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The Best Camping Axes To Buy| 16 Ax Choices For Your Next Adventure

Camping is an incredible way to explore the great outdoors, but with limited space and weight restrictions, every piece of gear matters. Among the essential tools to bring along is an ax or small hatchet. Depending on the type of camping you are planning will dictate whether you take a backpacking hatchet or camp ax.

A backpacking hatchet is typically smaller and lighter to fit into your pack easily. It is geared more toward woodcraft and firewood processing.

A backpacking hatchet is not only for chopping wood; its versatility is what sets it apart from its camping ax counterpart. Backpacking hatchets can serve multiple purposes, such as:

  • Chopping firewood and kindling
  • Clearing brush and small branches from the trail
  • Building emergency shelters
  • Assisting in food preparation
  • Hammering tent stakes

A camp ax is a little larger and can do more aggressive chopping and tree felling. A camp ax will do the little stuff like a hatchet, but you can do more building and construction tasks with an ax.

While car camping or camping at a fixed location, you can rely on a larger, heavier hatchet or ax for various tasks.

  • Tree felling
  • Cabin construction
  • Large firewood production
  • Processing hardwoods such as oak and hickory
  • Fighting in a shield wall

How Did I Pick These Hatchets and Axes?

For this list, I am dividing it into two sections: backpacking hatchets that can fit inside a pack or easily be strapped to the outside of your pack and larger camp axes that can still be carried easily. The hatchet has to be on the lighter side and be a proven solid performer while the ax needs to be large enough for serious firewood production. I have personal, real-world experience with every ax and hatchet listed below. I started with 24 choices, and these are the ones that made the final cut.

The Best Camping Axes That Made the Cut

My Top Choices:

If you don’t want to read through all twenty-one hatchet overviews, I’ll make it easy for you-

Best Overall – Fiskars X7
Best High-End- Gränsfors Bruk Wildlife Hatchet
Best Budget Option – Kings County Tools Swiss Camping Axe

Best Traditional Camping Ax – Council Tools Hudson Bay
Best Ax To Take A VikingNorse Tradesman 24″ Two-Handed Viking Battle Axe

Fiskars X7 Hatchet

Exceptional chopping power and precise control for efficient camping tasks

The Fiskars X7 Hatchet is an excellent lightweight option, weighing just over 1 pound. It has a FiberComp handle that is both durable and comfortable to use. The blade is made of hardened forged steel and comes with a sheath for safe transport. This hatchet is known for its excellent balance and ability to easily chop through wood. I can save you some time right here; this is the one to buy. It’s the king of all backpacking hatchets!

Quick Fact About the Manufacturer:

Fiskars, a Finnish company, has been crafting cutting tools since 1649, making them experts in sharp objects.

My Reason it Made the List:

This hatchet is the pocket rocket of the axe world. It’s small, lightweight, and perfect for quick tasks, making it a great addition to any camping or hiking trip.

Pros:

  • Compact and lightweight for easy portability
  • Efficient blade design for quick chopping
  • Durable FiberComp handle

Con:

  • Not suitable for heavy-duty tasks

Condor Knife & Tool Scout Hatchet

Rugged durability and versatile functionality make it the perfect companion for outdoor enthusiasts

If I couldn’t carry the Fiskars X7, then this is the next best thing. For under $75 you get a cool, traditional woodsman ax in a small hatchet package. It has a real hickory handle, a solid forged ax head, and the blade grind is just right for chopping. Sometimes these hatchets have too broad of a grind and are closer to a splitting head than a chopping head. However, you can both carve and cut with the Scout making it a good all-around hatchet to have on a trip.

Quick Fact about the Manufacturer:

Condor Tool & Knife has roots dating back to 1787 and specializes in high-quality blades and tools designed for rugged outdoor use.

Reason it Made the List:

This hatchet made the list for its versatility and compact design, making it a great all-around tool for any outdoor enthusiast.

Pros:

  • Versatile design for multiple tasks
  • Compact and easy to carry
  • High-quality steel blade

Con:

  • Handle may be too short for some tasks

Ned Foss 13” Hatchet

Balance and craftsmanship, offering campers exceptional chopping capabilities

The Ned Foss 13″ Hatchet can be a good choice for backpacking, as it offers many of the same features and benefits as the 15″ version while being more compact and lightweight. This smaller size makes it more suitable for backpacking, where space and weight are crucial considerations. I reviewed the Ned Foss in detail here and was impressed. It feels high quality in your hand and does a great job at chopping and with finer tasks too.

Quick Fact about the Manufacturer:

Ned Foss specializes in affordable yet high-quality outdoor and survival gear, making outdoor adventures accessible for everyone.

Reason it Made the List:

This hatchet made the list for its affordability and decent performance, proving that you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a reliable outdoor tool.

Pros:

  • Affordable price point
  • Stainless steel blade for durability
  • Comfortable rubber handle

Con:

  • Not as durable as higher-end models

Morakniv Boron Steel Camping Axe

Unbeatable strength and sharpness

The Morakniv is the lightest hatchet on the list, but it’s still a hardcore backpacking hatchet. It has a powerful swing because the bottom of the handle is hooked in such a way that it stays planted in your palm to enable a vicious swing.

This hatchet is manufactured by Morakniv, a reputable Swedish brand known for its high-quality knives and outdoor tools. This camping axe combines functionality, durability, and performance. As the name suggests, the axe head is made with boron mixed into the steel. This adds to the wear resistance and increased durability. 

The high-quality boron steel blade ensures the axe remains sharp and effective, while the reinforced polyamide handle offers a comfortable grip for efficient use. With its reputation for quality, Morakniv delivers a dependable camping axe that will serve you well on your outdoor adventures.

Quick Fact about the Manufacturer:

Morakniv is a Swedish company known for their high-quality knives and cutting tools, designed with Scandinavian efficiency in mind.

Reason it Made the List:

This axe made the list for its lightweight design and high-quality materials, making it a great choice for those who need to save space and weight without sacrificing performance.

Pros:

  • Lightweight and compact
  • High-quality boron steel head
  • Reinforced polymer handle for durability

Con:

  • Limited to lighter tasks due to its size

BeaverCraft Forged Hatchet

When You Want to Go Full Lumberjack In A Small Package

Here is another surprise find, the BeaverCraft Hatchet. Besides being good-looking and an awesome performer in the cutting department, the hatchet comes with a blade sheath and belt loop! The leather belt loop is very cool, and I never realized how handy it was.

The one downside of carrying an ax is just that: how to carry it around easily. With the included loop, you can chop and gather firewood and kindling, then hang the hatchet on your belt, leaving your hands free. The BeaverCraft is also just the right size for a backpacking hatchet; it’s only 12.5” long but substantial enough for some harder use.

