My thoughts on the Iron Fox Axe (Shane Metcalfe)
Recently when the owner of Leatherhead Mafia asked me to demo a new type of Fire Axe he had received, I was curious how it would be any different from many of the variations currently in the Fire Service Market.
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this tool is definitely made to work! I’m impressed with several factors:
- The Axe is weighted properly. Many Fire Service Axes I come across are in 6lb capacity. In my opinion, if you are going to use a Flat Head Axe to strike in tandem with a Halligan in a Forcible Entry situation or to cut/smash in a Ventilation scenario, I want the heavier tool
- The Halligan Notch. Any tool that is manufactured in 2020 and is to be used in tandem with a Halligan that isn’t notched to receive a Halligan is a waste of time in my opinion. The notch on the Iron Fox marries perfectly with my Halligan.
- Lastly the “Wedged Blade”. What is most unique/advantageous about the Iron Fox is the Wedge Blade which is much thicker than on a standard chopping or Fire Axe. When we used the Axe in testing, we chopped through solid wood doors, steel doors and even masonry such as brick. In every test the Iron Fox pulverized the material and created a massive hole whereas a standard Fire Axe more often than not just became stuck in place.
Like many of us across North America (and across the world I’m sure) we are constantly running short staffed at my firehouse. We are often responding to fires with a three man engine vs. the optimal four man company. This creates a situation where every single member is extremely valuable and must be able to complete tasks most often reserved for two members. The Iron Fox is a force multiplier, it lets a single firefighter create a whole hell of a lot of damage via forcible entry, ventilation or breaching and breaking. I’m excited that we are carrying this tool and hope you give it a try too