Timeless. Legendary. Worth passing down to the next generation. This Wetterlings camp axe made the cut for testing in Appalachia at Dave Canterbury’s Pathfinder School. Its ability to cut and carve became essential in creating shelters, processing firewood and fabricating survival essentials. The hickory handle’s shape and overall balance stood out among models tested. Tenting at the state park? Setting up base camp to ski or climb? Paddling and portaging? The Expedition Hatchet brings uncompromising performance with a head that’s hand forged from 100% recycled Swedish-carbon steel. For better protection, consider replacing the minimal leather sheath with a full-head cover on longer expeditions. From Storvik, Sweden to wherever adventure calls, help is close at hand with Wetterlings.
Tester Comments: “Contrast is what’s happening here. An elegant curving handle on top of a head that will overcome against all odds. A striking hickory handle that dampens vibration nearly as well as synthetic alternatives. For not much over $100, I’m ready to pretend I’m part Swedish. Oh, I already am.”
Pros: Attention to detail. Curved handle for better swing. Time capsule-worthy.
Cons: Average sheath. Prone to oxidizing and corroding. Sharpening takes skill.
Key Attribute: Agility
Best For: Camp- and backcountry-related tasks, any excuse for gift-giving
Category: Cutting Camp Axe
Head Weight: 1.2 pounds
Overall Length: 13 inches
Blade Length: 2.5 inches
Blade Steel: Carbon Steel
Hardness: 57 RwC
Finish: Hammer Finish
Handle Material: American Hickory
Sheath Material: Optional leather sheath, not included