Quick Fact about the Manufacturer:

BeaverCraft specializes in handcrafted woodworking tools, bringing a touch of artistry to your outdoor adventures.

Reason it Made the List:

This hatchet made the list for its craftsmanship and specialized design, making it perfect for those who appreciate the finer things in outdoor gear.

Pros:

  • Hand-forged for superior craftsmanship
  • Specialized for wood carving tasks
  • Beautiful ash wood handle

Con:

  • Not suitable for heavy-duty chopping or splitting

ESEE Knives James Gibson Axe

Expertise of renowned bladesmith James Gibson with exceptional quality, providing campers with a versatile and reliable tool

I am not always a fan of full-tang hatchets. I feel they transfer too much shock through the handle to your hand under hard chopping. This may sound crazy, but I only wanted to try this hatchet because of the micarta scales…however, I wasn’t disappointed. 

The craftsmanship of the axe is truly exceptional, a testament to the collaboration between ESEE Knives and renowned designer James Gibson. The 1095 carbon steel head is expertly forged, delivering an impressive balance of durability, toughness, and edge retention. The cutting edge is razor-sharp, making short work of tasks like chopping, carving, and delimbing with ease and precision.

This hatchet goes more into the bushcraft category as it’s perfect at finer detail work. With a longer beard than many hatchets, it allows you to choke up on the handle to also use the hatchet for carving and whittling. 

Weighing in at a mere 20 ounces and measuring 11 inches in length, the ESEE Gibson Axe is the perfect companion for backpacking trips and extended excursions where weight and space are a concern. Plus, the kydex sheath is an awesome addition.

Quick Fact about the Manufacturer:

ESEE Knives is an American company known for their high-quality survival gear, often designed in collaboration with experts in the field.

Reason it Made the List:

This axe made the list for its survival-oriented design and high-quality materials, making it a reliable choice for serious outdoor adventurers.

Pros:

  • Designed in collaboration with survival expert James Gibson
  • High-quality 1095 carbon steel head
  • Comfortable and durable linen Micarta handle

Con:

  • May be overkill for casual camping trips

Gerber Pack Hatchet

Decent balance between portability and functionality, making it a convenient and efficient tool

I had the original version of this mini ax years ago when Gerber had just rebranded a Fiskars X7 with a tiny handle. For all the reasons I love the Fiskars, I love the Gerber. Now, the handle is much shorter, so you don’t get any leverage swinging it to chop. If you are going to process wood, you need more effort. But that’s a fine price for such a decent hatchet in such a small footprint. 

The razor-sharp, corrosion-resistant stainless steel blade provides remarkable cutting and chopping capabilities, easily tackling tasks like kindling preparation and limb clearing.

The Gerber Pack Hatchet has a durable nylon sheath, protecting the blade and its user when not in use. I’m genuinely impressed by this hatchet’s exceptional balance of functionality, durability, and portability, making it an indispensable tool for my outdoor adventures. (Funny side note, I actually only bought my first Gerber hatchet so I could take the sheath from it and use it for my Fiskars X7. Little did I know!)

This hatchet weighs just under 1.5 pounds. It features a 3.5-inch blade made of high-carbon stainless steel. The rubberized grip ensures a secure hold and has a lanyard hole. Overall the hatchet is a very adaptable tool for various outdoor activities.

See the new generation of the Gerber Pack Hatchet here

Quick Fact About the Manufacturer:

Gerber is an American brand known for its knives and tools designed for outdoor enthusiasts and professionals alike.

Reason it Made My List:

I love this hatchet for its portability and ease of use. It’s the kind of tool you can easily toss in your backpack and forget about until you need it.

Pros:

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Stainless steel blade holds an edge well
  • Rubberized grip for secure handling

Con:

  • Not ideal for heavy-duty tasks

Gränsfors Bruk Wildlife Hatchet

Exceptional handcrafted quality and precision, making it the ultimate choice for discerning campers seeking unparalleled performance

Now, I have used this exact hatchet several times on backpacking trips and it is amazing! However, is it $200+ amazing? I’m not sure. My friend Clayton owns this beauty and all I can say is that it’s like owning a Rolex. There are plenty of other hatchets in the world that cut and chop, but they don’t have the clout or history of the brand behind them like a Gränsfors Bruk. It swings and cuts like butter and is extremely well finished. 

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The Gränsfors Bruk Wildlife Hatchet is an exceptional fusion of traditional craftsmanship and modern design, setting it apart as an indispensable tool for outdoor enthusiasts. With unparalleled attention to detail, Swedish artisans hand-forge the hatchet’s high-quality steel head, ensuring remarkable cutting prowess and durability. The ergonomic handle, meticulously crafted from premium hickory wood, offers outstanding comfort and control, making it ideal for a variety of tasks, from chopping kindling to carving intricate details.

If you like the finer things in life, then this is for you. This hatchet and a few other Gränsfors tools are the pinnacles of bushcraft equipment. The Gränsfors Bruk Wildlife Hatchet is an excellent choice for those who value top-notch quality and craftsmanship in their outdoor tools.

Quick Fact About the Manufacturer:

Gränsfors Bruk is a Swedish company that has been hand-forging axes since 1902, and each axe comes with a 20-year guarantee.

Reason it Made My List:

This hatchet is for those moments when I want to take my time and enjoy the process of woodcraft. It’s not just a tool; it’s an experience.

Pros:

  • Hand-forged quality
  • Perfect for precision tasks
  • Comes with a 20-year guarantee

Con:

  • Premium price point

Hults Bruk Jonaker Hatchet

Expert craftsmanship and a compact design, allowing campers to easily handle various tasks with precision

You can’t have a best camping hatchet list where you mention Gränsfors Bruk and not Hults Bruk! The Hults Bruk Jonaker Hatchet perfectly blends traditional craftsmanship and old-world design. It features a hand-forged Swedish steel head and a curved hickory handle. 

The Jonaker Hatchet is a compact and skillfully crafted tool, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and bushcrafters. Hand-forged in Sweden, this hatchet features a high-quality steel head with a razor-sharp edge, ideal for chopping and carving tasks. Its 9.4-inch hickory handle ensures a comfortable grip and excellent control, while its compact size and included leather sheath make it a convenient and reliable backpacking companion. 

The Jonaker Hatchet’s compact size and razor-sharp blade make it ideal for carving and detailed work. Hold the hatchet closer to the head for better control and precision. Its smaller size and lighter weight make it easy to carry in a backpack or tool kit, allowing for greater mobility and flexibility.

The Jonaker features a stunning and traditional design that showcases the craftsmanship and tradition of Hults Bruk. What can I say? It’s the BMW of hatchets!

Gränsfors Bruk and Hults Bruk are two renowned Swedish axe manufacturers with a long-standing tradition of producing high-quality axes and hatchets. Both companies have earned their reputations by combining traditional craftsmanship with modern techniques to create exceptional tools.

