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Today, we're going to talk about this awesome multi-use item! As all outdoors people know, having a quality tool you can count on is super important, especially if you're buying your items for survival or prepping purposes. So, what is the Axxis? Well, let's cover the basics!
The Axxis is made by Bone Daddy Blade WerX. From their logo to their products, they're creative and well thought out. You can tell they don't do anything half way. They do try to meet you half way though, in the sense that they're trying to provide you with a multi-use item that won't break or fail on you. When it comes to prepping and SHTF (S**t Hits The Fan) survival, everyone knows how important it is to have your pack be as light as possible to help conserve energy and calories. It comes in weighing at around 14.4 ounces/407 grams. Its blade length is 5.3 inches/63.5 millimeters. The overall length being a total of 7 inches, or 180 millimeters. It's made out of D2 tool steel and is finished in Titanium Nitride (TiN). It's tough and durable. You'd have to put this tool through some serious, probably improper, use to get it to quit on you.
So, what is the Axxis and what does it do? Well, it's a knife and an axe! Thanks to the well designed blade edges, you can use it a number of ways. The area that really makes it so awesome is the fact that you can turn it into an axe. With the multiple holes throughout it, it not only lightens the weight, but it also gives you lots of ways to grab and hold it. On top of that, it gives you the open space you need to properly turn this into an axe. As mentioned previously, the Axxis isn't light, by any means, but it's definitely lighter than any full size axe or hatchet. So how do they get away with it being an axe substitute? Like this!
Image courtesy of Bone Daddy Blade WerX Brochure
Make sure that you practice the hafting steps before you go out on your adventure with it. Improper setup of the Axxis in its axe mode can cause it to come loose and be dangerous. Last thing you want is to go out and get hurt because you hadn't read the instructions or practiced it before and be stuck in a bad way. If you want to see a video on how to do it, follow this link to their YouTube video.
Make sure to use the well thought out triggers to measure your stick before use. If not, you may have to cut the top sides of your stick a bit to get it to fit properly.
We live in suburbia and didn't have access to any tree to cut simply for the sake of making this review. So I improvised and took one of our smallest firewood sticks. The bark they're covered with comes off too easily in the hand, so I cleared a majority of it off the stick I intended to use. I made sure to leave some so that I still had a good grip.
It already had a natural crack on the thinner end I wanted to use, so I just went ahead and used the baton method with another stick to fit the Axxis.
When properly fitted onto the hafting stick, the sheath still fits for travel safety. I put on the sheath before I tied it off to make sure it was the right fit.
Here's the end result of what you end up with! I used about 6 feet of paracord to secure it. I definitely recommend using a minimum of 6 feet of rope to secure it. Make sure you're pulling the rope tight as you wrap it.
When you purchase the Axxis, it comes with a few other items. It comes with a reversible sheath, 10ft of maroon paracord, Madrock carabiner, and a plastic covered screw locking key loop. Thanks to their thoughtfulness, you have everything you need to carry, and use, the Axxis anywhere immediately.
Now, let's get to our Pros and Cons, as well as what we've learned from our experiences with it.
Lighter than a regular small axe/hatchet
Multiple hand holding positions
Cuts well into green (live) trees
The sheath it comes with has multiple holes you can use to carry it or attach extra paracord
The hand holes leave space for you to get creative with your paracord wrapping techniques
Can be used to strike a ferro rod no problem
Blade edge grind is perfect for an axe
The 90 degree edges on the areas your hand and fingers grab can cause some friction and leave your hand hurting after prolonged use (it would be nice if they were rounded a bit)
Since there isn't a pre-attached handle, it tends to reverb a lot and can cause your hand to start numbing
Doesn't cut as well into dead or seasoned wood (I'm unsure if it was simply the type of wood we have that gave us difficulties)
You'll be chopping for a bit more, compared to a full axe/hatchet
Came sharpened, but not as sharp as I would've expected (I could run my thumb across the blade edge without a papercut)
Overall review, recommendations, and suggestions
The Axxis is a worthwhile item to keep in your pack when you go out on your adventures. Full size axes, or hatchets, can be large, cumbersome, and get caught on things as you travel, if not properly secured. Do I think this is a true replacement for a regular axe? No. Do I think this was intended to be a true replacement for a regular axe? Also no. My belief is that this was designed and meant to be a multi-use, multi-functional, tool that could clear up some space, and weight, on your person. With the Axxis, you don't even need to carry a knife, or axe, when you go out. It's super compact, and you can definitely use it to chop down small trees. I do recommend that you use a glove when using it as a axe head to chop down trees. Not really as necessary in the full axe setup, although this truly depends more on how the bark is on the tree, or tree branch, you're using. Before you go out on an adventure, I highly recommend you practice the hafting and turning it into an axe. Make sure you follow the instructions on how to do it, so you don't hurt yourself or someone else. If not, your first time trying it might be a hot mess, like mine was. Here's a picture of how awful it was when I first did it.
I definitely didn't secure or attach it properly. So when I was using it, it kept coming loose after a couple swings. Even then, it still cut pretty well considering that this is a somewhat dried cedar wood. Cedar also has sap and resin in its wood, and solidifies, making it even harder to cut. It smells amazing though.
So what is my overall rating on this item? I rate it a 9/10. A big high-five to this awesome, innovative company. I will definitely be keeping this item in my go bag. It's going to be my new companion on my future journeys. I'm looking forward to what other products and tools Bone Daddy Blade WerX comes out with. They also have their other product called the Para-squid Flamethrower & Bottle Opener, which I will also be covering and reviewing later. I'm waiting for it to arrive, but I'm stoked and can't wait to test it out. So look forward to it! Here's their YouTube video covering the Para-squid Flamethrower & Bottle Opener.
This post and review were not sponsored, so I paid, and backed, this product with my own money. I did reach out to Bone Daddy Blade WerX for a deal for your guys. Since they're still starting out, they aren't running any promotions or affiliate links at this time. They're super awesome, and have amazing customer service though. So they did give us a secret Indiegogo campaign page to access, where you guys can go ahead and get their Para-squid Flamethrower & Bottle Opener before everyone else. Backing them on their Indiegogo campaign also insures you get a discount on the Axxis and Para-squid before it's officially launched and you end up paying the MSRP price. Click the link below for this awesome opportunity!
Thank you for your time and reading this review. Here's their website and social media pages.