The hatchet is a small axe. It was made to cut down small trees and brush and other things sutible for fire wood. In a weapon sense it is easy to carry and conceal. It is an effective weapon. It can be thrown. It can be used in pairs. It has a similiar size to sleave axes which were small axes which could be concealed in the sleaves. With modern tool steal and ergonomic designs, the hatchet can once more hold its own in a fight. As a point to notice, many large knives are designed with a similiar balance to a hatchet and the hatchet would be more useful in those situations.
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