How to Use an Axe

Get basic axemanship advice and learn how to properly use one of the most useful survival tools available.



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Always clear debris from under your feet and around the area of your swing before beginning work with an axe.
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Axe Diagram
Learn the basic parts of an axe.
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Learning to safely split both small and large pieces of wood is a vital skill for axemanship. 
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Never leave an axe sticking in a stump or log, as it could easily cause someone to trip and fall over it.
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Axe Hang Dimensions
See the preferred hang for a full-sized pole axe versus a pulpwood axe.
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Axe Heights
This diagram shows the proper height for pulpwood, cruiser, full-sized pole, and full-sized double-bit axes.
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Falling and Full Peeling Axe Blades
The shape of a full peeling axe blade versus a falling axe blade.
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Hoosier and Ohio Axe Blades
 The shape of a Hoosier axe blade versus an Ohio axe blade.
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