Hatchet suggestions

I'm in the market for an all purpose hatchet. I don't have a price range and I want it to be good quality. I don't mind dropping a pretty penny.
Once again, not a full length axe. Handheld hatchet. I have no idea what to look for. Any advice? Anything on your wishlist anon?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Honestly just get a fiskars and be done with it, unless you find something is wrong with the fiskars, which is unlikely given your general purpose requirement.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Something old and cheap. Budget another $15 for a new handle since they're all dried out and loose. Hatchets are not rocket science.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >Hatchets are not rocket science.
      unironically, yes they are

      https://i.imgur.com/GMUxcZU.png

      I'm in the market for an all purpose hatchet. I don't have a price range and I want it to be good quality. I don't mind dropping a pretty penny.
      Once again, not a full length axe. Handheld hatchet. I have no idea what to look for. Any advice? Anything on your wishlist anon?

      Gransfors is as good as it gets

      but you could go to lowes and buy two or 3 of their "Tool" hatchets, and you would be just fine all the same, and STILL only spent a fraction of what the gransfors costs
      >but that sweet sweedish steel
      ill never get rid of mine^

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    lol. lmao.

    your velcro shoes have never seen daylight, have they?

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    A hatchet is literally one of the oldest tools of man, just get something that isn't complete chinesium.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Hultafors, Granfors, Øyo. Mora if you are into nylon handles.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    genuinely just buy and old hatchet head and refurb it. it's easy as long as you have a vice and grinder/wire wheel.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Council Tool makes great axes. I use one of their "Wood-Craft" small axes for a lot of cutting (I make my own maple syrup and cook it down over a wood fire)

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I got one of these when I was a kid for our family camping trips. Very nice steel. Mine looks so much like this one now that it could be the same (they aren't). Mine is honed down so fine I use it to butcher deer, I hold it by the back of the head for skinning, I can separate every rib from the vertebrae in one swing down each side of the spine and lift the entire ribcage off in two halves (I usually split the front open from neck to butthole for fast field gutting). I can carve each hindquarter off with it in half a dozen more cuts & swipes, then move on to knife work for the rest. Really holds an edge, even after splitting the skull and breaking/cutting all the major bones so the foxes & birds can clean everything up quick. It's hefty but still small & light enough for general camping. The back of the head isn't a great hammer because it deforms & chips on hard metal & rock, but just place a sacrificial piece of wood between the hatchet & striking surface if you really need to hammer aggressively on something hard ... which you would have to do with most hatchets. It also throws pretty well. I'm about skilled enough to sink the blade most of an inch into trees around ten to 15 yards. Wouldn't want to have to use it for self-defense, but it would be formidable compared to nothing or a small-ish knife. Like I said, keep it sharp and it does hold a damned good edge.

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    PrepHole would have much more informed recommendations than /k/, fyi

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You're looking at it. Gransfors Bruk is the gold standard of axes.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      20 years ago maybe. They aren’t as good as they once were, they aren’t using graded steel, but instead a mystery meat recycled blend that isn’t consistent run to run. Nothing wrong with recycled steel, but when it’s “whatever” instead of graded steel, heat treat consistency goes to shit. Council, Hulks bruks, and half a dozen other “premium” axes are better than a Granfors Bruks new production.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >cons
    >simple fit and finish
    THIS HANDAXE IS NOT HIGH SPEED ENOUGH FOR ME

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Was going to post this.
      WTF kind of doodads do people expect beyond a steel hatchet head with a hickory handle?

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Best option is to probably refer an old head but you kind of have to have an eye for whats good, ideally looking at one in person to make sure there is enough hardened steel left on the bit behind the edge to make it worth it and that the eye/poll wasn't abused by being used as a hammer. If you insist on buying something new I got this a few years ago. Worth every penny.
    https://wolfvalleyforge.com/the-kephart-reproduction/
    Either that or a council tool hatchet from the sport utility line.
    Redditors and armchair outdoorsmen like to dick ride the sweed axes but they're over priced for what you get and get mogged by anything council tool makes or a good condition vintage head.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Those are nice but:

      >The current wait time for your axe is about 13 months from order date.

