The 5.11 Operator Axe – Delta Designed

The 5.11 Operator Axe is a tool designed by Kyle Lamb of Viking Tactics and built by 5.11 Tactical. The Operator Axe features a few dozen functions, but the main tools are an axe head, a hammer, and a pry bar. On top of that, you have a metal cutter, some hex and socket drivers, a measuring stick, and a lovely polymer sheath.

This is a compact tool that is only 15 inches long and weighs 1 pound 10 ounces. The Operator Axe is made from SCM435 stainless steel and is 7mm thick with a 21 mm hammer. The axe is long enough to be quite functional in any of its dedicated tasks.

The Operator Axe is perfect for improvised breaching, for crash rescue, and to keep around the camp as a handy dandy tool. The quality is undeniable, and the durability is likely unmatched. Outside of the welded on hammer, the entire device is made from one piece of steel. This makes it durable and tough to break.

Now stainless steel isn’t the best for a wicked sharp blade, but it’s suitable enough. As a stainless tool, it’s more durable, less likely to chip, and more corrosion resistant.

Running Hard

Tomahawk style tools are quite popular with troops overseas. A little too popular with Dev Group, but that’s a different story. Tomahawks are handy tools to have. If you are clearing out lanes of fires, digging holes, chopping wood for a fire, or smashing open doors and breaking locks, they can be invaluable. I could see a ton of extra value in the Operator Axe in the hands of the men and women overseas.

The extra hammer, metal cutter, and pry bar add extra icing to the already delicious cake. Check the Operator Axe out at 5.11 Tactical. They have both a compact variant and the full-sized model I’m jawing on about.

Travis Pike
Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record setting 11 months at sea. He’s trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines and the Afghan National Army. He serves as an NRA certified pistol instructor and teaches concealed carry classes.