13″ (33cm) Hand Forged Bearded Hatchet with Carved American Ash Wood Handle
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A hatchet is a single-handed striking tool with a sharp blade on one side used to cut and split wood, and a hammerhead on the other side.
Although hand axe and hatchet are often used interchangeably, they are not the same thing. A hand axe is essentially a miniature axe with a flat butt or poll on the back side of the head, whereas a hatchet has a hammerhead on the back.
Bearded hatchets were used as tools and weapons. The hook or “beard”, i. e. the lower portion of the hatchet bit extending the cutting edge below the width of the butt, provides a wide cutting surface while keeping the overall weight of the hatchet low.
This design allows the user to grip the haft directly behind the head for planing or shaving wood and variations of this design are still in use by modern woodworkers and some foresters. The “beard” of the hatchet would also have been useful in battle, for example, to pull a weapon or shield out of a defender’s grasp.
- Overall Length 13″ (33cm)
- Blade Length 6.5″ (16.5cm)
- Blade Width 6.5″ (16.5cm)
- 1095 Hand-Forged Carbon Steel Head
- Carved American Ash Wood Handle
- Leather Sheath
- Weight 2.3lb (1.039kg)