Cold Steel Axe Gang Hatchet
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The Cold Steel Axe Gang Hatchet is one of the finest battle hatchets produced by Cold Steel. With the staff and management of Cold Steel being active in martial arts and the film industry, they took special care to make this Chinese Gang Hatchet as functional as it is visually appealing. There are many Cold Steel innovative aspects of this hatchet including the differentially heat treated drop-forged head - which has a hard edge capable of reaching razor sharpness, but a soft steel body for absorbing impacts. The handle is made from hand picked straight grain American Hickory and is embellished with the Kanji characters for "Axe Gang" to give the axe added appeal.
- Modern Take on Classic Chinese Gang Axe
- Drop Forged 1055 Carbon Steel Head
- American Hickory Handle
- Kanji Characters Say "Axe Gang"
- Overall Length: 20.25"
As a camp axe, the initial handle length is a bit longer than I think most will be used to. It was definitely longer than my other hatchets, such as my Collins Axe hatchet or my Schrade camp axe. I ended up finding the Axe Gang easier to use than both, and is solidly enough built to split wood if need be. The only downside here is the handle can be slick out of the box, which becomes less of a problem the more you use it. You can always throw some black athletic tape on the handle or Gamma Grip to give yourself a better purchase on the handle without fear of losing your grip if your hands get wet from sweat or rain.
This all said, the real fun of the Axe Gang is as a thrower. I found it remarkably easy to learn when throwing, and its built well enough that a beginner needs not worrying about breaking it. I've thrown both of my Axe Gangs hundreds of times by now into plywood, pine stumps, and logs from a downed sweet gum tree with zero issues. Whether the axe hits or misses, it comes away with no damage. This makes it ideal in my mind for not only learning to throw, but trying new distances, new stances, and new throwing techniques without fear of breaking your axe. I've encountered only one tomahawk that had a easier learning curve out the box, but proved to be so fragile the handle broke after only a few misses.
If want a reliable camp axe, I recommend the Axe Gang. If you want a great throwing axe that is fun to throw and sturdy enough to handle the misses endemic to learning the art of axe throwing, I recommend the Axe Gang. For the price, I don't see many competitors to this one. In all honesty, I did not expect these axes to hold up as well as they do after asking them to serve as both camp axes and everyday throwing tomahawks. I've had nothing but fun with the Axe Gang by Cold Steel, and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
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