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Rothco Survival Hatchet

3.4 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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Rothco makes quality outdoor and sports gear for all types of situation. Whether you are in a combat intensive environment, or if you are a recreational user, rothco will fit the lifestyle of many. Quality tested and performance driven, use rothco

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  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 6 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B001CWEH72
  • Item model number: 45
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,691 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

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The Good:

... 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 less-than-good:

... 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.

UPDATE 08-07-11...

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.
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The price is great but the product is unfortunately on par with the price.
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.
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I bought this on a whim - my wife and I are clearing some land, and were talking about camping, etc. It looked like it could be really useful. My wife enjoyed hers, as it was good for hacking little brush twigs. I thought it was a little light, but took off a few branches. The problem came when I wanted to use the crowbar...I now have an 'L' shaped survival hatchet. In the long run, while it 'looks cool' I wouldn't buy this again. I'll go back and spend the few extra dollars to get a real hatchet.
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This isn't a pretty toy. It's meant to be abused and it takes punishment & deals it in turn. I've chopped branches off trees, broke an old TV picture tube, broke down a wooden shipping pallet, and more with this hatchet. It's usually found for cheap but don't let that make you look away. I have it on my survival kit and still use it whenever the need arises. Good to have around the house for whatever reason you may need.
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After bending the shafts on a half dozen tube steel hatchets, tried this one for camping and while it's unsuitable for actual hatchet work, it has other redeeming features. The blade area is simply too small and the tool it too light to be used effectively for any volume of wood cutting at all. Anything small enough to cut with this could be broken over a knee much more quickly. Read the description carefully - this is quite small.

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.
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It hammers, and it chops, I wouldn't use the crow bar portion for fear of destroying the tool.

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.
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