Looking for a broad hatchet (response)
I know the broad hatchet that you are talking about from
Highland Hardware. It is a pretty inexpensive (and by that I
mean cheap) tool, but it is the only commercially made broad
hatchet that I have found. It has a single bevel to the left for
right hand use, and a painted wood handle.
I would recomend re-filing the edge of a "shingling hatchet"
You can find them at any hardware store, they often have a
hammer head on one side and a hatchet face on the other. If you
do this with a power grinder, be careful not to over heat the
edge. I have a couple of broad hatchets that I have made this
way, and I'm quite happy with them.
Another source is a company called Gr�nsfors Bruks, (I think
Highland Hardware still carries their axes.)
I don't think they make a single beveled broad hatchet anymore,
but they do make several broad axes. I have a carving hatchet
from them that works very well for broad hatchet work. It is has
a very steep double bevel, that is actually the Swedish style of
broad axe and hatchet.