Spear & Jackson - Razorsharp 1.5lb Hatchet Hickory Shaft Carbon Steel Head
- 1.5 lb Hatchet manufactured to the internationally recognised DIN standard
- Drop forged carbon steel head, hardened and tempered for durability
- Quality hickory shaft for strength
- Blade guard for added safety when not in use
- Grow your own great British growing 2018 award winners
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The Spear & Jackson Razorsharp Hatchet Axe 1.5Ib is manufactured to the internationally recognised DIN standard. The axe has a drop forged carbon steel head that is hardened and tempered for durability and a genuine American Hickory shaft to provide strength. A rubber blade guard is provided to protect the edge when not in use.
Spear & Jackson’s foundations were laid in 1760, since our beginnings centuries of experience and innovation have resulted in the materials and development expertise that resides within the company today; and "continuous innovation" is at the heart of the company's ethos.
The organisation has come a long way since 1760, and the Spear & Jackson Group now manufactures and distributes garden tools, metrology equipment, woodworking tools, metal working tools, saw blades and magnetic equipment. With divisions across England, France and Australia, Spear & Jackson is a world-wide brand, distributing products throughout the world. Our tools are manufactured to a high quality standard and offer superb service and longevity; guaranteed against defects in manufacturing, subject to normal wear & tear and the provision of reasonable care and maintenance. This does not affect your statutory rights.
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Spear & Jackson
Spear & Jackson has been selling hand, garden, contractors, agricultural and landscaping tools since 1760.
The company was founded in the City of Sheffield, which is famous for the production of steel, cutlery and hand tools and continues to be our home over 250 years later.
The Spear & Jackson Razorsharp Garden Cutting range includes our Pro, Advance, Advantage, Steel and Active variants. These encompass a wide range of loppers, secateurs, shears and more to satisfy the needs of both gardening hobbyists and professionals.
Our ergonomic designs, combined with quality manufacturing ensure that everyday gardening is easy and enjoyable through the precise and powerful performance our Razorsharp range delivers.
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Beautifully made with a 2.5 lb drop forged head that is about a lb or so heavier than a hatchet and so offers greater ability for cleaving but is not so heavy that it is difficult to use for more detailed work.
The hickory handle is also slightly longer and puts this firmly in the middle ground for size but again gives enough swing for heavier work but also allows for closer & more careful tasks. It is not too thin so can be held firmly and the curve allows for a good and accurate swing if needed. The use of wood for handles may seem outdated but the new carbon fibre ones can shatter more easily if you mis-time a blow. The rubber grips nearly always end up sliding down the handle too.
The head is pretty sharp and on larger logs with a good grain or softer wood it splits them well.
For larger logs or rounds you may want to consider using a splitter, (I hate them as they always get stuck-so make sure you buy two so you can release one if necessary), or my preferred choice a maul. Make sure it's the heaviest you can use comfortably & safely and the work will be so much easier.
So for ordinary logs and for making kindling or felling smaller trees etc this is an excellent product that is very well made and should give years of service.
A few points to bear in mind are that if chopping logs, place them on a flat wooden surface. You're bound to miss with the odd swipe and you'll end up chipping the blade. It will save your back if the log is elevated a foot or so from the ground. Always use gloves and goggles or safety glasses. It only takes one splinter to find your eye. Gloves allow for a better grip and what could be a potentially severe cut is usually reduced to just bruising.
Sorry to sound like your mother nagging on but I would also recommend ear defenders or foam plugs,(my favourite), as continual whacking away can leave your ears ringing for some time and long term can damage hearing.
A great product recommended happily.
The added instructions state to soak the handle first to allow it to swell slighlty but I found the head very firmly attached and ready to work.
Great axe for not a lot of coin.