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Axes and Hatchets

The best axes and hatchets, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on June 10, 2022. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Axe/Hatchet Reviews

rated 4 of 5 stars
Estwing Leather Sportsman's Axe

Well-built little hatchet.             OK, so first off I must say that this review is from Australia, so pricing and types of wood encountered are very different to a USA-based review. Firstly, as it is fully imported from the US the little Estwing here sells for just over AUD$100.   The second thing to bear in mind is a thing called the janka hardness scale, an international scale that determines the hardness of any timber globally.  Interestingly the number one spot is held by a native… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
CRKT Woods Nobo T-Hawk

With a few mods it makes a great camp tool. It's lighter than most hatchets but heavier than some T-hawks and gets a good chop. Not ideal for splitting but will do for most camp purposes. A few mods are necessary for this to be a great tool. 1) (Most importantly) put a much better edge on the head; it comes very dull. 2) Refinish the handle. It has some horrible varnish on it, but with some sanding and some boiled linseed oil it feels much better and handles much better (there's a reason it's the… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Gransfors Bruk Mini Hatchet

I've had mine for over 35 years! I use it instead of a knife quite a bit. Just received a hand hatchet to go with it. Not much I couldn't do with these, short of felling a large tree. Just a great all around tool to get most chopping cutting chores done. Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Gransfors Bruk Outdoor Axe

Lightweight, a fantastic chopper and splitter...much better and lighter than a large Bowie-style knife for bushcrafting and camping chores. A joy to use. This is a beautifully designed and balanced lightweight hand axe for the hiker, back country camper, and bushcrafter. You can certainly build an expedient shelter, you can fell, limb, buck, split, and carve trees that are 5-inches in diameter or less fairly readily. You can use it to skin, clean, and butcher small game. Carrying this and a small… Full review

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Estwing Camper's Axe

A decent light axe for minor felling, chopping, and splitting...but doesn't compare to a good HB or GB. I bought one of these a few years ago, and have used it mostly around the house. I've found it's best for light limbing and felling, but the design of the blade is such that it really is a chopper, not a splitter. I'm surprised at how much better a smaller, lighter Granfors Bruk axe is at both felling and splitting.  Buy it if you want a fairly inexpensive and durable decent axe for occasional… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Estwing Camper's Axe

Lifesaver on a long hike. A while back when I was with a Scout Troop hiking the JMT in the High Sierras we were caught in a severe summer storm near Gem Lake. Lightning, hail, low temps and high winds. We found ourselves in an old hunting camp that had been dismantled and discovered our tube tents were no match for the storm, so with a little ingenuity and freezing desperation we set about building a storm haven. With the hatchet we pulled dozens of six inch nails from timbers and with just the… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Gransfors Bruk Small Forest Axe

Great size for day hikes and fits nicely in your pack! Coming in as a cross between a piece of art and a piece of gear, this artisanal heirloom will surely be passed down to my children and their children’s children. It is a beautiful tool that has been an essential part of our loadout as of late. Sized between a hatchet and a “real” axe, the SFA provides a packable happy medium for anyone looking to do some work while afield. Bushcraft has become more and more of a buzzword in the past few… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Council Tool 2# Wood-Craft Pack Axe

I wanted a short-handled axe for car and canoe camping. The two main Swedish axe makers had very nice camp axes, but I liked the Council Tool Wood Craft axe head shape better and the fact that it was a high quality US-made axe. I like the Wood Craft small camp axe because it is larger than a hatchet and able to do small felling tasks and splitting of firewood yet is easily carried on a pack when on canoe portages. It is very similar to Hults Bruk and Gransfors Swedish axes and at the same price,… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Hults Bruk Akka

I have had this axe for going on three years now and it hasn’t let me down! The curve of the handle and the length are perfection! The carpenter style axe head make carving a breeze and this thing chops like none other! Great axe and would recommend to anyone. Full review