Originally Posted by nitestalker
I think that is more of a combat design. For hunting in the back country I prefer a small hand ax. The hammer is often as important as the edge.
Agree. I have a cheap camp hatchet I bought at a yard sale for something like $5. Small enough to pack. Heavy enough head to still chop efficiently, nice flat back for hammer chores. Maybe a touch heavy for prolonged hand to hand fighting, but probably work in a pinch if it had to. Not likely to face an armor wearing foe that requires a battle axe to use for human can opening.