Broken Fiskars hatchet handle

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  1. PATHMASTER75

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    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.
     
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    imo buy another. Keep this one for a wedge.
     
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    I think in 8 years you got your moneys worth
     
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    Saw it Right off lol I Broke a Fiskars and a Gerber they on my never Get use or recommend list. I saw a bunch break and that backed up my thinking on em. They work but will break and cannot be rehung. We did a bent sapling and rawhide haft on one at the training area that worked good if you want to re purpose it.I asked the Course director at the SERE Specialist pipeline about those(The Gerber model) he said they were cheap and light and more than enough for what they do down here they get a real Ax at Fairchild if they make it there...
    Like Bax said you got your money out of it and a free splittin wedge for that matter glad ya had a back up.

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    Since they have a lifetime warranty, you could always send it back and get a new one. In some cases, they'll accept a photo of the broken axe and send you a new one.
     
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    Won't be sending it off for a replacement and a pic will not happen either. I have already removed the remaining plastic on the head. I am going to use it as a splitting wedge. Now to decide on a replacement. I want something lightweight, that is why I chose the fiskars in the first place. It needs to be able to hammer tent stakes, and of course my new splitting wedge. A nice slim chopping blade is a necessity as well. Most of all, it needs to be under $50. If I can get another 8 years out of a $35 hatchet that would be fantastic.

    Any recommendations for my next hatchet?

    I have also thought about a tomahawk. Just not sure if it would be able to cover all my needs.
     
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    Check out Antique stores and flea markets in your area. I was in one yesterday and found a bin full of old hatchets ranging from $19 to 39 dollars. The old US steel is excellent. A lot of them will need to be re-hafted. Ebay also has a lot of vintage hatchets. I got a couple of 2 1/4 lb axe heads for around $20 each.

    If you are looking for something new I have heard good things about the Husqvarna Hatchet $44 shipped on amazon http://www.amazon.com/Husqvarna-Hatchet-1-2-lbs-Handle/dp/B004VLKLJE
     
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    I just picked up a Fiskars hatchet. It cuts well, we'll see how it holds up I guess!
     
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    I really like the Estwing, I have an Estwing ax and love it and I used their hammers for years as a carpenter. Had to do some reprofiling of the head to get it to suit me but that is no biggie. I really do not see myself breaking that handle. I have also considered buying an old head and rehafting it. I like the idea of customizing to my wants and needs. Who knows, I may just get both. I am not really into mini's such as the Baryonyx. I like the added leverage when I swing a hatchet with some length to it. Thanks for the recommendations and please keep them coming maybe I will find something I can't do without.
     
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    For car camping I would consider adding a fro to the arsenal for splitting firewood of reasonable size. Just use another piece of wood to drive it. I made mine with a 1" square tubing handle and a piece of metal that was laying there in the scrap yard as well.
     
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    Thanks Middlewolf, if I may ask, what is a fro?
     
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    A fro is splitting tool but it would not be a good tool to hike with. It's an L shaped tool with the long end of the L as the handle. You place it on the end grain of a log and batton it in and then force the handle to the side and it splits the log. It's an 1800's tool and it really works good. I have had Gerber hatchets and axes for 15 or 20 years and have never broke a handle yet. My newest was bought a couple of years ago and still going strong. I would look for something you won't have to worry about carving a handle for it in the woods. And something like a light ax or sometimes called a boys ax. I can't remember the old mans name but he is a well known wilderness survival instructor he has some vids on YT but he recommends a light ax, I would have go go look him up. A big knife will do a lot of splitting also.
     
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    I'm with ya on liking a sturdier n larger axe. Just suggested the mini cause ya said you wanted lightweight. the store I linked there also carries the eastwing camp hatchet and roofers axe which is a largish hatchet. As a bonus ben is a terrific guy to deal with and a vendor on this forum. I spent a half hour on the phone with him sorting out what I really wanted on my last knife order.
     
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