I’ve recently been reading about axes with very short handles, and it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. Historically, the difference between an axe and a hatchet has been one hand. An axe is a tool traditionally used with two hands. A hatchet is used with one. While the various companies will try to sell you an axe with a 12″ handle, don’t believe them. They know they can charge more for an axe than a hatchet. But if the tool needs just one hand to wield, it’s a hatchet.
Axe Vs. Hatchet; Defining Terms
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