Silky Ono hatchet- just gotta have it

Rather impressive hatchet by Silky
Rather impressive hatchet by Silky

Yup…I finally scored a  Japanese Silky Ono axe/ hatchet. I have no clue why all of a sudden, axes and hatchets appeals to me so much. Perhaps because I am longing for that ‘bushcraft’ tool that I have been reading and watching on all the bushcraft shows on Youtube. This is not my first axe. Tried the Mora Outdoor axe and several others before. Here are some pictures.

There has not been much review or talk on forums about this Silky Ono. Silky of Japan are more well known for their nasty looking folding saws. Some of their saws have a 360mm length blade! I tried one before and they are super nice. Anyway, back to the Ono. To be honest it turns out smaller that I imagine.

The Ono turned out to be smaller than I imagined
The Ono turned out to be smaller than I imagined

One thing that held me back from buying initially was the lack of information available for the Ono. Even on Silky website, there is no mention of what steel used. It just stated ‘Alloy Steel’ and that does not help much really. But then….I found this website based in New Zealand that had more information about it. I am assuming they are selling the Silky Ono hence had to find out with more accuracy what steel it is made of. Some information on the steel here.

Being smallish means I can tuck it into my pack. Concealed and not have part of its handle or edge sticking out from parts of the pack. It also slides into the bottom of my car seat easily.

Against a standard size carabiner. Small & compact
Against a standard size carabiner. Small & compact

The cool thing about the Ono is the construction. The blade itself is a one piece construction and it has a removable or should I say ‘peel’ away rubber handle grip. Perhaps so that owners can replace them once they are worn out (but somehow I cannot seem to find anyone selling them spare rubber handles).

The gripy and comfy rubber handles can be peeled away
The gripy and comfy rubber handles can be peeled away

For the size, I kinda like using the Silky Ono. Though it does not have the forwrd weight for big chopping like a larger axe would (or a Malaysian parang), it is after all a hatchet and good enough for what I would call close counter light chopping. The edge arrived at my door sharp (I don’t believe in axes having paper shaving sharpness) and readily took on some good sizes blocks of wood.

Note the secondary bevel towards the end of the edge
Note the secondary bevel towards the end of the edge

When a cutting tool comes with a good and sensible sheath,,,I am already a happy man. The Ono comes with a rigid nylon sheath that has a velcro closure and a snap button. This may not appeal to those who wants fast and quiet deployment of an axe. The decorated edges of the sheath which looks like rivets makes the sheath extra safe.

Well constructed rigid nylon sheath for the Ono
Well constructed rigid nylon sheath for the Ono. Note the holes on the sheath and blade of the Ono aligns together. You can add a carabiner here to ensure they don’t come apart. 

So far, I have only tested the Ono on some good sized chunks of timber and cutting up some big fishes. The Ono manage the fish bones and the blocks of wood without much trouble. I would probably try them again soon on my hunting trip. There are some good sellers of the Silky Ono hatchet on ebay. That’s where I got mine but from a seller based in Japan.