It’s not everyday that a knifemaker decides to condense the idea and capability of a hatchet into something you carry around your neck. The Joseph Bowen Micro Hatchet TAD Edition is widely sought after due to its precision engineering, fine craftsmanship, and the functionality of its micro-Inuit style blade.
This time around, Bowen upped the ante by procuring Beta Titanium, a hard-to-find metal used in high performance products where cost is no option. Unlike Alpha Titanium, Beta Titanium can be heat treated and is therefore considered to be the strongest variation of the titanium alloy. In addition to its strength, it also maintains the reliable titanium properties that benefit a user in the field, including high corrosion resistance and edge retention. Put this pint-sized blade to the test and take advantage of our first and only Beta Titanium run with Joseph Bowen.
With the combination of Beta Titanium and a chisel-ground ulu blade, the Micro Hatchet has a small overall package with incredibly aggressive cutting capabilities.
One key advantage to the ulu blade is that it has increased grip security. Additionally, due to it’s design centering the force of impact into the middle of the blade and overall blade shape, you can cut harder objects like bones.
Skeletonized to reduce weight, the knife features one large center hole to aid in different grip retentions and positions.
Chamfered edges around the entire hatchet make it easy to grip and reduce any potential fray with 550 Paracord.
Despite it’s size, the knife is just as comfortable with a three-finger grip or in reverse grip.
A Kydex slip sheath was designed to be worn around the neck. In addition to reducing weight, the back holes can be used for a lanyard.
Behind the Scenes:
With a family history as blacksmiths and commercial fishermen, Joseph Bowen learned at a young age the importance of a good knife. Over the years while on his way to becoming a professional tattoo artist, his interest in knives never waned. He took side jobs as a blacksmith and refined his woodworking and leather tooling skills. With the help of a chance encounter, Joseph for the last few years has spent all of his time and energy into his knife making, learning the ropes from the legendary Mike Snody.
Blade: Beta Titanium
Slip Sheath: Kydex Slip Sheath
Blade Length: 2.63” (6.65 cm)
Blade Thickness: 0.16” (0.41 cm)
Overall Length: 4.00” (10.16 cm)
Blade: 0.93 oz (26.37 grams)
With Sheath: 1.51 oz (42.81 grams)
Blade Type: Ulu
Chisel Ground with Swedge
Large Center Hole for Different Grip Positions
Kydex Sheath for Neck Carry. Compatible with Tek Lok
Labels & Logos
Chemically Etched Triple Aught Design on Blade Base