Husqvarna Hatchet

husqvarna.jpeg I've had this little hatchet for a few weeks now. Seldom have I had a tool give me so much pleasure. I love to look at it as it sits by the fireplace. It makes me happy. And using it is a whole other hatchet experience - it's razor sharp and cuts beautifully. It makes me want to split wood or sharpen stakes. Hey, I think I need to trim the branches on that dead oak I'm about to cut up for firewood. Once in a while, a tool has just got it. It's hand forged of Swedish steel (not made in China, by golly) by Husqvarna, the chain saw guys. This is on the smaller side of a hatchet, but they also make a larger version. The Husqvarna holds its edge well, and I don't think I'll need to sharpen it for awhile. All my hatchets up to now have been clunkers compared to this (other than my shingling hatchet, which is specially designed for shaking and shingling). --Lloyd Kahn Husqvarna Hatchet $40 Don't forget to comment over at Cool Tools. And remember to submit a tool!


    1. Uh-huh, you plunged a small hatchet into knee (yikes!)and then….WHAT HAPPENED? For god’s sake, Antinous, don’t make statements like that and not follow up, you cliffhanger you!

      1. I asked my roommate to call our neighbors to take me to the ER, and she started running in circles screaming at the top of her lungs. When I finally got to the ER and told them that I had an ax wound, the clerk said, “Yup, it’s that time of year.” Then I got it sewn up. I’m pretty accident prone, so it wasn’t a big deal for me.

        1. Hell, I’m ‘accident prone’. Last year I set a new personal best record for self-injury – broke toe, cracked two ribs in a fall while favoring broken toe, wrenched ankle and dislocated heel. These were just the highlights of September-November. Never axed myself (although it’s still early in 2011). Thanks, glad to hear you still have your limb.

      1. No to mention the splash back that could easily infect via eyes and mouth (especially mouth since you’ll probably be screaming and breathing heavily whilst hacking said zombies).

        This is why all close range weapons make me nervous. I’d much rather have at least a standard barrel shotgun, if not a rifle or preferably some sort of automatic weapon.

        You can get up and close. When you need me to put a bullet in your zombie virus infected brain, I’ll be there for you… Fifty feet away.

  1. Went camping last fall with my girlfriend; when I found I needed a hatchet we went to WalMart. Imagine my surprise when, upon removing the protective edge-cover, I found my new hatchet was as dull as a piece of toast.

    I will seek one of these out. Then, back to that WalMart…

  2. Amazon’s Description: “The Hatchet has a polished poll, making it possible to use the axe as a hammer.”

    Orly?? I didn’t know polls let you do that. (:

  3. I’ve had this little hatchet for a few weeks now. Seldom have I had a tool give me so much pleasure. I love to look at it as it sits by the fireplace. It makes me happy.

    wasn’t this the quote at the beginning of “Friday the 13th” part VIX the new old beginning?

  4. A little too much doe’s-foot for my personal tastes, but hey! That’s a real hatchet there! I like the Carpenter’s axe even more.

    I’ve got a bearded hewing axe from the breakup of the Lynch Collection ( which is unmatched by any other axe I’ve ever used. I’m sure it belongs in a museum, but it’s just so damn useful I expect I will eventually wear it out.

    1. On the off chance that not everyone has a nearby tool museum with great garage sales, Dick GMBH sells some very nice modern Japanese bearded hatchets. I have their small one.

    1. I thought the same thing – it does look awfully like a Gränsfor. Man, those are some nice axes – they ain’t cheap, but they sure are purty!

  5. I can vouch for the quality of Husqvarna’s sewing machines. I love mine – it’s quite heavy and has metal, not plastic parts, and it handles chiffon as well as it sews multiple layers of heavy canvas.

    1. I hear you about Huskie quality. I use almost weekly a Husqvarna chainsaw I inherited from my father 26 years ago, and he bought it second- or even thirdhand from a friend of his. That thing has only ever needed routine maintenance, and it’s an absolute pig for work – you can’t kill it!

      1. Husqvarna also make some of the most totally awesome Moto-cross bikes available to humanity. If you see one of the enduro road models parked on the street, it’ll scare you just looking at it standing there. When it gets kicked into life in all it’s 4 stroke thumping awesomeness, then you just step back in amazement. Only a KTM could get close to it.

