Wetterling's smallest hatchet can be used for cutting, like a big knife, and for chopping small stuff. The blade’s wedge shape behind the cutting edge makes this small axe superior for splitting. Compact and light weight for wearing on your belt in the woods. Handy in the kitchen, at the office and everywhere in between.
- Overall length 10"
- Blade width 2-1/2"
- 1.2 pounds
- Leather sheath included
Centuries of Steel making and forging have made Swedish steel and axes world famous. Wetterlings, the oldest existing axe forge in Sweden, now under new ownership, offers the best, hand forged and fit with oil finished American hickory handles. Natural, unpainted, finish shows the quality of the forging. We are pleased to offer these fine axes to our customers. Hardened and tempered to Rockwell 56-58, razor sharp.
Chopping:Hold the handle in both hands, one hand further up the handle as you raise the axe. As you swing the axe, let the hand slide down the handle. When removing small branches from a log (limbing), always make sure the log is between yourself and the branch you are chopping off.
Splitting:Always use a chopping-block when splitting logs. Aim for the middle of the piece of wood. Bend your knees and hit the log at the right angle so as not to hit yourself if you miss. To save your strength, let the cutting edge of the axe and the weight of the axe head do the work. If there is a knot in the log, try aiming for the middle of the knot.
Splitting with a Wedge:Using a wedge is a very effective way to split logs, particularly knotty birch, oak, or blocks of spruce. Only use a splitting maul or sledge hammer when splitting logs with a wedge. Never use an axe as a wedge or sledgehammer unless it is designed to be so used. Serious injury can result from small slivers of metal flying off an improperly used axe.
Sharpening Your Axe:
Keep your axe sharp. Grind it regularly. Use a diamond hone or water cooled grindstone. Be careful to wet the grindstone – dry grinding will damage the cutting edge. The cutting edge must not become hotter than 430º F (220ºC), since steel loses its tempering (hardness) above this temperature. Never use a grinding wheel or file. A file will always leave grooves that can increase the risk of breakage in the steel.
Maintenance:To avoid rust you should occasionally oil or grease the axe head. Keep your axe in a dry place, but not too dry and warm as the wooden handle could shrink and become brittle and gaps might appear in the fitting between the handle and the axe eye. Warming your Axe:
At very low temperatures steel becomes brittle. In cold weather, warm your axe before using (but not over an open fire). Or, as written in our care instructions in 1947“The axe should be warmed in the winter, preferable with the woodcutter’s own body heat.”