CRKT Birler Axe - Designed by Elmer Roush, 16" #2745


Forged to keep you from being SOL in a FOB. The Birler™ compact pack axe is light enough to cut down on weight, yet it's still burly enough to get everything you need done on a mission.

Elmer Roush of Brasstown, North Carolina knows a thing or two about axes and life in the battle theater. He spent time in country, in the Vietnam conflict. Today, in the Forged By War™ program, he's applying his 40 years of blacksmith experience as well as techniques from thousands of years ago to create exceptional tools such as the Birler™.

This is an axe that won't go AWOL on you when you need to break down doors, build floors and take down tall trees to rescue a fellow soldier. The blade is forged from 1055 carbon steel and is virtually indestructible. Just like those who use it. The sturdy Tennessee hickory handle ensures that the Birler™ won't fold on you when the fighting gets tough. The name even relates the tool back to the wooden handle and the art of Birling, being a reference to lumberjacks logrolling. This is one tough tool for mission or the outdoors.

Looking at the Birler™ you'd be amazed that it's such a heavy weight when it comes to work, yet such a lightweight when it comes to carrying it into battle with the elements.

If you're fighting to reduce every ounce as you head out into the field, carry the Birler™ in your hand.

Elmer Roush

Elmer has spent his fair share of time on the battlefield. But these days, what really gives him excitement is battling hot steel with a hammer as a blacksmith.


  • Dimensions
    Open Overall Length: 16 inches
    Weight: 10.3 ounces
  • Blade
    Length: 5.165 inches
    Thickness: 1.113 inches
    Material: 1055 Carbon
    Blade-HRC: 50-55
    Finish: Satin
  • Handle Material: Hickory

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