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I'd like to pick up an American-made camp axe. Being in MI, I like the idea of a Marble's axe but apparently they're made in El Salvador today and the prices for older Michigan-made ones appear to be geared towards collectors rather than users (read: high prices). Can anyone recommend a quality USA-made camp axe at a reasonable cost, say, around $100 or so?
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Is Estwing still made in the US?
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Is Estwing still made in the US?
They claim the plant is still in Rockford, IL.
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From what I here about Marble they have out sourced most of the production to oversea producers. Sad, I have a couple ready nice Marble knives
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Estwing's web site says Proudly Made in the USA.

Thanks for the tip, I'll check them out.
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I have their leather sportsman's axe. I use it not only camping but also around the house.

It is a great axe! Good balance, good power, and keeps an edge.
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Your best choice are the Estwing axes, several with a street price of under $50.00, and all made in the USA. There are a couple of other axe brands that are USA made, but we're talking prices starting at $150.00 on up.

For the best prices, go to www.knifeworks.com. Best prices on blades on the net, and super fast delivery.

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I have the leather handle Estwing camp hatchet and one of their rubber handle axes and both have served me very well and they were bought at a very fair price. I should actually pic up a couple more of them as useful as a hatchet and an axe can be in hard times.
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I'd like to pick up an American-made camp axe. Being in MI, I like the idea of a Marble's axe but apparently they're made in El Salvador today and the prices for older Michigan-made ones appear to be geared towards collectors rather than users (read: high prices). Can anyone recommend a quality USA-made camp axe at a reasonable cost, say, around $100 or so?
This is a little off the point of your thread, but Marbles axes appear to be made in the same El Salvador factory that produces Condor knives and axes.

Comparison: Marble's Camp Axe / Condor Greenland Pattern Hatchet

I have recently bought a couple of Condor products that are very well made. That said, I can't argue with the advice to go for a leather-handled Estwing.
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I love my Estwing leather handled hatchets and that mini maul/hatchet called the fireside friend. That thing is a hoss, I've been tempted to try it out in demo work before. The best part of them is they're tough, forged of honest to god steel, and made right here in America.
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Looks like Estwing is the way to go. Thanks for the help, guys.
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Just found a new Estwing 14" Sportsmans axe for $35 shipped on eBay. That's hard to beat.

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If you're like me and prefer a traditional wood handled axe Council still makes them here in the US. They make a nice tool. The Forest Service uses Council tools.

You can also find nice condition old Plumbs, Kellys, etc. on ebay. You would likely have to re haft it, though.
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You can buy the Estwing at Lowes and Home depot if you don't want the internet. I think they are a little over 30 bucks.
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Looks like Estwing is the way to go. Thanks for the help, guys.
FWIW, You can find a new Estwing on Ebay for about $32 delivered. That's where I got mine.
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Estwing Sport axe on sale at Sears for about $28.00. I bought one about a month ago. You'll never wear it out.
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If you're like me and prefer a traditional wood handled axe Council still makes them here in the US. They make a nice tool. The Forest Service uses Council tools.
Council makes a nice 26" Hudson Bay axe, a pattern I like a lot for versatility. I can't use one anymore, but the light Hudson Bay style is great for camping, etc.
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