We don’t mean to split hairs here, but some axes are just simply better than others. You won’t find any designer jobs on this list; those are for your mantle. No, these are utilitarian axes that cut right to the chase, because there are trees to be chopped, timber to be split. Some come in many sizes, some are easier to handle, some are easier to afford. Whether you’re a rugged outdoorsman, a weekend cabin dweller, a Middle-Earth dwarf or just a guy who has to clear some branches, these are the five best axes you’ll find. No hacks on this list.

OUR SHARP SELECTIONS: Wilton BASH ($99) | Fiskars Splitting Axe ($45) | Estwing Camper’s Axe ($37) | Gränsfors Scandinavian Forest Axe ($130) | Vipukirves ($261)