        1. Concur… I have fond memorys of these bikes. Old Husqyis were some hell bitches on the power to weight side. Specialy in the 125 cc-250 cc range. And the noise! Instant erection…

  6. You can tell a lot about a person by whether they keep an axe or hatchet about, and which one it is.

    That’s a good one to keep, on first impression.

    Having been trapped both at the house, and kept away from the house, by fallen trees in the country, in some living situations one should have an axe (and possibly, a chainsaw) in the car at all times.

  7. If it’s a rebadged hatchet, it’s probably a Wetterlings. The Gransfors Bruks is at least three times as much.

    I’m not surprised a Walmart axe came dull. Nearly every axe or hatchet to be found over the counter needs a serious work over to even remotely chop anything, regardless where it’s purchased. Even the old American standby Estwings.

  8. I haven’t tried this particular model, but I have to say I’ve become a total fan of the very high tech Fiskars axes, splitters, etc. See e.g.

    The handle is some weird lightweight but strong plastic, the blade is covered in some teflon like material. The log splitter at least is light, strong as hell, won’t rust or mildew, and glides into wood.

    More expensive than your average wood&metal jobs, but IMO well worth it.

  9. Do not use the poll as a hammer, it definitely not made for it as the material is not tempered for such use.
    Repeated hammering will misshapen the eye and ruin the axe.

    The only suitable and accepted method that can be called ‘hammering’ is to hit the poll (butt) of axe with a with a wooden baton when doing such jobs as splitting logs.

    For me GRANFORS BRUKS axe are my favourite.

  10. As someone who uses and axe quite a bit, I wouldn’t recommend keeping it ‘razor sharp’.

  11. The Husqvarna is a well made, beautiful and well working tool, but – tough not aesthetically in tune with the fetishisation of traditional tools by us people who rarely need to use them – the Fiskars really is a great thing to have. It won’t rust, the weight is in the right place and the handle won’t brake if your kid misses and hits the log with the handle. There are different versions for camping, normal chopping and brutal splitting of 12 inch logs and zombie heads.

  12. Huskie are the best chainsaws of course, but they make the best sewing machines as well – 40 year old Huskie sewing machines are still prized possessions.

  13. Gränsfors, Husqvarna, Wetterlings, Fiskars.

    As a Swede, I’m happy that you like Swedish axes (Fiskars axes are made in Sweden; scissors, kitchen knifes et.c. are made in Finland; it is a Finnish company (I own some stock in it, OMX: FIS1V)).

    The axes are of a similar design because they look like Swedish axes have looked for centuries. There are at least a dozen more Swedish manufactures that make axes that look like that. Hundreds, if you count blacksmiths that make hand made axes.

    Husqvarna moto cross bicycles are not made by the Swedish Husqvarna AB (I used to own stock in that company too, OMX: HUSQ B), they are made by BMW (I’ve never owned stock in BMW, but I start to think that it might be a good idea at least to keep an eye on that company, FWB: BMW). Husqvarna AB seized production of motorcycles 25 years ago. The brand name is licensed to quite a few manufacturer.

    I own stock in the (Swedish) companies that produce the steel and mine the iron for the axes too and in the (Swedish) companies that produce the mining equipment and the one that make the ventilation equipment for the mines and the ones that build steel mills and the ones that make the material the blast furnaces are made of and … ;). There are a lot of Swedish companies involved in the making of those axes and I’m quite a stock market nerd. It would probably be a good thing to diversify my stock portfolio to countries outside Scandinavia, but then I wouldn’t have friends among the workers in the production units of the companies (or have worked for them myself on the factory floor). I don’t really trust anything company management or bureaucrats say in financial reports.

    1. Are you sure Fiskars’ axes are made in Sweden? I’ve got their 14″ hatchet and it says very clearly on that portion that wraps around the head “Fiskars Finland” and the cardboard insert says “Made in Finland” on the back.

      I’ve only seen two pictures of broken Fiskars axes and one was, by admission of the guy who posted it, the result of an overstrike. I don’t remember what caused the other one to break.

      I’ve been lusting after that Husqvarna for a bit now, though, after seeing colinoutdoors on youtube demonstrating his. And I love my Mora. :)

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