5 pointers to
choosing an axe

Five golden rules for choosing
the right OCHSENKOPF axe.

What you should consider

1

Size does matter

The choice also of course depends on the user’s physical size and condition. Thus, for instance, a well-built, strong user will be far more at home with a heavy axe and long handle than someone who is smaller.

2

Specialists are better

A universal axe can be used for felling, de-branching and wood splitting. If an axe is solely for splitting work, then preference should be given to the splitting axe over the universal axe on account of its wedge-shaped head geometry.

3

A heavy head helps

A handle protective sleeve not only protects the handle. Head heaviness of the tool is also heightened by the extra 300 g weight. That is why the lighter SPALT-FIX® axe with a 1250 g head weight has a greater penetrating power than a comparable axe head without a handle protective sleeve.

4

Driving in wedges

For driving in wedges (only plastic or aluminium ones for safety reasons - no steel wedges), the most suitable tool is the 3 kg BIG OX® splitting hammer. This is very much done to its large striking surface head and the protective sleeve protecting the wooden handle below the head from damage when striking is not always true.

5

Problems with branches

As wood permeated by branch roots is extremely difficult to split, the best thing here is to use a heavy splitting axe or a splitting hammer.