COEC's Choice in Outdoor Axes, Knives and Saws
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Types of Outdoor Axes, Knives and Saws
The Canadian Outdoor Equipment Co. had it's genesis in trying to answer one question while on a canoe trip with lousy gear: if we could have just one piece of kit out here, what would it be? The answer for us, in the boreal forest was an axe. From an axe one can build a shelter, and create fire. An axe can function like a knife, but is capable of much heavier work. It assists in gathering materials, and shaping tools. It allows you to keep a fire fed, and can provide protection from not only the elements, but from other dangers you may encounter.
While a good axe is indispensable, a knife comes in a close second when in the outdoors. In our experience the function of axe, knife and saw are best kept separate, so you will not find large, serrated monster “chopper” survival knives at The Canadian Outdoor Equipment Co. Axes are for chopping. Knives are for knife work: utility use, food prep, skinning and processing game, woodworking, bushcraft, and using in emergency situations.
Our preference are knives made in Scandinavia (Sweden and Norway), where knives have been used for over a millennia. Made to be agile, light, and very sharp whilst being easily field sharpen-able, our knives will become a trusty companion when spending time outdoors where a keen, durable edge allows one not just to survive, but to thrive in the outdoors.
Saws are the third member of the “holy trinity” of cutting tools. Useful when using an axe is not practical (in tight spaces, in conditions where their use would be unsafe, or for bucking up large timbers), saws should be matched to the diameter of wood they are cutting to provide quick, effective performance whether you choose a folding pocket saw, a collapsible buck saw, or a two man crosscut saw.