Tomahawk or hatchet?

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  1. Zombie Hunter

    Zombie Hunter XDTalk 4K Member

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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?
     
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    War_Eagle_XD XDTalk 100 Member

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    the words "tactical tomahawk" make me downright giddy. i like it.
     
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    Haha, home improvement?
     
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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.
     
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    Zombie Hunter XDTalk 4K Member

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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]
     
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    I like the Truckers Friend!!
     
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    SOG i got one and love it.
     
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    Kukri
     
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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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    Out of those two I would suggest getting the Fiskars. If you are open to other types I would suggest a Husquvarna hatchet. That way if you ever broke the handle you could fashion another in the field.
     
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    Do they ever make hatchets with metal handles?

    I personally due to my poor aim, splintered the head of axes right behind the metal head...sux big time...especially when it's your brother in laws axe...you will NEVER live it down!

    I think though with a metal handle it probably would have busted tendons or bone in my arms..at the very least gave the painful metal vibration thing...but it wouldn't have busted the axe

    Holy crap they do!
    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/Estwing-E45A-Campers-Metal-Handle/dp/B00002N5N7]Amazon.com: Estwing E45A Campers Axe Metal Handle: Patio, Lawn & Garden[/ame]

    Here is a shorter hatchet!
    [ame=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002JT0BO/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=1535523722&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B00002N5N7&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=16V6Z0W9EE6NXVR6ZK0Q]Amazon.com: Estwing E24A Sportsman's Hatchet Metal Handle: Home Improvement[/ame]

    SWEET!
     
  13. deiselffuel2o2

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    This is for camping?

    I highly recommend not getting an Axe or Hatchet...I know I'm crazy

    What is your budget?

    Any large knife will do more, and weigh less.

    ColdSteel Kurkri, ESEE 10/7/5, Ontario RAT 10/7/5, Ka-Bar Kukri or Cutlass (I have the cutlass...man that thing is versatile), or the Condor Garuda.

    Nutfancy loves all of the above. Has not done a review of the Cutlass though.

    I have chopped down fresh/dead trees up to 5 inches thick no problem. Great for batoning, preparing food, slapping wooden stakes into the ground, can be used as a machete for clearing stuff, the list goes on?
     
  14. dhunley1

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    There is an ESEE-7 and 10?! ;)
     
  15. deiselffuel2o2

    deiselffuel2o2 XDTalk 100 Member

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    Oops! There is an ESEE 6 and a Junglas

    However ESEE is weird...their blades are always longer than the number.

    My ESEE 3 is 3 1/4 or something...:cool:

    WHY BIG KNIVES DON'T SUCK - NUTNFANCY

    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpKNfhpAPV0[/ame]
     

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