Swiss Issue Forest Hatchet
Swiss Issue Forest Hatchet

Swiss Issue Forest Hatchet

Regular price$29.99 USD
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Rated 4.7 out of 5
Based on 65 reviews

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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.

Notes From The Warehouse:

From what we can tell, these hatchets are good to go, but here's a few things to note:

  • They come unsharpened for safety while transporting
    • Visit a local knife/tool sharpener and they'll get this bad boy ready to go. If you try and cut with a dull edge you may cause damage to the handle!
    • Maintaining an edge is easy with a "puck" sharpener, also called a honing puck. 
  • Once sharpened, get a sheath so you can carry it on your kit or in your pack without worry. 
  • Don't be afraid to sand/refinish the handle if the texture isn't to your liking! 

Specs

  • Genuine Swiss Military Surplus
  • 3.5" polished axe head blade, Unsharpened.
  • 16" ash hardwood handle
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Reviewed by Colby W., from United States
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Rated 5 out of 5
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GET TO CHOPPIN BOAH

I done told you once, boah. This here's a fine Swiss hatchet. If you treat it right, then it'll treat you right. But if ya got soft liberal hands, you might be in for a rude awakening when she strips the skin from your hands and gives you blisters as nasty as my momma's big toe. Rub some dirt in it and you'll be fine, I reckon.

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Reviewed by Scott W., from United States
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You get what it says on the tin

It needs an edging session as stated in description, but head was solidly affixed and handle felt just fine. Maybe you'll have to touch up the handle if you have baby hands

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Reviewed by Law B., from Australia
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Rated 5 out of 5
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And my axe!

Sage quote from Gimli, son of Glóin. Although it is not actually an axe. It is a hatchet, but I digress.

It came rather blunt, but that's understandable. It has a nice look and feel and it smells amazing. Yes, you read me right. It s m e l l s, and it smells good.

Not much else to say. You swing it and it chops stuff. But it sure does smell nice.

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Reviewed by Sebastian G., from United States
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Rated 3 out of 5
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Decent hatchet

I’m leaving this review as an axe thrower, so keep that in mind. This axe is fine and smells nice, and has a nice shape but it didn’t last very long from throwing, which leads me to believe it wouldn’t last long for cutting either. The axe head is great but isn’t on the handle very securely. If you were to rehang the head on a different handle, I’m sure it would work fine. Still not bad for the price.

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Reviewed by Alan S., from Canada
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Rated 5 out of 5
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Dull, and unfinished, in the best way.

Incredibly light, and intentionally dulled to prevent any unnecessary incidents. Definitely something to pick up if you have the know-how to sharpen it up, and get the handle either replaced or properly coated and finished. A great project for anyone with the time and passion for it.

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