Greetings Nature N3rdlings
You may remember that I did a first impressions review of the Wetterlings Les Stroud Bushman Axe
I took that axe out into the field and was disappointed in it.
I had a few issues (which I will go into below) and thought there is no way Wetterlings would allow for this.
So, before I wrote the review, I did a little research. Turns out a few other people were having the same issues I had.
And then I hit paydirt. Turns out I was not the only one who found issues with this axe. Even the fine folks at Rocky Mountain Buschcraft had the same issues and took their axe directly to Julia Kalthoff (CEO of Wetterlings).
Julia, to her credit, went back to the drawing board and Wetterlings made a 2nd generation version of the Les Stroud Bushman Axe.
I was able to get my hands on one after I sent in my set of issues to Wetterlings and Sport-Hansa
It is noticeably different.
Before we get into the comparison, let me recap what was wrong with the first axe.
Issues with the 1st Generation Bushman Axe
After chopping a (mostly) rotted log, I found that the edge of the axe had rolled on me, and had notches after a single use.
Also, the wedge in the haft had popped out after 1 use.
These are the same issues that many others had noticed.
So, now, let’s take a look at the 1st generation and the 2nd generation.
Wetterlings Les Stroud Bushman Axe – 1st Generation vs 2nd Generation
Here they are. On the left is the 1st generation. On the right is the 2nd generation.
The first thing I noticed was that the sheath/cover fit better on the 2nd Gen. You can no longer pull the bottom of the sheath over the blade…like so:
Now let’s look at them without the sheath on. They look fairly identical.
Until you look at them from the top down. 1st Gen on top, 2nd Gen on the bottom:
The first difference is fairly obvious. The staple over the wedge. That should definitely keep that wedge in place.
The second difference is only noticeable to people who know about edge types on an axe.
See, the 1st Gen had a fairly wedge type edge. This is good for having a sharp edge, but not the most sturdy type of edge.
The 2nd Gen has a more convex edge. This is not as sharp, but tends to be more durable. In fact, the people at Rocky Mountain Bushcraft put a more convex edge on their 1st Gen and it has been working a lot better.
All of the above modifications I was able to confirm with Julia at Wetterlings. Also turn out that Wetterlings changed the cooling process a little bit to make the axes stronger.
I have yet to take the 2nd Gen out into the field, but I will be doing that over the July 4th weekend. I will do a chop-for-chop test against the 1st Gen to see how it has been improved.
If there is any test you’d like to see done, let me know in the comments below.