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

A good multi-functional tool for backpackers.

5 people found this helpful.
 on April 7, 2016
By Amazon Customer
I recently received this axe. It arrived as advertised. I bought this axe for it’s craftmanship and versatility. It packs away easily on my rucksack. The sheath is nothing fancy, but does the job. The hickory handle’s grain is perfectly aligned and feels good to grip. The axe was shaving sharp after stropping. I find it great to split seasoned hardwood for fires and break down the peices into kindling size. After splitting a small oak log, it was still sharp enough to shave feathersticks with for tinder. The hammer end is a good addition, but watch your swing as the hammer face is small. The only improvement I can recommend is to place a wedge set through the existing wood edge to help secure the axe head better. I’ve had no problem with it after first use, but I feel prolonged use of the hammer end might loosen the axe head without one. With proper maintainance, this thing will outlast me for sure. The one sent to me is definitely a good peice of Swedish steel.

Amazing axe! I am very impressed with it

4 people found this helpful.
 on May 21, 2015
By Travis Shephard
Amazing axe! I am very impressed with it. It is a small axe about the length of my arm but it has a lot of power. Good for chopping spliting and fine work. Fit and finish is beautiful, you can tell the head was forged by a blacksmith. The hickory handle and leather sheath get the job done.

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.


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.

Nice axe, but the reviews are right in that …

3 people found this helpful.
 on November 10, 2015
Nice axe, but the reviews are right in that it doesn’t chop very well. Definitely an inbetween chopping and splitting axe. I guess I got a “Second generation” axe. The leather cover fits well, which was a problem in previous reviews I’ve read.

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.