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Hey all-

I did a search on the Forum and came up empty for old threads.

What do we like for a all-around hatchet/camp axe? Something portable that can do lots of tasks but not so small that it's useless for anything more than making kindling.

I love the craftsmanship of the Swedish forged Bruks offerings but they are pretty spendy and seem like collector's pieces.
Who provides the best balance of performance and value? Husqvarna? Estwing? Fiskars?

I like the look and feel of a hickory handle but understand the durability of fiberglass and steel handles.

What to buy?

Bruce




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Fiskar's.


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I love my grandsons Brux axes but for an all around beater, I like those east wing one piece axes. They only cost about 40 bucks or so and hold an edge fairly well.
 
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Fiskars for value.




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Fiskars 17" splitting axe.

Good value for high quality Swedish forged steel
Husqvarna small splitting axe, these have increased 20% in the last 3-4 years.


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Either a Fiskars splitting axe (get the one sized for you, try them out at Home Depot- I got the x25 and liked it so much I got the hatchet too, don't need a hatchet with the X25, but hey, I can afford it) or a couple of garage sale oldies. Note that the Fiskars are amazing and will outperform the garage sale oldies but have real soft steel. Take extra care to keep them out of the dirt.

The X25 outperforms a monster maul, and will split kindling as good as any hatchet you own. It's amazing. I've split a lot of wood with mauls. Then I ruined the wood handle on one and got this Fiscar. I'm impressed.
 
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Ka-Bar Kukri. You won't be chopping down 18" trees with it, but it will knock down a smaller tree as fast as an axe. And you can use it to flip burgers.

It won't split firewood, but it's so much fun to use. LOL

https://ads.midwayusa.com/prod...s&utm_content=113362


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Husqvarna? Estwing? Fiskars?


Yes. Big Grin



Your "all around" comment struck me. If it's something you may end up using as a hammer to some degree, the one piece head Estwing is a good choice because you can't spread the eye, ruin the head and make the handle loose. I'm not 100% crazy about them, but they will last the rest of your life if you don't so something stupid. Wink


Fiskars are cool and cheap, but not unbreakable like many think. I bought a Fiskars hatchet a year or two ago for no reason other than the hardware store was going out of business. (I was actually kicking around buying a Husqvarna hatchet prior to that, again for no good reason) I used the Fiskars this year to skin and quarter a deer and was "enlightened" by how handy a tool it was for the job. That said, I haven't used it on anything BUT a deer. Smile

(but I also used this revelation as my excuse to use up my Amazon credits and buy a Granfors Bruk small hand hatchet just for this task) Cool


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I'm underwhelmed by the hollow handle of the fiskars. I have a shorty one in my camping box.

Estwing made is in USA.
 
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You might find what you like at Council Tool.




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...(but I also used this revelation as my excuse to use up my Amazon credits and buy a Granfors Bruk small hand hatchet just for this task) Cool


If you mean the 10 oz. mini hatchet, I can understand why. I have one and just love it. It is an exquisite tool.
 
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You might find what you like at Council Tool.


Agreed. I have a couple of their axes and think they generally do a good job. I have to say, though, quality control is sometimes lacking. Their fit and finish can leave something to be desired. But then, not many makers will match the fine Swedish companies.
 
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I have a Cold Steel teail boss, and I love it.


https://www.coldsteel.com/trail-boss.html
 
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I keep a Husqvarna in my truck, great ax for the price. I did reprofile the head a bit but it was fine without it.....I was just bored.

I also have an estwing, I think it is the 16" model....it is bulletproof. I also did the head on it .....it needed it but was fully functional, I am just anal Wink

After reading the The Ax Book (great read by the way) I decided to keep the full sized ax in my truck instead of the smaller hatchet.

Learn how to use a file and a puck sharpener, I keep a file next to my ax in my truck.

Also while not an ax...look at a sven saw, great cutter and packs small.
 
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i bought an Eastwing Axe a few years ago. Most Useless thing I own. I cannot split a piece of wood with the thing. Every other axe/hatchet I own works as it should.




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This might be exactly what you are looking for:

https://www.amazon.com/Morakni...130&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Here's a quick review of it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KyKpQupe_s


IMHO much better than a Fiskars or Gerber and reasonably priced. Can take a shaving sharp edge. Its lightweight and makes an excellent backpacking hatchet. Due to it's lightweight it (or any hatchet) isn't what you want to do a LOT of wood processing with but as light hatchet it's very nice. It's not quite as sweet as my Gransfors but an excellent hatchet for the money.......


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i bought an Eastwing Axe a few years ago. Most Useless thing I own. I cannot split a piece of wood with the thing.


Too thin / gradual for splitting, good from chopping small tress, limbs etc.


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i bought an Eastwing Axe a few years ago. Most Useless thing I own. I cannot split a piece of wood with the thing. Every other axe/hatchet I own works as it should.


The thin blade profile is better for cutting, but I have never had difficulty splitting oak, maple or pine with either my 16" or 26" Estwing. A couple of years ago, I used the 16" to cross cut a downed maple tree, ~6" diameter, and cross cut extremely well. Like dewhorse, I did sharpen the edge, as the factory edge is too dull.




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This might be exactly what you are looking for:

https://www.amazon.com/Morakni...130&s=gateway&sr=8-1

Here's a quick review of it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KyKpQupe_s


IMHO much better than a Fiskars or Gerber and reasonably priced. Can take a shaving sharp edge. Its lightweight and makes an excellent backpacking hatchet. Due to it's lightweight it (or any hatchet) isn't what you want to do a LOT of wood processing with but as light hatchet it's very nice. It's not quite as sweet as my Gransfors but an excellent hatchet for the money.......


If it's anything like Mora knives, I'd believe it. Mora makes great value stuff; good quality and inexpensive prices.
 
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Well, I didn't go with "best value" but it didn't cost me much Smile

I bought the Gransfors (edit: Hults, not Gransfors) Bruks Gran small splitting axe. I had a REI gift card and there was a 20% off coupon so I got it for $31 delivered. Score!

Now, to learn how to sharpen an axe...

Bruce

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