Quick Fact About the Manufacturer:

Hults Bruk is Sweden’s oldest active axe manufacturer, with a history dating back to 1697.

Reason it Made My List:

I love this hatchet for its perfect balance between size and power. It’s my go-to for backcountry trips where every ounce counts.

Pros:

  • Compact yet powerful
  • High-quality Swedish steel head
  • Ergonomic hickory handle

Con:

  • Might be too small for larger tasks

Helko Werkl Rheinland Hatchet

1844 Helko Werk Germany Traditional Rheinland Hatchet – Made in Germany Camping Hatchet and Bushcraft, Backpacking Handmade German Hatchet – Head 1.25 lbs, Handle 14 in. (Rheinland Hatchet) #11326
  • Handmade in Germany: The Rheinland Hatchet performs well at limbing branches, making kindling, carving, and other light and fine cutting work. The Rheinland pattern, a traditional German wide-bit blade, is exceptionally well suited for cutting work. Handmade in Wuppertal, Germany, these hatchets are named after the region’s famous Rhein River Valley. DIMENSIONS: Head Weight: 1-1/4 lb / Length: 14 in. / Total Weight: 1-3/4 lb
  • C50 HIGH CARBON STEEL: 53-56 HRC – Helko Werk axe heads are open-face drop forged individually by hand from German C50 high grade carbon steel. Drop forging is a process in which the blacksmith uses tongs to hold and shape hot steel as a drop hammer falls repeatedly onto it.
  • Grade A American Hickory Handle: Linseed Oil Finish, 150 GRIT SANDED Sustainably sourced grade A American hickory handle. All Helko Werk camping axes and hatchets have handles individually hand finished and selected for grain orientation and density with a boiled linseed oil finish and sanded to 150 grit for a comfortable and smooth finish on your axe handle
  • Includes Full Grain Leather Sheath and 1oz Axe Guard Protective Oil: All Helko Werk axes and hatchets include a vegetable-tanned premium leather axe sheath to protect your axe blade and head. The Axe Guard oil is a metal protecting oil to help maintain the steel of your axe head, and prevent rust over time.
  • Dimensions: Head Weight: 1-1/4 lb / Length: 14 in. / Total Weight: 1-3/4 lb

Combines German engineering and traditional craftsmanship, offering campers superior cutting power and durability

If you need another premium ax that you want to drool over, consider throwing the German-made Reinland into your shopping cart. I can confidently attest to the exceptional craftsmanship of the Helko Werk Rheinland Hatchet, a sophisticated outdoor tool that masterfully blends practicality, aesthetic appeal, and resilience. 

The hatchet boasts a hand-forged, high-carbon C50 steel head and a top-quality American hickory wood handle, a combination that ensures outstanding performance in chopping and splitting endeavors. Its compact design and balanced weight make it the ideal companion for a variety of outdoor pursuits, including camping, backpacking, and bushcraft activities.

This axe’s remarkable craftsmanship is truly impressive, demonstrating an heirloom-level of quality. The construction, materials, and overall standards of this axe outshine or even exceed those of competing production line axes. The expertly designed leather sheath showcases a robust buckle and is strengthened with top-notch rivets, meticulously placed.

Quick Fact about the Manufacturer:

Helko Werk is a German company that has been crafting high-quality axes and forestry tools since 1844.

Reason it Made My List:

I appreciate the craftsmanship and attention to detail in this hatchet. It’s a tool I’m proud to own and use.

Pros:

  • Superior German craftsmanship
  • Balanced weight for easy use
  • High-quality materials throughout

Con:

  • On the pricier side

Kings County Tools Swiss Camping Axe

High-quality construction makes it a reliable and versatile tool for camping

This hatchet is a bit strange, mainly because it’s hard to tell who makes it and to find any info about the company. The website is just a basic site with Amazon listings embedded. At first glance, it looks just like a drop shipper.

If I didn’t buy the Kings County Tomahawk first, I would have passed on the hatchet. But then again, I’m willing to gamble $35 if I find a gem. Be forewarned if you want to try it out; the blade is going to need a lot of work. It was beyond dull out of the box.

I don’t know why it’s called a “Swiss Axe”; there are no markings or indication that it was made in Switzerland or of any particular steel. I am listing it here for one main reason; a cheap axe is getting hard to find! You used to be able to buy the Husqvarna for $20 all day long; now it’s a cult classic. Kings County has potential if you know how to sharpen an axe blade. If you look closely you can find these very cheap.

Quick Fact About the Manufacturer:

Kings County Tools specializes in unique and hard-to-find tools, often inspired by traditional designs from around the world.

Reason it Made My List:

I love the versatility of this axe. It’s like the Swiss Army knife of the axe world, and it’s saved me more than once in various camping situations.

Pros:

  • Highly versatile design
  • Suitable for a range of tasks
  • Unique and eye-catching look

Con:

  • I found the handle to be a little thin, and I don’t have large hands.

Larger Camping Axes:

The following camping axes are what I would consider bushcraft or backcountry axes. They are still very portable, but bigger than a backpacking hatchet and are able to do heavier-duty work. Think of these as something you strap to the outside of your backpack or take with you car camping, etc.

Council Tool Hudson Bay Camp Axe

Traditional craftsmanship and versatility providing campers with a time-tested tool for chopping, limbing, and carving

I was turned onto Council Tool when I picked it up to give as a birthday gift. I saw Aaron’s YouTube review from Giddeons Tacticl and was impressed with his words. I bought it with all intentions of using it, but I needed a surprise gift, and I never got to use it. When my buddy opened it, and I got to feel and see the quality, I immediately bought another Council Tool axe, the Hudson Bay.

Handcrafted in the USA, this axe features a high-quality 5160-grade steelhead that provides exceptional strength and durability for all your chopping and splitting needs. The axe’s traditional Hudson Bay head design ensures precise and accurate cuts, making it an ideal choice for campers, hikers, and hunters.

Calling knives and hatchets by the name of Hudson Bay is common. Condor and a host of other manufacturers have sharp things called the Hudson Bay this and that. We should note here that this often refers to a style of tool.

This hand axe’s unique Hudson Bay pattern is believed to have its origins in the Northern Spanish region of Biscayan. Historically, French traders used this versatile tool to trade with Native American tribes in the Hudson Bay area, the St. Lawrence River, and other trade routes. It was particularly valuable for acquiring fur and other commodities, making it an important tool in early North American trade. Today, the Hudson Bay nomenclature refers to tools with exceptional functionality and historical significance.

Quick Fact about the Manufacturer:

Council Tool has been making hand tools in the USA since 1886. They’re known for their durable and reliable tools, often used by forestry professionals and firefighters.

