The 14" Hatchet combines light heft and an ultra-sharp blade to offer unbeatable edge retention; its portable size makes it ideal for splitting medium-sized and smaller logs. The new black PTFE coating along the blade is engineered for a sharper edge.
The 14" Hatchet, like all Gerber axes, is built with an eye to sturdy troubleshooting assistance. The 14" Hatchet is the middle brother of the Gerber single hand axe series. Featuring an innovative easily-removed sheath that still maintains a slim profile, the 14" Hatchet serves its owner with the excellence that modern technology and good steel have combined to deliver. The handle features a soft touch over-mold to keep the hatchet securely and comfortably in your hands.
A portable, compact axe, the 14" Hatchet combines light heft and an ultra-sharp blade known for its edge retention. Its size makes it ideal for splitting medium-sized and smaller logs. With a low-friction surface coating, the hardened forged steel blade of this axe slices through wood at a depth that is three times greater than average, allowing for faster chopping and maximum overall performance efficiency. The coated surface also prevents the blade from sticking in the wood, and its high-capacity potential prevents body strain.
Possessing a shock absorbing handle that helps in prevention of overstrike injury, the 14" Hatchet offers great grip and superior hand control. Balanced perfectly for exertion-to-weight ratio, this nimble axe swings with a solid, easy feel. Its hardened forged steel blade, in conjunction with the unique grind technique engineered for a sharper edge, will make sharp, clean cuts for far longer than average, making this an intuitive kit axe for camping, yardwork, and beyond.
I have used this on several camping trips and a search and rescue mission. For the size, this hatchet can do quite a bit of work. I found it best for splitting logs under 8 inches in diameter, but you can go bigger if you commit yourself to a good swing more outside cuts. It does a fine job cutting deadfall thanks to the grip (lanyard still recommended for long periods of use). It may not be a "bushcrafting" tool, but I found that it cuts feather sticks pretty well for an ax and easily cuts grooves into logs for easier catching at the campfire. The edge retention has been very good and I have not had to do any serious resharpening after work. The only little chip in the blade came from when I hit the dirt.
Wow! $62 for a rebranded $32 Fiskars hatchet. I can't even imagine what the $30 lime green paint does but it must be miraculous! I would recommend buying this Fiskars hatchet for the paint alone! Or you could but the cheap identical hatchet from Fiskars them selves and test out its sharpness by cutting a $20 bill in half. It would be cheaper doing that too!!