We equip customers with high quality products and dependable information they can use and pass down. We empower people to get outside, reconnect with their hands and nature, and in doing so, embark on a life of great adventure.

Where we started

Our company was founded in 2009 by Peter Buchanan-Smith who saw a need for a better axe: an evocative tool that played an indispensable role in his life working on cattle farms and paddling and portaging the lakes of Northern Canada. Peter knew that a well made axe — the oldest and most invaluable tool known to mankind — could not only function as a lifeline in the wilderness, but at home it could be a magnificent window into that wilderness and inspire people to reconnect with their hands, craft, and nature.

Where we started
Where we started (literally), in Peter's garage.
The Axe
The Axe
The first Best Made Adventure, in Payette National Forest, Idaho. Photo by Nate Bressler

A Best Made axe is a tool for survival and productivity and at its heart it's a symbol of many admirable virtues. We paint our axes as a measure of respect for this tool and all that it represents. The tradition of adorning tools is a long and storied one, upon which we are proud to have cast a bold and fresh coat of paint. By Spring 2010 Best Made limited edition axes were featured prominently in an exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery in London and in magazines and newspapers the world over. A year later Best Made partnered with one of America's oldest and most esteemed axe makers, and launched The Best Made American Felling Axe: our first proprietary and unadorned axe design, made for the discriminating consumer, priced and fabricated to compete with the best.

Beyond the axe

In the Fall of 2010, with the axe as our perch, we embarked on a new line of products, which included wearable goods, bags, a first aid kit, and our popular limited edition map series: the foundations were thus laid to a more ambitious and sustainable mission. Working closely with esteemed designers and manufacturers the world over we continue to expand our catalog with the same care and precision that goes into the making of every new product we offer.

Beyond the axe
Fuma puts our American Longbow to the test on the remote island of Yakushima in Japan. Photo by Tetsuya Ito