A good fixed blade knife is an absolute must to have in your survival kit, but there’s one tool that is sometimes overlooked as a critical component. That tool is the hatchet.
The reason why some people don’t include a hatchet in their kit is because they believe a good fixed blade knife will fulfill all the roles a hatchet would be able to perform. That’s partially true, but having both a knife and a hatchet with you will make the going much, much easier.
If you’re still not convinced, there are five very specific reasons why a hatchet should be in your survival kit: