When it comes to picking the right survival gear, there are thousands of options for all the tools you can find. And they're never very cheap, especially ones of high caliber, so sometimes it's the smart thing to combine the various uses you need into one or several tools less.
Most survival tools, knives or other, have one main use but many other “bonus” uses. They're nearly all multi-use. So that doesn't narrow it down. You'll want to find something not only with the right uses, but with effectiveness and durability so you can survive with little struggle or tool failure.
That just adds to the research and thinking you need to do, not making this perfect tool search very easy. Luckily for you, people I'm here to do this research all the time and am happy to share the results, so you can instantly know what you should get.
And many expert preppers recommend this tool: “The Apocalaxe”. A survival with many other uses, it's the ultimate tool. Despite it's name, it's also useful long before the apocalypse.
Here's all you need to know about the ultimate tool The Apocalaxe, thanks to Survival Cache.
The domestic chores the ApocalAxe can handle need little introduction, but the survival elements of the ApocalAxe cannot be underestimated.
On the domestic side, the blade is both a hatchet and a knife. An Ulu knife to be more specific. With a gripping surface above the blade edge, it is a direct and complete transfer of precise force from the hand to the cutting surface. Traditional knives have the blade leveraged from a distance, but the Ulu is more like brass knuckles.
As a hatchet, the ApocalAxe behaves itself quite well. The head weight of the ApocalAxe is low compared to axes with edge lengths this side.
Well, actually, I don’t have a traditional axe let alone hatchet that has an edge anywhere near this size. In fact the only edge close to this is the Timahawk, another tool with tremendous survival leanings. Even my 35” Gransfors Bruks Felling Axe has a blade a full inch shorter than the ApocalAxe.
On the far end of the main blade is a smaller blade in the form of a guthook/seatbelt cutter. Due to the placement of the grip handle forged into the main blade area, this gives great purchase and tremendous leverage when using the gut hook. The grip also provides the same advantage but in the opposite direction when applied to the main blade.
A hammerhead is found opposite the main blade. It is smaller than a traditional framing hammer face. In fact, one would have to drop down to something in the 12 ounce claw hammer range before finding a similar hammerhead size.
Notably, the head is also quite smooth, and could use some texture if pounding nails is a major use of the ApocalAxe. But for general pounding, breeching, and occasional self defense, the hammer head works quite well as-is. Another feature of the hammerhead is as handguard keeping a secure fist on the forward grip.
The southern end of the ApocalAxe features a lightly tapered prybar edge, a bottle opener, and a lanyard hole. In between the main edge and the pry bar is a rubberized grip almost five inches long. And hidden under the grip are a series of holes that will make excellent paracord anchor points should the apocalypse outlast the rubber-covered handle.
This would be a good time to address the overbuilt and uber functional sheath. Similar to many full-cover axe sheaths, the ApocalAxe cover is a full leather, fully stitched complete cover with no less than eight steel rivets.
Belt slots outfit the back of the sheath along with a single D-ring to use in a dangling configuration. But the real advantage is that with the blade cover on, full access to the hammer head and pry bar features are accessible and encouraged. A fold-over flap with a single snap secures the cover.
In the field, the ApocalAxe chops very well. Not quite a dedicated axe, but plenty good enough. In fact, for general chopping chores, the ApocalAxe could easily be a go-to hatchet, no questions asked.
Even though the blade is on the larger side, it chops like a smaller edge in average sized workpieces. If you put the entire blade to work such as on a larger diameter branch or trunk, you would quickly hit the end of the leverage of this tool. But again, these are not intended functions of the ApocalAxe.
Impressive, right? And those are just the major functions! For more survival gear info and reviews, check out Survival Cache.
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