Quickly approaching a 100-year milestone, Estwing has been improving the lives of those who use and rely on their tools.
Beginning in 1932, Estwing has been a name to be reckoned with in the striking and struck tools market.
Ernest Estwing would evolve into the current day brand many know and love. The Estwing name has been a beacon for excellent manufacturing at an exceptional value. Based in Rockford, IL they have roots which have grown alongside those of hardworking people.
Classic designs that have become timeless icons of production and safety can be recognized throughout the world in Estwing’s work. Not only do they care about the quality and manufacturing process, but they are also focused on safety as well. On their online page safety tips and videos are available for users to educate themselves and become better at what they do.
Product lines covering axes, hammers, masonry, drywall, roofing, pry bars, dead blow, soft face, and sure strike are some of the areas they have expertise making products for. The standard product warranty covers all-steel hammers against “failure in normal use, but does not warrant its tools against misuse, abuse, or wearing out.”
Estwing stands behind the products they make because they know when used correctly and safely, tools become investments the user can have faith in.
When we had the chance to try some of the latest Estwing Special Edition tools we were impressed with what we discovered. Our Sportsman’s Axe, Fireside Friend Splitting Tool, and Camper’s Axe reviews below detail all the product features, finishes and overall performance.
Special Edition Sportsman’s Axe
– Solid American tool-grade steel construction (Drop forged in one piece)
– 3.35” (82.5 mm) Hand sharpened edge
– 13” length (330 mm)
– Matte black finish on face and neck
– Iconic genuine leather grip (hand sanded and lacquered)
– Includes protective ballistic nylon sheath
– Proudly made in the USA
– Tempted for strength
Special Edition Fireside Friend Splitting Tool
– Durable American tool-grade steel construction (Drop forged in one piece)
– 2.375” (60 mm) Hand sharpened edge
– 14.25” length (361.95 mm)
– Non-reflective matte black finish on neck and face
– Iconic, beautiful genuine leather grip (hand sanded and lacquered)
– Includes protective ballistic nylon sheath with reinforced stitching
– Proudly made in the USA (Rockford, IL)
– Tempted for strength
– Exceptional (weighted wedge design) length to weight offers serious leverage and power
– Patented shock reduction grip cuts impact vibration by 70%
– Original maul with broader style axe head reduces wood waste
26″ Camper’s Axe
– Made in the USA (Rockford, IL)
– Forged solid steel construction for exceptional strength
– Non-reflective matte black finish on neck and face
– Patented Shock Reduction Grip for reduced vibration and fatigue
– 4-inch edge for deep cuts and fast chopping power
– 26-inch length
– Comes with embossed black ballistic nylon sheath
Estwing Special Edition Sportsman’s Axe Review
There are certain things an outdoorsman cannot scrimp on. An axe is one of them.
Axes are so important to most every outdoor activity. A good one has to be durable, feel right in your hands, and keep an edge through a lot of hard work. The Estwing Sportsman’s Axe is just that axe. It is forged all in one piece using only the highest quality American steel of the finest tool grade in existence. This equals strength and durability to every authentic outdoorsman. One big piece of steel is almost impossible to break. Axes made in two or more pieces are weak where they join and cannot hold up to extreme strain.
Cutting trees, splitting wood and even clearing weeds and sapling along your path are done with no worry of blisters and sore hands due to the genuine leather grip. The sumptuous leather leaves the grip comfortable but allows for a strong hold. The blades are polished as furiously as the leather to give you a product that is as beautiful as it is useful. It also comes with an amazing heavy-duty ballistic nylon sheath to protect the blade when not in use which makes storing simple and safe.
The cherry on the cake for me is that these axes are made in America. The Rockford, Illinois plant is known for its passion and dedication to both their product and employees. The company has been making axes and tools for the outdoorsman for over 90 years which makes their extreme quality logical. This piece is almost too good to be true. It looks so good you want to hang it above the mantle.
The hand sharpened blades stay sharp so long you may forget to buy a sharpener. The bottom line is you cant go wrong with this axe.
Estwing Special Edition Fireside Friend Splitting Tool Review
Having a fireplace in the house, firepit in the yard, or a bonfire on special occasions, means a lot of hard work before the fun begins.
When everyone is waiting around for the fire to spark, there is nothing more important than your axe. A simple campfire axe is anything but. There are a lot of factors that go into a great firewood axe than every outdoorsman insists upon. Without them, your bonfire will end up nothing more than a pile of dead leaves. Cutting wood requires strength, a consistently sharp edge, and a comfortable grip. The Fireside Friend Axe does all that and more.
I was pleasantly surprised upon first use of this axe. Its not only lightweight but durable and strong. It is forged of American, tool grade steel in one large piece making it stronger than other types of axes made in two pieces. The blade is hand-sharpened and the whole thing only weighs about seven ounces. The leather grip is not only comfortable and strong, but its design is patented to reduce shock by up to 70%. It feels as good as it looks. Both the blade and the leather are hand-polished to a sheen and it comes with a heavy-duty sheath.
In general, this is the kind of axe that anyone with a fireplace should own. Its also helpful in the garden and with yard work. Its easy to store and holds its edge for an incredibly long time. Its lightweight and easy to swing as well as carry which is helpful when camping or away from home. It has a wider head than a regular axe and is weighted to be perfect for splitting wood and it is obvious with every swing. The best part for me is how little wood goes to waste with this tool. It is so perfect at its job, it gives you more time to enjoy the fire and less time splitting wood.
Special Edition 26″ Estwing Camper’s Axe Review
I had the great pleasure of hearing about this tool by accident. Camping with a friend, I discovered that I had forgotten my axe at the last camp site. Luckily, my friend came along with his own Estwing camper’s axe and I chance to give it a try. Eventually, I’d go on to get my own but that’s another story. The forged steel construction gives it and exceptional level of durability and strength while the longer handle offers plenty of cutting power.
It is made in Illinois, right in the U.S.A. of forged tool grade steel of the highest quality. The company is over 90 years old and known for its dedication and passion to the outdoorsman tools it produces. The extra long reach gives your swing the added punch it needs to get through the toughest chores. The grip is made of genuine hand-sanded and lacquered leather bonded to the steel with a patented design to reduce shock. It comes with a heavy-duty, nylon sheath which protects the blade when not in use and provides easy storage.
I really loved the attention to detail that these axes have. Of course, knowing that each has roughly a century of history behind it, makes each swing a treat to take. Bottom line, it doesn’t matter if you are building a treehouse or a campfire, this axe is indispensable. There is nothing it doesn’t make a whole lot easier. Knowing it is forged and tempered for extreme strength gives you a real sense of safety that was surprising. No worries about the grip flying off or the blade splintering. Such precision also helps make good use of every piece of wood you cut.