Axes and Hatchets

The best axes and hatchets, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on October 10, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Axe/Hatchet Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Hults Bruk Jonaker

LIGHTWEIGHT AND EXTREMELY SHARP! FITS IN YOUR HAND LIKE A GLOVE Purchased this baby for light kindling and carving. This axe is excellent for feathering kindling as well. Fits snugly in my hiking pants side awe pocket....can barely tell it's there! 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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Hults Bruk Aneby

What isn't to love about this axe! This is my hiking/backing companion. Perfect from felling small trees to feathering and kindling. At 19 inches it straps snugly to my backpack with little added weight. At 19 inches it straps snugly to my backpack with little added weight. Maintenance is a breeze, still have not needed to sharpen even after two years of heavy use. Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Gransfors Bruk Splitting Hatchet

A specialised axe for splitting wood. The axe head is designed for splitting down the grain rather than across, meaning a more efficient split. Charles Rolls or Henry Royce said quality is long remembered but the price is soon forgotten. That is true of this axe. Whilst is it quite expensive, it is well made and does an excellent job of splitting wood for my wood burner. The axe head has more of a wedge shape so that when it enters the wood along the grain it splits the grain more efficiently than… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Gransfors Bruk Wildlife Hatchet

An excellent general purpose hatchet capable of felling a small tree. I thought long and hard about which axe to purchase but eventually settled on the Wildlife Hatchet, by Gransfors Bruk. I wanted an axe large enough to handle a range of jobs reasonably well but small enough to fit easily in my Savotta Saddle Sack. Weight was also a consideration, but as far as I can tell the axe heads do not vary as much as the length of the handles do. So far, I have been really impressed with it. Not all axes… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Fiskars Chopping Axe 28"

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

rated 4 of 5 stars
Estwing Leather Sportsman's Axe

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Estwing Camper's Axe

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

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