Originally Posted by Bushwalker
If I had a base camp, I would prefer an axe around 3lb (+handle) or less, with a middling sized handle, over a hatchet. I have my eye on a nice Fiskars brand axe in the local hardware store here, that I reckon would go nicely kept in the back of my SUV. If I needed something lighter they also had a nice little survival hatchet, under 12" long, just over 2 lb.
And a Saw:
A fixed saw like a Bowsaw for a basecamp; while a lighter folding saw would be the go if moving around...
Well, I got around to actually purchasing the Fiskars 'half size' axe last week ~ it's their "X15"
chopping model, made in Finland (some of their more "cheaper" lines of tools are now being manufactured in China..),
with a 599 mm/23.5" composite handle (nylon-fibreglass..), and an all up weight of 1520 grams (just over 3.3 pounds ~ so the head is probably somewhere ~2.5 lbs, or a little more?)
First impressions is that it feels comfortable and well balanced to hold in one hand. Now I will just have to see how it stands up to a bit of "real world" abuse - especially how the composite handle lasts..
Stay tuned for a follow up, maybe in a year or two.