Estwing Sportsman's Axe

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  1. TheOneCanoe

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    I got this great looking, well made hatchet as a birthday gift and I'm really liking it, so I've put together a little video review of the Estwing Sportsman's Axe. Please check out the video below:



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    It's a great tool. My folks gave me one for Christmas when I was in my early teens. It has seen years of use by me and I feel like a classic woodsman every time I carry it in the field.
     
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    I've been keeping an eye out for an older one...cheap..lol...
     
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    I've seen them on sale, new for $25 every year.
     
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    I've seen a few new ones....to shiny lol. I'd like to save an old one and releather it. Like I need another project....
     
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    I needed another hatchet like another hole in my head but about 5 years ago I was in a local Home Depot looking at tools and eyeing a new one of theses hatchets for about 26$ when a store clerk came up to me and asked if I had a HD credit card and I said no, he then said if I filled out an application I get a 30$ store credit so I did and got the hatchet for free with some change given back also. It now lives in one of my vehicles and I tore up the credit card when it came in the mail a few weeks later.
     
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    It is a classic. My dad had one for camping when I was a kid. I have one of my own (don't know whatever happened to his).

    One thing I will say for that tool, being solid steel down through the handle. Make sure it's the right hatchet for your task at hand. Meaning, the solid steel doesn't absorb shock well, even with the stacked leather rings on the handle. So if you're doing a lot of chopping, or chopping for a long time, your arm is going to feel the brunt of the shock harder than a comparable wood handle. Just a little something to consider. I take more frequent breaks (or just select a different hatchet in the first place) for prolonged chopping work.

    All in all, the Estwing Sportsman is a great classic hatchet!
     
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    +1 on this. Blacksmiths have no steel handled hammers for a good reason.
     
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    if I remember right when I seen on TV how they were made (sports mans axe) they are not solid steel in the handle. They are pronged kind of like a tuning fork and I have never had a vibration/shock issue while chopping with mine....which seems weird because it's like a tuning fork lol.
     
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    Yes, iI saw that segment on how it's made too! Pretty interesting.

    But it is solid steel from end to end. The handle is like a steel core that has leather rings pushed along its length in a stack. The leather dampens shock somewhat but prolonged or really heavy chopping transfers noticibly more shock to your hand, wrist, and arm compared to wood handle of a similar hatchet with similar chopping against similar wood...in my experience (for the 2 cents it's worth, haha).
     
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    I've always wanted to like them but always felt the balance was off.
    Maybe the metal handle it back.
     
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    I have Estwing and Gransfors. If I know I’m going to abuse my axe, I use the E. If I’m gonna work all day, want to use not abuse I go with G (Small Forest). I think it is both the profile of the blade and weight distribution. The low mass of the wooden handle allows higher momentum of head given same strength of user. Also moves the sweet spot out further.
     
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    I misread your post the first time...I didn't understand what you were saying about tuning fork shape. So I went back to rewatch that "how they make it clip." It is actually a solid steel handle that flares on the ends (kind of I-beam shaped). It does look like a tuning fork sometimes when the shadows hit the middle, but it is solid steel all the way down.

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=XmTY6-uL58Y&ved=2ahUKEwjn4pivhc3dAhWMZd8KHXsUBcIQtwIwAHoECAYQAQ&usg=AOvVaw2c-RwUN77XZCPSczjI-7ho

    But I think you are right that if they were tuning fork shape the shock/vibration transfer would be even worse!
     
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    I've been using one for many years, it's my only hatchet. I never felt the need to buy something else as it does everything I need it to do easily.
    I've also found that a decent saw, a sturdy belt knife and a smaller scandi knife can handle most of the work I need to get done in the woods so those three are normally all that I carry.
    If I do need a hatchet, the Estwing e24a is very capable.
     
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