The more time I spend in the woods accomplishing small tasks, the more I realize that all tools are best at their intended purpose. In my case this is usually means cutting, yet a knife, a saw or an ax does it in a different manner.
Knives are rather for precision cutting, slicing, carving. Saws are for sawing (duh). Hatchets are ideal for felling small trees, chopping & splitting wood. At least in my opinion.
If one uses tools accordingly, they need less maintenance, last longer & are more efficient, easier to use.
My wood processing trio, this time around I would like to shortly introduce the hatchet I use during my hikes. This will be in the perspective of a layman, so don’t expect highly detailed information i.e. steel hardness, weight etc. Visit their site.
What did I need?
– low maintenance
– fair price
– decent price/value ratio
– proper size & balance – small & light enough to hike about with, still efficient enough
I spent some time looking for the ideal candidate & in this category the Fiskars X7 kept popping up with excellent reviews. Since it fully fit the bill I ordered it this February for ~40 EUR on amazon.de.
What do I use it for?
For splitting firewood obviously, which it does fairly well & a bit of clearing here & there. As of yet, I haven’t built any shelter using it (which I’m planning).
Overall I am pleased with this hatchet – it’s very compact, razor sharp, maintains its edge fairly well, fits right in my palm & performs really well.