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A hatchet is suitable for a wide variety of uses
A hatchet consists of a shaft and a head that is broad on one side and sharp and pointed on the other. The pointed side is very suitable for cutting wood. A hatchet is used when the wood has been collected for a fire and it is to be cut into small pieces. It is essential for this. The ax is also used in outdoor operations to clear thick undergrowth for a passage or to cut branches that are in the way.
Axes are available in different sizes in the online shop. Models that are designed for outdoor use have a relatively low weight and a small and handy shaft. They can be securely attached to the outer area of an outdoor backpack.
The hatchet should be made of hard materials and have a safety sheath
Hatchets are one of those tools that can be dangerous to use and should therefore be used with particular care. In this context, it is important that the axes meet certain safety requirements. The shaft must be stable, it must not break during use. It is also important that the head is securely attached to the shaft. Campers-Shop offers axes that meet these safety standards and that are ideal for outdoor use. The tools can be taken with you on a mission or a hike, but are also an important aid in various situations when camping. These tools are ideal for cutting a swath or building a fort. There are also special folding or Folding variants, which are then automatically protected when folded and the blade is no longer exposed. In addition, they naturally take up less space in the equipment. Otherwise, every ax that is transported more often should have a sheath, which is usually made of hard plastic. It is specially adapted for the respective ax and has a lock so that the sheath cannot slip off the cutting edge.
Expert tip: Re-attach a wobbly iron properly
Since wobbly handles are not only uncomfortable to work with and prevent precise work, but can also be extremely dangerous, you must always make sure that the iron is firmly on the handle. The worst-case scenario would be that the iron could be thrown away when swinging out. So in order to fix a loose iron again, you can either wedge it with a larger wedge than the old one or drive an additional wedge into the wood afterwards. The metal wedge should be driven in at a 60 to 90 ° angle.
Frequently Asked Questions: Hatchets
What are the exact names of the individual parts of an ax?
In addition to the blade and the shaft, there are a number of technical terms for the other components of an ax. The flat sides of the cutting edge are called the cheeks, the adjoining and reinforced part attached to the shaft is the head and neck. The hole through which the handle or shaft is inserted and usually fastened with a metal spreader is called an eye. The end of the stem is the pommel.
What other names are there for axes?
Hatchets are also called axes or hoes. Unfortunately, the synonym ax is not completely correct, because axes are usually smaller and can also be used with one hand, whereas an ax is usually designed for two-handed use, as they also have a longer shaft.
What precautionary measures should be taken?
It is recommended to wear sturdy work gloves when handling. We also recommend wearing protective goggles or a helmet with a visor to reduce the risk of any splintering parts. If possible, steel toe shoes should also be worn. Axes should be worn correctly during or after use, between the cheek and head. This is where the least can happen. As an aside, of course, axes should never be thrown.
How do you use a hatchet or an ax correctly?
In order to achieve the greatest possible efficiency with simultaneous safety and best applicability, you should never hit wood vertically. It is recommended to wedge sideways:
How do you properly care for a hatchet?
The shaft, which is usually made of wood, should be covered with a wood protection glaze from time to time so that it lasts longer and is not exposed to the weather. Of course, this can mainly happen if you carry the ax on the outside of your backpack.
But the blade should also be cleaned regularly with steel wool. So you get away (fly) rust relatively well. Then it should be oiled and stored as dry as possible. The so-called burrs, which often arise when using hatchets for non-wooden matters (e.g. with the neck as a replacement for a hammer when hammering in pegs when camping), should definitely be straightened out with a file from time to time otherwise they only offer unnecessary opportunities for injury or damage the equipment.