Axes are such an important and personal part of bushcraft, indeed it could be argued that a good axe is the ultimate bushcraft and survival tool, for it can be used for pretty much anything from fine carving and game preparation to felling mighty trees all in one handy to carry tool.
Axe selection is a personal thing and is very dependent on your own personal requirements, its worth spending time handling a few different styles and makes before settling on your own. Many a person an a bushcraft course comes with the plan of owning an axe identical to one they have seen used on TV only to find that the practicalities of said same axe make it a little unwieldy or perhaps not as ergonomic as they want. Car boots often turn up all sorts of gems but there is something quite rewarding about bonding with your very own axe.
My favourites are maybe a little cliched, but I have found that Gransfors Bruks of Sweden make such a comprehensive range of axes that its hard to imagine someone wanting something more than they have to offer. I have bucked the trend a little and use their wildlife hatchet as opposed to the often hailed small forest axe. Mainly because Its a better size for tucking away in a small pack or even wearing on a belt, and for the majority of tasks I will ask of it it about the camp it has the perfect balance and length.
I also love the fact that each axe has been hand made by one craftsman who puts their own unique stamp on the axe to assure you of their workmanship (Mattias mattsson made mine.)
I just stumbled on this awesome little video showing you an axe being made in the workshops well worth a watch if you have a few minutes to spare.....