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Old 01-15-2014, 02:34 AM   #11
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I bought a old wood handled hatchet at a flea market for $5. It seems to stay sharp. The hickory handle is fairly comfortable for light camp sight duties and using it on a trap line. Couldn't tell you much about it as far as age, make, model. It just works.
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I only use Wetterlings or Gransfors Bruk axes/hatchets. They cost more,but you will never find a better wood cutting tool.

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Thanks for the advice. I swear by estwing tools so I'm going to go with their axe. Priced right and has great reviews.
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Most of the time I lend a hatchet out and forget it. I just carry the hatchet from the $5 bin at tractor supply. If I lose it or break the hatchet using it for a pry bar their is no loss.
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I second the Wetterlings. Hard to beat for a camp axe. I also like vintage Plumbs, have several of those.
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I second the Wetterlings. Hard to beat for a camp axe. I also like vintage Plumbs, have several of those.
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I learned many,many years ago to never "cheap out" on tools if you plan on having something that's going to last.
Those cheap hatchets/axes might do the job a couple times,but if you use them a lot like I do,you'll regret buying them.
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I learned many,many years ago to never "cheap out" on tools if you plan on having something that's going to last.
Those cheap hatchets/axes might do the job a couple times,but if you use them a lot like I do,you'll regret buying them.
True. I'll try the estwing out. Like I said, I use their hammers and they take a whooping. I work in construction so they definetly get abused hard. I can't justify spending more than $75 on one.
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I chose a SOG: Voodoo Hawk Tactical Axe
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Estwing E24A around $30 if you shop. I have had mine for about 50 years and the leather handle is still good. I did have to replace the sheath once. One of the handiest tools is the folding saw. Light, fast and quieter than a hatchet You can get into places that you cant swing a hatchet. I recommend having both. Hard to drive tent stakes with a saw.
I bought my Estwing in 1966 and it's still going strong. Had to make a new sheath is all. I've driven a lot of tent pegs and split a lot of kindling with it not to mention the deer it's worked on. I carry it in a small pack in the Jeep along with a folding saw, sheath knife, file and stone.
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