Fiskars X7 Hatchet - Great for Bushcraft

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Fiskars X7 Hatchet Review

If you are like me, you punish your hatchet more than any other tool when you set up camp. That’s because hatchets are great for accomplishing so many campsite and bushcraft tasks; they’re great for clearing the site, shaping tent pegs, splitting kindling, making feather sticks, and chopping firewood. In this review I am going to cover the Fiskars X7 Hatchet which does all of that with ease, while maintaining its sharp edge all day.

Superior Engineering:

The X7 is engineered to combine a balanced weight distribution, perfected blade geometry, a razor sharp edge, a non-stick coating on the blade, and the Shock-absorbing FiberComp® handle to maximize energy every time it is swung. This combination of advanced features chips away much more wood than an ordinary hatchet. So much so that Fiskars claims that the X7 bites three times deeper when chopping–a claim that I feel  is accurate.

How Does the X7 Feel?

The X7 feels incredibly lightweight and balanced in the hand. While the large hammer poll is the main reason this hatchet is so well balanced, it is the hollow handle that is responsible for keeping the X7 hatchet so surprisingly lightweight. This reinforced fiberglass composite handle also reduces the shock of the blows and creates a secure grip.

X7 Hatchet Features:

  • The drop forged stainless blade has a hardness of 55 RC.

  • The PermaHead insert-molded head is designed to never loosen and also helps prevent over-strike breakage.

  • The non-stick blade coating powers through wood and prevents the head from getting stuck.

  • Perfected balance and power-to-weight ratio increases swing speed to multiply power.

  • Shock-absorbing FiberComp® handle is lightweight yet stronger than steel to prevent overstrike damage.

  • Fiskars proprietary blade grinding and curing techniques provide a blade that creates cleaner cuts.

  • Lightweight; 1.28lb head and 1.65lb overall.

Pros:

  • Affordable.

  • Holds edge very well.

  • Can be easily sharpened in the field with a stone, e.g., the Lansky Puck Dual Grit Sharpener.

  • Can be easily carried in a backpack.

  • Chops very well. In fact I would venture that the Fiskars X7 Hatchet will out-chop 95% of the other hatchets on the market – right off the shelf. The only hatchet/small hand axe I can think of that out chops the X7 and still fits in a backpack is the Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe – which cost more than four times more.

  • Superior at making feather sticks.

  • Remarkably balanced and lightweight.

  • Non-slip, splinter free handle.

  • The virtually indestructible handle is stronger than steel.

Cons:

  • The handle can warp or even melt if exposed to an open flame.

Conclusion:

I think the Fiskars X7 Hatchet is a great hatchet at any cost, let alone the under $30 price tag that it now wears. It looks modern and performs remarkably well. It might not look much like your traditional steel and wood hatchet, but it will outperform almost every hatchet and small hand axe on the market. I must caution you though that if you only like the look of traditional hatchets, the Fiskars X7 hatchet might not appeal to you. If its alien looks don’t bother you though, it should give you many years of excellent service.

You can buy the Fiskars X7 Hatchet at the Survival Gear Store. →

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