Hand forged hatchet

I’ve had this little hatchet for a few weeks now. Seldom have I had a tool give me so much pleasure. I love to look at it as it sits by the fireplace. It makes me happy. And using it is a whole other hatchet experience — it’s razor sharp and cuts beautifully. It makes me want to split wood or sharpen stakes. Hey, I think I need to trim the branches on that dead oak I’m about to cut up for firewood.

Once in a while, a tool has just got it.

It’s hand forged, of Swedish steel (not made in China, by golly), by Husqvarna, the chain saw guys. They also make a larger hatchet (this is definitely smaller than a normal hatchet).



Here is a link to some exquisite Austrian hatchets and axes (thanks, jhm!), but they are way more expensive: https://www.traditionalwoodworker.com/Wood-Axes-by-Mueller-of-Austria/products/531/

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

7 Responses to Hand forged hatchet

  1. Hey, if that oak hasn't been dead for two long, you oughta think about growing mushrooms in it….I think it needs to be fairly fresh though, like under a few weeks, so if it's older than that, firewood is just as well.

    I like the way oak smoke smells. Makes stuff taste good.

  2. A well crafted and elegant tool by the looks of it. I have a swedish hand axe that works well and has lasted many years. I learned the hard way about correct axe use with it though. I managed to put it though my hand in a moment of utter clumsiness. Lesson learned, tools demand & deserve a respect!

  3. Funny you know Lloyd… I have one almost identical, also hand forged and I bought it second hand some months ago… I have it sitting where I can see it and love handling it. Perfectly balanced it's a delight to use…

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