Best Survival Axe Review – This Ain’t Your Pa’s Rusty Hatchet
Do you need to hack, slash, pull, pry, saw, pierce, or pound your way to safety?
This Survival Axe multi-tool is large enough to do some serious damage if needed, but compact enough to fit into the glove box of your vehicle or your bug out bag.
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Recently, the fine folks at Off Grid Tools reached out to me to see if I wanted to take a closer look at their “Survival Axe Multi Tool.“
As always, I have to be honest with you…
Not being familiar with the company, when I saw the name “Survival Axe” my immediate reaction was one of hesitation.
One, I haven’t done any axe reviews like this before.
And two, one thing I’ve found is that run-of the-mill multi-tools often stack on the features just to inflate the perceived value (and cost) without really increasing true practical utility.
So combine those reasons, and then throw an axe head onto the end of a multi-tool and I’m understandably a bit cautious.
I won’t keep you in suspense.
After spending some time with the Off Grid Tools Survival Axe, I’m pleased to say this tool — designed in the ol’ USofA — is legit.
What you see pictured below is, in my opinion, a well thought-out and well designed, highly durable Survival Axe.
It’s not just a Survival Axe, either!
Here’s the breakdown of all you get…
Multiple Functions Built In
There are an additional 30 useful functions built near seamlessly into the tool’s axehead and handle.
Useful tools such as:
- Heat treated and resharpenable survival axe head
- Multiple hex sockets – 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 10mm, 11mm, 13mm, 15mm
- Backend hex socket accepts any ¼” bit
- Wire twist
- Recessed nail puller
- Pry bar
- Box cutter
- Can opener
- Demolition grip teeth
- Hammer head
- Hammer claw
- Spanner wrench for hose couplings
- Gas valve shut-off wrench
- Bottle opener
- Rust-inhibiting black oxide coated, hardened stainless steel tang
- Non-slip rubberized grip
- Ergonomic durable 30% glass filled nylon handles
- Seat belt cutter with replaceable blade
- Lanyard pass-through
- Hardened steel glass breaker
- Turning knob for folding blade
- 6” saw blade will cut metal, etc.
- Upper and lower finger guards for added safety and secure grip
How Much Does a Survival Axe Cost?
As with any serious tool, you get what you pay for.
The one featured in this review is OGT’s more basic model. And at the time of writing this review, you can get one for less than $40.
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It’s made of hardened 420 grade stainless steel tang that extends down through the handle almost to the end for added durability and support.
So how much does this thing weigh? How big is it?
Here are the specs…
It weighs in at just under 1.5 lbs / .68 kg and has a very good feel when handling and swinging. Not too light that you feel like the axe head will snap and fly off (not gonna happen), yet not too heavy that it becomes a burden to pack or carry over distances.
To give you an idea of scale, the Off Grid Tools Survival Axe measures at just over 11.5” (29.5 cm) with a head width of under 5” (12.45 cm).
The handle width is a comfortable 2.2” (5.6 cm).
Here are some of my general observations for your consideration if you’re thinking about getting one of these.
In survival or emergency situations, everything has a trade off.
Generally, I look at practicality, functionality, size and weight.
If a tool or piece of equipment is heavy or bulky, yet does not satisfy multiple uses, I’m going to keep looking for lighter, more compact alternatives.
The Off Grid Tools Survival Axe manages to check off all the boxes of what makes for a great multi-tool of this type.
The axe I received doesn’t appear to come sharpened or maybe it’s just powder-coated over, but that’s an easy fix for anyone versed with a file.
Personally, I think a nice sharpened edge would enhance the overall appearance and utility of the tool for chopping through dense material such as hardwoods. If this is important to you right out of the box, here is an upgraded “Elite” version that comes complete with a sharpened edge.
The 6” saw blade is a nice touch. In doing some research for this review I saw there was issue with the previous locking mechanism, but they quickly remedied that with a new and improved lock on the blade.
This is a really good sign of a company that cares about its customers and the product they produce — making sure it is safe and functional, sacrificing profit to do what is right.
This one seems better, although I’d love for there to be an even better one.
I am in communication with Off Grid Tools about an idea I had to make the blade even more secure when in use and when stored in the handle, but not sure if it would be feasible to produce and keep the cost the same. If there is an update, I’ll post it here for you to see and let you know.
How does it “feel?”
I like the overall size and weight in my hand, but the handle is definitely not as ergonomic with the blade gap/opening where it is.
That said, a work glove makes for a much more comfortable and secure grip, especially for someone like me who doesn’t have very beefy hands. I think this goes without saying, but it’s always a good idea to wear protective hand covering when using a tool such as this anyway.
I see in some reviews their axe didn’t come with a sheath. I think these were earlier models and they have since added the sheath. Good move on their part.
I think the included sheath, although not as durable as some other materials available is a nice addition and adds to the safety of it. If you strap this to your pack, you don’t need to worry about a naked blade causing harm or cutting into your bag.
I’ve also made the suggestion to etch or stamp the function/label into the metal adjacent to the feature. Especially when you’re just getting used to the tool and trying out the different features, this could be a nice addition.
For now, I do think the illustrated guide on the packaging is sufficient for getting your bearings on all the different uses. Having them on the tool would just be a bonus.
I see myself packing this Survival Axe in urban situations and definitely in my vehicles. I will most likely pick one up for my wife’s vehicle as well. For wilderness scenarios, I’d probably opt for a true camping axe or hatchet given it’s primary purpose is for chopping wood, whereas this tool tries to satisfy multiple uses suitable for an urban setting.
Overall, I think the Off Grid Tools Survival Axe is a good multi-use tool for the price. I could see it being useful also as a camping hatchet and for general jobs around the house. Like I said earlier, I’m going to keep it in my car.
Now is the best camping axe or survival axe available?
Not completely sure on that one. But for me, this is the best Survival Axe Multi Tool combination I’ve seen so far.
It’s definitely worth checking out.