looking for the best hatchet?
Not an axe, not a chainsaw, I'd like a hatchet..0
What for? Different hatchets for different jobs. For general use, you can't go wrong with Gransfors or Fiskars. If you need something nice and light for camping, I love the Gerber Gator Axe 2 combo (not actually an axe).
Fiskars, as mentioned above.
Hi. If you're shopping for an axe or hatchet, check out Garrett Wade. They have a wide selection. The Wetterlings' Belt Axe, Wetterling's Camping Axe and the vinatge but never used Swiss Army Axes are well worth considering.
I have a Fiskars axe as noted above and it's great. The composite handle is incredibly strong and light. The weight is in the head so it's easy to bring down. If I was looking for a hatchet I'd definitely look at Fiskars.
Wetterlings seems to be the best globally available hatchets and axes for the price. Gransfors-bruks are at least as good, but cost more. Both these are heavy, hand-forged, pro-grade tools you can hand down to your grandchildren. Heavy is good in a splitting and/or hewing tool.
If you want an extremely lightweight hatchet for camping or casual use, I recommend Fiskars. They weigh a fraction of what a proper smithed axe weighs, and will do the job for you (although probably not for your grandkids).
Wayne, do yourself a favor and checkout the Estwing line. They are all steel and can be sharpened to near shaving sharpness. I have several of the other brands mentioned above, but the Estwing is the one that I reach for most of the time.
Hultafors axes are the probably the cheapest of the 3 Swedish makers (Gransfors Bruks and Wetterlings the other two). Hultafors also make the axes for other people, like Husqvarna, I believe.
If in Europe I think you can pick up a Hultafors hatchet for much the same price as a Fiskars one.
Following are most popular and top rated hatchets. Fiskars X7 Estwing E24A & E44A Gerber 31-002070 Gransfors Bruks wilidlife hatchet
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