One of the best activities while camping is enjoying a warm, blazing campfire. A bit of work is involved in preparing a fire though, especially cutting kindling and splitting wood. A good hatchet or camp axe makes that job much easier.
I just received the hatchet I ordered from The Avid Tent Camper, Frazier Douglass. If you have an interest in tent camping, as I do, check out his YouTube videos on all things tents and camping equipment, as well as his website. Here’s my new tool:
She’s a beauty, don’t you agree? The Avid Tent Camper’s website has a section on hatchets and after doing a bit of research, I chose this one, manufactured by the Germantown Tool Works, in Germantown, Pennsylvania. Well, it used to be there…until 1919 when it was purchased and the name was changed to Griffith Tool Works! Once I found that out, it was easy to decide which hatchet I’d choose!
Now, I’m no blade/hatchet/axe aficionado, but after my research, I’m inclined to believe the head on this tool could well be over 100 years old! Frazier put a new handle on it, custom made a leather sheath for it, and gave it a nice, sharp edge to make it a terrific camping tool.
Now, c’mon Spring…push Ol’ Man Winter out of here so the camping can begin!