POTD: Winchester 1300 Defender + American Felling Axe

    Today’s Photo shows two very American products, but the photo comes from Switzerland.

    This Yin and Yang styled photo shows the American Felling Axe made out of 5160 American alloy steel, fine grain Appalachian hickory and comes with a bridle leather sheath in a hand-made wood crate. The axe is almost twice as heavy as a Scandinavian Forest Axe.

    Exactly what the Winchester 1300 Defender Shotgun is made of is harder to tell, let’s leave it at metal and wood. And it spits all sorts of lead. I wouldn’t mind having one around my bed at night.

    The shotgun appeared first around 1978 and was made by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. It is a rotary bolt pump-action shotgun and the caliber of this shotgun is 12 gauge.


    The American Felling Axe – More information

    Designed from the ground up in New York City by Best Made Company, tested the world over. The American Felling Axe has a 4lb Dayton pattern head, perhaps one of the most iconic American axe head designs, which is drop forged in the United States from an American-made 5160 alloy steel that is hardened to a Rockwell hardness of 54-56 HRC.

    The Best Made mark (BMC) is forged into the butt of the axe head. A distinguishing trait of our axe head is its slim profile which — relative to many other contemporary felling axes — makes for improved cutting and chip throwing. The handle of the American Felling Axe is a straight-grain, premium hickory that originates in Appalachia. We designed the handle to provide maximum efficiency, comfort, and safety. We go to great lengths to source an unrivaled wood grain. Every axe is emblazoned with our trademark logo on the handle, and a removable American Felling Axe sticker on the head.

    The Axe is priced between $188 to $398. It wouldn’t surprise me if you could find the Winchester for a lot less.

    Today’s Photo comes from Vogt Waffen AG Switzerland, used with permission.