So, you want to know about the best hatchet that you can find around? We had the same problem too. I am a simple woodcutter and carpenter who last year had a basic problem. I needed a hatchet and it was tough for me to choose the best hatchet out of those many options. They say having more options is great for a customer. I found it completely opposite as it was a tough decision for me.
Therefore, i decided that i want to share with you what i got. Today, i will list down the best hatchet that you can find around. These will be honest and complete hatchet reviews which work in real life. I don’t want to bore you guys, so let’s just jump into the action.
Best Hatchet Reviews 2016
You have to understand that there are tons of options around us and it was a tough task to come up with top 10 best hatchet for you guys. Give me some credit? Well, below you will find the best and the coolest 10 hatchet that are available for consumers right now. We are going to rank them now from 10 to 1 but all 10 are considered better than the rest of the market. Therefore, you can depend on each of them. Let’s start the best hatchet reviews.
1. Silky 555-24 NATA Double Edge Hatchet
The first in our list is the Sikly 555-24 NATA which is a double edge hatchet. The hatchet is made in Japan and it recently created a huge buzz. In one word, the product is very good. It weights only around 700 grams and the blade length is around 9 and a half inch which is equivalent to 240mm. You won’t need any battery to run this beauty. The handle is a bit rubberish type so that you do not lose grip. The blade is around quarter inch thick which is enough for heavy tasks.
- Great grip
- Awesome balance
- Very powerful blade
- Happy customers
- Though the name says double edge, it is actually dual grind.
2. Estwing Mfg E24A Sportsman’s Axe
The second in our list is the Estwing Mft E24A Sportsman’s Axe which is a popular one when it comes to best hatchets all around the globe. There are two basic sizes available in the market, the company does not promote any of them much and interestingly, both of the hatchet models are doing wonderful. You can find information for both of the models in the links that we provided. The hatchet weights around 14.9 ounce. It is definitely one of the cool ones that you should go for.
- Made of complete steel
- The head area and the handle area are forged into one piece for more comfortable experience
- The cutting edge is perfect
- The handle is a bit wider compared to other hatchet models. If your hands are small, you will find it difficult to use it at ease.
3. Gerber Bear Grills Survival Hatchet
Gerber Bear Grills Survival Hatchet is probably the most selling hatchet around the globe. The company has sold more than ten thousand pieces only in Amazon in last one year and almost all of the customers are happy. This shows the promise that it comes with. As you can see from the video, the handle is very easy to hold with that rubber grip and the chance is very less likely that you will face troubles while using it. The blade length is around 3.5 inch which is great and overall product length is a bit less than 10 inches which is good too. Overall, Gerber Bear Grills is a great product to go for.
- Very easy and comfortable to use
- Slim and smart to look at
- Very durable
- Many people like longer handles which it does not have
- The hatchet is not that light (around 1 pound)
4. Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Exe
You got almost all the details from the video. This is a premium product and the price is also very high compared to the other ones that you have seen so far. Gransfors is a famous brand and their products are very dependable. The handle is 19 inch and the weight is around 1.5 lbs. The leather sheath adds great value to the product. Overall, if you are into class and premium brands, this is the hatchet that you should go for.
- Great look
- Great body & length
- Made in Sweden
- Comes with a case
- As this is made of wood, the feel of handle is not that smooth
5. Fiskars Consumer Prod 14 Inch Hatchet
Fiskars 14 inch Hatchet is another tremendously popular hatchet that is available in the market. They have thousands of happy and satisfied customers and the reviews are great. This is an easy to handle and easy to carry type hatchet with great price and features. This is not one of those heavy duty hatchets. This is a good one for hikers, travelers and similar people who need a helping hand on the go. You can easily cut logs that are small to medium type sized with the help of this one.
- Great balance
- Very easy to carry
- The handle will never break no matter what happens
- Low friction blade (great for hands)
- You cannot cut big logs with this one
6. Schrade SCAXE2L Survival
As you can see from the image, the product has an unique titanium look that a lot of people love. The slightly curved body makes sure that you are generating extra power while cutting logs. The stainless steel head is good too. It is not a premium product. The hatchet comes in a very competitive price and you actually get what you pay for. But overall, the experience is good enough to be satisfied about.
