My Favorite Knife Isn't Actually a Knife.

by Tom Walker
(Northern California, USA)



Although I do carry a small Gerber folding knife daily, every time I go on a hike or a camping trip, I always take my axe.

It is hand forged in Canada, and made of 1075 steel, which in my experience holds an edge very well. I have cut down trees, de-limber, and de-barked them. The odd shape of the axe head makes it perfect for skinning or debarking.

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hand axe
by: Shaykh Idris

Yep,the good old fashioned hand axe did the job for over a million years,TO QUOTE WIKIPEDIA

"Hand axe tools were possibly used in five ways:
1. Butchering hunted or scavenged animals
2. Digging for tubers, animals, water
3. Chopping wood and removing tree bark
4. Throwing at prey
5. As a source for flake tools"

So,a good steel one is also able to strike a spark from the appropriate stone & knock in a tent peg.

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