Recently I ran across one of these “survival hatchets” at a flea market.
Have you ever seen them?
The concept seemed sound and I managed to negotiate the vendor down to half price.. after testing out the “hatchet” I think I overpaid..
I took it home and the first thing I had to do was give it an edge. To say the axe was dull would be an understatement.
I could tell when sharpening it that the metal had very poor craftsmanship. It took an edge fairly quickly but with my first few test strikes I could already see the axe head beginning to chip.
My particular model came with a wooden handle but after only 4 strikes, it shattered and fell off.
The pry bar and nail puller bent under only moderate pressure.
The hammer was too light and had an exceedingly rounded face that caused it to glance off of most nails, leaving them bent and useless.
About the best thing I can say about this tool is that the concept is good, but this really goes to show that you get what you pay for.
I am thinking of trying something a little more hefty like the truckers friend :
or the Dead On Annihilator :
I figured before I went out on a limb I would ask if any of you have used either of these or if you had any suggestions on a demo tool/wrecking bar that will fit in my go bag.
Leave your comments and suggestions below.
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