CRKT has found a way to couple modernity and tradition with its tactical axe designed by artisan Elmer Roush of Brasstown, North Carolina. The blade design leans on traditional viking weaponry for its inspiration, while the material reflects the modern utility of highly resistant, lightweight carbon steel sealed with a protective magnesium phosphate coating.
Tennessee Hickory, a tried and true material used for tool handles of all kind, is the wood of choice for this axe handle. Tennessee hickory is known for its shock absorbing qualities, straight grain, high density, and strength — so no need to go modern here.
Even more striking than this old-new juxtaposition is the tactical nature of this axe. At just under 2 pounds in weight and 16 inches in length, it won’t wear you down while trudging through the woods on your next backpacking trip. Yet, it’s versatile enough to use at home without any rugged destination in mind. – $100