Les Stroud 'Survivorman' Axe soon to Market

Bear Grylls isn’t the only survival star into gear design. This week, celebrity outdoorsman Les Stroud announced a collaboration with a Swedish axe company to produce “The Bushman Axe by Survivorman Les Stroud.”

Yeah, that’s the full name, and with that the company announced a hand-forged axe that Stroud himself designed. The company, Wetterlings of Sweden, is the oldest axe factory in the country, founded in 1880. Its workers pound, forge, and press axe heads in an old-school way.

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Stroud with a crude tool (left) and his new custom axe hung on a tree

Stroud said he has used Wetterlings’ axes for years. His custom design with the company is “both an axe and a hammer,” including a wedge-shape head and a long, broad blade.

On the Survivorman axe there’s a blunt hammer on the back of the steel head. A hickory handle is long enough for two-handed swinging in times where tough “wood splitting and felling” is needed, as Stroud cites.

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In civilized company: Stroud with CEO of Wetterlings of Sweden

The Bushman axe comes to market this fall. In the U.S. and Canada it’ll be distributed by Hansa LLC for an as of yet undetermined price.

The axe comes on the heels of Stroud’s Signature Knife, the Temagami, made by Helle. The knife costs $180.

Watch Stroud’s blog for potential updates and, if lucky, perhaps a glimpse of Survivorman himself employing the axe in the bush, felling a tree for shelter of hammering in stakes in yet another effort to meet nature head-on and survive.

—Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of www.gearjunkie.com.

Posted by John - 06/15/2012 07:18 AM

Bet you could get a fine axe at your local hardware store for a fraction of the price.

Posted by Jeffzx9 - 06/15/2012 07:32 AM

John^, yes, you could. However, some of us who live in very rural areas and spend ALOT of time cutting trees and firewood have an appreciation for fine tools. I’m no “survivor nut,” but I own a couple Wetterlings, plus other axes including more expensive ones as well as the hardware store variety. There is a huge difference in quality (really) you will appreciate if you use them frequently. Sure; not for everyone. It’s all good. :)

Posted by T.C. Worley - 06/15/2012 08:59 AM

I’ve used cheap axes for years and technically they work. They lose edge quickly and I’ve broken several cheap handles. One fine day I hope to have one of these axes that will outlive myself and maybe my kids too.

Posted by Bushman - 06/15/2012 03:32 PM

Wetterlings makes a great axe, but this looks pretty much indistinguishable from their forest axe. No doubt the cost is higher, though, to cover the licensing fees for using Stroud’s name for its marketing.

Posted by Zoom - 06/21/2012 03:28 PM

Six months from now is last I heard for availability are you hearing sooner?

Posted by Frank - 10/09/2012 07:34 AM

I own the small hunting axe by Wetterlings and can say enough about it. I have used a few other hatchets in my day and can’t say enough about spending some extra $ to get a quality tool. the Bushman’s axe does look similar to Wetterlings other offerings but I am planning on checking it out anyway.

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Posted by Next Level - 06/16/2013 09:27 PM

I’m not paying $150+ for a camp axe. I doubt it makes my job much easier than a good camp axe for under $50 bucks. Sorry Les, I’m a big fan but knock $30 off of it and I might try it.

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