Tomahawk or hatchet?

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  1. Mar 14, 2012 #1
    Zombie Hunter

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    I'm looking to pick up, for lack of a better term, a small axe.

    I have narrowed it down to these 2 based on outstanding quality for a low price.

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/SOG-Specialty-Knives-Tactical-Tomahawk/dp/B000PICTYC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331737513&sr=8-1]Amazon.com: SOG Specialty Knives & Tools F01T Tactical Tomahawk, Black: Home Improvement[/ame]

    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-7850-X7-14-Inch-Hatchet/dp/B0002YTO7E/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1331737535&sr=1-1]Amazon.com: Fiskars 7850 X7 14-Inch Hatchet: Home Improvement[/ame]

    Yes I know I can get the ultimate for $300+ but I'm going budget on this given how often I'll use it (About 4 times a year)


    I used my buddy's SOG last weekend on a car camping trip and it did surprisingly well hacking up thich branches for firewood and I like that it comes with a soft sheath. Any one use the Fiskar?

     
  2. Mar 14, 2012 #2
    War_Eagle_XD

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    the words "tactical tomahawk" make me downright giddy. i like it.
     
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    Mr. Anthony

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    Haha, home improvement?
     
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    AustinOX

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    Check out Gransfors-Bruks for some really fine forged Swedish axes and hatchets. Since they didn't add "tactical" to the product description the prices aren't super inflated... hatchet is just over $100 and small axe is only $20 more.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000X1HN1A/ref=redir_mdp_mobile

    A slightly less expensive Swedish option is Wetterling:

    http://www.google.com/m/products?q=wetterling+axe&hl=en&client=safari&prmd=imvns&source=univ&tbm=shop&tbo=u&sa=X&ei=JMNgT-OSBtSftwef7ompBQ&ved=0CFQQrQQ

    Despite the lower cost of the two you listed, I'd bet that they are both made in China for a couple of dollars each and have a much higher profit percentage for their respective manufacturers. If cost is the primary concern I'd go with this $8 hatchet from Harbor Freight:

    http://www.harborfreight.com/1-1-4-quarter-lb-axe-with-fiberglass-handle-96231.html

    If size and weight is a huge issue check out the larger folding saws at the home improvement stores.
     
  5. Mar 14, 2012 #5
    Zombie Hunter

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    Mostly for camping, I have this for demolition!
    [ame="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000VSSG3O/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B000FCGS0Y&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0WDV8P234JVVMSK5X1B4"]Stanley FatMax Xtreme 55-120 FuBar III: Amazon.com: Home Improvement[/ame]
    Not sure what impulse drove me to buy it!

    I'm considering this too ("Trucker's Friend"):
    [ame]http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B005HAT9SM/uncrate-20[/ame]
     
  6. Mar 14, 2012 #6
    keenanz0316

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    AustinOX

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    I like the Truckers Friend!!
     
  8. Mar 15, 2012 #8
    Davidjlittle

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    SOG i got one and love it.
     
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    mbquimby

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    Kukri
     
  10. Mar 15, 2012 #10
    eb_311

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    I love my Fiskars 23.5" (same as Gerber). It only cost me $30 and it came with a carry handle that can mount to the wall, and a sharpener that works well. They don't look durable, but they are. I'm known for breaking axe handles, broomsticks, and shovels for some reason, and I haven't broke my Fiskars yet.
     

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