Hatchet as a primary tool choice

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by upnorth, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. Shotgun


    Feb 3, 2006
    I'm in the fixed blade, saw, and sak crowd but I've always thought that if I was going to go back to the one tool option that it would without a doubt be a small pocket axe. They're extremely versatile and can tackle things beyond what you thought were possible for such a small tool. I laugh when someone says a gb mini or similar axe is just a "toy". Can your busse suv-csi-rofl knife do this? :D

  2. Scottman


    Jun 24, 2007
    I often edc a mini hatchet bit.
  3. cut it out

    cut it out Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 11, 2010
    Awesome pic. That's a good idea. Never would have thought was possible. Learn so thing new everyday.
  4. sicily02


    Nov 23, 2005
    Shotgun that is a cool pic you posted. Thumbs up man.

  5. Grease


    May 10, 2012
    Technically since the sticks did all the wedging work, my Busse could do that ;)

    Plus I have a Busse tomahawk/hatchet thingy... :D
  6. scruffuk


    Jan 14, 2010
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2014
  7. abo4ster


    Aug 24, 2003
    Great original post and thread.

    Kephart thought similarly, from Camping and Woodcraft, 1917...

    More Kephart Notes on Hatchets and Handles HERE.
  8. james terrio

    james terrio Sharpest Knife in the Light Socket

    Apr 15, 2010
    Cool thread :thumbup: I'm not really a "hatchet guy", but I do understand your points.

    I'm reminded of the old cliche' , "Beware the man with only one beat-up old gun". It just means that when a person really understands his favorite weapon/tool of choice and practices with it a lot, he's likely to be very effective with it :)

    Great pic. Please post that in every batonning thread ever! If more people who insist on splitting large timber took the time to cut wedges, they'd get a lot more work done and break a lot fewer knives.
  9. JGON


    Mar 12, 2010
    One of the biggest cons I hear from people about a hatchet or an axe is that it is more difficult to use than a knife... to me this is more of a con on the user than on the tool. ;)

    It does have more of a learning curve to use safely and effectively, but a well chosen axe in the hands of a skilled axeman can chop, split, carve, slice, notch, and accomplish anything one could ask of an edged tool in the bush. As Mors Kochanski said, "nothing contributes more to comfortable bush living than the axe".


  10. pinnah


    Jul 28, 2011
    I've found that a super lightweight tarp + emergency bivy and a reliable wood stove like the Emberlit (that can be pressed to fuel tabs and alcohol) is a lighter and more versatile approach for the wet woods of New England.

    Here's a shot from a family xc ski tour earlier this year.
    Out of the Wind by Pinnah, on Flickr

    The amount of energy needed to pitch the tarp and gather and process twigs (no cutting tools needed) is infinitely less than a wood processing approach. Less damaging to the area too, which makes is more likely that I'll pitch the tarp or start the stove.

    Of the cutting tools above my Opinel N9 that I'm most likely to carry out of a sense of need, that would be the Silky folding saw. I do occasionally carry a fixed blade but that's for grins and giggles, not real need and only when I can handle the weight. Big miles demand lower weight and the Opinel N9 suffices.

    Different approaches. All good.
  11. Shotgun


    Feb 3, 2006
  12. scruffuk


    Jan 14, 2010
    Ha ha. Yes, impressive, but not something I'm rushing to try either ;)

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