Reason it Made My List:

I can’t get enough of this axe’s versatility and balance. Whether I’m splitting logs or clearing brush, it feels like an extension of my own arm. Plus, it’s made in the USA, and I love supporting local craftsmanship.

Pros:

  • Versatile and well-balanced for a range of tasks
  • Made in the USA with high-quality materials
  • Long hickory handle for better leverage and control

Con:

  • Might be a bit long for those looking for a more compact tool

Hultafors AV08417100 Outdoor Axe

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Hultafors AV08417100 Outdoor Climbing Axe Ecoln Hunting Axe
  • Size: 19.7 inches (500 mm) (total length
  • Blade Length: Approx. 3.5 inches (90 mm)
  • Head Weight/Total Weight: 29.4 oz (850 g) / 36.6 oz (1,210 g)
  • Hickory pattern
  • Comes with leather sheath; Gift box; Country of Origin: Sweden

A Versatile Axe for the Modern Outdoorsman

The Hultafors AV08417100 Outdoor Axe is a well-balanced, medium-sized axe designed for a variety of tasks. Crafted from high-quality Swedish steel, the axe head is securely fastened to a hickory handle, ensuring durability and longevity. Its ergonomic design makes it ideal for chopping, splitting, and even finer tasks like carving.

Quick Fact About the Manufacturer:

Hultafors is a Swedish company with over 130 years of experience in crafting high-quality hand tools, including axes and measuring tools.

Reason it Made the List:

This axe made the list for its versatility and exceptional build quality. Whether you’re chopping wood for a fire or clearing a path in the wilderness, the Hultafors AV08417100 is a reliable companion.

Pros:

  • Exceptional build quality with high-grade Swedish steel
  • Versatile design suitable for a range of tasks
  • Ergonomic hickory handle for comfortable use

Con:

  • May be a bit heavy for lightweight backpacking trips

CRKT Woods Nobo Tomahawk Axe

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CRKT Woods Nobo Tomahawk Axe: RMJ T-Hawk Lightweight Outdoor Camping Axe, Forged Carbon Steel Blade and Hickory Wooden Handle 2732
  • Forged Tough: 1055 Carbon steel provides durability and edge retention
  • More than chop: Beard on axe head tackles many useful cutting tasks
  • Durable: Tennessee hickory is a dense material that withstands hard use
  • Designed by Ryan Johnson of RMJ Tactical in Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Versatile Use: Make sure you have one for camping, hiking or other outdoor activities

A Modern Twist on a Classic Design

The CRKT Woods Nobo Tomahawk Axe combines traditional craftsmanship with modern materials. The axe features a 1055 carbon steel head and a Tennessee hickory handle. Its lightweight design and unique shape make it ideal for tasks that require a bit more finesse, such as limbing trees or chopping kindling.

Quick Fact About the Manufacturer:

CRKT (Columbia River Knife & Tool) is an American company known for its innovative knives and tools, often collaborating with top designers.

Reason it Made the List:

The CRKT Woods Nobo Tomahawk Axe made the list for its unique design and lightweight build, making it a great option for those who want a more agile tool without sacrificing durability.

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Pros:

  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Unique tomahawk design for specialized tasks
  • High-quality 1055 carbon steel head

Con:

  • Not ideal for heavy-duty splitting tasks

Condor Tool & Knife Greenland Axe

Condor Tool & Knife, Greenland Pattern Axe, American Hickory Handle with Sheath
  • Handle: American Hickory 26 inch
  • Blade Material: 1045 HIGH CARBON STEEL
  • Blade Finish: Condor Classic

A Rugged Choice for Serious Bushcrafters

The Condor Tool & Knife Greenland Axe is a robust, full-sized axe designed for heavy-duty tasks. With a 1060 high carbon steel head and an American Hickory handle, this axe is built to withstand the rigors of serious bushcraft and survival situations.

Quick Fact About the Manufacturer:

Condor Tool & Knife traces its history back to 1787 and is known for producing high-quality blades and tools designed for outdoor and survival use.

Reason it Made the List:

This axe made the list for its sheer durability and capability in handling heavy-duty tasks. If you’re looking for an axe that can split logs and fell trees with ease, the Condor Greenland Axe is your go-to tool.

Pros:

  • Extremely durable 1060 high carbon steel head
  • Suitable for heavy-duty tasks like felling trees
  • Long American Hickory handle for better leverage

Con:

  • May be too bulky for lightweight or casual camping

Fiskars X15 Chopping Axe

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Fiskars X-series™ X15 Chopping Axe with Forged Steel Blade and 23″ Shock Absorbing Handle – Lawn and Garden Tools – Black/Orange
  • Ideal for felling trees
  • Chops deeper with each swing to get more done faster
  • Perfected balance and power-to-weight ratio increases swing speed to multiply power, much like an aluminum baseball bat
  • Shock-absorbing FiberComp handle is lightweight yet stronger than steel to prevent overstrike damage
  • Lifetime warranty

A Lightweight Powerhouse for Efficient Chopping

The Fiskars X15 378571 Chopping Axe is designed for efficiency and ease of use. With its FiberComp handle and coated forged steel blade, this axe is both lightweight and durable. The axe is specifically designed for chopping, making it an excellent tool for cutting down trees and splitting logs. Its unique blade geometry ensures that each swing packs a powerful punch.

Quick Fact About the Manufacturer:

Fiskars is a Finnish company with a history dating back to 1649, making it one of the oldest companies in the Western world. They are renowned for their high-quality scissors, axes, and other cutting tools.

Reason it Made the List:

The Fiskars X15 378571 made the list for its specialized design aimed at chopping. Its lightweight build and efficient blade geometry make it a go-to tool for those who need to process a lot of wood in a short amount of time.

Pros:

  • Lightweight FiberComp handle for easy carrying and reduced fatigue
  • Specialized blade design for efficient chopping
  • Durable coated forged steel blade for longevity

Con:

  • Not as compenet for bushcraft task like carving, etc

Norse Tradesman 24″ Two-Handed Viking Battle Axe

Norse Tradesman 24″ Two-Handed Viking Battle Axe with 1095 Carbon Steel Axe Head & Teakwood Shaft with Hand-Engraved Norse Runes | The Skeggøx…
  • ⚔️ NORSE STYLING – This new and improved** Viking axe draws inspiration from Viking artifacts, this Viking replica axe features hand carved Norse Elder Futhark runes along its aged hardwood shaft.
  • ⚔️ HAND-FORGED SKEGG AXE HEAD – Constructed to last and designed to perform, each axe features a skegg axe head (bearded – elongated, hooked shape) with semi-razor sharp edge which has been given an excellent heat treatment to achieve a 56-58 Rockwell scale hardness.
  • ⚔️ STOUT SHAFT – The axe handle is made from one piece of quality aged teakwood, one of the most hard and durable timbers available. The handle features a thick harness leather cross stitch and grip.
  • ⚔️ SPECIFICATIONS: 24″ teakwood handle, 6″ 1095 carbon steel axe-head, 6″ semi-sharp blade edge, 55-58 RC hardness, 2 lb total weight

Unleash Your Inner Viking, Responsibly!

