- Product Description
Handmade in Germany
The Rheinland pattern - a traditional German wide-bit blade - is exceptionally well suited for cutting work. Handmade in Wuppertal, Germany, these hatchets are named after the region’s famous Rhein River Valley. The Rhein was a historically significant source of trade and growth for settlements in the region throughout the medieval period, and cutting axes like these were a daily necessity for people carving out towns and villages in heavily forested regions along the river. These hatchets perform well at limbing branches, making kindling, carving, and other light and fine cutting work.
- Head Weight: 1 ¼ lbs.
- Total Weight: 1 ¾ lbs.
- Bit Length: 4 in.
- Handle Length: 14 in.
- Hand-forged using a drop hammer on open dies
- Premium grade C50 high carbon steel
- 53-56 HRC (Rockwell Hardness)
- Sustainably sourced grade A American hickory
- Individually selected for grain orientation and density
- Boiled linseed oil finish, 150 grit smooth sanded
- Hung with hardwood wedge and steel ring wedge
- Vegetable-tanned Leather Sheath
*Handle colors may vary, and we cannot guarantee color.
Order can take up to 3 business days to process through our warehouse. During high volume time, it could be up to 6 business days. All transit times are based on once your order ships.
WITHIN UNITED STATES:
We offer the following options:
- Standard Shipping - average transit time is 5 to 10 business days; however, most arrive in 5 to 7 business days.
- UPS Ground - average transit 1-5 business days
OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES:
Shipping charges DO NOT INCLUDE any duties, taxes, and/or import fees impost by your country's custom and/or clearance offices.
We offer the following services to most areas:
- UPS Standard to Canada - average transit 1 to 3 business days
- UPS Worldwide Expedited - average transit 2 to 5 business days
- UPS Worldwide Express - average transit 1 to 3 business days
- FedEx International Economy - average transit 2 to 5 business days
- FedEx International Priority - average transit 1 to 3 business days
Customer ReviewsWrite a review
This really is a great hatchet. I've had it for maybe 2 years now and I still find myself liking it more every time I pick it up. It cuts, chops, splits, and carves really well and the handle is nice and meaty so you'll always have a good, confidence inspiring grip. Also comes with a really nice leather mask that just gets even nicer as time goes on. The edge was a little rough and a little too fat when I first got it but once I got it thinned out it took a razor sharp edge fairly easily....not just sharp but shaving sharp...and it keeps that edge really well through lots and lots of hard use. I own several other hatchets, including a Council Tool Hudson's Bay and the Hults Bruk Almike, and those are great hatchets as well but I find myself reaching for this one more than any other. There's just something about the metallic *ping* that this hatchet gives off that makes me love it even more. I don't really do a lot of reviews...this is actually only the second or third one I've ever done but I'm enough of a fan of this tool that I felt I needed to share my experience with it. Overall, I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a good, solid, do-it-all kind of hatchet.
What I like about this hatchet is the the wide, curved bit and the ergonomic shape of the handle. I would recommend taking advantage of the optional sharpening service, because it wasn't very sharp when I received it. After sharpened it, i am very pleased with how it chops and splits wood. The handle feels comfortable anywhere you grip it, and the weight of the head makes short work of splitting tasks. The grain orentation isn't perfect, but the thickness and short length of the handle makes that less important in my opinion. The size and weight of this hatchet combined with the shape of the cutting edge makes this a nice hatchet for bushcraft, as well as woodcarving. As with all of my axes & hatchets, I always put several dozen coats of boiled linseed oil on the bare wood at the top of the eye. I believe this is important to do especially on a hatchet/axe where the wood is cut flush with the top of the head as it is on this hatchet. The only reason that I gave it 4 stars is because of how dull the edge was upon receiving it. Thanks for the quality products S.R.O