If you’re outdoors for any extended period of time, you need an axe. That’s not just marketing hype, either; axes have been useful tools for humans for thousands of years. Of course, you can’t always just throw an axe into your duffel bag, or you may have weight concerns with your camping gear. That’s where the Klax comes in.
Keep A Head On Your Axe
Designed by Klecker Knives and Tools, the Klax is essentially designed to be a simple piece of kit for campers and outdoorsy types. It’s just the ax head, really, with a few tools built into the Lumberjack model if you want them. Those tools include a wrench cut-out, a 1/4 inch bit drive socket, a ruler, and, as required by multitool law, a bottle opener. So it’s already pretty handy, but where it really stands out is the custom clamping system.
No Handle? No Problem!
The basic Klax needs to be lashed to a handle or a piece of wood in order to be fully functional. As survival gear fans probably expected, the head ships with some paracord to bring along with you for the lashing. But the higher end Klaxes feature a carefully designed clamping system to make attaching a handle a simple matter; just flip out the clamps, tighten up the system until your head is fully secure, and get to chopping. It both saves you time if you’re not good with knots and allows you to keep an axe handy in your camping kit without having to take up too much room.
An Axe To Grind
Best of all, keeping a Klax around isn’t an expensive proposition as tools go. If you’re camping, on the road a lot, or need an axe for light work but don’t have the space to keep one, a Klax with the clamps starts at just $135.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.