Take everywhere hatchet
This is seriously the best hatchet out there.
I have carried mine on every expedition that I have been on for the last 8 years. When I'm not camping I store it beside the fireplace to make kindling with.
It is lighter than any wood handled hatchet and very ergonomic. Swinging it in your hand you really get the feeling that your hand now has an axe head at the end, it just fits well. Its size makes it ideal for backpacking. The extra-large belt loop on the sheath will easily fit a large pack buckle through it allowing you to always keep it handy at your side. The sheath is really good construction, very stiff and durable. The handle is short enough that you can run around with it on your belt without hurting or knocking into yourself.
I use mine to strip limbs off trees, chop firewood into tinder and kindling and even chop rounds into firewood. I have used it to fell small trees with great effect. Admittedly I have banged my knuckles a few times while using it on large logs or small trees. But that's what an axe is for not a hatchet. This hatchet is definitely made with the intention that it is going to be used as an axe.
I would gladly use this hatchet in any survival situation as it is small, light, and sharp. I have only needed to sharpen it once in my constant use. It could easily be used create a shelter, snares and traps and build a signal fire. Because if its size it can fit anywhere.
Keep in mind when purchasing this is a hatchet not an axe, they make an axe very similar.
great knife! good axe.
You cant beat the weight you will carry for the ability this provides in the woods, knife and an axe.
Small, light weight (as far as an axe goes, axe is a bad word here, lets call it a small hatchet).
Add a light weight wood saw, you have yourself tinder, shelter(with proper training), personal defense (if your fast on the draw), ability to clean small (and some larger game, perhaps), and a way to clear that pesky tree out of the road on the way to or out from camp!
Please, DO NOT think you are gonna split enough fire wood for the winter with this! It is just not large enough for that.
Also please, DO NOT think this is going to clear a trail in the amazon for you! It is not a machete!
But if your after a small axe (hatchet), this is a right way to go, (PLUS it has a knife!).
Did i mention it has a knife?
Excellent for the weight and size
I have the older version of this axe that doesn't include the knife in the handle, so aside from that it's the same. I've had it for over ten years. In spite of the questionable looking blade molding construction, I can tell you that there is no way you will break it. Also, there is no way you will break the handle. Be sure to bring a sharpening solution though because it won't hold an edge very well, which is the only minus. If you want a bigger axe, don't complain about this one being too small - go buy a bigger axe - and have fun packing up that 14er. If you want a warm fire that will last you for hours, get this, spend 15 minutes preparing your wood and get to cooking.
Good compact axe...
This is a very decent piece of equipment. I'm writing to elaborate on previous members review on the dullness of the axe and difficulty using the axe.
The axe is fairly dull. You won't be able to chop down a >4" tree with ease and it's not designed for a full swing. That being said, I think the axe is good for chopping small (dry) branches or splitting precut firewood. I do a one-hand short swing (not holding firewood with the other hand) and able to split firewood just fine.
Well worth it.
I'd used an older model of this hatchet before, so I wasn't too worried about the quality. The knife in the handle helps balance the tool over older models, where the handle was hollow. The extra weight is easily offset by the benefits.
Only one trip out so far, but it ended up being key to an otherwise dangerous trip. The tool easily stood up to the test, and we even used it to do some basic trail maintenance as well. The tool didn't show any signs of strain.
Small but useful
I must have gotten an earlier model because I have had this for about two years and mine does not have a strap to hold in the knife. I already had to buy a replacement knife because it fell out in the middle of the night while I was searching for firewood. I have since started taking the knife out before using. The strap seems like a good improvement. It is small but that is why I bought it. Good for backpacking and keeping weight down.
I have had two of these hatchets and they are the only hatchet I will consider (for the price and function). The only reason it isn't a five star product was because my first snapped during a trip. The handle is nice, but it is made of plastic and joined with the head in a slightly poor way. However, despite this little hiccup, this hatchet is excellent and I would recommend it to anyone who needs a pretty light, cross functional, highly useful hatchet.
The reports of the knife staying in seem to have been addressed by a rubber retaining strap. Really nice and compact. The knife and axe are sharp and well made. Handle is comfortable. We'll be using this for backpacking.
Second one I have purchsed. Giving this one to my son who is a Boy Scout. Great camp tool and small enough to pack or canoe with.
A MUST for camping!
My better half absolutely loves it- so much so he sleeps with it.