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Old 08-19-2010, 09:21 AM
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Whats the best hatchet for daily carry? I want something that has a blade that stays sharp forever and cuts decent sized wood. Is gerber made in USA?

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Whats the best hatchet for daily carry? I want something that has a blade that stays sharp forever and cuts decent sized wood. Is gerber made in USA?
They haven't figured out how to make a blade that stays sharp forever . No, Gerber hatchets and axes are made by Fiskars (Finnish).
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You might consider the Estwing axes, there are a number of sizes. They are US made. The handles and heads are made of a single piece of steel so almost indestructable. IMHO these are the best made.

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Yep, Home depot sells Estwing hatchets. They are the best economical hatchet on the market (around $25 or so). We would all like to have a grunsfor bruks ,but I can't see spending hundreds of dollars on a wedge of steel and a piece of hickory.
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No, Gerber hatchets and axes are made by Fiskars (Finnish).
My gerber hatchet was made in Taiwan. My fiskars axe was made in Finland, my Estwing in USA.
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For Gerber I'd go with the Gator Axe II.
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make your own hatchet (great learning experience), just buy the size of head you want for the hatchet and a wedge. find a good piece of hardwood that is mostly dry and begin.
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I want to DAILY carry this in my 72 hour pack. Would the small gerber be the best all around light weight solution? Can I reliably chop small trees down with the smallest Gerber? These other ones look a little on the heavy side.
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I love the little gerber with the knife in the handle, small and light with a holster... I have used it successfully as a light duty camp hatchet making kindling and cutting branches! That sucker is sharp, so watch your fingers!
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Just took delivery of my Wetterlings wilderness axe!
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I have the Estwing Campers Axe in the BOB and we use the Fiskars Hatchet for regular chopping /camping activities. We also use Cold Steel, Kukris Machete, and A Blackie Collins machete too, for brush clearing, limb removal.
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My gerber hatchet was made in Taiwan. My fiskars axe was made in Finland, my Estwing in USA.
I never said where it was made . Is Gerber no longer owned by Fiskars or do they (Fiskars) contract the American market Gerbers to Taiwan?
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Ger. Ber. Sucks.
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My buddy has a gerber hatchet, and that thing was the worst hatchet I ever used. Upon closer inspection, the blade wasn't even beveled, it was just a straight wedge, which makes it HORRIBLE for chopping and splitting wood.

I suppose if you're not chopping or splitting it would work fine, although, if you're felling, I don't know why you'd want to use a hatchet!
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Yep, Home depot sells Estwing hatchets. They are the best economical hatchet on the market (around $25 or so). We would all like to have a grunsfor bruks ,but I can't see spending hundreds of dollars on a wedge of steel and a piece of hickory.
The grunsfor bruks wedge of steel is forged far superior than other wedges of steel. That's what you're paying for.
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All these mentioned are inexpensive.

I have several hatchets and the gerber is one of my least favorite. The fiskars are a little better. They have a different edge profile and are much sharper. Neither of them are very good for splitting as wood will jamb up against and get between the plastic handle and head. They are also not good for skinning game animals. A more rounded edge works much better.

I have a couple norlund hudson bay patterns that I like. Also like the solid one piece kershaw for a light weight option. The fibergalss handled collins 1lb axe is decent too.
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I have a Gransfors Bruks Scandinavian Forest Axe that I carry or strap to my pack it is well worth the money and far superior to any other Axe I have ever seen. I also have an American Felling Axe that stays in the Bov or truck as necessary for larger chores that I do not want to pack the Stihl to. I also have their Splitting Maul and two Wedges, I prefer using them to the splitter, besides it keeps me in shape... They build tools that will last a lifetime and are reasonably priced for what they are.
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gransfors I've seen and handled; wetterling I own and used to carry into the woods strapped to my pack.

Got tired once on a trip about 8 days in....careless, after I paddled/battled a headwind and driving rain for too long...in process of building a fire, a bounce-off ricochet, and the axe cut my leg pretty bad. since I travel alone, this was a potential huge problem.

moved to hand chain saw and mid range fixed blade for batoning and camp tasks. been about 4 years now, and the effort is less with the hand chainsaw, safety is huge, and I've been pretty happy with my set up. but, of course, that's just me.
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Got tired once on a trip about 8 days in....careless, after I paddled/battled a headwind and driving rain for too long...in process of building a fire, a bounce-off ricochet, and the axe cut my leg pretty bad. since I travel alone, this was a potential huge problem.
This is the number one reason I always suggest using a larger blade to baton with over an axe. An axe and the way it is properly used is a far more dangerous tool to split wood with.
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Yep, Home depot sells Estwing hatchets. They are the best economical hatchet on the market (around $25 or so). We would all like to have a grunsfor bruks ,but I can't see spending hundreds of dollars on a wedge of steel and a piece of hickory.
2nd to this. I have an Estwing hatchet and it has done everything I have asked it to do. Simple maintenance of the blade will go a long way towards making it last.
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