I recently wrote a post where I introduced my new Estwing hatchet. In the post, I displayed a few photos of the tool and basically talked about some of its finer points. I bought the hatchet from Amazon.com for $35.43 and I thought it was a good deal. The thing is, I am seeing all sorts of really cool and exotic camping and bushcraft hatchets out there on the internet and I’m wondering if the one I purchased is any good. It seems good. It’s sharp and it cuts great. Is there a difference in the steel that’s used among hatchets? Is one steel harder than another? Does one keep an edge better? Do people have preferences when it comes to the comfort of the handle?
Or, are they all pretty good and everyone online is simply trying to outdo one another? I get the feeling that’s what’s going on here. I mean, as of this moment, my tool has 1,517 reviews and it’s got a 4.5 star rating on Amazon. That must mean something. For the price, it’s not bad.
Personally, I like the grip. I don’t particularly like the look of it, but it’s pretty comfortable in my hand and I don’t think it’s going to wear away or slide off any time soon. I’ve had axes and hatchets before with rubber grips and those have only given me problems. This grip is leather and it’s pressed and riveted on, so it’s solid. It also handles vibration and shock well.
I’m going to attach a few photos below so you can get a better idea of what I’m dealing with here. The edge is almost razor sharp right now, so it chops into branches and other wood very nicely. Let me know what you think.
By the way, this hatchet comes with a very nice nylon sheath that covers the blade. I like it a lot.