Gransfors Bruk Wildlife Hatchet 415
415 Wildlife Hatchet 415: 13.5 in. x 24oz
Assuming you’re down for only one hatchet, get this one. It’s 24oz and at 13 ½-inches long, it's two-handable when you really, ideally, should be using a bigger tool. It’s still small enough to carry, but we’d put it at the outer limit for a bike camper or hiker.
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 model is made and signed by a single hatchet-maker.
Don't put it on display in your cabin or man-den, and especially don't be afraid to dull it with use.These ax heads keep their sharpness well, and sharpen easily. We use Lansky Butterfly files to sharpen them, but any $30+ hand-held sharpener will do. Youtube can show you how.
Use, use, use…sharpen…use a lot more, sharpen again.
READ THE AXE BOOK! It may save your fingers or shin.