hatchet I use most has a handle around 12-14 inches long with a rounded
cutting edge. I used it almost every day in one way or
another when building the cabin. I marked logs, chopped small branches
and used it to remove excess wood from various spots.
While notching a corner, trusty old hatchets are precise and take large
chunks out quickly.
you're careful the back flat side of the head can be used as a hammer
for nails and other persuading. You will ruin the head if you're
banging on it like a wedge with a bigger hammer.
is not a splitting maul. Hitting a hardened steel axe head with a
hardened hammer head can cause shrapnel, chipping or other issues.
can find most varieties reasonably cheap and readily available. There
are many styles, including the broad style, roofing style and the newer ones
with straight blades. I use one of the newer style only because a
close friend gave it to me and it felt right. I have 4 or 5 broad
hatchets that collect dust. That's the way it goes!