The Iron Fox “Breach” 7.5 lb Flathead Axe is up for review.
The axe arrived 17 November 2014 and immediately went into service. This version has the 28″ brown plastic handle. While it seems a bit short, the axe handle length is genuinely a personal preference I believe. The head of the axe is shaped with a chisel type blade, allowing the blade to “bust” through what you are cutting and has a wedge at the top of the blade resembling a common axe to allow for the creation of a purchase point when chopping. The flat side of the axe is square on the edges with a small dome to the head to allow for a solid striking surface at any angle.
The Iron Fox Axe has been primarily used for forcible entry and also for opening up walls and such to check for fire spread. The Iron Fox Axe is very tough, and has proven to be a perfect add-on to any tool compartment. This model does not have the notch to allow to married with a Halligan but has been used with a Halligan. At the beginning of April i received the notched version of the axe that allows it to marry to a Halligan. the handle on this one is wood and is 36 inches long.
The Iron Fox Axe marries beautifully and with a tight connection, allowing for a secure set of irons. The Iron Fox Axe appears to have a taller sharper lead point to it than the original has. The flat head part of it is the same. Again i wrapped the handle to suit myself for a little extra grip using hockey tape and this time used oxygen tubing under the tape. Our call volume hasn’t allowed recently for either axe to be really tested hard but I’m sure time will allow for a better test. Both axes are tough, balanced beautifully and have been a great addition to our “tool box”. If I had to choose between the 2 styles, which one i would prefer to keep, I personally would probably just buy them both.
4 years later….an update. These tools have been joined in the cabinet with another tool, that’s been reviewed here also and has its own purpose, the Iron Fox axes still continue to prove their worth. The handles are still original and while marred haven’t broken or needed repair. I have updated the handle wraps with Fire Maul Grip Kits and the combination is amazing! The heads have been painted. With some simple care of the heads and handles I don’t see why they shouldn’t last another 4-5 with out drastic repairs! Check them at the website below and buy a hat or a t-shirt while you’re there!