When the first people that landed in New England set off they brought only the most essential tools, including the axe.
The axe was the leading method for cutting down trees for centuries. Even today there are forestry workers that use an axe everyday. Workers in the timber industry carry axes. Logging trucks are required to carry an axe on board. There is no escaping the huge impact the axe had on the ability of America to grow. The axe is the most important tool in history.
Most American made axes were made in small factories across most of the east coast and mid west. Pennsylvania, Main, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, New York, and many many other states were home to an amazing industry of fine axe makers.
Axes eventually became a marketing tool for companies in the mid to late 19th century. Before that there were blacksmiths to make axes. A true hand forged axe is a beautiful piece of equipment.
There are many methods used today to produce axes. Most remaining manufacturers use drop forging methods, and although some make cast pieces the brunt of the industry is drop forge. There are only two major axe manufacturers left in the USA, Vaughan & Bushnell and Council Tool. In addition, there are still many individual blacksmiths that forge their own heads by hand.
Axes & Their Development
The axe before the civil war was still a very common household tool.
The axe before the civil war was still a very common household tool. The timber industry relied heavily on it. It wasn't until the mid 19th century that machines began to help speed up the process. Buildings were constructed by materials that were processed by hand. Ever wonder how square beams were made before the saw mill? You need a broad axe for that. Every industry from Carpenters to Firefighters use axes on a daily basis.
Every industry from Carpenters to Firefighters used axes on a daily basis, and today the axe is used by many thousands of people. Camping can be a lot of fun and nothing is more fun than a good camp fire. Don't burn big logs, break them down with a hatchet or small axe. The fire will start easier and burn longer. Enthusiasts, Preppers, Campers, Bushcrafters, Carpenters, Survivalists and people in many industries use axes. It has served and will continue to be an important resource for millions of people.
The axe is the most important tool in history. It will never go out of use!