Hatchet Haft Reinforcement

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    When hiking or making camp in the woods, it is always ideal to have a hatchet or tomahawk of sorts should you need to clear a path for yourself or your tent and accommodations. There are many types of hatchet available that could work for this purpose, but more important than the hatchet itself is how you use it. Naturally, you will use it for standard hatchet purposes, but you can also use it to help you carry something else equally important. In the process, you can reinforce the hatchet and thus make it stronger. How is this possible? Enter paracord!

    The handle closest to the head of the hatchet or tomahawk is referred to as the haft, and is thus the most important part of this device as far as paracord is concerned. When using or throwing it, you ideally want to have some over strike protection there. This is because even the most accomplished 'hawk swinger or hatchet user will occasionally miss the mark. This can lead to a bruised, battered, or broken (gasp!) handle when you need it most. Ancient warriors knew this and protected their hatchets with a few winds of leather or rawhide over this area. It is not just decoration; its purpose is to shield this narrow part of the handle from damage. It also serves as a hand stop when swinging, prevent you from grabbing it too high or too low. What better modern wrap to use than parachute cord?

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    With multi-tasking in mind, it is only logical that you would choose paracord as your wrap of choice. Using it not only is advantageous for the hatchet, but also advantageous for you because the hatchet you are carrying is carrying your paracord for you. This could mean the difference between you having a free pocket or pouch on your pack in which another valuable item could be placed.

    You can wrap your hatchet by tucking the end of the paracord against the handle and going over it in a circular motion until adequate amount of hatchet is covered. At that point, be sure to burn loose ends in place, securing them with a knot if necessary. You can also wrap the hatchet with a cobra stitch or another type of practical knot.

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    Furthermore, if you find yourself with time to kill after setting up camp, you can take excess paracord and use it to wrap such priceless items as can openers, button compasses, compact fishing kits, magnesium fire starters, or the like. The uses of paracord as a wrap are plentiful, and the more items you have wrapped in paracord, the fewer paracord bracelets you will have to stack on your arms!

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