Pros:Durable, light weight, splinter free, sharp, and affordable!
Cons:Can melt if left to close to a fire.
The Bottom Line: I would highly suggest using the Fiskars Hatchet to anyone who will be doing any amount of wood splitting.
I live in a cabin style home that is quite authentic one might say, and instead of paying for an outrageous power bill, I get to spend my free time splitting wood for my two fireplaces. It is a cost effective way to heat a home, and is a good work out as well. First I must take the rounds from a tree and split them into fireplace sized chunks. When the spliting is done, it is time to light the fire. However this requires that I split kindling. Splitting kindling requires something larger than a knife, and yet smaller than an axe. The tool for the job is a close cousin to the axe, called a hatchet. I have gone through many hatchets, but thankfully I discovered the Fiskars Hatchet.
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This hatchet was a life saver! It has so many benifets over a traditional wooden hatchet. Traditional wooden hatchets can be combersome, sometimes even painful to use. I have spent many nights pulling slivers out of my palms. The Fiskars Hatchet handle however is made of a high density plastic blend. What does this mean? No slivers! The handle is also hollow which makes it very light and easy to wield. The business end of the hatchet is of course the blade itself. It weighs less than a pound, and is very durable. The sharpedened end starts off very narrow and expands to allow the blade to penetrate the wood and then spread it apart so it breaks with ease. Another benifit of having a plastic handle is that the manufacturer can melt the plastic up and over the hatchet blade, thus solving another problem i have had in the past, where in the blade has worked itself loose and come flying off in a deadly frenzy. That may have been an over exageration, but is still a frightening ordeal to go through.
It is reasonably priced as well. I picked mine up for about 25 dollars and its been worth every penny. Others are similar in price, but this is by far the best value. Like i said before, wooden handled hatchets can split giving you splinters, or break loose and come flying off with little to no warning. The only problem with the Fiskars Hatchet, is that if it gets left to close to a fire , the plastic will warp or in some cases melt. At the end of the day, however, I am happy to be splitting kindling with my Fiskars Hatchet.
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