You can buy a hatchet for a number of reasons. The least obvious reason might be that you are a collector of hatchets especially of wooden carved American Indian hatchets. Those hatchets can be purchased at souvenir shops in places that are run like government managed parks to showcase native American lifestyles. You might want to buy a hatchet to take with you on a camping trip. Those hatchets can be bought at sporting supply stores where you live or at online sporting supply stores. Sporting hatchets that can be used for anything from slicing throw thick rope or cutting off a slab of jerky are every bit as necessary as the proper clothing to wear when going out on a camping or sailing adventure. You can buy a hatchet for every type of sporting or living experience that you are about to embark on at various prices and made from a variety of materials.
A collector's hatchet can be made from carved wood and have elaborate painted designs. Although collector hatchets, they can be used for certain practical chores or even hunting excursions. All metal or iron hatchets with wooden handles also have have their uses. Whatever the material, when you go to buy a hatchet, you can expect to find a hammer like object. A hatchet has a handle usually made of dense wood like hickory. The handle has a slit on the top part through which another piece is inserted. On one end of the inserted bar is a sharp pointed end. On the other end of the top inserted is the hatchet face that is flat and etched or sharp and cutting. The flat large end is the hatchet weapon or instrument that is almost certainly to come into use on a sporting trip or if living our of doors.
When you buy a hatchet, you will probably be reminded of paintings of early American Indians who went into battle with their large brave hatchets held high usually decorated with feathers. Although a hatchet is not generally sold to be used as a means of protection, it can knock a wild animal on the head if you are being attacked, obviously. The main reason to look online or at sporting stores for modern well made hatchets is because you are going on an outdoor adventure or you are planning on living out of doors as in camping.