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.


  • Designed by Best Made Company
  • 4lb Dayton head
  • Best Made Axe Manual
  • Embroidered badge
  • 35”h x 7.5”w x 1.5”d


  • 5160 American alloy steel
  • 35" fine grain Appalachian hickory
  • Bridle leather sheath
  • Hand-made wood crate*


We guarantee your axe to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for the life of your product, but our policy can not accommodate purchases that have been abused, misused, or altered. Best Made offers educational content, care reminders, and workshops to prepare you to properly maintain your tools for a lifetime of best use. Where needed, Best Made will repair your axe. We ask that you complete the Best Made registration card to ensure a record of your axe.
Best Made Offers two sizes of axes, the 4lb American Felling Axe and the 2lb Hudson Bay Axe [Link]. 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.


  • Made in the USA
Measure Twice, Cut Once: The American Felling Axe

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.