Klecker’s Klax axe heads are multi-functional tools that can be attached to standard axe handles OR clamped to branches in the field.
The interesting take on axe heads were successfully funded as part of a Kickstarter campaign, and are now available for preorder.
The appealing part of the Klax is that it takes up little space but can be built into a functional axe when needed. It’s mainly designed for hikers, campers, survivalists, and other types of outdoors enthusiasts.
There are four models:
- 10-in-1 Lumberjack Axe
- 10-in-1 Ti-Klax Titanium Lumberjack Axe
- 5-in-1 Woodsman Axe
- 5-in-1 Feller Axe
The Lumberjack, Woodsman, and Feller Klax axe heads are all made from heat-treated 5/16″ SUS420J2 stainless steel, an alloy which Klecker chose for its balance between edge retention and strength. The titanium version is made from Ti-4452813 with anodized blue highlights.
- Axe blade
- Thumb jimping
- Lanyard Hole (this seems to have been removed from Woodsman and Feller models)
- Handle clamp (except Feller)
- Hammer edge
Instead of a handle clamp, the Feller has an abutment screw for lashing the axe head to a handle using paracord.
In order for a branch or handle to be fitted to the Klax axe heads with built-in clamps, there must be a slot at one end of a handle shaft, and two notches on the outside.
The lumberjack models also feature 5 wrench sizes, a ruler, a 1/4″ hex screwdriver bit socket hole, and a bottle opener.
MSRP prices: $115 for the Feller, $135 for the Woodsman, $160 for the Lumberjack, and $550 for the Ti Lumberjack. Optional 15″ hardwood handles are available for $20 each.
COO: Tentatively China
The Klax axe heads look very cool, and also very practical, but they are also quite pricey. They are ideal for outdoors types who think they might need an axe or hatchet but don’t want to carry one just in case.
Here’s a video demo by an early reviewer that shows that the Klax can handle a decent amount of use and abuse:
I can’t really see fault with any of the Klecker Klax axe heads. They look to do exactly what they were built for. They’re very pricey, even the two less featured models, which means they will probably appeal more to seasoned outdoors types that have run out of standard necessities to buy.
To be fair, this is something I might be seriously interested in if I was more into camping or hiking into remote areas. When hiking or camping, everything you carry needs to be justified, and every ounce counts.
The Klax seems to be to axes and hatchets as Leatherman multi-tools are to pliers and screwdrivers. They’re not meant to provide optimal functionality or performance, but can get the job done.
I cannot help but think that this would be a great tool to be shown on the Walking Dead, or in another zombie apocalypse TV show or movie. That’s not to say it’s gimmicky, but the Klax has that kind of there if and when you need it utility scent about it.