Updated on 16 October, 2021
Before you buy an axe you are going to want to consider a few important factors that will affect your purchase. These factors include your budget, the type of use you will have for it and the amount of time you plan to use it. Once you know these things you can start shopping around to find the best deal on an axe.
One of the most important factors is to determine how often you will be using your axe. Will you be using it mostly for cutting firewood in your outdoor workshops or maybe you have a large farm where you chop animals? Regardless of what you use your axe for you should factor this into your decision when buying your axe. The more often you plan on cutting wood the more money you will spend so it's important to choose a head that will suit your needs.
The second factor to consider is how heavy is the head you are considering buying. We all know an axe is used to chop wood and this will determine how much you need to spend. You don't want to end up with an axe head that is too light because you will notice that you can't get it up high enough to get to the target. The heavier your axe is the more power it will have so this is why the heavier an axe is generally the better deals you will find. This is especially true if you are looking for an axe that will be used for hunting.
You will also want to consider the kind of wear and tear that the head is going to endure. An axe head should last for many years. However, some heads will last longer than others simply because of the type of material they are made out of. The best woods for an axe are elms and redwoods while the cheapest woods are pine and cedar. If you are not planning on using your axe regularly you might consider a different head.
There are also different sizes when it comes to buying axes. When it comes to the size of the blade there are fours. These include small, medium, large, and extra-large. It is important to consider what you will be using the axe for and if you need to carry it a great deal. If you are only going to use it once or twice a year then a small one should do just fine.
Another factor to consider is whether to buy a fixed or a removable head. A fixed head is one that is held in place by a wooden clamp that extends past the handle. This clamp keeps the head secure until you want to use it.
You can also opt to purchase an axe that has a cord wrap. This way you do not have to worry about worrying about holding onto the axe by your waist. Instead, the cord wrap will do all of the work for you. It wraps around the entire body and the axe hangs from it like a boa constrictor.
One last factor to consider before buying an axe is how heavy it is. Some are easier to lift than others and some are just as easy as kicking. Be sure you choose one that is appropriate for your own height. Choose an axe with a short handle to prevent the shaft from bending. Consider purchasing an axe that fits your hand well so you do not accidentally leave it behind when you are done using it.