The hatchet is the neglected sibling of the survival knife. Once considered essential, it often gets left behind in our current lightweight-or-nothing world. But it shouldn’t be — a solid hatchet can be indispensable. Break trail with it, chop firewood and kindling with it, hammer tent stakes with it. Hell, pack one for the pure enjoyment of sinking it into the side of a tree from 20 yards (and then bet your buddy he can’t repeat the effort).

The point is, hatchets aren’t just for professional firefighters and outdoorsmen, and even the casual user deserves one made with quality in mind. Barebones’ Hatchet is made in a full-tang construction from high-carbon steel and a hickory handle, so it’s built to last and it’ll take on any task, effortlessly. It comes with a waxed canvas and leather sheath that protects from accidental piercing and weighs 3.75 pounds, so why wouldn’t you take it on an outing into the wilderness?

Right now, it’s also 24 percent off at Huckberry. If you’ve been on the fence about adding a hatchet to your kit, now’s a good time to hop off.

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