Best axes for splitting wood.
Photograph by Travis Rathbone - Prop Styling by Angela Campos for Stockland Martel

Best Axes for Splitting Wood

Whether used for splitting firewood or bringing down that shaky tree, an ax is a winter necessity. We found the best. To test them out, we took the axes out to the Catskill Mountains to clear white oak, paper birch, blue spruce, and white ash trees that had been felled by Hurricane Sandy. We then tested each ax's splitting ability, comparing the build, balance, and feel. Here are our favorites.

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