From the Depths of Uselessness or Object of Desire: Fiskars Machete-Axe

The Fiskars Machete-Axe. At least the handles aren’t zombie-green.

Fiskars is a Finnish multinational corporation that makes tools and consumer goods. They can trace their roots back to 1649 when a Dutch merchant, Peter Thorwöste, was granted a charter to set up a blast furnace in the Finnish town of Fiskars. From these humble roots they became an innovator in the Industrial Revolution, and growing into a diversified company employing more than 4,300 people in more than a dozen countries.

They are the parent company of Gerber, and their influence can be seen in Gerber’s Bear Grylls series of knives: garish hi-viz plastic handles, Chinese construction, and mass marketing to big-box retailers. As we detailed during Gerber Week, their Gerber’s Portland, OR-made blades have received mixed reviews. The Strong Arm is a fine knife, while the Ghostrike was a bit of a miss. Time will tell if this marriage will be a success.

Fiskar has recently released a tool that looks like it would be banned in Britain under their new “Zombie Knife” ban. At least the handles aren’t lime green.


From Fiskars:

Get more done with one versatile tool designed for clearing thick brush, chopping roots, cutting branches and palms and more.

Designed for fast, powerful performance, our Machete Axe offers a better way to tame the fast-growing vegetation in your yard and garden, especially when clearing large areas or chopping through tough materials. The ultra-sharp, rust-resistant blade is thoughtfully shaped for a wide range of tasks, helping to speed your work while leaving one hand free to pile cuttings. The comfortable performance handle design features an intelligent texture pattern and lets you choke up for precision work, grip the middle for general use or grip the end to swing with maximum force. The design also includes an axe-like blade head for chopping and splitting, a sharpened blade curve for quick pull-cuts and a sharpened tip for push-cutting and chiseling in tight spaces.

While I am not particularly impressed, at least not to the tune of $55 retail, I would be interested to see how the hook would do pulling kudzu. The folks over at Maxim Magazine were a little more impressed with the concept, though I don’t know how many in their target demographic are the tool-using sort.

We’re not saying regular gardening isn’t manly. But it’s considerably more epic event when you’re wielding Fiskars’ 29-inch Machete Axe ($55) to hack your way through pretty much whatever unwanted brush you find in your way.

Its rust-resistant 18-inch blade is great for swinging at tall grass, roots, saplings, thin branches and other vegetation that needs clearing. Because it’s curved, you can pull-cut vines and suckers. Plus its head can be used as an axe or saw for thicker branches—or alternatively, as the most badass burger-flippin spatula ever.

Actually, they might be onto something with the spatula idea. I think I will stick to my CRKT Halfachance for my brush-clearing needs though.


  1. Sam L. says:

    I think, no, I KNOW I’ll pass on this.

  2. Nail nick says:

    Looks like a nice back up,tool for my deer hunting land . clear some tall weeds and the odd branch or saplings , those pesky roots that are right under a beam of a ladderstand . Love the popular Woodsman Pal , but this is a nice cheaper tool that may also work .

  3. PeterK says:

    I find it aesthetically pleasing. Should sell with the zombie crowd. 🙂

  4. Robert Evans says:

    Batoners will probably go into spontaneous orgasms just looking at that thing.

  5. Jaun says:

    Looks like they had heard about the idea of a khukuri and tried to make one without having actually ever seen one.

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