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Not an axe, not a chainsaw, I'd like a hatchet..

asked Apr 06 '11 at 18:54

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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).

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answered May 23 '11 at 17:33

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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.

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answered May 24 '11 at 07:34

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Fiskars, as mentioned above.

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answered May 24 '11 at 00:17

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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.

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answered May 25 '11 at 22:57

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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).

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answered May 26 '11 at 06:25

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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.

Good Luck

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answered Jun 19 '11 at 17:28

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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.

http://www.hultafors.com/products/cutting/axes/trekking-axes/hatchet/

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answered Sep 03 '13 at 07:43

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Following are most popular and top rated hatchets. Fiskars X7 Estwing E24A & E44A Gerber 31-002070 Gransfors Bruks wilidlife hatchet

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answered Feb 28 at 00:43

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