The Sport Axe II from Gerber, is the middle brother of the Gerber single hand axe series. Its handle is a bit longer than the Back Pack II and slightly shorter than the Camp Axe II. With the same stainless steel forged head and Fibercomp handle design, it’s just as tough as its brothers and is the right size for any hunting, fishing or outdoor trip.
|Blade Length:||2.6 in / 6.6 cm|
|Blade Material:||Forged Steel|
|Handle Length:||13.98 in / 35.5 cm|
|Handle Material:||Glass filled nylon|
|Head/Blade Material:||Forged Steel|
|Sheath Material:||Ballistic nylon|
|Upc, Ean, Isbn:||013658122369|
|Weight:||1 lb 6.5 oz / .63 kg|
|Gerber Sport Axe II High Performance Axe||$29.16|
I picked up one a these for a weekend camping trip and after using it a bit my buddy ended up getting himself one too. The size and weight make for good connections when you're chopping which results in less swings. The construction is solid and the handle/head connection holds up to serious beatings. I've used the back of the head like a small sledgehammer quite a few times. Most axes come disconnected when you REALLY get into using them but this one has held up. If mine ever breaks I will buy another without question.
This is a great little hatchet for backpacking. It's not too heavy and packs nicely. The sheath that comes with this is a joke though. It's a large, bulky piece of plastic that has no functional use other than to take up space in your pack. I picked up a rawhide sheath on Amazon to replace it. The butt isn't completely flat which is slightly annoying if you're using it to drive your tent stakes. A very minor annoyance. Overall,this a is a great hatchet.
This little guy takes up very little space when packing and is worth it's wieght around the camp. The handle is light and well shaped and the head is well wieghted with out being clumsy making it a natural for chopping wood. The grey coating on the head starts coming off after a few uses but it works just the same.
A solid axe great for the backpacker, the camper, and (for myself) the trail ranger. Light weight, sharp blade, and it is a Gerber. Like Backcountry.com, Gerber stands behind their products!