With an 80-year experience of making solid survival and camping equipment, Florida-based UST Brands know their craft. Their latest piece of gear is a must-have multi-tool companion for anyone who is into backpacking, hunting, or emergency preparedness.

Small but tough, the UST ParaHatchet Pro is made of 4mm thick stainless steel with a black-oxide finish to reduce rust and protect its blade which is perfect for chopping firewood and limbs. A quick-action rope cutter on the back adds extra functionality, while three sizes of hex wrenches (3/8”, 9/16”, and 11/16”) built right into the head of the hatchet allow for tightening loose bolts even with the sheath in place.

For a secure grip in all weather conditions, the tool is wrapped in 8 feet (2.4m) of paracord whose strands can be used as sewing thread, sutures, fishing line, or quick-starting a fire using the included tinder thread. The compact hatchet also comes with a flint fire starter and a whistle attached to the wrist lanyard. It measures 9.5 x 3.5 x 0.8 inches (LxWxD) and weighs just 9.8 ounces (276g).

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