Equipped To Survive Equipped To Survive® Presents
The Survival Forum
Where do you want to go on ETS?

Topic Options
#301063 - 06/02/22 10:29 PM Ever Damage an Estwing tool
hikermor Offline
Geezer in Chief
Geezer

Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7702
Loc: southern Cal
Since I was a kid, it seems there has always been an Estwing hatchet available. I currently have two, one of which I have had for decades. One piece steel, they are tough and durable. Recently I also acquired a 4" Bowie knife, also quite durable and a 26" Camper's axe, also probably very durable.

These tools, and others in their product line, seem to be made to last forever. Has anyone had contrary experience with this line?
_________________________
Geezer in Chief

Top
#301065 - 06/03/22 12:58 AM Re: Ever Damage an Estwing tool [Re: hikermor]
KenK Offline
"Be Prepared"
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 06/26/04
Posts: 2196
Loc: NE Wisconsin
Nope.

Great products made in Rockford, Illinois!

Top
#301066 - 06/03/22 01:27 AM Re: Ever Damage an Estwing tool [Re: hikermor]
dougwalkabout Offline
Crazy Canuck
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 3108
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Yes. It was one of the mid-length camping axes. The hollow handle buckled with disturbing ease trying to tease it out of a cut where it had become bound up. We were not amused (understatement).

I chopped off most of the hollow handle and made my own short handle with an old bicycle tube and hockey tape. It would have cost more to ship it back than to buy a new one.

Not a fan. Don't like the grind, don't trust the construction. Won't buy another one ever.

Top
#301067 - 06/03/22 01:28 PM Re: Ever Damage an Estwing tool [Re: hikermor]
roberttheiii Offline
Enthusiast

Registered: 02/13/09
Posts: 379
Loc: Connecticut, USA
I keep an Estwing Rigger's Axe in my car for times when I need a hammer and for a "better than nothing" axe on camping trips.

Top
#301068 - 06/03/22 01:32 PM Re: Ever Damage an Estwing tool [Re: hikermor]
hikermor Offline
Geezer in Chief
Geezer

Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7702
Loc: southern Cal
Thanks for thee feedback. Very interesting and provacative
My experience has been more positive. After a few decades of use/abuse the leather handle on one of my hatchets was in bad shape. I simply wrapped it in tape and it now works quite well..

My 4" Bowie is solid one piece construction, quite thick (4mm), probably the sturdiest knife I own.

When did you get your camper's axe? I wonder if they might have upgraded the construction after getting reports of failures like yours.....
_________________________
Geezer in Chief

Top
#301069 - 06/03/22 04:29 PM Re: Ever Damage an Estwing tool [Re: dougwalkabout]
KenK Offline
"Be Prepared"
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 06/26/04
Posts: 2196
Loc: NE Wisconsin
Originally Posted By: dougwalkabout
The hollow handle buckled with disturbing ease ...


Are you sure it was an Estwing axe? I have a very old one my father owned when I was a child, and a newer one purchased when my son was in Boy Scouts, and they are both solid steel handles. I didn't think Estwing even made hollow handle axes.

They currently only sell solid handle axes.
https://www.estwing.com/collections/axes-outdoor

Top
#301070 - 06/04/22 12:23 AM Re: Ever Damage an Estwing tool [Re: hikermor]
Phaedrus Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 3056
Loc: Big Sky Country
Mine held up for many years until I ultimately lost it (in a stupid way- traded in an old vehicle to the dealer with the ax still behind the seat, didn't realize for several months). While it did prove durable I didn't really like it. The profile seemed, to me, suboptimal. Too thin to be a good splitter but not a great cutter either. I had a stainless one and I wasn't impressed by the edge retention. Still, a better "ax man" for lack of a better term might have had better luck. I'm more of a saw guy myself. grin
_________________________
“I'd rather have questions that cannot be answered than answers that can't be questioned.” —Richard Feynman

Top
#301071 - 06/04/22 01:39 AM Re: Ever Damage an Estwing tool [Re: hikermor]
Famdoc Offline
Member

Registered: 04/29/09
Posts: 150
Loc: PA
I kept a leather handled Estwing hatchet in the bottom storage compartment of a gas can on top/storage compartment on bottom unit. I also kept chainsaw oil in the compartment, which leaked, and over time seemed to be responsible for completely rotting the leather handle off the ax. Interestingly, the steel of ax rusted noticeably, despite the contact with the oil.

Top
#301074 - 06/10/22 12:19 AM Re: Ever Damage an Estwing tool [Re: KenK]
dougwalkabout Offline
Crazy Canuck
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 3108
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Originally Posted By: KenK
Originally Posted By: dougwalkabout
The hollow handle buckled with disturbing ease ...


Are you sure it was an Estwing axe? I have a very old one my father owned when I was a child, and a newer one purchased when my son was in Boy Scouts, and they are both solid steel handles. I didn't think Estwing even made hollow handle axes.

They currently only sell solid handle axes.
https://www.estwing.com/collections/axes-outdoor

Yes, it's an Estwing. The longer handled "campers axes" have a partial steel shaft coupled to a hollow steel lower handle that forms the grip.

Top
#301085 - 06/23/22 02:39 AM Re: Ever Damage an Estwing tool [Re: hikermor]
dougwalkabout Offline
Crazy Canuck
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 3108
Loc: Alberta, Canada
In fairness, I should note that the steel shaft and head were undamaged, which is why I adapted it into an overgrown hatchet. Even though I'm grumpy about it, this was not a total fail -- from a survival point of view, the tool was still usable.

Top



Moderator:  Alan_Romania, Blast, cliff, Hikin_Jim 
August
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1 2 3 4 5 6
7 8 9 10 11 12 13
14 15 16 17 18 19 20
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
28 29 30 31
Who's Online
0 registered (), 104 Guests and 4 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
NicholasMarshall, Yadav, BenFoakes, scandigrinder7, Toboutdoors66
5365 Registered Users
Newest Posts
Prep with pets?
by Bingley
08/14/22 04:50 AM
Predicted food shortages
by Bingley
08/13/22 03:19 AM
We're Moving Back to Texas
by Jeanette_Isabelle
08/11/22 10:14 PM
What do you use for VoIP backup power?
by chaosmagnet
08/11/22 02:28 PM
Bleach
by Acropolis50
08/09/22 05:22 AM
Checking Gear
by Phaedrus
08/04/22 09:21 AM
Customizing Your Medical Kit
by Jeanette_Isabelle
08/02/22 07:16 PM
Any shortages where you are?
by Jeanette_Isabelle
08/02/22 04:28 PM
Newest Images
Tiny knife / wrench
Handmade knives
2"x2" Glass Signal Mirror, Retroreflective Mesh
Trade School Tool Kit
My Pocket Kit
Glossary
Test

WARNING & DISCLAIMER: SELECT AND USE OUTDOORS AND SURVIVAL EQUIPMENT, SUPPLIES AND TECHNIQUES AT YOUR OWN RISK. Information posted on this forum is not reviewed for accuracy and may not be reliable, use at your own risk. Please review the full WARNING & DISCLAIMER about information on this site.