Hand Hatchet 413: 10.5 in. x 24oz
It’s an inch longer (so, 10 ½
inches) than the Mini, but it weighs twice as much (24oz), so it’s
better for thicker branches and splitting bigger woods for fires. The
extra weight requires less of a swing, more appropriate for all-around
hatchet use, just in a compact size. This is the hatchet a stout
munchkin would carry. If you have a strong yet responsible little boy
with big hands for a kid, this one is just the ticket.
Gransfors Bruk is a tiny hatchet maker in Sweden, and makes the best ones in the world. They have hickory handles and forged steel heads, and each of the too many models is made and signed by a single hatchet-maker. Calling them “old school” addresses the materials and methods, but lots of things play on the “old school” charm and are actually kind of backward and crappy. These are super.
Snow & Neally is an excellent American-brand axe from Maine, more than 100 years old. Their axes cost half as much or less, and are super values, but it’s not the same axe as a Gransfors Bruk. It’s an excellent axe, maybe even a better value, but S&N is not the vertical operation that Gransfors Bruk is, with everything made right there. The heads on S&N axes are made in ‘na, handles are made in Texas, and this allows them the volume and cost savings to be a major supplier. Granfors Bruk makes the best in the world.