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  • Big Knive or Axe?

    Share your opinions!

    Big knife >12" or an Axe/Hatchet?

    Personally I really love my big knives for splitting and processing wood.....most of the time.

  • #2
    Ox Head axe for me. Does everything around camp and on the trail. It's always razor sharp.

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    • #3
      My preference for winter is a hatchet.

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      • #4
        Axe for me if running a hot tent.

        LL

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        • #5
          I use both. Bigger stuff is split with the axe, but I do a lot of batoning with my large knife, splitting kindling.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Lonelake View Post
            Axe for me if running a hot tent.

            LL
            Same for me. Axes are meant for splitting. I feel large knives/machetes are best suited for a jungle type environment. I am of the opinion that winter camping with a hot tent is not a lightweight endeavour and I would prefer use the proper tool for a given task. It is safer, and more effective in terms of time and calories expended.

            Cheers

            Brian

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            • #7
              I’ve carried a hatchet or a Boy Scout sized axe along my daytime winter travel routes for well over 50 years, but early last winter I picked up a 9” leuku, and there’s been no looking back... Between the leuku and a small bahco folding saw, there’s but little I can’t accomplish when out for the day... A bonus is that the leuku is far less likely to bite my person in an over swing, or a miss, and the longer blade sure reduces the chance of missing my mark...

              Hatchet Haggis becomes Big Knife Haggis,,, I still have trouble accepting how well it works... Then though, there’s been countless generations of far north people who found their 8” or 9” leuku quite enough...

              Winter camping and feeding an ever hungry wood stove is a whole ‘nother varmint,,, big heat needs big tools...

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