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    Best hatchet for camping / trail clearing / fun

    Every time we go MTB / camping, I make a list of "crap we should bring next time".

    The last time around, we added "flyswatters" and "hatchet" to the list.

    I need a campsite hatchet for .....well I don't know why, I just want one.

    I already bring a Silky saw and a machete. But I think a hatchet would be useful sometimes.

    Of course I L-O-V-E the Estwing leather, but is there something new that is so much better, that it is worth buying?
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    Get an Estwing, but go for the 26" camp axe.

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    Check out the Fiskars axe lineup: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...ds=fiskars+axe They're pretty much indestructible and work well.

    If other people will be using it, get something you won't mind taking some abuse.

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    Right on! That's an hatchet worth owning!

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    One of the problems with hatchets,
    safety wise is that they can easily miss it's mark and hit your leg. When I was a musher, chopping wood for a campfire miles away from any help, I'd take a knee when chopping wood. This made it impossible for an errant swing to hit me. This was using a 24 inch boy scout axe. A shorter handle will only increase the danger. My situation may be different than yours but please be careful when using them.

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    estwing hatchet ftw
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    Estwings are crap. Get a Council Tool, Husqvarna, Fiskars, Hults Bruk, Ochsenkoff, Gransfors Bruk, Barco-Kelly. Vintage axes are better than new ones. Something under 2 lbs with a ~20" handle, like the superb Council Tool Woodcraft Pack Axe, for instance. I carry a Council Tool 28" Boys Axe for trail work, but I'm an axeman.
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    bsieb's answer brings up a good point. The Estwing is in no way a beautiful, well crafted tool and it doesn't hold an edge terribly well. Because it's not really nice, I don't have to treat it nice. It is cheap, durable , very easy to carry, and requires little maintenance. Throw it in with the camping gear or trail tools and forget it. For that purpose, it's perfect.

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    "Fun?"
    "Thousands of you may die…it is what it is." - Lord Farkwad

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    Quote Originally Posted by the one ring View Post
    "Fun?"
    Don't judge. This isn't the OC.

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