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#296075 - 05/13/20 04:23 AM Re: Batoning is stupid and I'll prove it. [Re: quick_joey_small]
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I've batoned a lot of Ash and Oak, and both of those are pretty danged hard.
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#296078 - 05/13/20 01:45 PM Re: Batoning is stupid and I'll prove it. [Re: Phaedrus]
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Originally Posted By: Phaedrus


Pine knots are surprisingly hard! They can turn a blade be it axe or knife.

That´s true. I would and will not force a knife through a knot. As you say even for an axe it is too much.

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#296096 - 05/14/20 11:46 AM Re: Batoning is stupid and I'll prove it. [Re: quick_joey_small]
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It's funny, I have batonned with a knife and it works fine IF it is applied correctly. I also baton with a hatchet if I am splitting wood for my small fire pit on my patio. A small maul or dead hit rubber mallet and a hatchet will easily split kindling in a much more controllable manner than regular or long side splitting, and the hatchet wont bury itself in the concrete.

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#296119 - 05/16/20 09:40 PM Re: Batoning is stupid and I'll prove it. [Re: quick_joey_small]
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Never seen the need to baton wood with a knife. I always believe in the right tool for the job. Using a knife in this manner, certainly does not apply to that believe.
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#296120 - 05/16/20 11:02 PM Re: Batoning is stupid and I'll prove it. [Re: quick_joey_small]
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Not sure if "stupid" is the right word, but batoning is definitely not necessary to build a nice roaring fire - A technique looking for a plausible application..
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#296122 - 05/16/20 11:37 PM Re: Batoning is stupid and I'll prove it. [Re: quick_joey_small]
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If you have the right knife it is the right tool for the job of wood processing. That's the beauty of a knife- it can do a wide variety of tasks whereas an ax is pretty much a one trick pony.
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#296135 - 05/17/20 09:48 AM Re: Batoning is stupid and I'll prove it. [Re: Phaedrus]
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Originally Posted By: Phaedrus
If you have the right knife it is the right tool for the job of wood processing.

Bingo! Would not do it with a small knife (blade length under 5 inches). But with a bigger knife (7 or more inches blade) no problem.

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