Hatchets, small axes, anyone?

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Hatchets, small axes, anyone?

Post by ronnie_suburban » Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:13 am

Looking for guidance on a reliable, durable, easy-to-sharpen unit that I can mainly use to chop and split apple, oak and hickory logs into smaller pieces for use in my smokers. I have a maul and a splitter rig but would really like more flexibility. Would like to keep it under $200 but after surfing around a bit, it appears I can probably keep it well under that. It seems that a few folks here have vast outdoors experience, so any guidance would be very much appreciated. Thanks!

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Post by gladius » Tue Aug 20, 2019 12:36 am

Hults Bruk Tarnaby...highly recommended. I bought it for the same purposes and it has performed well with very good Swedish axe steel that is easily sharpened. Good balance and easy to use.

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Post by Kalaeb » Tue Aug 20, 2019 6:53 am

Yes please. My son is getting into scouting and we have been doing a lot more camping.

Been looking at the IG, Paul Kryzowski comes up slot and makes some cool looking stuff. I just don't really know what I am looking for or what qualifies as a good hatchet.

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Post by jmcnelly85 » Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:49 pm

I’ve been using a knife for this purpose. I split with an 8lb maul and once it’s smaller I’ll switch to a Becker bk-22 camp knife or a large nameless machete and fwack the spine and tip with other logs to force the split. I’m more familiar with knives than hatchets so this technique seems safer for me, but ymmv. I’ve heard husqvarna has been putting out quality axes and hatchets intended to compete with other Swedish axes at lower costs but I can’t vouch for them personally.

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Post by gladius » Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:17 pm

jmcnelly85 wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:49 pm
I’ve heard husqvarna has been putting out quality axes and hatchets intended to compete with other Swedish axes at lower costs but I can’t vouch for them personally.
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I believe Hults Bruk makes one or more for them for Husqvarna...
https://www.husqvarna.com/us/accessories/axes/
https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/ ... es.222342/

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Post by ChefKnivesToGo » Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:29 pm

Does it wedge? ;)
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Post by gladius » Tue Aug 20, 2019 4:53 pm

ChefKnivesToGo wrote:
Tue Aug 20, 2019 3:29 pm
Does it wedge? ;)
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Haha...it definitely makes large carrots go CRACK [email protected]#$^%

Here is a choil shot:
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Post by Ut_ron » Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:22 pm

Being a Hults, I certainly recommend the Hults Burk axes. I have three of them 😀

No, not related but just had to have them and you can get them damn sharp.

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Post by nakneker » Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:44 pm

Gransfor Bruk small forest is a great option, I’ve owned a few of their axes, hand forged, lots of history, great product. They make several sizes and you can take a look at what they offer.


https://www.atkenco.com/gransfors-bruks ... ls-Premium



Fiskers makes a modern axe that is indestructible. I grew up splitting wood with an old 6lb and 8lb splitting maul. When I had my boys help me continue to cut wood they came out with these, they are light and split wood great and I’ve never replaced the handle on one. We have four sizes at the house. They don’t have the charm a hand forged wooden handle axe but they work great and cost very little. Best value in axes IMO.

https://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-X17-Spli ... 9946&psc=1
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Post by ronnie_suburban » Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:41 am

It was a brief case of paralysis by (over) analysis but I ended up ordering a Hults Bruk 20-inch Aneby Hunting Axe. It should arrive in a few days. The weight and length seemed right for me. Looking forward to checking it out.

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Post by nakneker » Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:42 am

ronnie_suburban wrote:
Thu Sep 05, 2019 12:41 am
It was a brief case of paralysis by (over) analysis but I ended up ordering a Hults Bruk 20-inch Aneby Hunting Axe. It should arrive in a few days. The weight and length seemed right for me. Looking forward to checking it out.
Great choice! Enjoy!
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Post by noobknife » Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:12 pm

for any future people that might find this thread. I was going to suggest the OKC Kukri.

https://smile.amazon.com/Ontario-Knife- ... redirect=1

I've used mine to open about 128 coconuts so far and split some wood : )

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