Lumberjack Axe Showdown- Competition Chopping Axes


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Always use the right axe for the job. If we want to power through the wood as fast as we can – getting the right head and shaft type is essential. The main rules in Lumberjack Competitions in regards to axes are as follows:

  • The axe head can weigh up to five pounds.
  • The blade of the axe cannot be longer than 5.75”.
  • The handle needs to be up to 26 inches and can be made of wood, plastic or steel.

Our Favorite Lumberjack Axes:

Husqvarna 26″ Wooden Multi-Purpose Axe

Although this is a multi purpose axe, it performs quite well in lumberjack competitions. It’s simple design and versatile uses makes it perfect for different events, including throwing.

This axe is a bit on the long side with a slightly lighter head than others on the list. However during practice the Husqvarna has proven to be a fun tool.

chopping lumberjack with axe
Lumberjack at Timbersports Event

The Hickory wood handle provides pretty good grip and is very solid feeling. You can really thrash this axe and it will deliver. One downside of this axe is having a smaller head.

With a heavier and bigger 5lb head, a more traditional lumberjack axe will deliver more power, but is harder to handle.

** Check out our #1 choice – the Husqvarna 26″ Axe here

Snow and Nealley 3.5 lbs. Single Bit Axe

The Snow and Nealley 3.5 LB axe is a good example of a great all around axe. This one feels good for beginners and veteran lumberjacks alike. The solid carbon steel head with a nice blade diameter provides great cut through power on heavy swings.

A good axe to have for multiple timber events, this one is commonly used and talked about.

Made in the USA, this axe comes with a nice leather sheath. Hickory handle helps with grip and looks great.

We would recommend this for a medium build, intermediate to advanced competitor who knows how to handle an axe. Since it’s quite long a beginner might find it too hard to learn and get the feel for.

Check out the Snow and Neally 3.5lb here

Woodland PRO Fellers Axe

For the more powerful among us, here is a beast of an axe for heavy power swings. This WoodlandPro Fallers Axe has quite a heavy 5lb head with a wide blade.

Perfect for lumberjacks with a more powerful style of swing. This axe is recommended for the more intermediate and advanced among us. A beginner might find this tool too heavy and hard to wield.

Weather you are performing an underhand or standing block chop – having this bad boy in your arms will slice through that wood in no time.

One of the benefits of having this axe besides its power, is its compactness. Since it is relatively short but heavy and powerful – you can really have some fun at these lumberjack competition events.

Check out the Woodland Pro Axe here

These specific rules are made to be for smaller throwing axes due to their use and it gives them the chance to purchase a higher quantity competition axe for sale.

Let us begin to examine the types of competitive lumberjack axes that are available. There are a few qualities that we should be primarily looking for when deciding on an axe. They should be able to accommodate a few qualities in that we need them to be:

  • Made from a sturdy and strong material so that they can last after numerous chops.
  • Balanced and well kept to increase accuracy as well as make it easier to use.
  • Strong handle that allows us to grip it for better control and power in our swings.
  • Small or Big enough to adhere to the Lumberjack Axe rules and guidelines

How Much are we Willing to Spend?

The price can vary – however try not to go for the cheapest options. You usually get what you pay for in these situations, and broken handles and poor steel materials will hurt you a lot in the long run.

Something like the Husqvarna 26″ (Our number 1 choice) is usually less than $100 depending on the year, but is a great all around axe that will last a while. You can see the current price here on amazon.

For a more pricy, but much better quality in all apects, i would highly recommend taking a look at the Gransfors Bruks Axes selection.

Gransfors is like the Ferrari of Axe makers – all their tools are handcrafted using the best materials. You even get personalized engraved initials on the blade of the axe maker who created your axe from start to finish.

They do have a big range of axes to chose from, but for our heavy swinging lumberjack chopping purposes, the best one to get the job done would be this Scandinavian Forest Axe

Geransfors Bruks Scandinavian Forest Axe
More Details Here

How many do we need?

My rule of thumb is to always have some extras with you.

Pick the one you like and get 2 or 3 to carry around at all times. it’s a good idea to have a backup or two so that you do not have to worry about something going wrong in case one breaks during a practice session or match.

You don’t want to settle for the house axes when you’re already used to your go to chopping axe.

What kind of material would you prefer to use?

With the rules allowing different types of handle materials and different shapes of the axe blade it is important to find something that you prefer over something that everyone else uses. Wood looks better and has a more classic feeling, giving you a more ‘lumberjack’ feel. The more modern materials are harder to break and typically are easier to clean and upkeep.

The more expensive the material is, weather its for the wood handle or the steel used to make the head – you really get what you pay for.

The most important detail is to also find one that fits you to whatever tastes and preferences you have, maybe the thick wood grip works better for you while someone would prefer a very thin and lithe steel axe. It matters not what your preferences are as long as you are happy with the choice that you made.

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