This past weekend, I ran the axe yard at my local Boy Scout council’s Pumpkinfest. I had planned to teach about knives, saws and axes; but all people wanted to do was use the axes. My Council Hudson Bay axe was in steady use; and more than once I saw one of the adults present cutting through red oak like it was red pine. I have yet to check the axe again for sharpness; but I am willing to bet that it is still pretty sharp, since whenever it was in use by an adult, I saw chips flying. The axe passed its first full field test with flying colors.
Bush Hooks are sometimes referred to as Bush Axes. They are sharp, double or single-edged blades on an axe handle designed for heavy-duty clearing and shrubbing of tough vines, weeds, undergrowth and small saplings.