How To Use an Axe with Kids

We show you how a way to teach basic axe skills safely to children. Using a sharp tool with kids is a great way to draw them away from the screen and get them engaged with the outdoors.
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13 thoughts on “How To Use an Axe with Kids”

    1. +Melanie Grant 
      Thanks Melanie, it is such a tricky subject, sharp tools with kids! but how can they learn to manage risk if we don’t allow them to have a go. 🙂

  1. What a great video presented in such a lovely tone, thank you. May I ask what type/brand of axe you’re using. We do axe skills with a slightly shorter handled axe but totally see the benefit of a longer handle. Once again great video!

    1. +Danny English Hi Danny. Thanks for your kind words. There’s a lot of work that goes into these videos, so positive feedback is always a nice reward. The axes I use are Gransfors Bruks. The model is the Small Forest Axe. They’re lovely axes but quite pricey – although you do get what you pay for. I think even with a shorter handled axe you’d still get the same learning for the child and they’re hands would still be well away from the sharp edge when splitting wood. Thanks again, James

  2. Great video! One thing to add…..when checking your blood bubble (blood circle as our scouts call it), grab the axe or hatchet by the head, and extend the handle end outward to check the bubble distance. Thanks again!

    1. Hello – thanks for adding that. Yes I do that too if there are children I don’t know, just incase one of them decides to step forward.

  3. I’m teaching new Scout leaders how to use an ax safely next weekend. This I will add to there training. Great video.

  4. This video and the fire starting videos are perfect!! Can you please do more like these in the future? I am learning so much from them for how to teach my children!

  5. which axe would you recommend for kids aged between 10 and 14years old? Great video. Cheers

    1. I’m 14 and use the one at 0:40. But I’ve been at it for a while so I would recommend the one he showed right after that. Hope I helped😄

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