I have seen a lot of threads over the years extolling the virtues of a large fixed blade over a small axe or hatchet for general use. In my case, I have tried that but it just doesn't work that well for me. The big issue is overall bulk, both sheer weight and size. I recently picked up a Gränsfors Outdoor hatchet: <non-supporting vendor link removed> At roughly 16oz and 14" slender inches, I'm so far finding it much handier to walk around with. Specifically, I drop it into the hammer loop in my jeans and it basically disappears until I need it. Bigger hatchets and small axes tend to swing excessively because they get hit by my leg and the weight is noticeable. The Gransfors Outdoor Axe has a very slender haft/handle and the head is relatively small and lightweight so, it is VERY EASY to toss it in the hammer loop and go about my day. It basically disappears until I need it. The head is easy enough to use as I would a large knife because it is relatively thin for an AXE! The downside, for me at least, is that I really have to swing and follow through with this axe if I want to chop something. I'm used to heavier heads so, gravity or momentum helps put power in the chop so this little axe requires a bit more effort and thought in actual use than usual. Overall, I see the total package of this axe being my new companion on the farm even though my other similar size axes cut better because they will be at the house when I need them while this little gem will be with me when the need arises. At ~$150 from my favorite Finnish vendor (shipped to my door in three days for free!), this axe is relatively expensive for hatchets and common axes. However, it is relatively cheap for a lot of knives! So, instead of your next Benchmade or ESSE purchase, you might want to rethink the axe/hatchet options!