Are you tired of axes that just don’t scream “I’m a Viking warrior!”? Look no further. The Norse Tradesman 24″ Two-Handed Viking Battle Axe is as close as you’ll get to raiding and pillaging without actually breaking any laws. 

This axe features a massive, ornate blade attached to a long, hardwood handle, making you feel like you’ve just stepped out of a Norse saga. While it may not be the most practical for splitting kindling, it’s perfect for splitting your enemies in half—figuratively speaking, of course.

Quick Fact about the Manufacturer:

Norse Tradesman specializes in Viking-inspired goods, from drinking horns to battle-ready axes. They aim to bring a touch of Valhalla to your modern life.

Reason it Made the List:

This axe made the list because, let’s face it, who doesn’t want to feel like a Viking sometimes? While it may not be the most practical for everyday camping tasks, it’s perfect for those moments when you want to shout “For Odin!” and charge at a tree (or a stack of firewood).

Pros:

  • Makes you feel like a Viking legend
  • Ornate design perfect for impressing your friends or scaring off wild animals
  • Long handle provides excellent leverage for those “battle swings”

Con:

  • Not the most practical for typical bushcraft or camping tasks (unless your camping trip involves a Viking raid)

Honorable Mentions

The axes and hatchets I mentioned above are my top picks, but I did do a ton of research and bought several hatchets. Not all of them are awesome, but not all of them are junk, either. I am putting the ones below into the “Honorable Mention” category because they might strike you differently than they did me. They all had some decent reviews, so don’t just take my opinion of them; feel free to do additional research.

Estwing 12” Sportsman’s Axe

Classic design and rugged construction

I hate this hatchet and only use it for axe throwing, but it has a big following and a lot of Five Star reviews. The Estwing Sportsman’s Axe is a compact, single-piece hatchet made of forged steel. It weighs approximately 1.9 pounds and has a 2.75-inch cutting edge. The genuine leather grip offers a comfortable hold and a cool look. 

Its durable construction and balanced design make it an ideal choice for backpackers seeking a reliable tool. I am on the fence about this guy. Like the Gibson with the full tang mentioned above, this one also transfers the chopping shocks to your hand. You need to try one in your hand first before you pack it up. Also, quality control can be an issue; some hatchets come looking like they are used. I listed it because it’s popular, but know that it’s not one of my favorites.

SOG Camp Axe

SOG Camp Axe- Compact Camping and Survival Hatchet/Hammer Tool with Sheath and 3.1 Inch Bushcraft Axe Edge (CH1001-CP)
  • STAINLESS STEEL CHOPPING AXE BLADE: Small forest axe, camping hatchet and backpacking hatchet features a 3.1-inch blade; small hatchet measures 11.5 inches in total length
  • LIGHTWEIGHT CAMPING AXES AND HATCHETS: This light but heavy duty camp hatchet and survival hatchet also serves as a handy backpacking axe; hand axe includes textured GRN handle for comfortable use
  • WOOD HATCHET AND HAMMER AXE IN ONE: Wood chopping axe can also be used as a hammer axe; the hatchet is always ready for outdoor wood splitting, pounding tent stakes, and tinder breakdown
  • CAMPING HATCHET WITH SHEATH: This small axe and hiking hatchet is lightweight and easy to carry; hand axe with sheath is a portable outdoor tool featuring glass-reinforced nylon to safely protect the blade
  • SOG for life: Take care of your camp axes and hatchets and we’ll take care of you; we gladly consider repairs and replacements for your properly maintained SOG Camp Axe

A go-to choice for campers looking for a portable and efficient tool for various outdoor tasks

Weighing in at just under 1 pound, the SOG Camp Axe is a minimalist’s dream. Its stainless steel head and glass-reinforced nylon handle make it lightweight yet strong. The flat backside of the head doubles as a hammer, offering added versatility. This hatchet is perfect for those who prioritize weight reduction and portability.

Manufactured by SOG, a well-known brand specializing in knives and tools, the Camp Axe aims to deliver functionality, durability, and performance in a lightweight package. When you first pick up the SOG it almost feels too light, but don’t let that fool you; it still chops with the best of them. 

I’ve used this hatchet on a wide range of wood types, from softwoods to hardwoods, and as expected, the denser the wood, the more demanding the chopping becomes. It’s essential to note that this axe has a mere one-pound weight and a shorter handle than many others. Its primary purpose is not as a splitting hatchet but rather as a lightweight, adaptable axe that is convenient to pack when saving space and reducing weight are crucial. Despite this, it can still effectively split wood, although it might not be the best option for larger-scale tasks.

The rear side of the axe head incorporates a flat area that doubles as a hammer, further enhancing the tool’s adaptability. This feature proves especially handy for jobs like pounding tent stakes. The SOG Camp Axe’s handle is made from glass-reinforced nylon (GRN), a robust and lightweight material recognized for its strength and resilience against various environmental factors. The handle’s ergonomic design makes it comfortable to hold for long periods and offers a firm grip during swinging. I will note that when not wearing gloves, the handle is not as comfy to hold and the circular grooves dig into your palm a little.

WICING Hatchet

WICING Camping Hatchet – 15.2 inches Chopping Axe for Wood Splitting and Kindling, 1055 High Carbon Steel and Beech Wooden Handle, with Leather Sheath – Head 1.35 lbs
  • Multi-Purpose: This hatchet is designed for a variety of tasks. Whether you need to for camping, felling, or gardening use, this axe is up to the task. Its size and weight make it easy to handle a wide range of outdoor activities.
  • 1055 High Carbon Steel: This camping axe is made from 1055 high carbon steel that is built to last. The hardness rating of 53-56 HRC can withstand heavy use, and the wooden handle is crafted from sturdy, resilient beech wood that won’t easily crack or break.
  • Beech Wooden Handle: The curved beech wooden handle is ergonomically designed to provide a comfortable grip and absorb shock well. The also helps to ensure that the axe stays securely in your hand while in use.
  • After-Sales Service: If you encounter any problems when using our WICING products, please feel free to contact our customer support team. We will solve the problem for you as soon as possible and provide the best quality service.
  • Dimensions: Head Weight: 1.35 lbs, Length: 15.2 inches, Total Weight: 2.1 lbs. (Set includes: 1 ✗ hatchet, 1 ✗ leather Sheath, 1 ✗ sharpening)

Balance, durability and functionality

Despite being marketed as throwing hatchets on Amazon, these hatchets are perfect for carrying in your backpack. They feature a classic, traditional design with a solid wood handle that provides a comfortable and secure grip. What’s even better is that they are affordable, making them a great choice for those on a budget.

