Woodsman hatchets have grown in popularity in recent years, driven in part by a strong word of mouth and endorsements by proven and reputable survival & bushcraft instructors. This has helped woodsman hatchets become top sellers for major axe companies. Why have these become so popular? Simple – portability and versatility. A woodsman hatchet is small enough to be used as a one-handed hatchet, yet large enough to swing as a two-handed axe for more serious chopping and splitting tasks if you need to push it into that roll. Since many consumers have limited budgets and are forced to choose between buying either a full-sized axe, or a hatchet, the hatchet represents a good compromise. A hatchet is generally the largest axe type tool you can carry inside a daypack. This is important if you want to have the versatility of carrying an axe discreetly in your pack as a wilderness survival tool without getting bogged down carrying a larger heavier axe. Combine the Hults Bruk Hatchet with the Swedish Mora Companion and you have yourself a solid set of tools for the bush.

Style: Small belt axe / hatchet

Type of Edge: The axe head is forged from Swedish steel with a weight of 1 pound. Through the forging process the axe head is struck several times increasing the overall strength and durability of the steel. The edge and profile of the head is thinner than in most axes, but it’s been specifically designed that way – when you swing it, it just ‘slices’ deeply into the wood.

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Hatchet head made of hardened Swedish Steel
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Front view of the hatchet head.

Handle Materials: 16″ curved American Hickory handle that is treated with natural linseed oil. The linseed oil provides water resistance and increased durability when exposed to the elements.

Weight: The overall weight of the Almike hatchet is 1.75lbs.

MSRP: $149 direct from Hults Bruk.

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Unique Features: The belt axe includes a traditional handmade leather sheath. The sheath offers protection to the axe head and also gives the axe somewhat of a decorative look.

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Wrap around decorative leather sheath

Application: Due to the compact size of this hatchet it is at home on your belt – just slide the handle through your belt and the axe head will keep it in place. The Almike hatchet is ideally suited for small game processing, processing wood for the camp fire, and other woodsman tasks. In a pinch, this small hatchet could be used as a close quarters weapon. Rogers Rangers included the hatchet in their ‘Rules Of Ranging‘ twice indicating it was an important piece of their loadout – keep your powder dry and your hatchet sharp.

Pros: It’s designed for small camp jobs like building an improvised shelter, preparing firewood, sharpening sticks etc.

Cons: It’s not an axe for heavy-duty jobs, but it makes a good backup.

Bottom Line/Overall Performance:

Overall, for me and my needs the Almike is simply a perfect ‘always carry with me’ hatchet. When you want to travel light, it’s a great choice. If you’re looking for a good ‘carry hatchet’ for a short trip or weekend bushcraft fun, you should consider the Small Hatchet from Hults Bruk. You won’t be disappointed!