The Rheinland Hatchet by Helko Werk is a traditional German wide-bit blade made of hand forged steel with an American hickory handle.
This beauty is a classic, it looks like it came straight from the pages of a storybook. It’s easily one of the best hatchets available.
Hand made in the Rhein River Valley at Wuppertal, Germany, these hatchets perform well at light and fine cutting work including carving, making kindling, and pruning lower branches. The hatchet also works well at taking down small trees, as well as splitting rounds.
The head is premium grade C50 high carbon steel, drop hammer forged with a rockwell hardness of 53-56 HRC out to about 30 millimeters from the cutting edge. The eye is left unhardened to prevent cracks in the steel. Because each one is forged by hand and lightly finished, no two hatchet heads are completely alike.
The wood for the handle is sustainably sourced high grade American hickory. The hickory is milled and then stored and softly air dried for 9 to 10 months to achieve precisely determined moisture content.
Each piece is then carefully selected for superior grain and density, then sanded smooth and finished with boiled linseed oil.
- 1 ¾ lbs Total weight
- 1 ¼ lbs head
- 4 inch long bit (cutting edge) length
- 14 inch long handle
A 1 ounce bottle of Axe Guard protective oil and a high quality, vegetable tanned leather sheath are included. Optional upgrades include handle collar, hanger straps, deluxe sheath, file, and stone.