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Jerry using his small knife for batoning

Hereís a good pic. Jerry is batoning a piece of wood with a small knife. I like this pic because it demonstrates how you can use a small knife to do what a big knife or axe can do. Here is my favorite small knife. I like the Bark River knife here. It has a great feel, great balance and is very durable. I use it for everything from cutting and chopping to digging. Of course it would be great to have a small knife. A big knife, an axe and a hatchet. Heck why not a chainsaw? However, I have never been at a loss with my small knives. I also carry a multitool such as my Leatherman Charge and a folding pocket knife with me every day anyway. However, when I hike, I strap on the bark River knife too. Another great add winter camping equipment.

Batoning is simple, but can be a shock when you see it and is a great way to test the quality and durability of a knife. If you have a big piece of wood that you need to chop up, just set the small knife on the edge and with another log, beat the small knife down through the log. This will allow to chop smaller pieces of wood off the large one. The reason it shocks people the same way it shocks them when I did with it is because people think your abusing the knife. From my perspective, youíre using the tool in one of the ways it is made for. When I was a kid, if my father saw me digging with a knife or batoning it through a piece of wood he probably would have kicked my butt. But again, this is what it is made for, if itís a quality knife. Now, this doesnít mean that it might not break. Itís possible. Iíve broken many tools in my life. This is why I always have several cutting tools on me all the time especially when Iím in the woods.

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