Axes and Hatchets

The best axes and hatchets, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on November 18, 2018. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Axe/Hatchet Reviews

Fiskars Chopping Axe 28"

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Fiskars Chopping Axe (WALMART $34.47) is basically just a longer handled version of the Fiskars X15 axe (Amazon $33.98) with a new paint job. Here is a side-by-side comparison of the two axes. (New black longer Fiskars Chopping Axe on the left, and the Fiskars X15 on the right) If you like winter camping using either a hot tent with a wood stove or bush craft with tarps and a long fire, you shall process a lot of wood. In the winter, you need to find standing dead trees because the downed or… Full review

Estwing Leather Sportsman's Axe

rated 4 of 5 stars I used to only take a saw along on my outdoor adventures, but recently I've added a small hatchet to my backcountry tool kit. I was gifted with the Estwing Sportsman's Axe, a medium-sized hatchet constructed from a single piece of forged steel. This axe has a nice balance and weight to it, although it would be easier to trek around if it weighed a few ounces less, but it seems to get the job done. I've put together a short video review of this handy little axe. Please check it out. Here is my video… Full review

Estwing Camper's Axe

rated 5 of 5 stars Not a backpacking item, but it is a great Camper's Axe and for around the house for the firepit. It's a great item when camping and holds its edge well. I picked it up at the local big box hardware store for under $50 plus tax.  Full review

Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Hatchet

rated 5 of 5 stars This hatchet is a great everyday for anyone who is in the market for one. It is very versatile, and since it is made by Gerber it comes with a lifetime warranty. I absolutely love this little hatchet. It is great for just about any job that you would need it for. It has a sharp blade. The weight is balanced well, and you can even shave your wood if you so desire with the angle of the blade. Here's a little video I made about it: I hope this helped you to make your decision.  Full review

Stihl Pro Splitting Hatchet

rated 4 of 5 stars Extremely high quality base camp tool for processing wood. The STIHL Pro Splitting Hatchet features a premium ash handle, oversized neck, and a drop-forged steel head. The hatchet measures 19.75" with a 2.75 lb. cutting head. I am a Natural Disaster First Responder as well as a SAR tech. I am a chainsaw instructor and was looking for a more compact yet heavy axe mainly for driving felling wedges with occasional chopping   This is worn on my belt. I also wanted to use this tool at base camp for… Full review

Gransfors Bruk Small Forest Axe

rated 5 of 5 stars The Gransfors Bruk Small Forest Axe is a great addition to my light car camp and canoe camp kits. I had admired the Bruk axes for some time and always thought I would like to have one. They have a very good reputation and are a thing of beauty to look at. I finally settled on the Small Forest Axe as my choice for style and size. It fits between other axes I already own, a 1.5lb hand axe and a 2.75lb "boys axe". I was looking for an axe I could process arm sized wood with as well as for roughing… Full review

Gransfors Bruk Mini Hatchet

rated 4 of 5 stars Definitely a minimalist hatchet. I'd recommend a bigger one for most real hatchet work, or a quality large knife instead. I'm generally a fan of large knives for wilderness tasks. You can cut, chop, split, pry and poke with them, and I've just always had a knife. Recently I decided that I wanted to try my hand at using a good hatchet instead, just to change things up and to see life on the other side. After a little research, I decided on the smallest hatchet from Gransfors Bruks, the mini/belt… Full review

Wetterlings Scandinavian Forest Axe

rated 5 of 5 stars EASE OF USE: This is a very capable axe, and in the hands of someone who is comfortable and confident using it, there is little it cannot do. The blade shape is perfect for a variety of tasks, from chopping to splitting, and it comes with such a razor sharp edge, you can even make feather sticks with it. FEATURES: The 26-inch handle has incredibly consistent grain structure, and in exactly the right direction. The head is not actually held on with a metal pin, as the above picture shows, and is… Full review

Winkler II SAYOC

rated 5 of 5 stars Daniel Winkler is one of the finest knife and tomahawk maker in the world. A custom piece is, I believe, a 10-year wait and lots of cash. His Winkler II line was to provide a more affordable way for people to get his knives and hawks into the public's hands. Daniel Winkler is an ABS cert mastersmith. If you have seen "Last of The Mohicans" you have seen some of his hawks and knives. Each item that leaves his shop is inspected twice and is signed off on and you're provided with this paperwork. His… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Gransfors Bruk Hand Hatchet
$125
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Estwing Camper's Axe
$62 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gransfors Bruk Wildlife Hatchet
$125
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hults Bruk Almike
$134
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Estwing Leather Sportsman's Axe
$56
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Coghlan's Camp Axe
$13
Estwing Fireside-Friend Splitter
$42
Gransfors Bruk Small Splitting Axe
$165
Ultimate Survival Technologies ParaHatchet FS
$15
Hults Bruk The Akka
$169
Gransfors Bruk Outdoor Axe
$190
Hults Bruk Aneby
$139 - $154
Estwing Tomahawk Axe
$74
Gerber Gator Machete Pro Axe/Hatchet / Fixed-Blade
$42
Gransfors Bruk Large Splitting Axe
$175
Hults Bruk Salen
$94
Hults Bruk Jonaker
$124 - $144
Columbia River Chogan T-Hawk
$8 - $114
Buck Compadre Camp Axe
$93
Hults Bruk Motala
$339
Hults Bruk Kalix
$99
Gerber Freescape Hatchet
$55
Estwing Double Bit Axe
$74
Hults Bruk Bjork
$119
Hults Bruk The Tibro
$139
Hults Bruk Atran
$114
Columbia River Kangee T-Hawk
$40 - $114
Hults Bruk Gran
$89
Buck Camp Axe
$62
Hults Bruk Kisa
$139
Hults Bruk Tarnaby
$84 - $95
Hults Bruk Torneo
$89
 
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available 2018
Fiskars X15 Chopping Axe 23.5"
$45 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Gransfors Bruk Small Forest Axe
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hultafors Trekking Axe – Classic
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Wetterlings Scandinavian Forest Axe
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Winkler II SAYOC
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hultafors Trekking Axe Mini – Classic
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hultafors Hunting Axe – Classic
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Fiskars Chopping Axe 28"
$56 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Gerber Bear Grylls Survival Hatchet
$48 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Gransfors Bruk Mini Hatchet
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Boker Plus Carnivore Tomahawk
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Council Tool Forest Service Axe
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Gerber Gator Combo Axe II Axe/Hatchet / Camp Saw
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Stihl Pro Splitting Hatchet
Klecker Knives Ti-KLAX
$550 MSRP
Gransfors Bruk Splitting Maul
Gerber Back Paxe II
$42 MSRP