20 10 22 08 49 21 original 600x600 hatchet fiskars
20 10 22 08 49 21 original 600x600 hatchet fiskars

Fiskars Hatchet

The Fiskars hatchet is a great cutting tool for emergency situations. Its polymer handle is light making the chopping swing very efficient.

The axe head shape converts considerable splitting force to the target. It holds an edge well and can be reshaped if the ground or a rock is struck accidentally.

The light weight means it can be carried in a bug-out situation. 

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Survival Purpose

Over the years we've tried a number of hatchets with Scout groups, camping outings, splitting, etc. Most hatchets are heavy and the head shape requires heavy swings or light weight but kind of useless toys. The Fiskars hatchet is the perfect combo of weight, balance, and efficiency. We're not sure what the metal is but it holds an edge and is easily sharpened and reshaped if needed. 

We saw the rave reviews online and bought one. We tested it out with our Scout group on a number of outings. It works great. They love the weight and splitting capabilites along with the head to handle weight ratios. You can get great momentum in a swing.

We recommend adding this tool to a Stage 2 bug-out-bag or Stage 3 family bin. In an emergency it would help with fire duties, shelter making, close up defense, and more. For the price, the value is fantastic!

This tool can tackle many of the survival priorities. It can help you build shelter, prepare food, administer first aid, prepare fuel for burning, cut cordage, and so much more. It's just the right size to keep its weight minimized while providing the best function.

What's Included

  1. Light weight hatchet
  2. Plastic axe head cover

What We Like

  • Weight - The hatchet weighs just over a pound, which is a small tradeoff for the utility.
  • Blade - We found the blade shape to be very efficient - each swing can be carefully placed and split wood.
  • Balance - Since the handle is very light, all of the weight is lifted high above the head and when swung, the leverage is very advantageous.

Tips and Recommendations

  • Use as intended - while the multi-tool is sturdy, use it wisely. The blade works great as a hatchet but not so well as a lever.
  • Bad swings - be careful to not strike the ground or other unintended objects.
  • Dry wood - focus your efforts on dry wood whenever possible.
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