Every gardener needs a hatchet – perhaps not every day, but for clearing and chopping in the garden’s roughest spots, a hatchet can’t be beat. The new Fiskars® clearing hatchet, with its well-balanced head and sharp blade, is a handy, hard-working tool.
Garden Tool Guide: Clearing Hatchet
By Marty Ross
- 9" hatchet-like blade is ideal for chopping roots, vines, small branches, palms and more in your yard and garden
- Blade curve offers pull-cutting great for removing suckers and clearing vines
- One-handed use leaves your other hand free to grab and pile cuttings, unlike other tools that require a two-handed grip
- Hardened steel blade stays sharp through heavy use
- Rust-resistant, low-friction coating glides through tough materials without sticking
- Intelligent texture pattern on handle features large dimples where fingers rest for grip and small dimples where the palm rests to help prevent blisters
- Contoured Softgrip® handle features a sculpted profile to fit the natural shape of your hand
- Handle flare keeps the tool firmly in hand when swinging with maximum force
- Extended grip lets you pinch closer to the blade for added control when making precision cuts
- Handle offers plenty of room for both hands, great for added power and control when chopping
- Finger guard offers added protection for safe use
- Includes nylon carrying sheath
- Lifetime warranty
- Hatchet (18")
Get more done with one versatile tool designed for chopping roots, vines, small branches, palms and more.
The clearing hatchet looks a lot like a regular hatchet, but with a thin blade, more like a knife or a machete. The tool has a blade, designed to chop through roots and woody material, as well as a sharp hook for pull cuts. For its size and function, this tool is very light weight, and you can wield it easily with one hand.
There are two ways to grip the hatchet:
1. Grab it well up on the hilt, to make pull cuts. Your thumb will naturally fit into the indentation at the top of the handle.
Holding the hatchet like this, you can reach into grassy or brushy areas to pull out vines and brambles. Pull sharply and you’ll cut through the prickliest of vines. The hook also can be used to trim shoots from the trunks of trees or along branches.
2. Hold the handle just as you would a hatchet, and you’re ready to chop. The sturdy blade is very sharp, and cuts easily through roots right at ground level.
The hatchet is especially good for chopping small stumps, like those of small trees you remove from the property line. It’s hard to remove a stump at ground level with a saw, because it can dull or damage the saw blade. With a clearing hatchet, small stumps can be broken up with a few precise chops.
After all the work in the garden is complete, place the hatchet back into its safety sheath. The tool is small enough to fit into a tool bucket. You can also attach the hatchet onto your belt, and step out to get some work done with just the right tool at hand.