Carrying a small hachet or tomahawk is essential for surviving regardless your location. I used to preach that you could with a good knife do everything you need to do. However, this has since been proven wrong.
As tell my readers, always test your equipment and go bags as you can not be sure of your abilities and equipment unless you do so. Over the past few years I have tested many different tools and items that I have in my go bags. And over the course of several excursions into the wilds surrounding my place of residence I have quickly found what works and what doesnt.
When it comes to hatchets and tomahawks, (both which may be used for defense and preparing of a camp) I quickly found what works best for me. Cold steel tomahawks are inexpensive and functional. Cold Steel Spike Hawk Frontier Hawk
This particular model is nice for ground breaking and chopping wood and after a brief sharpening retains an edge quite well. As I do with most of my chopping gear I tested it using mesquite wood and local shrub oak. The benefit of this particular approach is its easier throwing balance. The unfortunate negative of this model is that you really can’t use it to split wood unless it is extremely old or relatively knot free.
The next recommendation is another inexpensive but solidly made hatchet. TEKTON 3284 20-Ounce 14-Inch Fiberglass Camp Axe
This particular hatchet also needed some time spent putting a solid edge on it. It excels at splitting wood and is made of a very solid fiberglass/polymer handle attached firmly to a solid wedge of steel. I have pounded on it with wood and rocks just to see how much damage it can take and have yet to cause it permenant harm. The cold steel tomahawks are made with wooden handles and while easily replaced, do not stand up to nearly the same punishment.
Unfortunately, the tekton hatchet is not a good implement for throwing and really a bit short for bludgeoning or use as a secondary weapon. It can be used, almost anything can be thrown or used, it is simply not built for this purpose. And so I have relented and have at my disposal both tools and a few different models of the cold steel tomahawks available. My favorite so far being the rifleman and the frontier linked above.
Solid tools are essential parts of any free individuals life. As always it is my pleasure to ensure these reviews are completed using realistic testing.
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