Skip to main content

Trekking: The Hults Bruk Jonaker is backpacker’s delight

Hults Bruk Jonaker
Man isn’t meant to stay indoors — our weekly “Trekking” column can attest to that. It’s a column dedicated to the adventurer inside of all of us, the one pining to ditch the office humdrum for a quick surf session or seven-week jaunt in the Tetons. One day we may highlight an ultra-light stove and the next a set of handmade canoe paddles. Life doesn’t just happen inside the workplace.

Hatchets aren’t a new invention, but they’re a critical one when it comes to anything and everything outdoor related. Few companies know this better than the Hults Bruk, a lauded Swedish brand known the world over for its refined ironworking and tried-and-true lineup of hand axes. And, as of last year, the axe aficionados have begun to peddle their wears on our side of the Atlantic for the first time since the company opened its doors in 1697.

Related Videos
Hults Burk Jonaker

The exquisite Jonaker ($144), though just one shining example of Hults Bruk’s penchant for fine blades, might be the most apt for the backcountry or the modern lumberjack in all of us. The 9.4-inch hatchet is the most compact within the company’s limited arsenal, one outfitted with an solid hickory handle and hand-forged with Swedish steel, the latter of which will gleam whether it’s striking kindling in the wilderness or quietly sitting above your living room mantle. The axe head itself is forged in a foundry that’s been in use since the company’s initial inklings, too, and makes use of a hand grinding production process designed to increased the density of the blade.

Furthermore, the head is constructed in such a way that it creates a tempered zone that’s designed to hold a sharp edge even after prolonged sharpening. Linseed oil — a traditional finish used on gun stocks, pool cues, and cricket bats — helps better preserve the wood and showcase the handle’s natural grain, while an accompanying leather sheath provides additional ornamentation and protection when not in use. The hatchet’s lightweight build just means you can wear it on your belt or (delicately) toss it in your pack before heading out to wherever your next adventures takes you.

Check out Hults Bruk online to make a purchase, or to take a closer look at the company’s longstanding history and remarkable assortment of Swedish axes.

Editors' Recommendations

The Most Adventurous Wildlife Safari Tours in North America
wolf at yellowstone wildlife safari tours

When most travelers think “safari,” they think African safari. However, North America is home to some of the most beautiful, unique, and amazing wildlife in the world. For those seeking an active, nature-centric vacation without the long-haul flights, check out these adventurous wildlife safari tours that don’t require a trip across the pond.
Walk Among Giants in Kodiak Country
Kodiak Treks

Kodiak Bears are larger than any grizzly or other brown bears in North America. Though technically a subspecies of brown bear, these giants rival their polar bear brethren with males standing 10 feet tall on their hind legs and weighing nearly 1,500 pounds. Spotting them is notoriously difficult as they’re shy, reclusive, and wary of humans. Kodiak Treks leads wildlife-viewing hikes into the heart of Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. The tours last up to a week, during which time hikers spend most nights in the company’s backcountry out-camp. Days are spent exploring the bear country with plenty of opportunities to fish, kayak, and chat with local guides. Prices start at $375 per person per night, including all accommodations, meals, equipment, excursions, and guide service.
Canoe Through Moose Country

Read more
Zipstitch is the Suture-Less Bandage Every Outdoorsman Needs
zipstich bandage zipstitch man


What do you do when you're 10 miles into a 20-mile backpacking trek through the backcountry when you trip over a root, fall, hit your knee on a rock, and wind up with an inch-long gash that bleeds profusely and is too big to close with a regular bandage or gauze wound-wrap? Do you try to patch it up as best you can and trek the 10 miles to civilization? Do you radio in an emergency to the local ranger station and wait for a team to extract you? Or do you suck it up, pull out your suture kit, and sew yourself up?

Read more
Celebrate Nemo’s 15th Anniversary with this Amazing Wood Carving Kit
wood carving kit

It's no secret that Nemo Equipment is one of favorite outdoors brands. From comfy sleeping bags to some of the best tents on the market, Nemo's meticulous design is evident in every product. Since they are celebrating their 15th anniversary this month, Nemo's founder, Cam Brensinger, wanted to release a limited edition product that reflected his love of design and craftsmanship. The Spoon Shaper Kit ($130) reflects Brensinger's love of wood working, and Nemo's dedication to personalized, and carefully curated products.

Nemo's dedication to building unique products began with Brensinger's careful eye for detail and design while attending the Rhode Island School of Design. Following graduation, he brought careful design and focus to the outdoors market with Nemo's first AirSupported tents. That heritage has guided every product since, from award winning sleeping bags to ultralight backpacking tents.

Read more