13 inch handle provides plenty of power for this light weight hatchet. The wedge shape of the blade and the long handle helps to split easily, as well as chopping or cutting stuff. It can be worn on the belt in the woods or used around the house and in the garden. The Camp Hatchet will quickly become your favorite.
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.
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.
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.”