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The American Felling Axe

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Fine grain Appalachian hickory handle.

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35”h x 7.5”w x 1.5”d.

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4lb Dayton head of 5160 American alloy steel.

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The Best Made mark (BMC) is forged into the butt of the axe head.

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The American Felling Axe

Designed from the ground up in New York City, tested the world over. The American Felling Axe has a 4lb Dayton pattern head, perhaps one of the most iconic American axe head designs, which is drop forged in the United States from 5160 alloy steel.

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Designed from the ground up in New York City, tested the world over. The American Felling Axe has a 4lb Dayton pattern head, perhaps one of the most iconic American axe head designs, which is drop forged in the United States from 5160 alloy steel.

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Designed from the ground up in New York City by Best Made Company, tested the world over. The American Felling Axe has a 4lb Dayton pattern head, perhaps one of the most iconic American axe head designs, which 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.

The Best Made mark (BMC) is forged into the butt of the axe head. A distinguishing trait of our axe head is its slim profile which — relative to many other contemporary felling axes — makes for improved cutting and chip throwing. The handle of the American Felling Axe is a straight-grain, premium hickory that originates in Appalachia. We designed the handle to provide maximum efficiency, comfort, and safety. We go to great lengths to source an unrivaled wood grain. Every axe is emblazoned with our trademark logo on the handle, and a removable American Felling Axe sticker on the head.

Please see our “Notes” to help determine which axe is right for you. All Best Made Axes are guaranteed and come with a numbered 24 page axe manual, a bridle leather blade guard, and an embroidered badge. Our premium painted axes come securely packed in wood wool in a hand-made wooden crate, which is boxed in crush proof corrugated cardboard. We ship our axes all over the world.

Specs
  • Designed by Best Made Company
  • 4lb Dayton head
  • Best Made Axe Manual
  • Embroidered badge
  • 35”h x 7.5”w x 1.5”d
Materials
  • 5160 American alloy steel
  • 35" fine grain Appalachian hickory
  • Bridle leather sheath
  • Hand-made wood crate*
Origin
  • Made in the USA
Notes

Best Made Offers two sizes of axes, the 4lb American Felling Axe and the 2lb Hudson Bay Axe. When deciding which one is right for you, first determine how and where the axe will be used. Our 4lb Felling Axe is perfect for the farm or homestead. It excels at general chopping, bucking, and splitting. This is an axe for larger wood. The smaller Hudson bay is more suitable for camping. Its size makes it a perfect fit for the pack or canoe, and its lighter weight allows for swift brush clearing, limbing and kindling.

Care
  • Oil the handle of your axe with linseed oil at lease once a day for a week, once a week for a month, and once a month for a year.

  • Before you use your axe, always inspect it thoroughly for any signs of damage or wear. Pay close attention to any looseness between the head and the handle.

  • Make a habit of sharpening your axe before or after every use. Sharp axes are safer and more enjoyable to use.

  • Always practice safe chopping. Use a chopping block when splitting, avoid overstrike, and be mindful of your own safety as well as the safety of others.

  • After using your axe, wipe away any moisture, dirt, or sap that may have accumulated on the head or the handle. Re-apply oil to handle if needed.

  • When not in use, store your axe in a cool dry place, safely away from pets, children, etc.

In the Field

Wrangell St. Elias, Alaska. Fall 2012. Photo by Ports Bishop.

The Axe Shop, Maryland. Spring 2016. Photo by Christina Holmes.

Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Spring 2014. Photo by Christina Holmes.

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We design and manufacture our products with the timeless adage "Measure Twice, Cut Once" in mind because we believe true quality can only stem from an inordinate attention to detail. Discover some of the details that constitute the American Felling Axe in this short video.