Posted by Steve on 1st Feb 2015
The size and shape of the handle is absolutely fantastic. I'm 6' tall and wear size L gloves (sometimes XL) and many axe handles feel like they're a little too small. This one feels great, and the shape of the palm swell is right on the money. The grain orientation wasn't perfect, but I've wailed on this sucker a lot - splitting wood and chopping down a couple of trees - and I haven't had any issues.
I bought the version that is sharpened by Ben's Backwoods, and it was REALLY sharp when I got it. I couldn't exactly shave with it, but I could have worked on it for a long time and not made it much better. Even after all the chopping I've done the edge still looks and feels the same - so it has been super durable so far.
The only thing I didn't like was that the wedge in the handle is plastic, and the top of it has a little tab to hang it on a peg hook in a store - its a little cheesy. I cut it off immediately and haven't thought about it since.
I bought two other axes at roughly the same time - a Council tool 18" Hudson Bay and a Estwing 12" hatchet. The Bahco is the one I grab the most frequently.
Overall, this is a great axe at a bargain price. I'm super happy with it.
Posted by Andy W. on 1st Dec 2014
I bought this axe to use around my home campsite. I put a paracord overstrike wrap on it to protect the shaft. I like the way it splits wood and it does a decent job of that. I haven't used it for felling trees but it has a nice enough edge on it to do so. It isn't a Wetterlings or Gransfor Bruks but it's a nice bargain for the money. It works just fine around camp for what I need
Posted by Unknown on 27th Apr 2014
Great camp axe for the price
Posted by Mike Jones on 21st Jan 2014
This is really a terrific axe! I cut the plastic tag off of the odd plastic wedge and made a leather mask for it. I actually bought this as a gift for my girlfriend, buy I love using it.
I love axes and have several. When I go to the bush I usually use either the Velvicut HB or the Gransfors Small Forest Axe. The Bahco will process firewood better than the Gransfors and probably about the same as the larger Velvicut.
This is definitely the best axe I have ever used for the price!
Posted by Unknown on 10th Jan 2014
I purchased this axe to take with me on shorter trips and I keep it in the truck during the winter. The axe took a great edge, and performs very well. I did not have the handle issue that some have had with this axe, but I have a hickory source and will make a replacement if/when needed.
Posted by Unknown on 18th Mar 2013
Brought the axe along on a backpacking trip immediately after receiving it. Handle broke the first day in use. Broke off half way within the axe head. I was a clean strike. I hit exactly where I wanted to fully on the blade. At least the axe head didn't hit me.
I know it can be hard to control quality in a handle as it is wood and there are a lot of variables, but it seems in searching the web, this is somewhat common with Bahco. I'm don't want a replacement from them as I don't trust them to provide a good handle. I'm going to get a hickory one on my own.