When your 5-year-old son tells you that he wants an ax for Christmas, as mine did not too long ago, you compromise with a hatchet.  I (my son) have had this X7 Hatchet by Fiskars for over a year now and continue to be impressed with it.

Whether I am hacking into an 8-inch diameter tree or splitting some boards into kindling, this little hatchet preforms. Only 14 inches long and 1.4 pounds, it is easy to strap to a pack and bring into the backcountry.

fiskars x7 hatchet revuewIvan Loomis/Kit Badger
The X7 Hatchet from Fiskars

Between the blade geometry, the low friction coating, PermaHead molding and lifetime warranty, this is a rock star hatchet.

You can find the Fiskars X7 Hatchet here.

This review originally appeared on Kit Badger

More gear recommendations:

WATCH NEXT: