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What would you prefer, a Hatchet or an Axe?

PostPosted:Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:36 am
by Bibila
I am planning to buy a new tool for camping and I am torn between an Axe and hatchet. I was reading this review https://www.toolazine.com/best-axes-hatchets-camping-backpacking-hiking-survival/ and thinking to buy an Estwing E44A hatchet or Estwing Special Edition E45ASE 26″ Camper’s Axe. :? Has anyone of you own and recommend this? Any suggestion is highly appreciated.

Re: What would you prefer, a Hatchet or an Axe?

PostPosted:Sat Jun 27, 2020 1:57 pm
by junkyard chihuahua
can't go wrong with either, but I do prefer the 26" axe. Its long enough to actually cut a lot of wood easily, and small enough to do all the jobs of a smaller hatchet. Its fun to use too! IMHO that campers axe is a very well designed tool.

Re: What would you prefer, a Hatchet or an Axe?

PostPosted:Sat Jun 27, 2020 9:36 pm
by CopanoCruisin
For gathering and cutting firewood, the axe is so much better. Although I keep an axe in my rv, and a hefty ball pein hammer for splitting logs. It all,really depends on the need. ............cC

Re: What would you prefer, a Hatchet or an Axe?

PostPosted:Tue Jun 30, 2020 3:20 pm
by Neumie
I used to carry a hatchet, but realized I never needed it. So started to carry Cold Steel Shovel. It has a sharpened edge for light chopping, but I find I use a shovel far more often. Digging a fire pit/cathole, clearing rocks for a tent sight, splashing water to extinguish a fire, etc. Far more useful tool than a hatchet, IMO.

Re: What would you prefer, a Hatchet or an Axe?

PostPosted:Tue Jun 30, 2020 5:11 pm
by JW FunGuy
I’m with Neumie on that thought, although it’s not what you asked, I started just carrying a folding (Sven) saw. If I couldn’t break it with my hands or cut it with the shovel I could saw it off. It’s come in handy on 4WD roads in the mountains with down limbs in the road.
But there is something about a nice hatchet that I like.

Re: What would you prefer, a Hatchet or an Axe?

PostPosted:Wed Jul 01, 2020 6:09 am
by CopanoCruisin
CopanoCruisin wrote:For gathering and cutting firewood, the axe is so much better. Although I keep an all steel hatchet in my rv, and a hefty ball pein hammer for splitting logs. It all,really depends on the need. ............cC