Vintage Swiss Army Axes

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Vintage Swiss Army Axes
Stored for years, never used and in like-new condition
Quantities are limited - only one style remaining
04D04.11 Swiss Army Camping Hatchet

In stock


04D04.12 Swiss Chopping Axe

Available 02/10/2021


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These vintage axes were discovered in a warehouse in Switzerland. We’re excited to bring them to you. The Camping Axe has a 15-1/2" handle and weighs 2-1/4 lbs. Its size makes it a perfect campfire/ kindling tool - easy to handle one-handed and easy to carry when foraging. For the quality, a fine value.

The price that we have been able to put on the axe makes it an opportunity not to be missed. Despite its age, it's clean as a whistle - having been stored in perfect conditions. While supplies last - very limited quantities. NOTE: The Chopping Axe (the one with a red stripe in the head) is sold out.

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  • designer in the woods

    Manu, 6/5/2020 Exactly what I was looking for, beautiful tool with rich history and great craft.
    Highly recommend!
  • Highly recommended based on 3 years of hard work

    Judge Mueller , 4/10/2020 Highly recommended pieces here. I have had and actively used both of these, measuring up to and surpassing even the pricey name brand store models. The chopping axe is my go to option when doing anything requiring felling, chopping, splitting and even kindling. The metal is very high Swiss quality, I have yet to find an equivalent.
  • A very stout Axe

    Carol Brown, 7/27/2018 Good head and blade. The handle is a bit too flat. A bit of sanding to make it rounder should make it comfortable.
  • Swiss Army Camp Hatchet

    G. , 2/7/2018 This was my first purchase from Garrett Wade. I was attracted to the vintage-ness of this item & the fact it was Swiss made seemed a no brainer. It is a good product that I'm sure I'll enjoy, but after I secure the loose head, as it came with a considerable knock. I hope I don't have to keep submerging it every time I need to use it. My excitement after receiving it was a bit deflated when I discovered other retailers offering the same exact item for half the price! My fault tho; should have shopped around. I love the size, weight and it's a well balanced tool.

    Response By: Garrett Wade Tech Department
    Thank you for your review on the Vintage Swiss Army Axe. Sometimes due to weather conditions, there will be changes in the wood. The handle should stabilize after time. If you are in doubt in any way, please feel free to return the axe and we will replace it for you.

  • High Quality Goods

    Mike, 12/21/2017 Given the reputation of Swiss goods, I was curious to handle one of these "surplussed" army tools. Wow! Swiss quality: they are in pristine condition, very well made, and a real treasure. Worth every dime! I own the hatchet and the axe.
  • Swiss Army Camping Hatchet

    R. Jones, 12/19/2017 My son needed a Yankee Swap gift for his Boy Scout Troop's holiday party -this was a big hit with the scouts! It will come in handy on their trips.
  • Ames and Japanese saws

    John p weiseman, 8/7/2017 Fantastic items that are high quality. I am quite pleased with my purchases!highly recommended!
  • Swiss hatchet

    John Weiseman, 8/6/2017 Heavy well made tool. It will do a fantastic job in the woodland setting. I recommend this item fully.
  • Nicely fills a niche

    Maggie Rizzi, 6/24/2017 Nicely made, was attracted to the fact that it was a "discovered item" and would like to know more of the story. I wanted something small and easy to carry and it is that. Will sharpen the edge, but don't mind making the choice about sharpness myself. Got one for a friend and he loves the idea of having a tool his kids can also use in the woods
  • Quality to count on

    Roy Nash, 5/15/2017 Just as hoped for, heavy, solid--will definitely do the job I has in mind.
  • Well Made

    Benjamin, 7/27/2016 This is a well made product. It is sharp and ready to go. The only downfall that I can see is it's weight. It is fairly heavy. This is both good and bad. If you are using it around the home then it is good. If you are taking it camping then I wouldn't want to lug it around all day.
  • A thing of function and beauty...

    Kenneth Wood, 2/13/2016 Arrived today, it was in perfect condition! The head had been coated with Linseed oil from the manufacturer when it was made, so the metal remained flawless. It came without a sharp edge, they were issued like that back in the day so the user could use it for splitting or give it an edge for finer work. The benefit is that when you sharpen the head yourself, it will be at the angle your hand naturally sharpens and it will be easier for the user to touch up every time. Everyone has their own particular angle that feels best, so sharpening is always consistent. I chopped some small logs with it, then used it to split some fat wood for kindling. The edge stayed sharp even after a few hours use on hard resinous wood. I gave it a rubdown with beeswax/oil mix I make and sat it beside the wood stove for it to absorb into the handle. Best purchase I have made in a long while.
  • Camping Axe

    Bruce Doll, 4/20/2015 An excellent product. Size and weight are good for backpacking.
  • Nice Quality

    Donn, 12/26/2014 Nice quality. Nicely balanced and very sharp!!!!!
  • Swiss Don't Miss

    Steve, 10/29/2014 The quality is close to a 10. Perfect for small jobs or the camp site.
  • Not Bad For Surplus

    JR, 10/28/2014 This is a great little axe, although the handles are cheap surplus. I look forward to putting a nice handle on it and getting many years of use from it!
  • Best Value!