- Great price
- Titanium coated body
- Standard blade
- Not very durable compared to others in the market
7. Gerber 17.5 Inch Freescape Hatchet
Gerber’s 17.5 inch hatchet is another candidate for the best hatchet race. This product is unique in terms of the design of it. The design is rugged and interesting at the same time which is a rear combination and that is one big reason that why we included it in our list of the best hatchet candidates. The steel head is very tough and the Finland made body will give you enough holding power to cut logs within a very short time. The overall length of the total hatchet is around 17.3 inch which is big enough.
- Unique design
- Great power
- Long handle
- Very lightweight
- A multi-use-able product
- It could have been more powerful with a better blade
8. Fiskars X27 Super Splitting Axe
This Fiskars hatchet will definitely catch your attention. The product is one of the all time best sellers in Amazon (check the link we provided) and there are thousands and thousands of happy customers of this hatchet. There are four different versions that are available for the consumers. They are different in terms of size (17 inch, 23.5 inch, 28 inch and 36 inch versions). If you are a tall guy then this is the best hatchet for you as this will exactly fit your body. The shock absorbing dual frame is so good that you will not feel anything on your hands while cutting logs. The balance is also very good and you will have a feel that you are playing baseballs while cutting with this hatchet.
- The sheath help will protect both you and the blade
- Great balance
- The product guaranties one strike splits if you can strike perfectly (it is good)
- Different sizes according to your needs
- Will last two three years properly (Some people use it for a long time but the average is two-three seasons)
9. United Cutlery UC2836 M48 Ranger Axe
If you are looking for not only the best hatchet but also a cool one then this is the perfect option for you. The product is designed especially for the travelers. It comes with a great looking compass which will definitely add value to your collection. If you are not a traveler then the compass might seem unusual. The length is around 15 and a half inch and the blade is 8 inch. The balance is good and the stainless steel makes the cutting experience even better.
- Great price
- Famous brand
- Nylon and fiberglass mixed handle
- Very good customer service
- The hatchet is a bit heavy compared to the similar ones. (around 2.3 pounds)
10. Husqvarna Multipurpose Axe
Husqvarna was one of the initial hatchets that released in the market a long time ago. The product was initially a big hit and then the condition tamed after an year or two. This is yet a good product and you can easily go for it even today. This is a multipurpose and a very traditional looking axe that anybody can go for. The handle is around 17 inch long and the blade is traditional (4 inch).
- Traditional look
- Ancient design
- A bit heavier compared to other models (2.7 pounds)
How to Choose The Perfect Hatchet
Well, we now know enough about the best hatchet and related things from the earlier part of this article. Let’s now focus on the main thing which is addressing a question. How to choose the perfect hatchet? How can one make sure that the hatchet that he or she is buying is the right fit? Well, this is not as tough as it sounds. Let’s go through the steps.
The first task is to figure out what will you do with the hatchet that you are going to buy. Ask yourself this question. Are you going to build a log based house with the hatchet? Are you going to simply cut logs for fire? The hatchet will vary depending on your needs and therefore, it is important that you ask yourself this question first.
Some people ask, what is the major difference between different types of hatchets? There are obviously differences in terms of designs, outlook and etc but the main difference lies in the edge section of the hatchets.
The first type that you are seeing in this image is the most standard and the most common type of hatchet. Most of the hatchets that we reviewed in our best hatchet list is from that type. This is a version that can cover all types of needs and therefore, most people do not go for the other two types. We do not recommend you to go for other types too as the first one is universal and can perform multiple types of tasks.
Depending on your needs, hatchets can be divided into three different sections:
- Forest & Jungle Hatchets
- Splitting Hatchets
- Log making Hatchets
The names are pretty self explaining and there are different types of hatches dedicated to each type of needs. Therefore, you should make sure that you are buying the exact one that goes along with your needs. And if you are in need of any assistance or help, you now know where to ask for it.
Best of luck
Best Hatchet Team