Although the hatchet’s shorter size may not be suitable for felling large trees, the sharp blade is ideal for processing firewood, and its small size makes it easy to use for light chopping tasks, such as clearing a camping area or creating kindling. The hatchet’s compact size and lightweight design also make it easy to carry and store, ensuring that it’s always at hand when you need it. Whether you’re out in the wilderness or simply need a reliable tool for everyday use, the WICING Hatchet is a versatile and cost-effective option to consider. 

LEXIVON V-ONE Survival Hatchet

LEXIVON V-ONE Survival Hatchet, 9.5″ Full Tang Lightweight Axe | 6mm Stainless Steel Electro-Black Finish Blade, Ergonomic Bi-Material Grip Handle | Protective Slim Sheath Included (LX-VONE-PP)
  • STAINLESS STEEL: This Camping Hatchet features a 6mm Stainless Steel blade with an Electro-Black finish which is Highly resistant to rust and corrosion, can withstand tough weather conditions, moisture and heavy use. Easy to clean and maintain, making it the ideal axe that lasts for years of use.
  • INDESTRUCTIBLE: The Full Tang construction of this hatchet ensures maximum power and stability. This means that the blade extends all the way through the handle, providing extra strength and durability to the camping hatchet. Cleverly designed finger grooves offer a customizable fit, precise strikes and more accurate cuts.
  • EFFICIENCY: The hatchet features an ergonomic Bi-Material grip handle that provides a comfortable and secure grip during use. The Non-Slip Grip handle is designed to minimize hand fatigue and increase efficiency.
  • ULTRA-SHARP: The Stainless Steel camping axe blade Boasts & Retains exceptional sharpness, which endures even during prolonged usage. Its tall grind design enables the blade to effortlessly slice through wood, while also preventing any sticking.
  • PORTABLE & CONVENIENT: The slim protective sheath included with this survival hatchet makes it easy to carry and pack while ensuring that the blade remains sharp and protected. Featuring a lanyard hole, this compact and lightweight axe makes it easy to transport and store. The ideal tool for campers, hunters, hikers, and survivalists.

Compact, well built, and budget-friendly

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I reviewed the full-sized Lexivon axe here and, for the money, it’s decent enough. This is a great inexpensive option for outdoor activities. Its coated stainless steel head is durable and can handle tough chopping and splitting tasks. The non-slip, shock-absorbing handle provides a comfortable and secure grip, even in wet or slippery conditions. The hatchet is compact and lightweight, making it easy to carry around. Overall, it’s a reliable and functional hatchet that can become an essential tool for outdoor enthusiasts. This hatchet is under 10”, so it’s not chopping massive logs, etc.

Berry & Bird Camping Axe

Berry&Bird Camping Axe, 12.5’’ Small Axe Hatchet with Wooden Short Handle & Leather Sheath Mini Hand Axes for Cutting & Splitting Forged Carbon Steel Blade Outdoor Manual Tool
  • ► UNIVERSAL ONE-HANDED AXE: This is a relatively short hatchet with an overall length of only 12.5 inches and the weight is 1.5lbs. Light and small axe that can cut branches with one hand. This axe is good enough to tackle even small trees along with performing other small tasks like trail clearing, bushcraft, cutting firewood and kindling, yard landscaping and maintenance or getting the wood ready for a campfire. Note that this is a mini camping axe and not meant for cutting down big trees.
  • ► HOW TO USE A CARBON STEEL AX: Forging a carbon steel heat-treated blade increases its density and makes it more durable. This axe does not have a very sharp blade and razor-sharp cuts like other axes, the thick blade relies on punching and support to split the wood. For thicker wood, you need to split the wood with the front of the axe and the back of the axe as the impact splits the wood. If you have any questions during use, please feel free to contact us.
  • ►OUTDOOR COMPANION: This short ax also comes with a leather sheath to protect the blade and prevent accidental injury. Due to its small size, it can easily be left anywhere and get fit in the bag comfortably. Ideal for campers, hikers, outdoor activities, preparing wood for campfires, and garden work.
  • ►ERGONOMIC DESIGN: Our handles are made of high-quality ash willow from cold regions in high latitudes, forage hard, and have strong toughness, shock resistance, and wear resistance. The handle is polished and varnished for a more comfortable feel. It is a good helper for long-term labor and perfect as a gift for father & husband.
  • ►DAILY MAINTENANCE: You will receive an ax that may not have the sharp blade you want, but the thin design of the ax reduces felling resistance and facilitates deep felling. If you want a sharp head, you need to sharpen the blade. In addition, wipe the blade clean after using the axe and keep it in a dry room so the blade doesn’t rust and the wood handle doesn’t rot. Berry&Bird tools, 30-day free replacement, our hassle-free 10-year warranty, and friendly customer service.

Superior cutting performance, ensuring campers can tackle woodwork and campsite tasks with ease

If you’re in the market for a compact, one-handed axe perfect for bushcraft and backpacking, this is another solid choice. While it’s not suitable for taking down large trees, it’s perfect for smaller tasks and preparing firewood. There was a note inside the box that the end user is required to do the final sharpening and it comes from the factory less sharp on purpose. This is weird and a pain, but my axe was sharp enough, and I did hit it up with a stone to finish it some more. The packaging and overall presentation are great, but the less-than-sharp thing bugs me.

Husqvarna 13 in. Wooden Handle Hatchet

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Husqvarna Hatchet 596270901
  • Hatchet is designed for one-handed use on light wood cutting
  • Premium 1.32 lbs. hand-forged axe head
  • Made with hickory and Swedish steel
  • Comes with a leather edge cover
  • Made in Sweden

Classic style and craftsmanship with modern functionality

The Husqvarna is on the honorable mention list and not the top choice because the price has gotten insane over the last three years. I love it, but there are way cheaper options now that are equal in quality.

First, it’s a known fact that you need to spend a lot of time sharpening this guy right out of the box; check out all the YouTube videos of how people modify these. If you can get over that, then you are good to go. It’s a basic hatchet and gets the job done.

While information about the steel used in the head is limited to being Swedish, the long-standing reputation of Swedish steel for producing superior steel with minimal impurities and trace elements make it a reliable choice for axes and knives.

The hatchet’s weight may come as a surprise to some, as it is slightly heavier than most hatchets out there. However, this feature actually adds to the tool’s overall balance and comfort during use, especially for heavy-duty chopping and cutting tasks. Its perfect balance provides great control, making it an enjoyable tool to swing.

Schrade SCAXE2

The Schrade SCAXE2 is a compact, all-purpose camping hatchet. Schrade has several small hatchets in their lineup, and all are pretty solid. The SCAXE2 compact size makes it easy to carry in a backpack or on a belt, making it ideal for camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities. The SCAXE2 also features a hammer pommel at the base of the handle, which is useful for tasks such as driving tent stakes or breaking up kindling. 

