For the price, the Fiskars X7 axe is by far the best hatchet you can buy. I first used it on my a backpacking trip 4 years ago. I was completely surprised how well it chopped even though it was very light and had a “plasticy feel” to it. Especially with the black and orange colors, the hatchet almost looked like a toy until I put my hands on it.
Mind the Construction Wood
A hollow FiberComp® handle gives it a great power-to-weight ratio. Majority of the weight is in the blade of the hatchet thus allowing for faster and deeper chops. It performed rather well on smaller to medium sized logs. With its efficient design and weight, I was able to chop through more wood than a traditional hatchet with a wooden handle. There is an inseparable insert-molded head that will not separate or become loose after continuous use. After several years of heavy use, the axe remains to be in a very good shape. That is something I would expect from a Finland made product.
Recently, the blade on my old hatchet was dinged up after my friends decided to chop without having a log underneath. So I decided to buy myself another Fiskars X7 hatchet. And again, I was completely blown away how cheap it was: $24.87 at Home Depot.
Considering all these factors, and unfortunately the most important factor for most people, the price; this is by far the best hatchet you can buy today. When the price factor is removed, it opens the doors to more quality hatchets/axes. There is a certain romantic quality that can be only felt with an expensive hand crafted axe that has been refined for hundreds of years. Although the Fiskars hatchets/axes are great overall products, they have a very synthetic feel to them!
Chops Almost Through Anything
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