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A carpenter’s hatchet, also known as a half hatchet. is considered by many to be an old-style traditional hammer tool. The carpenter’s hatchet has a small blade on one side and a hammer head on the other. Usually, these hatchets have a short to medium length handle similar to that of a regular hammer. They are very effective in woodworking projects but can also be handy as an all-around camping ax. They do a good job chopping small amounts of wood or hammering in stakes. Some good carpenter’s hatchets have a curved grip for comfort, which also aids in making the tool effective and easy to use. You can find these tools with wooden handles, which can be replaced inexpensively if broken. Another option is a head steel forged as one piece to the handle, which offers strength, but may be harder on your hands and arms when using for large projects.

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