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Best hatchet under or around $50

Discussion in 'Axe, Tomahawk, & Hatchet Forum' started by Aerosmith101, Oct 9, 2019.

  1. Aerosmith101


    Oct 28, 2018
    I'm looking for a decent USA or European made hatchet for under or around $50
  2. SoBoCo


    Feb 8, 2017
    Husqvarna seems to be well regarded and around (or under) $50
  3. crbnSteeladdict


    Jul 31, 2017
    What kind of hatchet are you looking for? Use, weight, handle length etc.
    This newcomer from Council Tools has hardened poll
    Most of Vaughan hatchets (not full size axes) are made in USA
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2019
  4. Square_peg

    Square_peg Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2012
  5. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Basic Member Basic Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    Vaughan is definitely the way to go.
  6. Riz!


    May 5, 2014
    Ill probably get roasted for saying this but I have had a gerber/fiskars hatchet for years and it has been a very functional tool. Its been practically indestructible, chops well, and hasnt rusted even with minimal care
  7. Agent_H

    Agent_H Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    They have a place in the line-up.
  8. garry3


    Sep 11, 2012
    I picked one up at a yard sale to have around camp so that friends wouldn't trash my good ones. It works much better than I was expecting and like you said pretty well indestructible. It was the right tool for the job.
  9. Allan DeGroot

    Allan DeGroot

    Jun 15, 2019
    Under $50 puts the indestructible Estwing E14A in contention! at $35 average pricing...

    If you want something bigger you can easily find an E45 for that price! even a snazzy limited edition version for that price!
  10. albertmitchell


    Oct 11, 2019
    I would like to mention another hatchet - CAMAQUI Hatchet. Price about $50. It comes in two styles: Northern and Eastern. The Eastern style is lighter in weight at 1.88 pounds, has a smaller head and slimmer handle, and features a rose wood handle.
    Hairy Clipper likes this.
  11. Square_peg

    Square_peg Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    Looks like a cheap Asian import. I can't imagine spending twice the price of a Vaughan on that.
    Yankee Josh, Fmont, A17 and 1 other person like this.
  12. plumberroy


    Jan 27, 2007
    Vaughan or council tool.
  13. Yankee Josh

    Yankee Josh Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 31, 2018
    I know it's been mentioned already but it's pretty hard to beat the flying fox from council tool.
    These photos are after I slimmed down the haft and filed and honed the bit; [​IMG] [​IMG]
    No one can weigh in on longevity due to it being new to the market. But it's kind of a mute point anyway because of course it's going to last! A very good hatchet and money well spent in my opinion.
    OP hasn't been seen since the 10th so I'm probably writing this for nothing. Haha.
  14. thunderstick


    Jan 15, 2007
    My votes are:
    Belt axe--Council Tool Hudson Bay, Flying Fox or Husquvarna

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