When heading out on a canoe trip or backpacking trip a fine trustworthy companion is a Gränsfors Bruks axe. Gränsfors Bruks is a small Swedish familiy operated company formed in 1902. Known worldwide for their finely crafted axes that have been stripped of paint, labels and extra hardware. These axes have been showcased on the very popular TV series "Bushcraft" by Ray Mears and touted by the man himself. The head are proudly marked with the makers initals, some people will only but items made by certain people. I have been carrying the "Small FOrest Axe" on my adventures for about 5 years now, and everyone whom I have let try it (FYI - quickest way to loose a friend is to let them use your axe or knife) has been wickedly impressed. It cuts through wood like a razor blade. It really is incredible! So if you are in the market for a new axe, I suggest you go out to your local Lee Valley store or Canadian Outdoor Equipment and pick one that suits your needs.
VIDEO - Ray Mears - Choosing and Using an Axe.