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Roman K

Roman K

Northern Michigan

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Forest Dweller, Explorer of the Great Lakes

Roman K

Roman Kwrote a review of on May 23, 2018

If you only need one axe, this is it.
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm an ambassador for Hults Bruk, and so i've used many of their axes and hatchets quite extensively. I manage about 20 acres of pine forest and 10 acres of mature hardwoods using axes only, and heat my home with wood so I do a lot of splitting. I usually associate different tasks with a different axe, whether it's chopping or splitting, or clearing trails. Since receiving the Akka, it's replaced my HB Torneo as my go-to for any scenario.

The extremely light 1.5 head on a 24

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Roman K

Roman Kwrote a review of on May 23, 2018

This is the best hatchet i've ever owned
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

In full disclosure, i'm an ambassador for Hults Bruk.

I own way too many hatchets to count, and the Almike has been my go-to for a lightweight hatchet since I got it. Before that I was mainly using a restored Plumb scout hatchet, a timeless design but sort of clunky and it has wider cheeks than i'd like.

The grain orientation came completely straight and It comes shaving sharp out of the box, so far has retained it's edge very well after several multi day trips with a lot of abuse. I use it mainly in place of a knife, and also plenty of light splitting tasks. You can even fell smaller diameter trees with ease despite it being such a light hatchet, it really swings above its weight. It's also perfect for trapping or field dressing larger game. The design of the head allows you to really choke up for certain tasks as well.

I have a Husqvarna 13" hatchet as well, a common comparison to this one, although I wouldn't even call it a hatchet, it's basically a boys axe on a 13" handle. and is in a completely different category than the Almike.

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Roman Kwrote a review of on April 17, 2018

I've never been cold
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I winter camp a lot in Northern Michigan, temps sometimes creep down to -20F on the coldest nights...this thing is toasty. Usually i won't even bring it out unless its gonna be at least 0F, in which I switch to my Big Agnes Stormking 0. The shell is amazing too as it's fairly waterproof, a good feature to have on a down bag. It handles condensation very well. It is very lofty and hard to fit in any stuff sack, but what can you expect, this is the bag most people take to Everest. Honestly unless you live above the arctic circle or are into mountaineering, you really don't need this bag, unless you're crazy and specifically try to camp on the coldest days every winter just to see if you can stay warm.

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Roman Kwrote a review of on April 16, 2018

handcrafted work of art
5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've handled many Helle knives, and own two, but this one by far felt the best in my hand; the angled grip just feels right. Only problem is it's so beautiful, that you almost feel bad abusing it, but i'm sure it'll hold up just like my Odel that sees daily use. These things come shaving sharp from the factory. The other great thing about this one is the leather latch on the sheath to keep it from falling out when you're crouching.

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