Swiss Issue Forest Hatchet
Swiss Issue Forest Hatchet
Swiss Issue Forest Hatchet

The hatchet is one of humanity’s oldest and most useful tools. In fact, primitive sharpened-rock hand axes were used by our ape-like ancestors before homo-sapiens ever walked the earth.

Today, the hatchet remains an essential bushcraft and survival tool — a small piece of metal insurance promising shelter, fire, and a good night's sleep outdoors. 

Apparently, the Swiss government bought a warehouse full of these things and never used them. We just so happen to know a guy who bought that warehouse, and...

Well, we thought we'd give them a try.

Condition

From what we can tell, these hatchets are good to go with two minor exceptions:

  1. They come unsharpened for safety
  2. Once sharpened, they will need a sheath if you plan to carry one in your pack

We are actively looking for feedback on these. If you get some use out of your hatchet, please leave a review or get in touch.

Swiss Issue Forest Hatchet

Rated 4.8 out of 5
36 Reviews
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$19.99
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$19.99

The hatchet is one of humanity’s oldest and most useful tools. In fact, primitive sharpened-rock hand axes were used by our ape-like ancestors before homo-sapiens ever walked the earth.

Today, the hatchet remains an essential bushcraft and survival tool — a small piece of metal insurance promising shelter, fire, and a good night's sleep outdoors. 

Apparently, the Swiss government bought a warehouse full of these things and never used them. We just so happen to know a guy who bought that warehouse, and...

Well, we thought we'd give them a try.

Condition

From what we can tell, these hatchets are good to go with two minor exceptions:

  1. They come unsharpened for safety
  2. Once sharpened, they will need a sheath if you plan to carry one in your pack

We are actively looking for feedback on these. If you get some use out of your hatchet, please leave a review or get in touch.

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Rated 5 out of 5
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froot snack good

the axe cut froot snacks really well hope it cuts wood too very nice axe 10/10

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It works.

If you need a beater hatchet for splitting wood or tossing in the truck bed it works for that. Needs to be ground down a lot to work as a good bushcraft/camp axe axe, but 90% of people won't need to do that. As a Canadian Forester, a person who uses an ax regularly for work, and a perfectionist when it comes to tools, it wouldn't be my first choice but its better than what you can find at most hardware stores.

Plus side is the handles are well made, with true grained, properly oriented European ash that looks better than almost all other handles on the market. Something like this is a good basis for a project as head geometry and handle design are good, but need some work to realize their full potential. If you want a splitting wedge, its ready to go, and if you want something a bit more versatile and can get it tuned up, go for it as this has a lot of potential.

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Looks like a neat hatchet

This thing is Swiss, hefty, slick, Swiss, unsharpened, ready for sharpening, and then industrial scale deforestation one hatchet swing at a time

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Great Hatchet

Appears to be a well made and nicely sized large hatchet/small axe. The head is firmly attached and has no wiggle, and the handle is very solid and a nice length. As advertised, it comes very dull so you'll have to profile and sharpen it, but it's easy to sharpen with a file and some sharpening stones. It's hefty enough to split small logs, but not too big and heavy to be a pain to put in a pack. Overall a very nice axe and a good size for a camp axe.

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Swiss forest hatchet

It’s certainly a hatchet, although I’ve yet to use it in a forest. I’ll just go by their word that it’s actually Swiss.

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