A really brief history is the Estwing Company has been around for over 90 years making rugged tools for the craftsman and outdoorsman. Their all steel construction makes them virtually indestructible while the leather handles are not only comfortable but good looking too.
I’ve been familiar with their line of hammers for years and recently had an opportunity pick up one of the 14″ Sportsman Axes on a trade and immediately fell in love with it. I added them to the storefront a few weeks ago and decided to pick up a couple of the Fireside Friend Splitting Tools as well. Good decision.
The narrow edge eagerly bites into even a piece of oak with vigor.
The downside of the narrow head is it makes a lousy splitter. That’s where the Fireside Friend really shines.
I grabbed a well seasoned piece of oak about 8″ in diameter and one good whack did the job. No way would I have tried splitting this with a typical hatchet, but the 4 pound head of the Fireside Friend made easy work.
The Estwing Hatchet is great for an all around tool for cutting small limbs and even light splitting. It’s light weight, compact and easily fits under the seat of the Jeep. Personally, I found the Fireside Friend was absolutely perfect for splitting pieces of hardwood to fit into the smoker or splitting pieces down to cookfire size thickness. The wide head on the Fireside Friend is also perfect for driving stakes and the 4# weight makes it an easy job. Gonna be hard for me to get by with just one or the other.
They’re just another example of rediscovering old tools that still work the way they were designed to. Seems like we can get caught up with the latest gadget and over time forget about those old standbys . Sure glad I tripped across these two!