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Payette National Forest, ID. The American Felling Axe making its first public appearance on our adventure to Idaho. Photo by Nate Bressler
South Orange, NJ. Putting a fresh coat of paint on the oldest tool known to humankind. The first 11 Best Made axes roll out in April 2009.
North Ontario, Canada. Basking in the glow of our first photo shoot.
368 Broadway, NY. Our original Manhattan-based workshop, and creative refuge.
368 Broadway, NY. Small “sounding” axes are used to test new patterns before final execution of larger axes.
368 Broadway, NY. Since our first axe restoration workshop (pictured here) we’ve hosted workshops around the world.
368 Broadway, NY. On the set of a short film celebrating the release of our American Felling Axe.
368 Broadway, NY. The first edition of our American Felling Axe. C.C.G.F stands for our “famous four virtues”: courage, compassion, grace, & fortitude.
Lumberland, NY. Looking into the eye of our American Felling Axe as the chips fly. Photo by Nate Bressler
The White Mountains, NH. Our Felling Axe is in the good hands of Chris Garby, volunteer trail-worker and axe restorer. Photo by Ports Bishop
Los Angeles, CA. Our axes have been exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, The Saatchi Gallery, The Museum of Arts and Design, and The RISD Museum.
368 Broadway, NY. A special commission for the rock band The Black Keys.
Lake Waccamaw, NC. A punch die marks the genesis of a new Best Made Axe.
Lake Waccamaw, NC. Patiently waiting for handles.
368 Broadway, NY. On the set of the first photo shoot for our Hudson Bay Axe.
368 Broadway, NY. The Best Made Gear Bag and our Hudson Bay Axe make for fine travel companions.
Wrangell St. Elias National Park, AK. The American Felling Axe, and our Heavy Waxed Cruiser Jacket hang proudly at a remote cabin on the Chitna River, Alaska.
Lumberland, NY. Safely stowed in our new duck canvas carry case, our Hudson Bay makes for an indispensable campfire sidekick.
Patagonia, Argentina: On our first South American adventure, Chef Francis Mallmann uses his Hudson Bay to carve up a lamb asado. Photo by Nate Bressler
Frank Church Wilderness, ID. Our Felling Axe rides high with seasoned packer Dano Hendrickson.
36 White Street, New York. The “Axe Rack” at our shop in lower Manhattan.
Frank Church Wilderness, ID. The inimitable Idaho camp cook, C.W. “Butch” Welch exits stage right, leaving our Chalis axe front and center. Photo by Nate Bressler
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Making the Best Made Co. Axe

Five years ago an axe was my catalyst for starting a new company with a singular mission: to get people to the campfire. I painted that first axe handle because the tool itself was in neglect, and it needed a fresh coat of paint. No one was making a worthy American axe, so I partnered with the oldest axe maker in the USA to offer a brand new axe of unrivaled quality and origin. And when customers came to us with their father's old rusted axes - and next to no reason to buy one of ours - we taught them how to restore an axe.

Since the beginning of Best Made Co. we have developed clothing, bags, knives, badges, and superior quality gear - all aimed at getting you to the campfire - but the axe firmly remains our perch. Before we embark on new projects for 2015, we wanted to leave you with a brief glimpse back to the first five years of the axe, and how we made it the best.

- Peter Buchanan-Smith, Founder

Thanks to Peter Dudley (the master), Adam Gralewski & Bjron Copeland, and to all the staff (past and present) who have worked so hard to make the Best Made Axe the best made axe.

The Best Made Axe

Designed from the ground up in New York City by Best Made Company, tested the world over. It is drop forged in the United States from an American-made 5160 alloy steel that is hardened to a Rockwell hardness of 54-56 HRC.