Axes and hatchets exist somewhere on the usefulness scale from handy to downright essential depending on how far north you live. The problem is that they aren’t always easy to carry. You can put them on your belt where they dangle and get in the way. You can stow them in your pack if you don’t mind digging for it when you need it. You can lash it to the outside of your pack but you may risk losing it. The Turley Axe Carrier from Turley Knives might be a good solution if you have encountered similar issues.
The Turley Axe Carrier is a MOLLE compatible axe carrier that allows you to secure anything from a hatchet to a full size axe to any MOLLE compatible surface. The carrier holds the axe via two adjustable paracord loops, 2 side release buckles, and a flap. It can be mounted with ITW Annex Clips, MALICE Clips, or similar solutions. There are several colors and fabric choices available including 1000D nylon in ranger green, woodland camo, od green, khaki, and olive brown and waxed canvas for the traditionalist.
Find more information, including how to order, in the Turley Knives forum on BushcraftUSA.