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In this review, we are going to take a look at the Survival Axe by Off Grid Tools. At first glance, this axe looks like some sort of over-ambitious survival tool that could be cobbled together by a survival expert. When I got my hands on the survival axe it became apparent that this tool is worth the added weight.
Off Grid Tools offers a small selection of tools that could be of assistance in many scenarios. These tools are designed to offer a number of solutions with each.
Off Grid Tools Survival Axe
The obvious foundation of this tool is the AXE portion of the survival axe. The base is made of 1055 Carbon Steel and the axe portion is full tang. The total weight of this product is 1.6 lbs. While the tool is called the survival axe its dimensions and the blade are much more of a hatchet. It is under a foot in total length.
Had it just been a full tang hatchet with a nice handle you might justify the added 2 lbs to the pack. This tool comes with many more options. Some of them are slightly questionable but for the most part its full of options that will only enhance your adventure or survival situation.
Let’s have a look at the many options that the survival axe offers the user.
Survival Axe Multi-Tool Options
- Hatchet blade
- Hammer head, nail claw and pry bar
- Replaceable, 6″ saw blade
- Hex sockets 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 1/2, 3/8, 10mm, 11mm, 13mm, 15mm
- Hardened steel glass breaker
- Seat belt / strap / rope cutter
- Gas valve wrench and bottle opener
- Rubberized coated glass filled nylon handle
What the survival axe does better than most is offers you access to a number of tools. I am a big fan of carrying tools. I think tools offer you all sorts of opportunities in the field and they can be very effective when other things like ammo and guns cannot.
As you know, I have mentioned redundancy of gear many times in my reviews. Redundancy is a powerful part of any survival philosophy. I like to have tools that work well, and I want a lot of them.
Tools that make things like fire, water, blades and shelter a redundancy will give you an edge. In other words, give me as many options in these categories as I can reasonably carry.
With this tool, you are getting access to a replaceable saw. I love this feature because I can carry a stack of 10 saw blades in my pack that will last me a long time! While these saw blades aren’t going to cut through large tree trunks they will make work with saplings and branches much easier
Of course, the other blade redundancy is in the hatchet blade. The blade size is decent for a hatchet and the rounded blade can do some interesting things.
However, this blade came to me very dull and I assumed it needed to be sharpened. If the tool is used out of the box you will not be maximizing its effectiveness as a survival hatchet. You will need to put a sharp edge on this round blade.
Bonus: Survival Companion Pro
As a bonus, I also took a look at the Survival Companion Pro by Off Grid Tools. This is another little tool with tons of features.
The significant difference here is that the Companion could have a legitimate place in your EDC or everyday carry. This tool is small and effective.
The Companion Pro is made of die cast aluminum. This design is durable and effective.
Here is the list of features that this simple, 4.5 X 1.5 inch pocket tool can offer you.
- durable aluminum body
- fold out ferrocerium fire starter &
- magnesium tinder rod
- carbide blade sharpener
- fail-safe whistle, 109dB
- emergency whistle
- removable stainless-steel belt clip
- can opener
- bottle opener
- flat screwdriver
- 1/4″, 5/16″, 3/8″, 7/16″ hex wrenches
The Survival Companion Pro lends itself to all sorts of tasks. For me it’s about the fire redundancy of the ferro and magnesium rods that make this tool shine. The whistle is a great tool to have on hand as well. Also, the carbide blade sharpener is a terrific addition especially if you have no other option for honing and sharpening blades. Better carbide than a rock.
After working with the tool for a few minutes I realized that this could be one of the best tools to give to your child. The Companion Pro gives your child the ability to carry around a James Bond style pocket tool that does not have a sharp blade attached to it. The items on this pocket tool are important and not just throwaway items to appease a child. Giving your child a whistle in the woods is very important.
These two tools are survival gadgets. There is no getting around that fact. The Survival Axe needs to be sharpened, but that is a skill you need to practice anyway. Both tools deserve a place in your pack. I would encourage you not only to throw them in a bag but to take them out into the wild and really give them their due.
Use your survival axe to complete tasks. Use the Survival Companion Pro to start fire. These are the survival version of multi-tools and the more you use them the better they will be to you!
Bonus: Root Cellar That Can Be Used as a Bunker
If you can't afford the box culvert option you can look into is building a backyard root cellar that can be used as a bunker.
If you want to learn how to build a backyard bunker like your grandparents had, without breaking the bank, then check out Easy Cellar.
Easy Cellar will show you:
- How to choose the ideal site
- Cost-effective building methods
- How to protect your bunker from nuclear blast and fallout
- How to conceal your bunker
- Affordable basic life support options
Easy Cellar will also show you how a veteran, with only $421, built a small nuclear bunker in his backyard.