I have had my 14" Fiskar's hatchet for at least 8 years now. I absolutely loved it. I had to sharpen it a few times the first year I got it but then it held an edge really well. I mostly used it for firewood prep, cutting saplings down for poles and other small chores. Yesterday while out with the family on our Memorial Day camping excursion, I was splitting a small hickory log that had been cut to length by the park service but wasn't gathered up to make their pile of firewood. It was wet on the ends but I knew it would be nice and dry on the inside and I love the smell of burning hickory. So I set it up and found the natural split in the wood and sunk the head in. That log grabbed my hatchet and refused to let go. I rolled the log on it's side and proceeded to push the handle down. That is when I heard the crack that I am sure everyone in the campground thought was small arms fire. Holy cow was it loud!!! The handle broke clean off right below the head. I thought for sure these things were unbreakable? I then went and grabbed the cheap coleman's camp hatchet I keep around for who knows what and drove the head through til the log split. The old head made a great wedge. I have debated whether to turn it in and have it replaced or just get another and continue using this head as a wedge. I like this option better because this will resolve the issue that broke the first one. Of course using an ax to split logs instead of a hatchet would have saved it too. Anyways, I just wanted to share my little mishap with everyone and reassure everyone that Fiskar's handles are virtually indestructable but if your will is strong and the hickory is wet, even the impossible is possible.
Also, I would like to wish a happy Memorial Day to everyone and express my deepest gratitude to the great men and women who have proudly served to defend our great nation and the freedom that it stands for. Thank you.