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A hatchet is one of the most useful tools in camp (or a survival situation). It is also one of the most dangerous tools in camp.


·      Always swing the hatchet away from the body. Assume every swing of the hatchet is going to be a glancing blow.

·      Keep your eye on the target.

·      When limbing a tree keep the main part of the tree between the target limb and your body (and body parts.)

·      Clear the area of your swing of any branches, bushes or other obstacles.

·      Wear sturdy boots and gloves.

·      Keep other people at least two arms lengths away (and more.)

·      Never chop into the ground

·      Never use the hatchet when tired or very weary.

·      Keep the hatchet edge sharp (before you leave home; bring a small sharpening stone.)

·      To point a stake, make it four-sided. Cut sides No 1 and 3, then sides No. 2 and 4.

·      Only inexperienced people throw a hatchet at trees to make it stick.

·      When not in use and being carried, cover the hatchet with a sheath.

·      Hand the hatchet to someone else, handle end first.

·      Walk with the hatchet on the downhill side with edge facing away from you.

·      Don’t run with the hatchet in hand.

·      Keep the free hand out of harms way; especially if using it to stabilize an object.