Hand Tools Archive
How did you set the straight blade in the dark handle? I notice that the other handles are split down the middle and glued back together, but I don't see a seam on that one.
I don't see a pic of your hatchet, so I'm shooting from the hip on this question. Have you tried a bearded hatchet? It allows you to hold your hand directly behind the blade for more control, since you can push the blade through the wood, instead of swinging and chopping. Of course, you can still swing the hatchet when you need to, as when harvesting the branch.