Originally Posted by justin_baker
Hatchets a waste of time? ......
No, not at all. As you can clearly see above, I have several different hatchets. My bad if I did not make myself clear enough ... "combat" axes and hatchets, "combat" tomahawks, they are a waste of time imho.
By all means, a good utility hatchet is worth its weight in gold but all of these niche hatchets and axes out there these days are faddish and fun to collect, I understand that, but not really practical. I know someone is going to show me a video of how great they are for punching holes in tires and throwing and all that ... but really, come on.
Originally Posted by FarmerJohn
if i had to bug out id want a broad axe and a felling axe so that way when i get to where im going i can make myself a propper and comfortable cabin
but for just camping and every day round the farm type stuff a hatchet is great my chickens lose heads to a $5 hatchet
Just as long as none of them are Gamecocks John.
No, seriously, you're right. A hatchet is a must have.
Originally Posted by Woodswalker
I have an Estwing hatchet . Sits next to my bugout/get home bag . It will go on my belt if I need it . It wasn't very sharp when I bought it but I fixed that .
I have Estwing hammers that I've been using for 25+ years . Estwings will take a lot of abuse and last a lifetime+ .
Some of the most durable tools ever made. The first hammer I ever owned was a 12 oz Estwing that my Grandpappy gave me in the mid sixties and I still own that hammer today along with a couple of other Estwings. I remember when my Dad got our first family hatchet, it was an Estwing he got with Greenbax stamps my Mother had saved up at the grocery store. One of those axes above, the one I have wrapped a little paracord around the shaft, is an Estwing. That thing, over the course of the past six or seven years, has probably cut more firewood for us at the campsites than anything else.
Estwing makes a damn durable product and you can tell they take a lot of pride in what they produce right here in the good old US of A., if we still consider Obango's home of Illinois and Chicago, the "good old" U.S. of A.
The one problem with Estwing in what we do is weight.