When I was a young kid in elementary school, I read Gary Paulsen’s wilderness novel called Hatchet. The story follows the survival efforts of a 13-year-old who crash lands in the middle of the woods, carrying nothing but his hatchet. From that point on, the hatchet became the coolest tool on the planet in my young eyes.
It’s almost two decades later now, but I still hold the hatchet in high regards because of its overall usefulness and feel. The weight of a good hatchet in your hand is unmatched.
In an effort to make the hatchet more accessible to newbies and experts alike, I’ve assembled the five best hatchets found at Knife Depot. If you have any you’d like to add to the list, feel free to let me know in the comments.
SOG Tactical Tomahawk
For those who don’t know, a hatchet is essentially a small axe that you can use with one hand. The term itself is not mutually exclusive, meaning certain axes and tomahawks can be considered hatchets. The first hatchet on the list is the SOG Tactical Tomahawk. It consistently gets rave reviews on sites like Amazon for its functional design, durability and great look. The tomahawk has a 15.75-inch overall length with a 2.75-inch edge on the stainless steel blade head. It also comes with a molded hard nylon sheath.
Estwing Camper’s Axe
Estwing is highly regarded in the world of axes, and this 16-inch camper’s axe is the perfect hatchet. Made from one piece of solid steel, the hatchet can handle anything you throw at it (or anything you throw it at). Around the handle is a shock-reduction grip to keep you from discomfort after excessive use. With its included leather sheath, this is probably one of the two best hatchets you can get that’s made in the USA.
Kershaw Camp Axe
If you noticed in the Estwing Camper’s Axe section, I said it was one of the two best hatchets made in the USA. Here’s the other one. The Kershaw Camp Axe is small with an 11-inch overall length, but it packs a big punch. The axe is forged from a single piece of high carbon steel and features a Krayton handle. Because this hatchet is so small and light, you’ll be more likely to carry it with you and have it in unexpected survival situations.
Gerber Gator Axe Combo II
What could make a fantastically designed hatchet even better? Stick a long serrated saw into its handle. The Gerber Gator Axe Combo II gives you both of these great tools. The hatchet itself has an overall length of 15.16 inches and a steel head designed to retain its edge after repeated use. Additionally, a saw blade is magnetically attached inside the polyamide handle just in case.
United Cutlery M48 Tactical Hawk Tomahawk
There’s a reason this ‘hawk from United Cutlery is one of Knife Depot’s best-selling products: it can do just about anything you would ever need out of an axe, hatchet, machete or survival knife. It’s 15.75 inches long but weighs a mere 24 ounces, so it’s not burdensome when you’re carrying it around on the trail or while camping. Once it’s inside the nylon sheath, you’ll never want to be without the United Cutlery M48 Tactical Hawk by your side.