andy said:why presume everyone is stupid, wants to risk injury, noise,"flashy" movement, breakage of the tool, etc,hmm? If I ever needed one, I'd take it off of their dead bodies. Bound to be some dumbass who has one.
Excuse me, but aren't you the one that always advocates the 'skatchet' as a primary survival tool? THAT is a style of hatchet.
To answer the original question, for personal use I like the Hudson Bay style Norlund hatchet.