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Hatchet recommendations?

Postby Pelagic » Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:35 pm

I'm looking for a good hatchet that has a reputation for the head material being strong (as in, more edge stability than your typical cheapo). Ideally I'd prefer a synthetic handle with a rubberized grip since they're so durable. But it doesn't have to meet all of my criteria. My last one was a cheapo and it worked fairly well. It was an Ozark Trail (Walmart brand) which is basically a cheap rippoff of a Fiskars. What hatchets do you guys own and what would you recommend? Thanks!
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Re: Hatchet recommendations?

Postby TomAiello » Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:05 pm

Fiskars hits a really good price/quality balance, in my opinion.

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Re: Hatchet recommendations?

Postby Water Bug » Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:22 pm

I'm a fan of Estwing's Sportsman's Axe... one-piece steel construction with leather grip.
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Re: Hatchet recommendations?

Postby Bloke » Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:33 pm

Hey Hitch, Maybe not exactly what you have in mind but better than average. ;)

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Re: Hatchet recommendations?

Postby JD Spydo » Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:51 pm

Water Bug wrote:
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I'm a fan of Estwing's Sportsman's Axe... one-piece steel construction with leather grip.
I have 5 hatchets now all together. But I also like the Estwing about the best. I also have a Sears Stainless hatchet I got back in the 80s and it's been through a lot over the years. Both are high quality units.

I've been told that Grandfors Bruks is about the best that money can buy. But I'm pretty satisfied with what I currently have.

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Re: Hatchet recommendations?

Postby Peter1960 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:15 am

JD Spydo wrote:
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I've been told that Grandfors Bruks is about the best that money can buy.
... and that's right. ;)
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Re: Hatchet recommendations?

Postby standy99 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:39 am

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Pricey but best I have ever used. Last cyclone I didn’t even get the chainsaw out this worked so well, handle is something else it’s that comfortable when swinging for a while.

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Re: Hatchet recommendations?

Postby Tims » Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:52 am

Theres no denying the durability of a fibreglass or steel handle but man, they don’t compare to the feel of a wood handle in use.
Regarding the Estwing. I’ve never taken to mine. It looks good and if I had to chop through a car door skin I would pick it over a wood handle but it doesn’t feel great in use. Even roughed up with 80 grit the handle feels slippery, balance is off and it feels like it wants to roll in your hand. It’s heavy too if you’re thinking off packing it on a trail.

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Re: Hatchet recommendations?

Postby bearfacedkiller » Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:48 pm

I use and abuse a husqvarna hatchet. It is heavy and chunky but powerful. The steel is good, hard but not too hard. Overall a decent hatchet for $40.
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Re: Hatchet recommendations?

Postby The Meat man » Thu Aug 01, 2019 3:06 pm

TomAiello wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 3:05 pm
Fiskars hits a really good price/quality balance, in my opinion.

I second this! Fiskars makes a superb axe in my opinion. They are almost indestructible and the heads have nice thin geometry for excellent cutting power. Takes a shaving sharp edge too.
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Re: Hatchet recommendations?

Postby Pelagic » Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:49 am

Thank you for the responses. Any and all info is appreciated. I do like wood handles but I won't be the only one using it. If someone misses and strikes a tree or log on the handle I just don't want it to be damaged. I will look into all the models mentioned. I'm curious about which ones have good geometry and heat treat.
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Re: Hatchet recommendations?

Postby Tims » Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:05 am

Pelagic wrote:
Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:49 am
Thank you for the responses. Any and all info is appreciated. I do like wood handles but I won't be the only one using it. If someone misses and strikes a tree or log on the handle I just don't want it to be damaged. I will look into all the models mentioned. I'm curious about which ones have good geometry and heat treat.
A composite handle would be the go if other, less skilled/careful folk will be using it a lot.

That said, an overstrike guard can be made easily or bought cheaply if you have your heart set on a wood handle. I grew up splitting wood with a full size block splitter. I was small and it was heavy so overstrikes happened, a guard did help prolong the life of the handles.