The axe head is nitrate coated, which is a durable material that can withstand a lot of use without showing any signs of wear. Even after several uses, the blade is still in excellent condition, with no visible scratches other than the blade edge. 

Despite its compact size, this hatchet is solid and durable, with a comfortable grip that allows for precise control during use. Whether you’re clearing a campsite, preparing firewood, or carving wood for camp crafts, this hatchet is up to the task. One of the best things about this tool is its quality, especially considering the affordable price point. It’s clear that a lot of care and attention went into the design and manufacture of this hatchet, resulting in a reliable and effective tool that won’t break the bank. Overall, if you’re in the market for a small hatchet that can handle a variety of outdoor tasks, this one is definitely worth considering.

Bison Hunter’s Hatchet

Bison Jägerhatchet 1879 500 g I Allrounder 300 mm Long for Forest, Camping & Outdoor I Hand Forged I Triple Safety Wedging with Genuine Leather Cutting Protection
  • Handmade according to traditional blacksmithing
  • Quality steel hand-forged for long service life
  • HICKORYHÖLZER highly durable tool handles
  • Hand forged, head 500 g, tool steel grade A, handle 330 mm, hickory polished, triple safety wedge, cutting protection made of real leather, for all universal work in the forestry and garden, made in Germany

Amazon is full of a ton of no-name axes and hatchets that you have no idea where they came from. The Bison Hunter’s Hatchet is one of them. I had to do some digging before I could test it out, but I was pleasantly surprised at the overall quality. The Amazon seller could have done a better job with the description!

To my surprise, there is some history behind the hatchet. The Bison website touts that the German Army, fire brigades, and foresters around the world use Bison hatchets and axes.

The Bison Hunter is hand-forged like traditional axes using the finest German steel, heat-treated to an impressive HRC51-56. The Hunter’s Hatchet, part of the Bison 1879 line, is a lightweight, portable option that easily fits into any backpack. 

It’s a popular choice for hiking and hunting trips, with a pronounced lower section of the blade that adds length to the cutting edge, a unique feature not often found in hatchets of this size. The blade is exceptionally sharp and made to last, even after frequent use. With its classic design and exceptional craftsmanship, the Bison 1879 Hunter’s Hatchet is worth the asking price.

SULKADA Camping Hatchet

SULKADA Camping Hatchet, 10.5 Inch Survival Axe,Stainless-Steel Blade,Fiberglass Shock Reduction Handle with Anti-Slip Grip, for Chopping Wood,Gardening and Outdoor Survival,Gift for Dad Men
  • FORGED IN ONE PIECE : 3Cr13 Stainless Steel Precision Cast Head, stonewashed surface treatment.
  • TOP-QUALITY MATERIALS: Our Hammer Axe with Hexagon Wrench is has heavy duty 3Cr13 stainless stell blades ,durable ,sturdy ,and corrosion resistant, will not be affected by rust.
  • IDEAL SIZE: Our tactical hatchet Overall length is 10.5 inch ,handle length is 9.5 inch and Cutting Edge-3.2 inch, comes with ballistic nylon sheath.
  • OUTDOOR VERSITILITY :The Garden axe Perfect for chopping logs, small trees & branches or splitting firewood & kindling.
  • SERVICE SUPPORT:Quality and Customer Satisfaction are our top priorities. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with our product we will promptly resolve the issue to your satisfaction, simply contact us via our seller account and we’ll replace your item or process a refund.

The SULKADA Camping Hatchet is marketed as a versatile tool suitable for camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities. It features a carbon steel blade and a non-slip rubber handle for a comfortable grip. 

While the company claims that the hatchet can handle a variety of tasks, including chopping, cutting, and even hammering, the low price point may raise some concerns about the quality and durability of the product. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I got it in hand. The blade angle is a little wider than I would like, but it’s light enough and durable enough to spend the money on.

You may take a chance when you order it, mine was near perfect out of the box and sharp enough, but there are a lot of reviews where people got a dud. Buyer beware I suppose, but if you get a good one, then you got a good one!

Which One Should You Buy?

A backpacking hatchet should be lightweight, durable, and versatile. The options listed above cater to a variety of preferences and needs, but all have a proven track record of excellent performance in the field. Whether you’re an experienced backpacker or a beginner, a good hatchet is an essential tool that will make your adventures safer and more enjoyable.

5 Important Things To Look For When Shopping For A Camping Ax:

1. Material Quality

Why it’s Important:
The quality of the materials used in the axe’s construction will directly impact its durability, effectiveness, and lifespan. Look for high-quality steel types like carbon steel or Swedish steel for the axe head, and durable wood like hickory or composite materials for the handle.

Personal Experience:
I’ve found that axes made from high-quality materials like Swedish steel and hickory handles tend to last longer and perform better. Trust me, you don’t want your axe head to chip or your handle to break when you’re miles away from civilization.


2. Weight and Size

Why it’s Important:
The weight and size of the axe should match your intended use and your ability to carry it. A heavy, full-sized axe may be great for splitting logs but could be impractical for a long hike.

Personal Experience:
I’ve lugged around heavy axes on long hikes, and it’s not fun. On the flip side, a lightweight hatchet might be easy to carry but won’t do much good when you need to split larger logs.


3. Versatility

Why it’s Important:
A good camping axe should be versatile enough to handle a variety of tasks, from chopping wood and clearing brush to more delicate tasks like carving or even food preparation.

Personal Experience:
I’ve been in situations where my axe had to serve multiple roles, from chopping firewood to hammering in tent stakes. A versatile axe is like having a multi-tool—you’ll find more uses for it than you initially thought.


4. Ergonomics and Comfort

Why it’s Important:
An ergonomically designed handle will make the axe more comfortable to use and can reduce fatigue and the risk of blisters or injuries.

Personal Experience:
I’ve used axes with poorly designed handles, and let me tell you, the discomfort can turn a fun camping trip into a miserable experience pretty quickly.


5. Price and Warranty

Why it’s Important:
While you often get what you pay for, there are good-quality axes available at various price points. Also, consider if the axe comes with a warranty or guarantee, as this can provide peace of mind.

Personal Experience:
I’ve found that spending a bit more upfront for a quality axe with a good warranty often saves money in the long run. A well-made axe can last for years, if not decades, making it a worthwhile investment.

Do I Need A Hatchet On A Backpacking Trip?

I never go backpacking without the Fiskars X7 I listed, but I know some people are on the fence about whether they need a hatchet on a backpacking trip. For me, it’s a comfort and safety issue. First, I always want a campfire, and a hatchet makes it much easier to process firewood and split kindling. You could use a large survival knife and baton wood, but that’s another article.

