Estwing Sportsmans Axe | 3 Year Field Review
Estwing SPORTSMAN’S AXE—leather washer grip
Unboxing my new Estwing Hatchet
Estwing E24ASEA 14 Inch Special Edition Sportsmans Axe with Leather Grip Sh
Estwing Sportsman’s Axe Review
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Estwing Special Edition Sportsman’s Axe is the choice of outdoorsmen everywhere. Both the head and handle of the axe are forged in 1-piece and hand polished to a beautiful finish. This classic Estwing campers axe 14 offers unsurpassed balance and temper. It's genuine leather handle is sanded and lacquered for a durable yet comfortable feel. The Estwing sportsman axe includes a rugged ballistic nylon sheath with belt loop so it can always have your tool close at hand. It has a tempered 3-1/4 in. cutting edge for easy cutting. A must for all campers and outdoorsman alike! Estwing Axes are proudly forged in the in USA using the finest American steel. Please always wear eye protection while using this tool.
Before and After
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After receiving this I decided to do as one of the other reviewers said and sand off the varnish on the handle with 100 grit sand paper. I then rubbed Neatsfoot oil on it over the course of about three days. I probably put on about 20-30 coats, so it takes some patience. The results where totally worth it though. I’ll add some before and after pictures but the real difference is in how it feels. The handle isn’t nearly as slick and feels much more comfortable in my hand.
This is the real deal!
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I don’t write many reviews but this little gem deserves one. Proudly made in the USA since 1923, this is the same fine tool your granddad bought, with the same high quality forging and rugged leather grip. Properly used and cared for it will stand up to several lifetimes of hard use. I recently bought a spare from Amazon and this review is based on that item.
12" Hatchet Pretty Cool – Wish Sheath was Made in USA
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After going camping I was in the market for a hatchet. I was drawn to this one primarily because it was made in the USA. I had gone back and forth about getting the 14″ vs. 12″ but didnt have much to base that decision on, which is what I will primarily try to address in this review. The 14″ silver hatchet is available at home depot for about the same price as amazon, but for my purposes (vines, kindling, easy transport) it felt a little too big. I ordered the 12″ and think it will work well for what I intend to do. I had originally questioned what the 12″ actually meant (top of blade to bottom of handle) and if the blade would be the same size on both but just with a shorter handle (no). I’d say the 14″ would be better for splitting logs and chopping moderate diameter branches. See the attached pictures.
This one is going to last me a long time.
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I purchased this after my last scout camp out where I realized my old hatchet head was loose from the handle. Instead of trying to hammer in some nails or wedges to tighten it up, I chose to purchase a new hatchet. I researched several hatchets but I kept coming back to this one. I loved the fact the head and handle were one piece. There is no way for the head to become loose and eventually come off.
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Great Hatchet! Love the design, and i’ve already put it to use! Cut down and old baby tree with no problems whatsoever. Came moderately sharp, which was perfectly fine with me! Though i do suggest for anyone buying any sort of hatchet to buy a sharpening brick, because with a sharp hatchet, you’ll cut through wood or branches with no problems. Just make sure you look up a video on how to use one if you’ve never used a sharpening brick or else you could potentially cause A LOT more wear on the blade. There were no blemishes at all, and has held up great.
A Man’s Axe
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Take it every-time I camp. A tad heavy for light weight backpacking but trust me, you want that extra weight when it comes to chopping wood. Has great form and if you have smaller hands you can double hand chop. I recommend wearing gloves to prevent blisters during long chopping periods. If the axe is too dull when you get it, which it normally is, grab a stone or a grinder and sharpen it up. Holds an edge for 10-15 uses.
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I use this to cut kindling for fires. I will chop pieces from a large log from my knees for safety. Always wear goggles and gloves and make sure your work area is clear of other people and animals. Solid construction, and hat tip to the reviewer who mentioned using oil on the leather. Great entry level hatchet although I’m not sure I’ll have to purchase another one for a long time.
Excellent camp hatchet
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This is a good hatched. Well balanced and very sharp right out of the box. It may be a little heavy for hiking but it cuts, chops and carves very well. Solid construction with a full tang handle so the thing is practically indestructible. The handle fits well in the hand so it does not try to turn in your hand when you swing it and keeps you from having to expend extra energy gripping the handle to keep the hatchet straight. Well built solid hatchet.
Estwing E24A vs. Fiskars X7…
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This comparison review is certainly not too scientific, but does contain some pure objective facts.
Awesome except for the stupid stickers
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I fricking love how this axe looks! It’s beautiful and it feels great to use too. I docked a star from the review because the shaft between the axehead and the leather handle has two stupid fricking stickers that are nearly impossible to get off entirely. I tried using rubbing alcohol, cold water, hot water, acetone, etc. to get the adhesive/paper off but it’s super difficult. I couldn’t probably scraped it off with steel wool but I shouldn’t have to do that and I didn’t want to scratch it all up. The remaining adhesive then collects dirt when you use it outdoors (unless you’re meticulously careful, but that’s lame).