Overstrikes on a hatchet will be far less common or damaging. Something to consider

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Re: Hatchet recommendations?

Postby VashHash » Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:33 pm

I'd also recommend estwing. The price is low and it's solid. The sportsman is nice with the stacked leather and the campers axe has the rubber handle.

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Re: Hatchet recommendations?

Postby JD Spydo » Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:15 am

VashHash wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:33 pm
I'd also recommend estwing. The price is low and it's solid. The sportsman is nice with the stacked leather and the campers axe has the rubber handle.
Every ESTWING tool I've ever owned has been quality built and a great value for the money. I've still own and use an ESTWING carpenter's hammer I had given to me the year I graduated high school ( 1972) and I still use it frequently. I also have one of their "geologist's hammers" with the miner's pick point that rock hounds use that I got in a trade over at Bladeforums back in 2005 and I've used it for all kinds of jobs and it's just as good as new.

Truly you can't go wrong with ESTWING. I highly suspect that ESTWING is who made my SEARS Craftsman hatchet because the two of them are so similar in many aspects. But both of them are superb and both were made in the USA :cool: . I can't really see where a Grandfors Bruks unit would outperform them. But let me know if there are any advantages but I sure can't find any.

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Re: Hatchet recommendations?

Postby Tims » Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:52 am

JD Spydo wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:15 am
VashHash wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:33 pm
I'd also recommend estwing. The price is low and it's solid. The sportsman is nice with the stacked leather and the campers axe has the rubber handle.
Every ESTWING tool I've ever owned has been quality built and a great value for the money. I've still own and use an ESTWING carpenter's hammer I had given to me the year I graduated high school ( 1972) and I still use it frequently. I also have one of their "geologist's hammers" with the miner's pick point that rock hounds use that I got in a trade over at Bladeforums back in 2005 and I've used it for all kinds of jobs and it's just as good as new.

Truly you can't go wrong with ESTWING. I highly suspect that ESTWING is who made my SEARS Craftsman hatchet because the two of them are so similar in many aspects. But both of them are superb and both were made in the USA :cool: . I can't really see where a Grandfors Bruks unit would outperform them. But let me know if there are any advantages but I sure can't find any.
I can definitely feel the difference between the Estwing and a wood handle (don’t own a Bruks). The longer you hold/use it, the more apparent the difference.

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Re: Hatchet recommendations?

Postby Water Bug » Fri Aug 09, 2019 3:58 pm

JD Spydo wrote:
Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:15 am
VashHash wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 2:33 pm
I'd also recommend estwing. The price is low and it's solid. The sportsman is nice with the stacked leather and the campers axe has the rubber handle.
Every ESTWING tool I've ever owned has been quality built and a great value for the money. I've still own and use an ESTWING carpenter's hammer I had given to me the year I graduated high school ( 1972) and I still use it frequently. I also have one of their "geologist's hammers" with the miner's pick point that rock hounds use that I got in a trade over at Bladeforums back in 2005 and I've used it for all kinds of jobs and it's just as good as new.

Truly you can't go wrong with ESTWING. I highly suspect that ESTWING is who made my SEARS Craftsman hatchet because the two of them are so similar in many aspects. But both of them are superb and both were made in the USA :cool: . I can't really see where a Grandfors Bruks unit would outperform them. But let me know if there are any advantages but I sure can't find any.

I've been a big Estwing fan for years. The Estwing Sportsman's Axe was the first of their tools that I got. I then got the Estwing Rock Pick (pointed tip with leather washer grip) as well as the Estwing 16 ounce Bricklayer's Hammers (with molded Shock Reduction Grip) for field work during college, and I still use them today. And, I also have Estwing's Curved Claw English Pattern Hammer (with leather washer grip) for all my nailing job needs. The solid steel, one-piece construction, as well as these tools being made in the USA, appeals to me and have served me well.
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