I have 3 hewing hatchets but I found I prefer a regular one more. The one exception is a L. and I. J. White one that was used to chop rocks before I got it. I love using it but I can't bring myself to grind it back past the chipping so its not too terribly useful. My vintage GBA and my jersey hatchet are my favorites currently. If you really choke up on the handle and keep it really sharp it can be used for fairly fine work.