Camping Axe

A camping axe is a small axe, often times referred to as a hatchet, that is a necessity for any camper. It serves as both an axe for splitting and cutting wood, and as a hammer for pounding tent stakes.

Important Uses

Gathering firewood
When you are out camping, it is common to have to search for firewood to burn. This is especially true when you are really roughing it, not just staying at a campsite.

Luckily, if you are camping in a remote area with a forest, you'll find plenty of deadfall(dead and fallen trees) to harvest some quality campfire wood. Having a hatchet is great because you can chop the firewood into manageable sized pieces for transport to your camping area.

Splitting Firewood
It's important to have a tool for splitting firewood pieces when camping. At the very least, you'll need to do this to get your fire started. It's necessary to have smaller kindling to get a good campfire roaring. A campfire axe is the perfect tool for this task. If you would like to know more about starting a campfire, click here to read our article about starting a fire.

Using the back end of the hatchet as a hammer.
The great thing about a hatchet is that it can also double as a hammer. This comes in especially handy when pounding your tent stakes into the ground. No one wants to come back to a campsite with a runaway tent!


A hatchet is a great tool for any serious camper. It is a very versatile tool and it's super light weight. This will make carrying it in and out of your campsite a snap, a necessity if you are planning on hiking into your campsite. It's hard enough work lugging your tent and other gear around!

To make your axe even more handy, take a flat file and put some grooves in the back of the axe. This will allow you light "strike anywhere" matches on it! Good luck and happy camping!

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