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Estwing Axes, Hatchets & Picks

After cutting full trees or thick branches with a chainsaw, it's common to cut the wood into smaller pieces for outdoor fires or indoor heating. Staples carries a variety of Estwing hatchets and axes, as well as several other quality brands of chopping tools.

The Differences Between a Hatchet and an Ax
The major differences between a hatchet and an ax are the handle length and how you use them. Axes have longer handles and require two hands to control. Hatchets have shorter handles than axes, so you only need one hand to chop wood with them.

Hatchets are also smaller than axes, so they're good for getting into tight areas that have no room for the backswing that an ax needs. Axes require room to swing for a full-force cut, and they are suitable for chopping large pieces of wood. Use a hatchet to split cut wood into easy-to-use sizes for indoor and outdoor fireplaces.

A hand ax is a third option; it is a cross between a hatchet and an ax. These hand tools have half the shaft size of an ax, but they're double the size of a hatchet. This allows them to reach tight areas and chop at an angle. They are more compact than a full-size ax, which makes them portable and an excellent tool for camping trips.

Different Types of Axes
Axes come with several different types of heads and handle lengths. Felling axes have thin, extremely sharp blades with tapered heads that help drive them through the tree with every swing. These heads weigh about 2.5 to 3.5 pounds, and the handles usually vary from 28 to 36 inches.

Hudson Bay axes have midsize handle lengths between 22 and 28 inches and smaller heads that only weigh about 2 pounds. You can use a Hudson Bay ax for chopping small branches or logs. Splitting mauls have a heavy 6 to 8-pound head that won't get stuck in the wood as it cuts. 

For working logs into beams, broadaxes give precise cuts with their unique design. These blades are wider at the sharpened end and have small hammer-like blunt ends. The blades have an angle on either the left or right for a straight cut.

Carpenter's axes have small, lightweight heads that hang down like beards. This feature allows you to hold the handle closer to the blades for delicate woodworking. The handles of these axes are about 10 to 14 inches in length for better control.

How Do You Choose the Right Hatchet?
Hatches with fixed blades are forged with one piece of steel from the handle to the tip of the blade. They have small, narrow heads for controlled swings, and the heads taper from thick, blunt ends to sharp points for chopping. The handles are wrapped in materials such as vinyl or genuine leather for comfort and grip. Some hatchet models have a steel head and a wood or composite handle.

How Do You Maintain and Store Hatchets and Axes?
Always clean dirt and debris from the blade before storing it. If there is sap on the blade, wash it with soap and water. Dry the blade and handle thoroughly to prevent rust and rot before storing it in a dry area. Always store blades in their protective sheath to prevent dulling. 
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Estwing® Hammers Long Handle Milled Face Drywall Hatchet Rigger Axe, 3 1/2", 28 oz.
Item : 576198
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  • Head Weight: 28 oz.
  • Cutting Length: 3 1/2-inch
  • Head Material: Steel
$44.99
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