If you’re looking to buy a hatchet for backpacking we’re assuming you have a perfectly legitimate reason for doing so. While a good knife will be equal to most tasks there are times when an ax will do a much better, and quicker, job. Chopping firewood or making kindling are the most obvious uses. The forged stainless steel axe head has a razor sharp blade that stays sharp even after plenty of use. The impressive chopping action you get is all the more surprising when you factor in that it is lightweight. The length makes it suitable for single hand use only but the packability and performance of this compact camping hiking axe more than makes up for that.