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Estwing E24A Sportsman's Hatchet Metal Handle

by Estwing
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  • All steel construction
  • Head and handle forged in one-piece
  • Fully polished with genuine leather grip and sheath
  • 14-Inch overall length
  • 3-1/4-Inch cutting edge
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Estwing E24A Sportsman's Hatchet Metal Handle + Estwing 1 Replacement Leather Axe Sheath for Estwing 24A + Lansky Dual Grit Sharpener
Price for all three: $49.61

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Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number ESTE24A
Item Weight1.3 pounds
Product Dimensions13 x 5 x 1 inches
Item model numberE24A
Size3 1/4"
Item Package Quantity1
Batteries Included?No
Batteries Required?No
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #243 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableSeptember 14, 2004

Product Description

Product Description

2471-7902 Dimensions: -Overall Length - Top to Bottom:5 -Overall Width - Side to Side:1 -Overall Depth - Front to Back:13 -Overall Product Weight:1.81

From the Manufacturer

Used by sportsmen, foresters and scouts for an effective axe with a light carrying weight. Since 1923, the Estwing family and its employees have taken pride in designing and manufacturing the world's most durable, comfortable and attractive striking and struck tools. All claw hammers, axes, specialty tools and pry bars are manufactured to the highest possible standards and offer a true value to both tradesmen and craftsmen alike.

Customer Reviews

Very solid feel with great quality construction.
It came with a not so sharp edge but with a little touch up from a file it sharpened up great.
As long as you maintain and care for it, it will last you for many, many years.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

184 of 190 people found the following review helpful By jimnypivo VINE VOICE on August 30, 2007
As a Scout leader on a campout in rural Michigan, I spent five hours in a far away hospital ER with a lad who was injured by unsafe blade use. I'm sure you don't want that to happen to you.

You won't encounter a loose hatchet head on this baby because the head and shaft are drop-forged of one piece of fine steel.

Its effective handle design of leather washers over a steel shaft is safe, comfortable, and cushioned.

There also is a `hammer' tool at the `pal'l of the hatchet, My older version has a nail puller notch at the `back' of the blade, but the new-fangled ones evidently do not.

The Estwing hatchet is not designed for heavy work. The BSA recommend sawing any piece of wood larger than the diameter of your wrist instead of chopping with an axe or hatchet.

The boys in our Scout Troop always borrowed my personal Estwing to cut kindling because it is light and well-balanced. The handle's 'ergonomic' design is less likely to cause arm fatigue from extended use than a heavier, wooden, straight-handled hatchet.

Its tapered head is thinner than most hatchets and is very easy to sharpen. My Diafold Double Sided, Fine-Coarse sharpener makes quick work of the Estwing's edge when dulled.

I really, really like this tool. It is great for outdoor use and also comes in handy on construction/destruction projects around the house.

Take good care of it and your grandkids will be using it on their own childrens' campouts.
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124 of 127 people found the following review helpful By A. Swenson on December 31, 2012
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I don't write many reviews but this little gem deserves one. Proudly made in the USA since 1923, this is the same fine tool your granddad bought, with the same high quality forging and rugged leather grip. Properly used and cared for it will stand up to several lifetimes of hard use. I recently bought a spare from Amazon and this review is based on that item.

A couple of observations/recommendations: I note one reviewer whose hatchet handle rotted. Well yeah. As these come from the factory the handle is given a glossy varnished finish and the stacked leather grip underneath is very dry. It looks nice when it's new but the varnish will crack and chip with use, and then the grip will absorb water like a sponge, ruining the leather. Thus, knowledgable sportsmen have long looked fondly on that glossy factory finish and then taken a couple of sheets of 100-grit sandpaper and sanded it off. Mask off the metal part of the shaft of the handle, no point in scratching that up, but do round off the sharp edge of the metal washer at the base of the handle to make it more comfortable in use. Be sure to get all the varnish off, the leather underneath will look almost white when you're done sanding. 100 grit is fine, there's no need to finish with finer grades.

Then get a bottle of Fiebing's Neatsfoot Oil (available at Amazon!) and rub it in. If you didn't get all the varnish off you'll immediately notice light spots where the oil isn't soaking in, stop and sand those off. You'll be amazed at how much oil that leather grip will absorb, my new one has taken at least an ounce of oil and it's still sucking it up.
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52 of 58 people found the following review helpful By D. Clark on July 12, 2010
I was given one of these for my 12th birthday. It's still in use - a little worse for wear, but still getting the job done.

A typical hatchet has a far wider head, which is necessary for the wooden or fiberglass handle. Not this one - the head and handle are a solid piece of steel, allowing them to be far narrower than a typical hatchet, allowing it to cut much deeper with every strike.

It's balanced far better than most, and the handle has always felt like it was custom made for my hand, from age 12 to 29.

The bevel in the edge is a little mismatched - you won't notice it while you're using it. The hatchet will need to be sharpened regularly; if the mismatch bothers you, it will be gone after you sharpen it a few times. One of the reviews suggested that if you were familiar with finely crafted woodworking tools, you would be disappointed with the edge and the bevel. I would suggest that you wouldn't swing a finely crafted woodworking tool as hard as you could at a dirty log, at least not if you expected it to remain a finely crafted tool. It's an AXE. It's purpose is to make firewood, not cabinetry, and it's extremely well suited for its intended purpose.
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71 of 84 people found the following review helpful By no so-called on September 26, 2010
I bring this on canoe trips to split kindling and small firewood, clean branches off firewood, and sometimes as a machete. It's indestructible, not too heavy, and I don't mind how it looks. The poll's a hammer, if I need one. The head sheath is decent quality leather, with a pair of belt slots.

It's apparently not stainless, but resists corrosion well well enough that I mistakenly assumed it was. It takes and keeps a good sharp edge. Most hardware-store hatchets and axes these days seem to be relatively soft steel that won't take an edge at all. I keep a DMT D3E 3-Inch Dia-Sharp Sharpener Credit Card Sized Extra-Fine with me to touch up the edge.

On the other hand, the original bevel was so convex that after a few camping trips it could no longer be sharpened at all. I got a bit disenchanted with it, until I put a new flat bevel on it with a Dremel and a diamond bit. Much happier now. UPDATE: The Dremeled bevel worked, but didn't look too good. More recently I got a sharpening station and put a beautiful flat bevel on it, a bit narrower angle than the Dremel one.

So it's a five-star tool if you've already invested in the power tools you'll need to put a new bevel on it. If not, it's three stars, because you'll be spending a lot of time with a wood block and 60-grit sandpaper turning it into a usable hatchet. Frustrating, but true: People these days sell you tools that are simply not ready to be used, and those are the good ones -- the bad ones can't be made usable at all. And it's because customers put up with it. You know what Snow & Neally charges? It's an outrage -- and you'll be grinding a new bevel on their axes, too. What a dismal bummer.
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