Estiwing Riggers hatchet/ axe??

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    I can find little about this one.

    I have an estwing hatchet I found in the woods, still serviceable. I have the 26 campers axe I've had forever.

    How does the riggers hatchet/axe compare? chop better? split better?

    I can find very little of these axes on youtube....
     
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    I have one and use it all the time around the homestead. The Rigger's Axe is a good deal smaller than that 26! Think about "tactical 'hawk" size. Very thin bit that chops quite nicely, and the straight edge--while impairing depth of cut penetration--gives very controlled material removal and allows you to connect your blows better than a rounded bit so you actually make it through targets in about the same span of time. The nail puller notch comes in handy for pulling old fence wire (came in handy removing a bunch of old barbed wire at one point!) and the hammer poll is great for pounding stakes. It'll split if you need it to, though it'd be limited to smaller stuff (calf thickness and thinner) or else you might get it stuck. Contrary to what most folks say I find I don't experience significant discomfort choking up on the steel haft, though of course it's not as comfortable to do so as a wooden haft would be.

    It's a homesteader's multitiool and I think I'd be plenty comfortable with it in the woods. Doesn't get half the attention it deserves, in my opinion.
     
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    How does it split and chop compared to the 26 inch campers axe?
     
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    Well the 26 is going to easily out-perform it in both respects simply due to the much longer length and greater weight. However, for its size it chops well. As I mentioned, it'll handle splitting logs up to the size of your calf. Any larger than that and the thin bit will kind of just sink in without splitting. That's fine, though, as that's really only as large as you should have to split for the fire anyway, and you could nibble away at a larger piece if you had to.
     
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    cool thanks!

    how does the rigging hatchet compare to the normal estwing sportsman hatchet? the one I found in the woods has somewhat of a limbing/hollow profile.
     
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    The Rigger's Axe is a hollow like the Sportsman, but a thinner, almost knife-like form. It's a very flat chopper, only bowing outwards as it transitions to the neck and then the hammer poll.
     
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    If the riggers doesn't split bigger then calf size pieces, does it leave a wide enough crack to put a wood wedge when you pull it out of larger pieces?
     
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    I'm sure you could get it to produce that result. I just haven't tried, to be honest! It's about the size of a tomahawk, so bear that in mind.
     
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    So the estwing riggers axe weighs 1 more pound for 5.5 inches of increased weight over the riggers hatchet? Are the bits identical in size?
     
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    Nope! The Carpenter's Hatchet is practically pocket-sized (though by pocket I mean cargo pants pocket.) I'll see if I can snap a pic for you later.
     
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    Thank you, I was confused on how 5.5 inches could bear so much weight! lol
     
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    PM with the pics incoming, broseph. :D
     

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