Gerber Back Paxe

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Gerber Back Paxe II Clam Axe Features.

Gerber Back Paxe II Clam Axe.
The Gerber Back Paxe II Clam Axe offers an incredible combination of portability and performance. This well-balanced hand axe with a nice swing comes in a compact and lightweight design that makes it perfect for backpacking trips. To start off, it features the integrated stainless steel forged head and Fibercomp handle that deliver superior performance when it comes to splitting wood and cutting small logs and branches. The glass-filled nylon handle's purpose is to give extreme durability, while the blade is excellent when it comes to edge retention. Lightweight and well-balanced for an effective swing, the Gerber Back Paxe II Clam Axe always gets the job done. So, what are you waiting for? Purchase it right away and bring it in your next outdoor adventure!

Key Features.


  • Glass-filled nylon handle


  • Well-balanced and weight for comfortable effective swing


  • Excellent edge retention
  • Compact and lightweight for easy portability
  • Forged steel head

The Gerber Back Paxe II Axe is a well-balanced hand axe with a blade known for its superior edge retention. Combining a stainless steel forged head and a Fibercomp handle, the Back Pack II makes quick work of brush, small logs and branches.

There's just something kind of satisfying about swinging a simple, no-nonsense axe. One that's balanced, and weighted for efficient impacts. The Gerber Back Paxe™ sports a forged stainless steel head and edge retention that'll have people talking. Also, glass filled nylon handles are all but impossible to damage, let alone break.

The Back Pax II can handle most camp and hunting chores. It weighs just 17-1/2 oz., is only 8-7/8" long but has a generous 2-3/4" long blade for handling most camp and hunting chores.
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Blade Length:6.9cm / 2.71"
Blade Material:Forged Steel
Handle:Glass-filled Nylon
Handle Material:Glass filled nylon.
Head:Forged Steel
Head/Blade Material:Forged steel.
Material:Glass-filled Nylon
Overall Length:22.9cm / 9.01"
Sheath:Formed Plastic
Upc, Ean, Isbn:013658122376
Weight:16.9 oz / 479 g
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Gerber Back Paxe Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Be carefyul

I have the Back Pax I. It is a great little hatchet. It did come with a great cover. I was being very conscious about weight when I purchased it.The Pax I had a choice of the 8 7/8 inch handle or a longer one that I don t see available any more. It would have been slightly heavier and a trifle more hard to pack. When I ordered it I didn't realize that the handle was hollow and therefore not much heavier. I hunt with a bow for elk. The ONLY problem I have being careful not to cut my knuckles when using the hatchet with the shorter handle when chopping thru the brisket or spine. A longer handled model would also offer more leverage. If I had it to do again I would have purchased the longer handled mode. Better then the old triangular saw or Wyoming Saw that I own.
tomthetomkiller at Cabelas on 11/07/2013

Just keeps on chopping

Use it for gathering firewood, chopped trees/branches up to about 6" in diameter, a few maybe a bit bigger. The edge has stayed very sharp (except for a few nicks), and the whole tool is very well balanced. All in all it makes for fast work.

It's light enough that I take it backpacking; the firewood it produces is well worth schlepping around this extra weight. The belt loop holster it comes with is also great for freeing up your hands to carry the wood back to camp.

The grip is very comfortable to use, well-shaped and doesn't slip, but has resulted in tenderness/bruising/blisters afterwards, when hands are unprotected for long periods of chopping. The only improvement I could see is adding some padding, but better off to just bandage up your hand.
Firebuilder at Campmor on 09/09/2010

Just what I've been looking for.

Perfect ax for the backpack. Not too heavy or long, but will get the job done. Well made. Only drawback is it had no sheath or blade guard. Would like to have a blade guard when I put it into the backpack. I've used a piece of duct tape for now, but will need something better. Cabela's, I hope you are listening!
TennDave at Cabelas on 06/11/2013

More of a hatchet than an axe.

Used this for camping recently. It was very sharp and cut wood well. It wasn't good for splitting long pieces of wood, but was great for 12" and below. Planning on taking it backpacking. I think it will be worth it's weight.
drgonfly at Campmor on 07/07/2011

A nice small backpacking axe

I wanted a nice small backpacking axe. I definitely got what I wanted. If you're looking for a heavy duty camping axe, this isn't for you. If you're looking for light weight and compact, this is the ticket.
Camping Dad at Campmor on 10/10/2010

Awesome Tool

I bought this ax a few years ago and could not be happier. This is one incredibly sharp handy tool. I have chopped tree limbs up to 6 inch in diameter with minimal effort. Great ax!
rumhead at Cabelas on 08/16/2013

Very Useful

This is one great little ax. I use it for deer hunting, clearing small trees and limbs for shooting lane. Small but will do big things. Easily fits in your back pack or large fanny pack.
rokid at Cabelas on 02/23/2011

Works like axe

Works like advertised. I've only used it a few times on kayak trips, it worked well on small wood less then 2 inch. Haven't tried it on larger stuff but i think it will do fine.
Doug E fresh at Campmor on 10/10/2010

Light and veratile

This was the perfect hatchet for a weekend camping trip and handled our needs perfectly. Plus, it is light / small enough to bring it backpacking.
George at Campmor on 10/10/2010


Great hatchet. Don't forget to buy a whetting stone.
j bob at Campmor on 07/07/2011

Negative Reviews:


I bought this for my backpack because of the description,size, weight etc. I assumed BACK PAXE meant it was designed to fit in a back pack to save room, but with the very large plastic casing it comes with it is hard to save room.

The hatchet head measures 4 3/4" X 2 3/4" the casing you get (NO SHEATH) measures 6" X 6" X 1" and not completly enclosed. The design of the case is made to hang on a garage wall or elsewhere with two screw holes for attatching to a wall.

Other than that I am ok with the hatchet for what I wanted it for, and I would still reccomend it. If you want it in your backpack you will need to do somthing else for a cover or a sheath.
djc0172 at Campmor on 03/03/2012

Little Ax

Item description doesn't mention that entire handle is hollow.
Item description says sheath with belt hoop included. What you get is a big piece of hard plastic packaging that has no belt hoop. Even if it did, why would anyone carry a compact ax in a large plastic housing...
rob at Campmor on 08/08/2011

Sharp but not so tough

Sharp hatchet that was not easy to use. Another user said his handle broke early on. It feels fragile.
Quasimodo at Campmor on 09/09/2012

Neutral Reviews:

Take a pass on this one

This hatchet is OK but for a lighter weight product that a grandchild in 20 years or somebody else you don't even know will be using 100 years from now go with the made in the USA Estwing.

Cons to the Gerber: Feels cheap and is hard to take an edge.
K at Campmor on 11/11/2013