This is the second prototype of a small experimental hiking hatchet created from an antique hammer head. Hand forged from a traditional carpenter’s claw hammer, clay tempered, and finished with hand filing, this is a unique tool. Lightweight for hiking and best suited for cutting and light chopping tasks, this mini-axe would be very useful around camp for duties such as peeling and notching poles, tapering tent pegs, making feather sticks, and even light splitting for kindling.
The hand carved two-tone black walnut handle has been finished in a traditional Japanese fukiurushi lacquer finish and coated in 100% pure natural tung oil. The cutting edge is about 2.5″ long, the handle is about 12″ top to bottom.
Material: Reclaimed carpenter’s hammer steel, black walnut, natural urushi lacquer
Current price for a similar work: $700
This piece is in a private collection in Alberta.