Axe or Hatchet ?

The choice of the correct tool

What is the difference?

If the tool can be wielded with one hand and little effort we speak of a hatchet. Conversely, when two hands are required to wield the tool properly then we class this as an axe.
Hatchets are usually lighter and have a shorter length handle than an axe does. Because of this, hatchets have comparatively longer blade lengths. Hatchets are never heavier than 1000 g whereas Axes are usually anywhere between 800 g and 1600 g. This ensures safe two handed wielding of the axe.

The optimal size and weight of the tool depends on two factors: the intended area of use and the size/power of the person who works with the tool. For forest thinning and overhead work the weight of the axe should be kept lower, whereas splitting logs and other kinds of wood becomes easier when using a heavy splitting axe.

Axe & Hatches


The perfect form
for every function

Universal shape
// Normal shape

Usable all-around for easy chopping, splitting and garden work.

Ground to normal sharpness

Forest Axe
// extra slim

Extra slim forging of the blade especially for cutting down trees.

Ground to high sharpness

Splitting Axe
// crowned shape

The crowned shape makes splitting easier for maximum splitting power with minimal effort.

Für starkes Holz und große Stücke

Security wedging
// for all axes and hatchets

A wooden wedge combined with two round steel wedges achieve a connection that can withstand much higher pulling torques that the DIN-norm require for an Axe or hatchet.


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