The new Barebones Pulaski Axe ($135) is as beautiful as it is effective.  Originally invented by Forest Service Ranger Ed Pulaski for use fighting forest fires, the axe provides an efficient dual-purpose head.  The handsome chopping tool features a 3 lb. hand-sharpened 1055 carbon steel head.  One end is made into a rounded blade that is excellent for either chopping or splitting wood and is small enough to quickly and easily remove branches.  The other end is a horizontal mattock blade for root cutting and grubbing.

Inside the rugged 21″ Beech wood handle runs a 1/3″ solid steel core that not only provides heft and internal strength but helps secure the axe head via a tightening hex bolt that makes it easy to replace handle or head if damaged or worn out.  The steel pommel at the base is designed for hammering.  The Barebones Pulaski Axe is a total of 24″ long with a 12″ head and weighs 5.55 lbs. It comes with a leather sheath and a hex key for tightening.