Axes for self-reliance, wilderness and bushcraft use

Choosing the right ax is often a difficult decision to make. A good axe can be a big investment – but it can also serve you well for many years. After more than two decades of using various types of ax at my house in a remote village in the Carpathian Mountains of East Slovakia, in this video I try to pass on some useful tips for those unsure of what type of ax to choose. Some of the ax types I show may also be of interest for veteran ax users, especially those in the US as they may be scarcer over there. I cover hatchets, camp axes, brick axes, valaška, felling axes, splitting axes, throwing axes, Scandinavian bushcraft axes, and a mysterious bearded goosewing ax. while it’s snowing. Besides, I’d rather be outside in my garden in the middle of nowhere in the snow talking about axes than stuck inside during lockdown… especially after 10 days of quarantine due to having COVID.

Published by Carpathian Adventure

My name is Edward O'Toole and I live in one of the wildest, most beautiful parts of Europe, in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Slovakia. Life is an adventure - both physically and metaphysically... I've been living out here for the last 22 years, along with my wife, 3 kids and Jack Russell. My main interests involve bushcraft, prepping, survival and wilderness living (self-sufficiency and self-reliance), ecological, green, smart and natural solutions, motorcycles and motorbike club life, writing and art (I have 7 published books), and exploring the paranormal. For more about my lifestyle, art and writing visit

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