Fiskars X7 Hatchet Review
The Fiskars X7 Hatchet is a top of the line survival hatchet. I have it at the top of my Best Survival Hatchet page. Being that this is a prepper news site, I also like to note that this is the Fiskars X7 Hatchet is a perfect addition to your bug out bag essentials list. I love the look of this hatchet, the feel of this hatchet, and the balance/swing of this hatchet.
The X7 Hatchet is a part of the Fiskars X7 series which includes both hatchets and axes. Most of all, the X7 Hatchet is an economic purchase at roughly $25 (depending on pricing). I love this hatchet because, in part, it is super affordable. Below I list a major “con” as part of this X7 hatchet review, but it is always important to keep in mind that price is an important factor in the review. If you have well more than $25 to spend, you might just look for the best overall hatchets and not the best hatchets for preppers on a budget. If price is no issue, check out the Gransfor Bruks hatchet.
Fiskars X7 Hatchet Review – ‘Cutting Edge’ Specs
This is a 14-inch, well-balanced, beast of a hatchet. At a weight of 1.38 lbs, you will honestly feel as though you are swinging an aluminum baseball bat. Its light weight and short length make it a powerful choice for hikers and survivalists alike. It easily hooks to a bug out bag or hiking bag, or you can carry it rather easily (just be careful, that blade is sharp).
You can easily use the X7 Hatchet in one hand. So yes, preppers, this hatchet is a very competent defense against zombie attacks. The perfect balance allows for competent throwing, as well.
To be honest, I also enjoy the look of the X7. I know that optics aren’t the most important factor in these things, however, the first time you pull the X7 out of the box it is pretty exciting. The grip is really sturdy feeling.
Fiskars X7 Hatchet Blade
The X7 blade is sharp out of the box, however, if you are like me, that won’t be good enough. Using a sharpening stone can really turn the X7 into one of the sharpest hatchets you will own. The blade is made of high-quality carbon steel. Whether the task be chopping firewood, cutting down a tree, or breaking up some hard soil, the X7’s blade is a merciless enforcer of both edge and power.
Chopping wood for camping, chopping small trees for tinder or even to build a shelter, are no issue with the X7. It has a clean power to it and it is easy to swing with force and power. You can also use it as a hammer when you need comes calling. Like most hatchets, the X7 is a super versatile tool. Sure, it isn’t a full-fledged ax, but you are clearly opting to lose some of that power in exchange for less size, bulk, and weight. If doomsday strikes, you certainly can’t be roaming around lugging a huge ax all day.
During the recent blizzard on the east coast, I was able to use the X7 as part of a number of tools to clear out downed trees. The weight of the snow combined with ferocious winds collapsed several trees on my property and some of the work we had to do was impossible for a chainsaw to accomplish. You don’t want to climb up and clear soon to collapse branches with a chainsaw. This is where a competent hatchet can make your life easier in an everyday type situation.
The X7 Blade comes with a pivot lock on the blade protector which keeps the edge safe from harming you (or anyone else). Using your thumb, you can easily flip down the X7 Hatchet sheath to fall off. Its a super intelligent sheath in my opinion. It makes carrying it a safer experience overall. Be careful, not all X7 offers come with the sheath, you need to make sure if that’s something you want.
Now, in fairness, here’s the con: some users have complained that the carbon steel blade material is “soft.” Due to this, some other Fiskars X7 reviews have shown blades with chips. Some of these chips are results of heavy tasks, such as hammering. The blades in all cases still work to spec, but the optics are a bit of a bummer to those it has happened to. Remember, this is an economic purchase at roughly $25, so it isn’t going to be perfect. You have to account for the price.
Fiskars X7 Hatchet Warranty
Fiskars is a great company that guarantees their products against unnatural defects. If your hatchet breaks, you can contact them for replacement. You can easily call them at 1-866-348-5661. Their warranty last the life of the hatchet. Now, they aren’t going to take it back because you need it sharpened or it has some scratches on it. Normal wear and tear are out of the question, but swing it and break it in half, they are likely to return you a new one.
In the end, the X7 Hatchet is a powerful survival tool that comes at a super affordable price. No, its not a top of the line tool, but you also aren’t paying that much for it. I include pricing as part of my review points, so due to that, I put this hatchet pretty high. Many preppers are buying tools to add to their bug out bags and price can often factor into the considerations due to making numerous purchases.
The X7 Hatchet is very suitable for survivalists and preppers alike. It can process your firewood and serve as a great addition to helping you build a temporary shelter in the woods. Its lightweight means it is easy to carry on a survival bag, or in hand. Its balance and power can also make it useful in a dreaded self-defense scenario. You can also view other survival hatchets here.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.