Not like knives, you usually won’t find the sort of steel hatchets are made from listed. However, if you’re spending over $55, that’s really something you should look for. A harder steel like D2 is good for a heavy use hatchet. You don’t want the pliancy of lower-carbon steel in a stiff, huge hatchet head. And it’s a tool, not a cabinet king, so it doesn’t necessitate stainless. Any surface rust that is there will wear off with usage. You have a rusty hatchet? Use it again and again.
Attempt and discover a length that satisfies your style, body, and usage. You want a head and a handle to be the ideal combination of portability and power.
Old-fashioned hatchets are also an ideal buy. They make the perfect gift for women and manly men.
A lot of hatchets have a bevel, rounded edge. This is what you want for chopping. If you want a hatchet for a certain task such as carving, you want a slimmer edge profile. For outdoor use and chopping, you need a hatchet in which the cutting edge is slightly rounded from top to bottom.
A longer hatchet is a safer hatchet. When you strike it downwards, a longer hatchet will probably hit the ground before hitting your leg or foot.
A sharper hatchet is a securer one, letting you use a reduced amount of energy and retaining more control.
If you’re chopping with a hatchet, do it from a kneeling position. This way a wayward swing goes to the ground, not your foot.
Never, ever hold a piece of wood that you’re chopping or splitting with your spare hand anywhere in the area of a swinging axe. Safety when using a hatchet is of utmost importance.