Hello ZS Forum!
Recently I've been putting together (2) nice packs. (1) for camping with my young son, and (1) for Bug-out-Bag. They are stored in the same location. Upon spreading out all of my current gear, I noticed that I was missing one very important item, especially for camping. (NOTE: I've never even camped, so I'm researching and buying those items as well, such Eureka! Tetragon tent, etc). The item I'm missing? A simple hatchet or camping axe. Upon looking online, I've seen lots, and are considering several. I have a few criteria for a camping hatchet:
1.) Gets the job done without breaking
2.) Is lightweight so as not weight down a hiking pack
3.) Is small enough to fit in a small hiking pack
With these criteria in mind, I've narrowed it down to several camping hatchets, in no particular order:
1.) Gerber Gator Axe II
(Made by Fiskars, in Taiwan)
- This one sure is useful with the removable saw in the handle
- Is like 15.5 inches long, and weights 2.0 lbs.
2.) Fiskars X7 Hatchet
(Made in Sweden or wherever, with better steel than the Gerber above)
- Note this is NOT the smaller model.
- This one really gets good reviews. Supposed to cut 3x deeper than a normal hatchet due to superior edge and steel used. A lot of good reviews.
- Has a neat sheath
- Head is coated for rust/corrosion resistance
- 14 inches long, 1.4 lbs.
3.) Estwing E3-11 Drywall Hammer
(Say whaaaaaat?) I know this is an oddball to throw in here, but I saw this at an ACE hardware store and was immediately drawn to it's grip, balance, light weight, and dual functions. I know it will not chop down a tree, but neither will any lightweight, small hatchet. It should be noted that Estwing DOES make hatchets/axes, but they seem quite large and heavy compared to the others listed above.
- Weighs 11 ounces
- One piece of solid steel, perfectly balanced with shock absorbing grip. Because one piece, it won't break like the ones above.
- Has a round hammering head as well to pound, hammer, etc.
- Damn fine made tool.
- CON: Hatchet head is smaller than normal hatchet, but still perfectly functional.
Ok, that's it for my list.....if some of you could throw in your own suggestions or reviews/thoughts on the above, that would be great. Looking to purchase one in the next week.
Thanks! - The Delta Force