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Fiskars Consumer Prod 78506935 14-Inch Hatchet
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- Ideal for chopping kindling and small- to medium-sized logs
- Chops deeper with each swing to get more done faster
- Perfected balance and power-to-weight ratio increases swing speed to multiply power, much like an aluminum baseball bat
- Proprietary blade-grinding technique provides a sharper edge for better contact and cleaner cuts
- Lifetime warranty
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Established in 1649 as an ironworks in a small Finnish village of the same name, Fiskars has grown to be a leading global supplier of consumer products for the home, garden and outdoors. Available in more than 60 countries, Fiskars products solve everyday problems, making daily home, garden and outdoor projects easier and more enjoyable through superior performance and design.
Get more done faster with a hatchet that chops deeper on every swing.
Another easy-to-carry choice perfect for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, the X7 Hatchet is ideal for chopping kindling and small- to medium-sized logs. Like every X-Series Hatchet or Axe, the X7 combines perfected weight distribution, advanced blade geometry, an ultra-sharp edge and virtually unbreakable design to maximize your performance. This combination of features allows the blade to bite three times deeper when chopping. With more blade penetration on each swing, you can chop more wood in less time, with less effort and hand strain.
- Low-friction blade coating powers through wood and prevents head from getting stuck
- Inseparable PermaHead insert-molded head will not loosen and prevents overstrike breakage
- Shock-absorbing DuraFrame handle is lightweight yet stronger than steel to prevent overstrike damage
- Non-slip grip reduces hand strain and improves control
- Designed in Billnäs, Finland, building on a 360-year history of the world’s best forged tools
- Included sheath helps protect blade and the user
- Lifetime warranty
Top Customer Reviews
Chopping- Not only will the X7 outchop my razor sharp Wetterlings Wildlife Hatchet, its performance approaches that of my 19.5" Wetterlings Bushcraft Axe. So many chips fly when I chop with this thing that I have to wear safety glasses, no kidding.
Splitting- This hatchet excels at splitting due to the wedged-shape head on it. This makes it a great kindling axe.
Comfort- This is what surprised me the most. The new rubberized handle is extremely comfortable, even more so than my wood handled hatchets. It also reduces shock, and since I've used it heavily over the last 6 months chopping kindling for our wood stove I can say with confidence that it is very comfortable to use for hours on end. It's also easy to choke up on for close tasks.
Durability- I called Fiskars and they told me that the steel on these is drop forged stainless with a double-hardened bit. I asked what type of steel they use but was unable to get an answer. That said, Fiskars has had some problems on their older models having soft and easily dented or chipped steel. I can't speak for other X7 owners, but the edge on mine has proven as durable as my hand forged high carbon steel Swedish hatchets. The steel also takes and holds a hair-shaving edge very good as well.Read more ›
Upon receiving the X7 hatchet, I thought it was attractively designed, with a sturdy, functional head cover that fits snugly and protects the entire perimeter of the axe head. As soon as I removed the cover, however, I found the cutting edge to be extremely dull. I don't mean slightly dull. I mean dull enough to safely saw it back and forth across your wrist (NOT recommended! I just want to be clear about how dull.... more like a cast metal edge than sharpened steel.)
That's frustrating, but not a big deal. I'm very experienced at sharpening edged tools and I own a nice set of large diamond stones in a range of grits. After 10 minutes of work on a 600-grit stone, and a final polish on a 1200-grit stone, the hatchet had a nice, shiny, shaving sharp edge. Then I went in the backyard to try chopping some wood. For experiment's sake, I grabbed a few 4" diameter logs of termite-eaten elm and pine from the easement behind our house. Keep in mind, this is dead wood, perforated through the center with termite tunnels, and actually fairly brittle, though the outer perimeter of each log still had a fair bit of density to it. I wasn't expecting it to reveal anything about the hatchet's cutting performance, but just wanted to get a feel for how the hatchet handles.
The first few chops went fine. I liked the length of the handle and the weight of the head, despite the fact that the undersized poll/butt leaves it decidedly edge heavy.Read more ›
The hatchet is 14" long and weighs 1 pound, 14 ounces. The head weighs 1 pound, 4 ounces. The handle is smooth plastic, and has proven to be very sturdy for me. The handle is completely hollow, and shining a light down there, I see that the head is retained internally with some molded plastic "bolts". The butt of the handle is flared enough that the hatchet won't go flying if it's slippery, and a lanyard hole is provided. The plastic handle is cast around the head, and while this is secure, it needs some minor modification. In all three of mine, the plastic edges (at the cutting edge side) are rough, and when chopping, small wooden splinters will wedge themselves between the plastic edges and head, eventually causing failure. To remedy this, smooth the plastic down with sandpaper (but don't thin out the thickness) and then put some epoxy at the joint.
The head isn't stainless, as it is in some of the Gerber hatchets. Instead, it's powder-coated carbon steel. The Rockwell hardness is between 45-50. The edge is 2-3/4" long. Mine came relatively sharp, but a few minutes with a file will give a much better edge. The grind isn't convex, but flat. The cheeks retain their tapering grind all the way to the grind line, kind of like a Scandi grind. This isn't a hatchet to put a razor-sharp edge on. You can, sure, but due to the softness of the steel, it will lose the edge quickly. The head on my hatchets haven't loosened, which was a concern of mine. The butt is also exposed, allowing you to use it as a hammer or tent stake driver.
In all, I'm pleased with this hatchet. Great performance for twenty bucks.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thing is a little beast. Strapped to my atv and used to clear small trees and sapling out out my path. Color of handle makes it easy to spot if dropped in brush.Published 8 hours ago by Guilateen
Sharpest hatchet I've come across and it stays sharp. All this talk about nicks and curled edges was worrisome, but for backyard work and camping this is the hatchet you want. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Richard H.
I use it for backpacking, and there is not a thing that I dont like about this axe. It has a good grip and a rugged handle. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Roman
My husband loves this hatchet. We got it for camping primarily and it is very solid/sharp. I like that it has a protective case so that the kids don't get hurt with it as well.Published 5 days ago by kathleen l hamann
All the other reviews are spot on. This hatchet simply works well and chops deep. Head heavy but fairly light overall. Great addition to camping kit.Published 5 days ago by Mav2Knight
I thought it would be too heavy to bring backpacking, but it is too useful not to bring. Makes collecting wood an absolute breeze. Read morePublished 9 days ago by teddy