I believe it’s important for any Nature traveler to have a fine blade and axe, and tools to build a shelter and start a fire without aid of modern technology. For me, as far as a felling axe goes, it doesn’t get any better than Hults Bruk. They know their axes, and they understand the importance of quality tools to provide one with the optimum chance of survival.
The Atran Felling Axe by Hults Bruk is a fine, large felling axe, which comes sharp and ready for taking down whole trees. Once you get the hang of the swing and the angle, you can have a might large tree down in thirty to sixty minutes. When you’re out in the thick of the wilderness, this can mean the difference between life and death. The Atran is a finely crafted axe, with a heavy forged steel wedge attached at the head to a carved raw wood shaft. An axe may sound simple, as it’s a long wood handle and a steel head, but the intricacy and care taken to create an axe of this quality is something that is certainly not simple, and is perhaps becoming a lost art. I found the Atran axe to be a wonderful, heavy and high quality felling axe. The steel wedge comes sharp and should last a lifetime with proper care. For my money, it doesn’t get any better.
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Article written & Photos by Brandon Scott