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  • #16
    I've been strictly an axe guy for splitting wood for the past 5 years, but Heavy Duty's post got me thinking. I had a Hudson Bay Camp knife made out of 3v. While it doesn't meet the criteria of the post at 9.75 inch blade length, it split dry oak with knots remarkably well. I wouldn't choose it over an axe outside, but in the tent it was a controlled, safe way to split wood.
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    • #17
      axe or hatchet, I've seen far too many knives wrecked by batonning.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Scoutergriz View Post
        axe or hatchet, I've seen far too many knives wrecked by batonning.
        I agree. That is also why so many makers of knives with lifetime warranties make them 1/4 thick with a 25 degree bevel. Historically the Hudson Bay Camp knife replaced the hatchet or axe for those where weight was an issue. It was usually 1/4 inch or thicker and 2 inches in height. Since I was using 3v I had it made at 3/16 inch full flat grind. This knife was specifically designed to be used chopping and batoning.
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        • Scoutergriz
          Scoutergriz commented
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          It's not just the blade thickness though, I've seen handles become dangerously loose, even in knives with peened steel rivets

      • #19
        Very true. I have spoke with knife makers who specifically said their knives were not designed to be batoned. My blade has epoxied canvas slabs with 5 stainless steal pins. The maker designed for such purposes. Nothing is certain though, and I could certainly break the blade at the full tang as well. I have also seen many a broken axe handles

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        • #20
          I like a boys axe on the trail. I even use it at home to process kindling to feed the wood stove. When I was a kid I used to love watching my dad knock out cedar shakes with a froe and mallet. I have no doubt your new camp knife is up for the task. Great looking knife btw--the FFG gives it a more contemporary look but it's still true to its roots. Handle looks comfortable too.

          The only reason I've shied away from carrying a big knife on the trail is that I love the combination of my axe, saw, leatherman, and mora companion. Maybe I'll leave the axe at home next day trip and see what I think.

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          • #21
            Originally posted by Dutch_Henry View Post
            Maybe I'll leave the axe at home next day trip and see what I think.
            Just to be clear I'm an axe guy through and through. This post just prompted me to try a big blade in the tent after all the work was done. It was a fun little diversion and worked well enough for small logs into kindling or splitting once, but it would never purposefully replace my axe!

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            • #22
              nice Midwest Firecraft thats a beautiful blade. Big blades do have their place. Many times an axe is the ticket.

              FWIW ive been beating the tar out of my RTAK-II for years, still working well.

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              • #23
                Another advantage to the big knife for me is, my tent has a fairly low ceiling near the stove. If I decide I need to split anything inside, it would be pretty easy to have a newly installed skylight swinging a hatchet and guaranteed swinging an axe.

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