Let’s talk about Stuff We Like That’s Made In The USA.
My sister inherited most of the camping gear of my father, which included an old Estwing Sportsman’s Axe. I used it many times and so did she, as it was a staple around our many campsites growing up in the 80’s and 90’s. Feelings of nostalgia struck, so…
I recently bought a new production version of the Estwing Sportsman’s Axe for about $35, which is still made in the USA. Our dad’s has a really nice but very old leather sheath and the new one I bought has a really nice and rugged synthetic cordura/nylon sheath of some kind. Otherwise it seems to be the same rugged and well-made tool, so far as I can tell. The stacked leather handle feels great in the hand. I’d like to get them side-by-side to compare.
This is a very rigid and small all-steel hatchet, so it will carry more shock compared to a wooden handle hatchet or small forest axe in a similar blade form factor. That’s the price you pay for wielding a nearly indestructible hatchet that’s still made in the USA.
This hatchet has a much narrower blade profile than a wooden-handle hatchet. You don’t need to shape the whole metal component of the blade around a large wooden handle. It is much more blade-like than any wooden handle hatchet or axe. That has a lot of advantages, including keeping the weight down.
Whether you are a backpacker, a car camper, a cabin camper, a pandemic camper, or a person who likes hatchets or may be considering the benefits of hatchet ownership, you should buy this Made In The USA product. It will work for decade after decade with plenty of abuse.
The patent filing of the basic design seems to be entering the 100 year mark, which I dig.