Made in the United States, the Vi Ax comes from one solid slab of 5/16” 1075 steel with a black traction coating. A change from their traditional 1095 steel has provided better impact resistance with ‘only slightly less edge retention,’ which in short has made this axe more capable of withstanding impact with a minimal affect to the blade’s edge. The overall length of the Vi Ax measures 15.25”, which I felt was the perfect size to wield. The weight of the axe at 39 oz (44.6 oz with sheath on) feels really nice when swung, and when I tested her on some firewood, the Vi Ax felt balanced and came down with ease, cutting the firewood without issue.
The handle is made of grippy Black Linen Micarta, which adds a nice finished look to the axe, while providing the user with proper control. The Vi Ax comes straight from TOPS with a high quality black leather sheath, which fits beautifully, and looks, feels and smells amazing. After working with the Vi Ax, I have to lend my compliments to the chef, because it’s a superior axe, with a lot of aesthetic value, and a whole lot more practical value. Whether simply camping, or packing for the end of the world, the Vi Ax by TOPS is one of a kind, and is built to last, through the worst that nature can give through to world’s end.
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Article written & Photos by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen