Because they are such purpose-driven tools, it can sometimes be easy to forget that fixed blade knives often have a wealth of history and craftsmanship behind them. But sometimes an example comes along that serves to remind us that these aren’t just tools; they’re functional works of art often stemming from years and years of cultural significance. And that’s exactly the case with the Hutan x Bidor Cleaver/Hatchet Collection.
Handmade and forged entirely from 5160 carbon steel — the same metal used to craft automotive leaf springs — this trio of blades is intended to serve a variety of outdoor uses, ranging from simple tasks like slicing open tropical fruit to harder functions like splitting wood. The first of the three (and the one with the most tongue-in-cheek name), Barry the Hatchet, is based on traditional Durian-splitting knives with a stout head and elongated paracord-wrapped handle good for high-velocity swings. The second, Larry the Hatchet, is a bit more balanced between head and handle and makes for an excellent wood-splitting tool. And the final of the three, the Chop Chop, is a Chinese cleaver ideal for both detail-oriented delicate slicing tasks, as well as heavier jobs like the chopping of meat or bone. Priced between $98 and $112, these impressive blades are available now.