I'm pretty unhappy with my Gerber hatchet (Gerber Gator II, it's the one with the saw in the handle). It's misbalanced, the saw in the handle comes out with any real force and probably most importantly it just doesn't match my aesthetic of wool and canvas camping. The look fits my light weight camping kit better, but I just carry a knife with that kit. So I'm relegating the gerber to the emergency kit in the boot of the Sabb and seaching for something a bit more "old man".
First impulse is to buy a Gransfors Bruks, they are the bee's knees of hatchets from what I
understand. I was looking at the 418 vs 420. Hunters Axe vs Small Forest Axe.
Hunter's Axe, 418:
While researching the Bruks I kept coming across Bruks vs. Wetterlings debates. Looks like they are both traditional Sweedish forges, and when fixed up a Wetterlings can perform as nicely as a Bruks. If I went the route of Wetterlings I'd also save almost 50 bucks! Here's the kicker however almost all reviews mention that Wetterlings need to be purchased in person to make sure your haft is aligned with your poll. I don't have anywhere local to purchase a Wetterlings, that and the fact that i really don't want to spend the time sanding the finnish on the Wetterlings haft to make it less slippery. On top of that the poll on the wetterlings comes with a secondary bevel which i would want to remove and then spend more time on the edge because it arrives as dull as a spoon. The amount of time saved on the Bruks seems worth the 50 bucks to me.
So looks like I'm getting a Gransfors Bruks Small Forest Axe.