      It took me 2 years to get a CRK Pacific, I ain't waiting.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Something ornate and shiny.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I like snow and nealley. They're good quality, moderately priced and American made if that's your thing.
    They have a good bite, hold an edge well and I really like the blade geometry (it's good for game processing as well as wood cutting).
    I own the camping axe, same head/bit just a longer handle that I find more useful for my purposes.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Seconding Snow & Nealey

      Here are some other makers at varying price points:

      >Council Tool
      >Rinaldi
      >Brant and Cochran

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    My Gransfors is used for felling small trees, bucking, timber framing and game processing. I use a full metal estwing for roots and stuff that is going to bang it around because it is tough as shit. I have a fiskar with a plastic handle that I use if I am doing yardwork that will likely include an axe but isn't based around the axe.
    I'd start with a Fiskar's X7 if you want a decent hatchet and have no idea what to look for. Figure out what you specifically need before spending 200 bucks on something top shelf.
    I have a friend who wanted to get really good at shooting handguns and so he bought a very nice, well regarded competition pistol. He shot it a bunch and got better at pistol shooting until he reached a skill level that he realized he actually would prefer totally different features than the gun he has. Nothing stops him from buying another competition pistol, but he could have figured out this preference with the $500 variant of the pistol instead of the $1200 version.

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Act accordingly.

    https://www.gransforsbruk.com/en/butik/products/forest-axes-en/

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Why do those types say that shit all the time? Plan accordingly, act accordingly, get out of the cities. Never have any actual useful follow up.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        When you don't live in a city, that eliminates 13% of the problem.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I live in one and the 13% spent most of their time looting their own stores and burning the gentrified areas during the riots and avoiding all the neighborhoods where the Italian and Irish offshoots were out patrolling in packs with guns.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Oh hey. It's that guy that taught me how to recycle old Christmas lights for the 4th of July.

      My Gransfors is used for felling small trees, bucking, timber framing and game processing. I use a full metal estwing for roots and stuff that is going to bang it around because it is tough as shit. I have a fiskar with a plastic handle that I use if I am doing yardwork that will likely include an axe but isn't based around the axe.
      I'd start with a Fiskar's X7 if you want a decent hatchet and have no idea what to look for. Figure out what you specifically need before spending 200 bucks on something top shelf.
      I have a friend who wanted to get really good at shooting handguns and so he bought a very nice, well regarded competition pistol. He shot it a bunch and got better at pistol shooting until he reached a skill level that he realized he actually would prefer totally different features than the gun he has. Nothing stops him from buying another competition pistol, but he could have figured out this preference with the $500 variant of the pistol instead of the $1200 version.

      >I'd start with a Fiskar's X7
      I just recently bought the Taiwanese version of the X10 (I think) sold through the Gerber brand as the Gator II because I got a damn good deal on it. It's basically an X7 with a longer handle that can hold a small saw in it, but I consider the handle a game changer for small axes because it gives you that extra leverage and the ability to two-hand it. Packable, relatively light. Haven't gotten a chance to use it yet, but hence why I got one that was packable and light.

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Yeah I can heartily recommend any of the small hatchets from council tool, I’ve used and enjoyed the camp carver, the belt axe, and the I believe two pound Hudson Bay pattern, it may be 2.5 pounds

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Make your own

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      i feel like thats more of a slightly pointy club than a hatchet

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        What is hatchet but pointy club

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        You'd be surprised how effective a simple pointy rock can work for cutting wood. You don't even need to make a handle.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      at least flint the edge bro

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    These are great; I love mine.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      For nearly $40 you could get a Maul AND machete for that dopey little hatchet at any walmart.
      $30 if you just want an axe

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Shit axe, if that plastic handle cracks it's useless. Should get a one with a wooden handle instead

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Get a replacement handle while youre buying from wally world
          Get the good shit cheap on discount
          Or Just buy an axe with a wooden handle for, again, less than $40

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Pic related

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >if that plastic handle cracks
          It won't. I've used plenty Fiskars and Gerbers axes over the years and I've never had or heard of anyone having one of those break their handle, and I'd assume that one is fairly comparable. Modern plastics are way better than wood for all practical purposes.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Every "fiskars" I've seen break has ended up being a chink knockoff instead. The problem is that two of them were sold as Fiskars on Amazon.

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