After a lot of research, I decided that it was time to get a new hatchet. Even though it cost more than I thought it would, I love it. The looks of this hatchet really need to be appreciated. I really wanted this hatchet to use for camping and some general yard work and for its actual use, it really excels.
This is one of the best looking hatchets out there. It is really ergonomic and the handle is really smooth and easy to grip. Even after using for a really long time, it was still comfortable to be used for longer, but my arm started to get tired. The head geometry was perfect for carving and limbing. It is also fine enough to use for some carving details.
It is made of a really durable steel, and it doesn’t take a lot to give it a really great edge. So far, after the abuse I have put it through, it hasn’t chipped. The leather mask that it comes with, is really of a great quality and it is perfect. Besides paying the super high price, it is really cheap compared to other quality fixed blades. It was easy to switch out my larger knives for this hatchet.
Another thing that I loved about it, is that it is made using “green” techniques. That made me more willing to purchase this hatchet. It is actually signed by the person who made the hatchet, so that proves that each one will be different.
Overall, this is a really great tool to use daily or just when you decide that you want to head off into the woods for that survival training.
Out of all of the hatchets that I have picked in the past, I never thought that the best one that I would own would be the Fiskars X7. I purchased this for just some general camping use. The one thing that you will notice right off, is that it is dull when it is shipped to you, but that I believe is for safety reasons. It didn’t take me very long to put a nice edge on it that I could do some chopping with. The handle is made from fibercomp, which is nice so you don’t have to worry about the elements rotting your handle, or it causing it to rust or worry about damage to the shaft. The handle on it was easy to grip.
It didn’t have a lot of shock transfer when you strike something unlike other types of hatchets that have steel or wood handles. I have no idea if this is an intentional design feature, but it really makes it a better experience and it isn’t as tiring when you have been out there hiking all day and you just want to chop up a bit of wood for a nice fire that you can cook your food on. I was actually surprised at just how nice it chopped, which made short work of some pretty thick branches and it didn’t need a lot of effort to do either.
The other thing that I loved about this one was the sheath that it came with. It is made from plastic. It does a great job of protecting the handle.
Overall, this is a great hatchet for those who enjoy being outdoors.
Recently I purchased the Estwing E 24A hatchet for my last camping trip. I had realized that my old hatchet head was really loose from the handle and decided to go ahead and try something new, as I really didn’t want to hammer wedges or nails in to keep it tight. I went ahead and picked an Estwing hatchet. I really did my research on this but I just kept coming back to this one. I loved that the handle and head was literally one piece. There wasn’t a way for the head to get loose and fall off, like my other one.
Overall, I felt that this hatchet was very sturdy and strong. The handle was a great size for both mine and my wife’s hands. It has a really comfortable grip. According to other reviews, it is best to treat the leather handle before use to make it last longer instead of being shiny.
I also like the fact that the back of the head is flat, which was great for hammering in our tent stakes into the hard ground. My other hatchet has a small hammer style butt end. This one is flat but it is for the length of the butt. This actually added a larger surface which made it easier to hammer stakes in. It was a bit sharper than expected when I received it. I have decided to wait to sharpen it. I also loved that it came with a leather cover. It has some personality that doesn’t match the other hatchets out there.
I am certainly ready to take this camping.