    Dave Chakerian, 7/16/2014 This is the second one I have bought. The first one was adopted" by my Brother. You can find less expensive and more expensive hand axes, but for the money I doubt you can do better. Quality steel and great handling insure you will never run out of kindling again. Do not hesitate!"
  • Bottom Line

    Robert Heusser, 7/14/2014 Recently I received as described a beautifully made Swiss axe from Garret Wade. Transaction went smoothly with good follow up which included a recent catalog showing other quality items being offered by wade. So look no further. The bottom line here is great customer service, quality merchandise priced fairly and a good and reliable resource for future purchases. .........R. Heusser
  • Large Swiss Axe

    Matt Catania, 6/24/2014 This is a nice solid axe with a quality hard wood handle. Although the head is not marked the handle is stamped with what appears to be a Swiss Army imprint. The workmanship indicates that this is of Swiss manufacture. I am pleased with this tool as it is heavy enough to be used on larger chopping jobs.
  • Swiss Chopping Axe

    Richard S., 4/28/2013 I purchased two of these, one for splitting and one to experiment on with longer handles to make it more of a traditional chopping axe. The steel appears to be of excellent quality as edge retained sharpness after splitting a chord of wood. Handle is sturdy and well set. I did sand the handles and treat with boiled linseed oil. The only down side I've run into is finding a longer replacement handle to fit. The eye is squared off in back and is a good bit larger than any of my other axes. Overall I find the axe of excellent quality, but I took off a star because of the short handle. I know it's supposed to be packable for the military, but this civilian would've preferred a longer handle.
  • Woodworker

    Bob D., 1/26/2012 I purchased both of these axes. I missed the first batch,but when they got a second batch I was right on it. They are both great axes! The small one is great for splitting kindling to start your fire and the large one is heavy enough with its wedge shape for splitting the big stuff. I don't know about the guy from Tennessee but this is a Swiss Axe not from Sweden, two different countries.
  • Great Ax!

    Jerry Miller, 1/16/2012 I've been looking for a short-handled ax and I'm glad I found this Swiss Army ax! It's sharp and has a heavy, full-sized head on an ash handle. It works! It does the job on our two-acre wooded lot (tall oaks, hickory, poplar). I use a bow saw a lot, but I also need more than a hatchet to work in confined areas on downed branches, etc.
    Rate & Review Honorable Mention $50 Winner January 2012 Rate & Review Honorable Mention $50 Winner. Congratulations, Jerry!!"
  • Strange Axe

    Andy, 1/6/2012 This is a huge axe for the handle length. I bought the big boy (23). Its got a 5lb head and a 23" handle. I thought it was for splitting, since most splitting hang hatchets are these dimensions, but it isn't. The blade is much too tapered for splitting. I don't know how one is suppose to use it for bucking or felling with a straight handle. I'm afraid it may slip out of my hands. It is a good looking axe, but I did notice a few waves on both sides of the blade from a grinder. The blade has no stamps or tool maker markings to show the maker of the blade. Most tools like axes have a makers mark. I found this odd considering this is a Swedish axe."
  • Great Little Hatchet

    Pyromaniac, 12/15/2011 This is an extraordinary little hatchet that's easy to sharpen and easy to use. I sharpened mine with a medium file, and afterwards touched it up with my diamond stone and is it ever sharp!!! Even after chopping through several 4 inch thick fresh white oak logs! The only problem I had was that the wedge that holds the head on to the axe handle looks to be made of oak instead of soft poplar, and it was backing out after the 4th log, so I tapped it back in and soaked the head in a bucket of water for an hour so the wood would (lol, wood would...) swell up and hold the head on tighter and it has! It's now my favorite hatchet, and if it ever breaks, meaning the head, I will in all probability get another one just like it. Way to go Garrett Wade!!!!
  • Chopping Axe

    Paul B., 8/8/2011 Interesting, the head is so heavy the whole axe feels out of balance when swinging. Also, the handle ends abruptly. Would be preferred if it had a curved ergonomic handle that was a few inches longer. I sanded the rough edges and coated the unfinished handle with multiple coats of linseed oil. That made a big improvement. Overall, good as a vintage collectable, but isn't likely to be the go-to axe for all-around use.
  • Great Axes

    Steve, 7/22/2011 Bought both of them and they are great. I have actually taken them both camping and they performed admirably.
  • Swiss Camping Axe

    Russ, 11/18/2010 Fine axe for the money due to its size and weight good for backpacking. Will make a great gift.
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