Rothco Survival Hatchet
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... SOLID! One rugged piece of steel that feels like it will stand up to abuse for years.
... Inexpensive! Can't believe it was only five bucks.
... Compact. Actually was expecting something bigger, though there are no dimensions listed. It's about a foot long, and the blade is about 3 inches top to bottom.
... The Handle. Just pull it off as soon as you get it. Wrap the handle with paracord and you have a 5 star tool for your "bug-out essentials" kit. I was somewhat thrown by the apparent rust dust on the handle, but expect that applying a little vaseline before I wrap it in paracord will help minimize further oxidation.
I read the reviews before ordering, so I knew that the handle would come off in short order. Got it out of the package, started tugging on the handle, and sure enough it slid off with less force than I would expect to exert hacking away at a pile of firewood. What I wasn't expecting was the smallish size. Some physical dimensions in the product details would help with expectations management in that regard. Small is not a detriment necessarily, in the context of a "survival" tool.
This thing completely lacks any polish aesthetically, which only makes me appreciate it more. If you want to pretty it up, have your daughter go to town with her Beadazzler on it.
I would recommend this to others who are also preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse.
Had this thing not even long enough to take into the wild, but discovered that I got what I paid for: a $5 hunk of metal that MIGHT stand up to one or 2 camping trips. Decided to see how well it functioned as an axe, since there's not a lot of heft to it.Read more ›
This is NOT a bargain.
I typically enjoy buying cheaper off-brand products as long as they are similar in quality.
This looks to be a cast iron cheapo with an even cheaper grip.
I chose not to use it at all and will be looking for something else.
That said, it still gets packed for every camp, and probably always will. For tent stakes, it's great for driving AND removing them, has a pry bar end - surprisingly useful around camp, a nail puller, and can be used to removed small branches from firewood, and is very small and fairly light so it gets the nod. For pure survival, a cable saw and batang or machete would be better choices IMHO. For a truck camp, just bring your axe - you'll be much happier and warmer.
It takes a fair edge easily but won't hold it long (bring your sharpener) as it's pretty soft steel, and the shape makes it plenty strong for prying or pounding. It is rust prone where the coating doesn't cover it, but any carbon steel is, and a drop of oil is all it takes to prevent it.
For what I paid, I wouldn't send it back, but as a hatchet/firewood tool it's pretty useless. The 'other' uses make it worth hanging on to, and leaving in the camp box. It would excel as a CQB defense weapon if needed, (light, hard and sharp) so keeping it handy in camp might be worthwhile even if you don't hammer stakes or need to pry anything.
I wouldn't buy another one, but I didn't send it back either.
I'm thinking of cutting off the crowbar portion, removing the crap handle, and wrapping it in para cord.
The tool gets the job done, and is easy to pack. Light weight and thin. Don't use the crowbar and you're fine. If you do use the crowbar I suggest reinforcing your device with a lever and possibly a piece of wood going along the shaft.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Frail metal broke the first time I hit something. The handle falls off.Published 2 months ago by kelley
Nice multy tool to have. Even seen it uses in The Walking Dead.Published 12 months ago by DAVID M. CALDWELL
Do not buy this. It is too thin and would break or bend if you tried to pull a nail with it. I have had previous versions of this 3 way tool and they were twice as thick as this... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Michael Y.
Every time I remember this it brings a smile to my face. Not pretty but Very durable and awesome customer service. Very people friendly. Would buy from them again.Published 15 months ago by Misty Blatnick