One of the most important tools you can have at your bug out cabin or homestead is the good ol' trusty ax. This tool has been a staple of self-sufficient individuals for countless generations, and it's easy to see why.
With an ax, you can clear farmland, make tools, chop wood to build your home or to warm your home. In fact, if you were thrust into the wilderness right now, chances are the one thing you would want to bring with you would be a trustworthy ax.
The one downside to axes is that they can be very dangerous, and many people are hospitalized every day due to accidents with this powerful tool. An unbalanced swing could ricochet the bit directly into your leg, so knowing how to properly handle one is an important skill to have when relying on the good old-fashioned ways of doing things.
The next page has your comprehensive lesson on proper ax use, care, and maintenance.