Wetterlings Bushman Axe by Les Stroud

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Wetterlings Bushman Axe Review

Wetterlings Bushman is a lightweight axe with great balance, making it the best choice for one-handed swinging, felling small trees and hammering. 

Wetterlings Bushman Axe by Les Stroud are designed for felling, splitting and carving. The 1.6 lb head features a hammer on the back end, and the handle is 22” long. A great multi-function wood chopping axe. Wetterlings has been making hand-forged axes in Sweden for over 130 years. Their axes are made with Swedish carbon steel with and edge hardness of 57 RwC, and American hickory handles. All axes come with a leather sheath.

Designed with the help of Les Stroud, the Bushman Axe from Wetterlings is a great backpacking tool to add to your pack. Anyone who has watched his popular show on Discovery Channel have seen how well he faces and manages all the challenges a bushman can experience. His knowledge and expertise has made the Bushman axe a truly one of kind product. This axe has a nice long and straight handle. It makes it easy to use one handed and two handed. Just the right length. The deep inset beard makes fine wood work easy.

The hammer on the back is very useful on your next outdoor adventure to drive tent stakes ground with ease. Overall, Wetterlings Bushman is a fine chopping axe. It’s not the best splitting axe, it’s not the best fine wood working axe…but it does damn near everything pretty well. You’ll be hard pressed to find an axe that is as portable and versatile. If you are looking for an axe that does it all, is easy to use, and easy to carry, then you won’t have to look much further.  You might also want to consider Wetterlings Backcountry Axe.

FEATURES of the Wetterlings Bushman Axe by Les Stroud A great multi function axe Designed for felling, splitting and carving Hammer on back end of head SPECIFICATIONS of the Les Stroud Bushman AxeHead Weight: 1.6 lbs Handle Length: 22″

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Customer Reviews

I can’t find anything wrong with this thing.

10 people found this helpful.
 on June 6, 2014
By F1oored
It’s a hand forged axe and you can tell. The fit and finish isn’t flawless but it is very good. I took this axe on a backpacking trip not long ago and it was great. It’s so much more functional than a small camp axe or hatchet. between this and my folding saw, we were able to process a lot of wood. I even used it to make a bench at our campsite. With proper care, I’m hoping this axe will last a lifetime.

Great for backpacking!

 on May 14, 2017
By Elisha Nicholson
This is exactly what I’ve been looking for in a backpacking/camp axe. Great weight and balance. If I was to recommend anything to be upgraded about this item, it would have to be, an Incorporated loop for your belt. But, other than that, I absolutely love it.

Could be better

2 people found this helpful.
 on October 23, 2014
By Texas Smitty
I like this axe but I don’t think it’s made as well as the other Wetterlings axes. It’s as if they rushed the design to get it out. I had a very small chip on the blade after the first use. It’s light weight but we’ll see if it hold up. Time and use will tell.

Ready to use

 on February 7, 2017
By QuietC
Came sharp, ready to chop. Nice leather sheath. Only thing im concerned with is the grain orientation, which is pretty much horizontal. Always heard it should be vertical with the blade edge. So we’ll see if its alright.

the bushman axe

4 people found this helpful.
 on August 15, 2013
By Roger
Nice axe sharp out of the box .cuts deep .no functional problems.but a little more attention could have been paid to the grind.very nice handle. Very nice head shape. Overall great hand made axe for the money.

Looks and feels great. Great purchasing experience

 on January 28, 2017
By Amazon Customer
Delivery was fast and the axe is very high quality. Looks and feels great. Great purchasing experience. Arrived a day early and that was much appreciated! Will put the axe through the ringer soon.

Great Value

 on March 4, 2016
By Amazon Customer
Second Wetterlings product, the other being the Felling axe. Couldn’t be happier with the this axe at its price point. I will admit that its a bit of an ugly duckling if you are a purist but i knew that going in.Would not hesitate to purchase the brand in the future.


One person found this helpful.
 on May 14, 2015
By Michael Williams
Came as sharp as a tack. The weight is perfect. Grain orientation is excellent.

Awesome and very handy small axe

5 people found this helpful.
 on October 10, 2013
By Bill Aylward
This is an awesome tool for the backpacker or camper/survivalist or backwoodsman.

Great axe before it failed. But now its perfect for backpacking

22 people found this helpful.
 on February 26, 2016
By ismael
Came in pretty fast and looked good. Since I ordered it in the dead of winter I just fondeled it and made a better sheath for it. Not a fan of the shear it came with, it looks good and it’s functional but they just folded some leather and set it with some rivets. So during the first big thaw this year me and my kid headed out to the mountains. The axe cut very good and deep. Splitting with this axe was also very easy. It was very comfortable to use and even made me wonder if I’d ever need another axe for backpacking. After about an hour of feling, chopping,and splitting some standing dead trees ( about 6 – 8 indiameter) the head just gave. I was very disappointed when I lifted my arms and noticed the head was still stuck to a piece of the wood. It was painful to have to walk almost a mile in 4 feet of snow during noon to get my Gransfors Bruks small forest axe from my car. The eye on the head is smooth so setting the head shouldn’t be to painful, kind of wish I would have just gotten a Scandinavian forest axe instead.