There have also been many articles over the last few years about banning axes and hatchets in National Parks and on hiking trails. This is because, like everything else in the world, our natural resources are abused by idiots. Let’s be clear here when discussing building fires and gathering wood. You don’t cut or chop down live trees in National Parks, State Parks, Government lands, etc.! This should go without saying for nature enthusiasts, but I’ll say it anyway: You only gather wood that is dead and has fallen to the ground.

Once you start backpacking often and you come across highly used campsites, you will see very clearly what happens when idiots can’t find dead wood for a fire and start cutting branches and trees. 

However, I am against banning the carrying of hatchets on these lands; this is just another example of Government and Eco-Warrior overreach; they can go…you know what. We must teach these fools why you don’t chop down live trees and how to safely have a campfire, not ban them altogether.

Frequently Asked Questions About Backpacking Hatchets

How Much Does a Good Backpacking Hatchet Typically Cost?

Regarding backpacking, having the right hatchet can make all the difference. But how much does a good hatchet typically cost? When looking at hatchets for backpacking, you’ll find a wide range of prices depending on size and material.

Smaller and lighter hatchets are usually more expensive, as they are made with higher-quality steel and have better designs. For example, an ultralight titanium hatchet could cost anywhere from $90 to $200 or more. On the other hand, a basic steel camping axe may only cost around $20. It’s important to consider what type of backpacking trip you’re going on when selecting your hatchet.

For casual trips, a basic steel camping axe will do just fine. You won’t need something as lightweight or durable as an ultralight titanium hatchet unless you’re going on longer or tougher trips. In addition, if your trip involves splitting kindling or larger logs, you’ll want to invest in a durable backpacking axe with a thicker head and longer handle for more leverage. These types of models will cost more than the basic steel versions.

No matter what type of backpacking trip you’re planning, it’s important to research different options before buying your hatchet so that you know exactly what you’re getting for your money. Make sure that the model you choose is strong enough for any job that might come up during your trip but also light enough for comfortable carrying in your pack.

How Do I Sharpen a Backpacking Hatchet?

When it comes to bringing a hatchet along for a backpacking trip, sharpening it is an important step. Without proper sharpening, the hatchet won’t be nearly as effective when it comes to chopping and splitting wood. Fortunately, you can take some simple steps to ensure your hatchet is properly sharpened.

First and foremost, you’ll need the right tools for the job. A file or a whetstone are both great options for sharpening your hatchet. If you opt for a whetstone, make sure to get one with two different grits so that you can refine the edge of your blade. Additionally, you’ll want to ensure that whatever tool you use is designed specifically for metal blades; if not, it could damage your hatchet instead of sharpening it.

Once you have the right supplies on hand, you can begin sharpening your hatchet head. Start by laying the blade flat against your work surface and ensuring that all of its edges are evenly aligned with the stone or file. Then use long strokes along either side of the blade in order to even out any nicks or bumps on its surface. As you go along, ensure that both sides of the blade are being evenly sharpened by flipping it over from time to time.

Finally, once the edges have been sufficiently smoothed out and sharpened, take a piece of leather or cloth and lightly rub it across the blade in order to remove any burrs which may have formed during the honing process. Be sure not to press too hard while doing this; otherwise, it could end up dulling the edge again! With these steps complete, your backpacking hatchet should now be suitably ready for use on your next outdoor adventure.

What Is the Best Way to Store a Hatchet While Backpacking?

When backpacking, it’s important to have the proper equipment, and we all know that a hatchet is a great tool for splitting wood, making kindling, and preparing meals. But when you’re on the trail, how do you store your hatchet safely? Here are some tips for keeping your trusty hatchet secure while backpacking.

The first thing to consider is the size and weight of your hatchet. It can be difficult to carry in a pack if it’s too large or heavy. Look for a lightweight hatchet made of materials such as aluminum or titanium that won’t add too much weight to your load. 

Next, you’ll want to make sure your hatchet won’t accidentally open while you’re on the go. If you have an ax with a sheath, make sure the sheath fits snugly around the head of the ax and securely fastens with straps or clasps. This is especially important if you’re carrying other items in your bag that could potentially get damaged by an open blade.

Storing your hatchet properly is essential for keeping yourself safe and preventing potential damage to other items in your pack. Make sure you choose a lightweight yet durable model that can fit comfortably in your backpack, and ensure it has secure fastenings so it doesn’t accidentally open during transport. With these tips in mind, you’ll be ready to confidently hit the trail, knowing that your trusty hatchet is safe and secure!

Is a Backpacking Hatchet Suitable for Splitting Firewood?

When it comes to backpacking, a hatchet is a handy tool that can be used for a variety of purposes. But the question remains; is a backpacking hatchet suitable for splitting firewood? The answer is yes, but with some important caveats.

A backpacking hatchet is designed to be lightweight and easy to use in remote or difficult-to-access areas, which makes them a great choice when you need something compact and portable. However, they are not typically as durable as regular axes and may not be able to handle larger pieces of wood. Additionally, they are made from lighter materials and may not have the same chopping power as traditional axes.

When using a backpacking hatchet for splitting firewood, it’s important to keep in mind that you should only split small pieces of wood at a time. If you try to split large logs with your hatchet, you risk damaging the blade or handle, making it unusable for future tasks. It’s also important to remember that even though backpacking hatchets can be used for splitting firewood, they aren’t designed specifically for this purpose so it’s best to limit their use accordingly.

Backpacking hatchets are incredibly useful tools that can help make any outdoor trip more enjoyable and efficient. While they may not have the same power as traditional axes when it comes to splitting large pieces of wood, they are still capable of easily handling smaller logs and can make quick work of any kindling you need while on the trail.

Are Backpacking Hatchets Legal to Carry in All States?

Backpacking hatchets are a popular item for campers and hikers who want to be able to carry a tool that can help them with tasks such as cutting firewood, building shelter, or making tools. But it is essential to consider the legalities of carrying a backpacking hatchet. Are they legal to carry?

The answer depends on the state in which you are traveling. Different states have different laws regarding carrying a hatchet, and some even require that you have a permit. For example, in California, it is illegal to carry any type of knife – including a backpacking hatchet – without a permit. In New York, however, carrying a knife or hatchet is legal if it is intended for use as an outdoor tool.

In addition to state laws, there may also be local regulations that should be taken into account when traveling with a backpacking hatchet. These regulations could include restrictions on where and how the axe can be carried. It’s always best to check with local law enforcement before traveling with any type of weapon – even an axe designed for outdoor use.

It’s important when traveling with a backpacking hatchet to know the laws and regulations concerning its use and transport. Doing so will help ensure that your trip goes smoothly and you remain within the bounds of the law when enjoying nature with your trusty tool by your side.

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