I have long coveted a Hultafors axe. There are other perfectly good camp axes out there, but there is something inherently cool about a tool that has been hand forged by the same company since 1697. Add to that the fact that you can’t buy one in the United States, and you have the recipe for an object worthy of desire.
My first impression is extremely positive. The handle is 15″ long, so it is bigger than a standard hatchet, and its 1.25 lb. head is heavier than most. You actually choke up on the handle for a one handed swing, and there is enough room to grip the pommel for a two-handed swing for larger logs or harder swings. It is the axe equivalent of a “bastard sword”, filling the niche between one and two-handed use. The axe is extremely well balanced and in the limited time I have spent chopping a few pieces of wood from my pile, it is a joy to work with.
So that leaves me with a question. How do you, TTAK’s loyal readers, suggest I put my new toy through its paces? I will certainly do the standard fire material preparation, but I want you to be creative.