both edge retention and corrosion resistance. It has an extremely nice feeling whether you're holding an inch away from the head or an inch away from the butt end - it's just very well balanced. Of course it's got a hammer pommel on the other side of the axe for banging in tent pegs and the entire package weighs 2.25 pounds without a sheath. 
Specifications
  • Blade Edge: 3.5" (8.9 cm)
  • Overall Length: 15.5" (39.4 cm)
  • Handle Length: 13" (33.0 cm)
  • Handle: Hardwood Ash
  • Weight: 2 lbs 4.1 oz. (1023 g)
  • Made in Switzerland
Wood Handles
Wood Handles
Provides a traditional, natural look and feel to a modern tool. Wood absorbs shock well and is popular in axe handles.
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Darnolddawg
Metro Louisville, KY
May 26, 2014
Pros: Head Material, Balance, Construction, Weight, Handle Material, None
Cons: Weight
Swiss craftsmanship
A substantial, well made axe - typical Swiss craftsmanship. Probably a bit heavy for ultralight backpacking, but substantial enough for any camping or yard clean up chore. Would like to have a sheath for it, however.
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Darnolddawg
Metro Louisville, KY
May 07, 2014
Pros: Head Material, Balance, Construction, Weight, Handle Material, None
Cons: Weight
A substantial axe -
If you are into ultralight backpacking, this is not the axe for you; mine weighs just under 22 ounces. The good news is that if you want a small but substantial axe that you can depend on to fell small trees, split kindling, clear brush, and to drive tent pegs, this is the ticket. Obviously built to military specification for hard use, it is what I would expect from a Swiss made product. No frills, not fancy, just a handy tool that will stand up to hard use. One caveat - my axe was not particularly sharp on arrival, but a little touch up with a Work Sharp belt knife sharpener, it performed well and held an edge well. I like that the axe head is stainless steel - something unusual. Now to find a sheath for the critter!
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