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Helko Vario 2000 Backpacker Hatchet. The Vario 2000 Backpacker Hatchet is a durable and reliable packing tool. At 18 inches in overall length, the Vario Hatchet can be easily strapped to your pack for all your wilderness excursions, and weighs a total of 2.5 lbs. The wedge design in the blade allows the axe to be used comfortably for both splitting and cutting work. This axe features an unbreakable fiberglass polymer compsite handle, so rest assured, you won’t have the need to replace the handle after a few bad miss swings. This is hugely important for pack tools, and avoids the risk of your tool failing while off in the bush. The handle is also waterproof and heatproof, and will withstand the elements. The Vario 2000 series features our patented screw system, offering easy interchange-ability of axe blades and handles. Handles and heads may be replaced in a only a minute. Because the system is standardized, all blades and handles are completely interchangeable between all Vario 2000 models, including our wooden handle line. All blades are hardened to the German DIN 7287 B manufacturing standard for maximum life and reliability. HEAD + Made in Germany + German C45 high grade carbon steel+ Drop forged, heat treated, and oil-hardened HANDLE+ Virtually indestructible fiberglass polyamide composite handle + The polymer handle will easily withstand even the most rigorous miss swings + Curved ergonomic handle design provides perfect balance, and is an efficient shock absorber +Waterproof and HeatproofINCLUDED+ Vegetable tanned leather sheath, made in USA + 1oz bottle of Axe-Guard protective oil SPECS Length: 18 in. Head Weight: 1.75 lbs Total Weight: 2.5 lbs. Helko Vario 2000 Backpacker Hatchet