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Just bought a hatchet today

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Smaug, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Smaug

    Smaug

    573
    Jun 30, 2003
    It's my first one. (if you don't count the one I got for my son for Boy Scouts)

    I got the 14" Fiskars X7 at Home Depot:
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    I was torn between that and the 18" Estwing or the the 14" Estwing with stacked leather. I like how on the Fiskars, the weight is all concentrated at the head, and the handle is a bit more flexible. (hollow plastic)

    The hammer on the other side of it is pitiful though; it's kind of roundish. Estwing has it all over them, in that department. I might have to grind it flat.

    The blade is narrower than Estwing, and the factory sharpening job is MUCH better.

    I was disappointed to get home and find out that the neat snap-on plastic cover is only supposed to be temporary. I got left out to dry, there.
     
  2. Moonw

    Moonw

    Nov 19, 2014
    I may have some explanations for you. Excuse me if I'm stating the obvious - just trying to help.

    You are not supposed to hammer anything hard with the poll. That applies to most axes, as the poll is annealed, and not hardened. Many vintage axes have been abused in this fashion and it's a pity.

    As for the rounded corners, they will be more resilient, even when hardened. Or should I say "especially when hardened"? They won't chip when you hammer on metal (which, again, you shouldn't usually).

    All in all, rounded corners are a good idea. Remember how sharp turns are stress risers in knives?

    The modern designs are that....modern. As far as most are concerned here, overall, a nice vintage hatchet will (most of the time) run circles around these. For example, Fiskars is great if the overall weight is a concern. They are newt, don't get me wrong, and a good choice for many, but not the first one necessarily.

    One last thing! Please be aware that due to the factory sharpening, the edge may need a good sharpening before you get past the thin layer of softened metal. This is kind of expected with Fiskars, and I'm pretty sure they aren't the only ones. (At least with knives...I came to expect it.)

    Good luck with your acquisition, and may it serve you well!
     
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  3. Moonw

    Moonw

    Nov 19, 2014
    Use a piece of garden hose sliced longitudinally for a Makeshift edge mask. If you feel fancy, add some rubber bands as well :).

    You can always go fancier, though!
     
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  4. Moonw

    Moonw

    Nov 19, 2014
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  5. binoclard

    binoclard

    16
    Nov 2, 2018
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    Why do you say "temporary". I got one of the larger, and the plastic sheat with the "latch" is definitely meant to be reused.
     
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  6. Square_peg

    Square_peg

    Feb 1, 2012
    They're not a bad hatchet and a great value. I agree with you about the advantageous weight distribution. It's a good choice if you want a small light hatchet for backpacking which is where mine sees use.

    And everything Moonw said is good advise.
     
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  7. the-accumulator

    the-accumulator

    77
    Jan 24, 2008
    I own the smaller Gerber hatchet with the knife nested in the hatchet handle. It's great if you want something easily packable so you're prepared for the unexpected. It seems to me I read somewhere that using a hatchet like yours and mine for hammering can cause the head to come loose. It's only built to withstand forces in one direction. I'm not sure how credible that advice was, but you should be careful. Good luck with your new purchase. T-A
     
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  8. Smaug

    Smaug

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    Jun 30, 2003
     
  9. Smaug

    Smaug

    573
    Jun 30, 2003
    Perfect! I was trying to think of something inexpensive, yet effective like that!
     
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  10. Smaug

    Smaug

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    Jun 30, 2003
    The sheath you pictured is not the one I got.

    Mine is much simpler, probably to cut costs. I looked online at this hatchet, and where it is provided with the sheath you pictured above, it costs $10 more.

    I suspect they call it temporary because it has a "live hinge" that will eventually break, and they don't want to cover that with their warranty.
     
  11. Smaug

    Smaug

    573
    Jun 30, 2003
    Darn! If I had known that, is have probably gone with the Estwing and dedicated a bunch of time to sharpen it properly.
     
  12. KiwiBloke

    KiwiBloke

    114
    Oct 2, 2018
    Ingenious!
     
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  13. Moonw

    Moonw

    Nov 19, 2014
    Tent stakes are very mild steel. Pound on those to your heart's delight.
     
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  14. Moonw

    Moonw

    Nov 19, 2014
    Not my idea, read about it on the forum a while ago.
     
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  15. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
    I don't see myself ever owning one, but I always hear how well they fork as a small kindling maker.
    I'm willing to bet that if I didn't have the preferences I do and was gifted one of these I would probably have nothing bad to say about it, I certainly don't find these ugly in any way.

    I hope this serves you well.
     
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  16. KiwiBloke

    KiwiBloke

    114
    Oct 2, 2018
    Add a lick of brown paint to it and it might as well be leather ;)
     
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