Anyone who is a fan of the Gary Paulsen series “Hatchet” knows just how valuable that tool can be in the wilderness. Whether you use it to chop wood, bang in some tent poles, create fire, or warn off any unwanted visitors from the campsite, there is just something right in that feeling of your fingers around the hatchet grip. Not surprisingly, hatchets and axes come in many shapes, forms and functions, and depending on your intended use, you’ll want a specific hatchet to get the job done. To help you decide which hatchet or axe you need in your arsenal, here are 10 hatchets perfect for the outdoors:
Shcrade Tactical Hatchet Full TangThe Shcrade Tactical Hatchet has you covered for whatever situation you find yourself in. With its full tang blade (which means the blade is one solid piece that extends through the handle), the Schrade Tactical Hatchet gives you a powerful strike that will never quit or send reverberating pangs down your wrist. And coming in at a light 1.55 lbs., alongside the nail pulley/crowbar tip handle, this is one hatchet you can take anywhere and do anything with.
Estwing Special Edition 26” Camper’s AxeBe the king of the campfire with the Estwing Special Edition 26” Camper’s Axe. Featuring a sleek black matte finish with Estwing’s world famous shock absorber handle, you can effectively chop wood all day and night to keep your fire stoked. Not specifically for carrying out with you in the backcountry, keep this axe near the woodshed and you’ll never have to worry about a lack of firewood ever again.
Bear Grylls Survival HatchetThe Bear Grylls Survival Hatchet designed by Gerber is one packable hatchet suited for the newest campers to the seasoned professionals. Coming in at an astonishing 20.8 oz., you won’t even notice you’re carrying this blade until the moment you need it. Able to quickly create some backcountry firewood or the perfect tool to nail down some tent stakes, with Bear Grylls backing the product, you should know that it can be used in nearly any weather situation.
Fiskars X7 HatchetFiskars X7 Hatchet provides consumers with a little more affordable, but just as dependable backcountry hatchet. Combining precise weight distribution, perfected blade geometry, and a nearly unbreakable design, the X7 is ideal for chopping up kindling or medium sized logs on your next backcountry adventure. Touted to chop 3X deeper than the competitor blades, the perfect place to test this sturdy chop is miles away from nowhere.
Yes4All Camping Hunting Survival Full Tang Axe w/ SpikeBring on the multi-functioning tools with the Yes4All Camping and Hunting Survival Axe. Featuring a full tang axe blade with a sticky grip, this tool also comes with a serrated knife that can be stored back into the handle when not in use. And if that wasn’t enough, included in the sheath for this versatile axe is an emergency fire starter that can produce sparks in even the dampest of conditions.
Zippo 4-in-1 Woodsman Multi-ToolThe Zippo 4-in-1 tool isn’t made to help keep the woodpile stocked throughout the winter, but is the perfect accessory for a car camping trip or a handy tool for cutting some new trails. While the axe is a rugged 5” blade, the really unique feature of this tool is its ability to easily convert into a bow saw to cut down pesky limbs in your way. On top of the wood splitting abilities, the Woodsman also provides the means necessary to mallet down and pull up any type of tent stakes or pop-up shelters you may have brought alongside you.
Wetterlings Bushman Axe by Les StroudAn all-around great wood chopper, the Bushman Axe (with design help by known-outdoorsman Les Stroud) is a multi-versatile, good ole’ fashioned axe that delivers. Whether you are looking for something to chop down dead trees or split a hefty load of firewood, the Bushman’s hammer head design is going to get the job done for you, and when you’re holding that wooden handle in your hand, you won’t be able to help feel the masculinity surge through your whole body.
SOG Hand AxeFinding that perfect combination of weight and effectiveness for backpacking hatchets can be tricky, and there is no other brand to trust more than the good folks over at SOG (whose products can be seen used in the field by members of the US Special Forces). This lightweight hand axe delivers a big punch and will make short work of campsite chores, and weighing in at just over 18 ozs., the SOG hand axe can fit discreetly back into your backpack when not in use.
Gerber Gator Combo AxeFeaturing a proprietary Gator Grip for maximum control and comfort, the Gerber Combo Axe also includes in its handle is a handy 7” blade, making this one axe in which you can double wield in the gnarliest of situations. And weighing in at only 23.6 ozs., this is an axe best used for splitting smaller wood found at most backcountry campsites.
Ultimate Survival Technology’s ParaHatchet FS GloFor the outdoors person that sometimes loses track of their gear, it’s understandable why you would want a hatchet that has glow in the dark Paracord wrapped around the handle. Often times when you are chopping wood in a backcountry situation nighttime is approaching. And once you get that fire going, there is only about a million other things to do to prepare for the night that losing you hatchet in the darkness is not unheard of. Plus, the Paracord detaches nicely from the blade handle for use as a clothes line, shoelace, or whatever you may find yourself needing it for.