Another item I recently purchased was a small hatchet to use for carving as I left my Elwell axe at my cabin
Ignore the Wilkinson Sword stamp on the handle because the hatchet is actually made by a Finnish company called Fiskars. Other companies such as Gerber and Stihl have also put their stamp on Fiskars axes.
Its a very will balanced tool and good for splitting logs (the way the axe head is fitted into the carbon fibre handle means you can use a baton on the back of the head), carving such things as cups and spoons (with a little re-profiling of the cutting edge) and chopping
The axe head produces a really nice shower of sparks when used with a firesteel.
The sheath is rather disappointing and so I set about designing and making a leather belt sheath
Unfortunately I didn’t take a series of pictures during its construction to enable me to produce a tutorial.
The handle of the hatchet is hollow and while initially I considered fitting a survival kit inside, I decided to put a chainsaw file inside instead to remove burs or nicks when sharpening the blade.
I split down a piece of Ash and carved it to the shape of the handle and so that it would fit inside the handle.
I then carved out a groove into which I glued a cut down file.
When I used the hatchet, the file hit against the inside of the handle so I had to carve this piece of Ash to glue halfway up inside the handle to prevent the file moving around.
I paid £17 for this hatchet and think it is worth every penny!!