posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 09:00 AM
Eastwing is a quality hatchet without the traditional wood handle that is dependable and rugged enough for a lifetime of proper use.
The main reason to stick with a traditional wood handle is of course handle replacement. The Gerber/Fiskar (Fiskar makes them for Gerber as well as
the the camp saw with the
slide out blade
) composite handles and the steel tube handles are impossible to replace. That and the weight you save
while carrying them translates to more work to use them.
Wood handles are the trade off. You have added weight (which means less work) and extended lifetime of use at the cost of replacing them as they
break. You could go for a quality made throwing axe
. Handle replacement is simple, just need a round
handle of the correct diameter. You could even carry spare heads so as the blade edge dulls, you can field swap to a sharp head and save time while
However, for my opinion, a saw is more energy efficient than an axe or hatchet. And you can split firewood with a saw by sawing halfway through the
diameter and then slamming against the ground or other log against the cut. In other words, the cut side faces the ground. Smaller diameters can be
batoned with your knife.
Next option would be a Woodsman's Pal
which performs a variety of functions for the weight.
As for myself, I am a saw and knife combination fan due to the weight, space and energy savings. However it does take more time to split firewood and
you are limited to how large of diameter to use, which mean firewood preparation for the winter will consume more time. That is if you are in a long
term situation. General camping and survival on the move, saw and knife. Don't forget a small file for long term situations.