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    Quote Originally Posted by Herr geiser View Post
    What fun are you having with a knife with your pants off? Hahah
    Bit of a Freudian slip there Herr geiser?

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    Smile Not my style!

    While I think it is commendable that the knife stood up so well to such extreme usage. I for one would not use a knife in this manner as I consider it abuse!

    But, it certainly is a testimony to the knife and I have no doubt this has made you very proud of your creation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le-Loup View Post
    Anyone who uses a knife for splitting/batoning wood like this does not deserve a mention on a forum like this. Hopefully members of this forum have got more sense. Where this testing of a knife came from I have no idea. No real woodsman would ever treat a knife like this regardless of whether or not it looked sturdy enough to accomplish that unnecessary task.
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    Actually, just because you live in the climate you do, you should not not diss a technique that comes from a place with different conditions!
    Yes, there's a lot of debate about the practice of batoning knives, but as far as I remember it really traces to sub-arctic locations where in winter you would be really hard pressed to find any dry twigs, as everything would have been frozen with fair amount of water (ice really) in outer layer after normally damp/rainy autumn, or even during said damp autumn, when the dry kindling would be inside dead trees.

    There are cultures in those regions that relied on very small amounts of iron ore there were able to acquire during very short period when ground wasn't frozen solid, and they rarely would make axes simply because they didn't have sufficient metal. So I'd say that the practice of batoning predates your chosen period techniques by a really wide margin.

    And just because nowadays it's one of the youtube trends to baton, it doesn't mean there is no merit to doing it when needed (or for fun, pants on or not ). The first time I did it, I had a big nasty knife on hand and provided logs that would not fit into the enclosed fireplace in the place, and not a slightest sign of an axe anywhere nearby (I just assume someone wanted us not to use the fireplace...)

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    I did start the fires (3 nights) with a single match, there was a stringybark tree just outside the door... just nothing to feed the fire once stared...

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    @Le-Loup When I batoned (or battoned) for the first (few) time(s) I didn't know that any form of knife forums existed (about 10 years before ABF started) and about 4 years before youtube started, so you can't say I was influenced by what I've seen on internet, it literally was a case of what was available and what needed to be done to achieve desired outcome.
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    Nothing wrong with extreme tests - especially with someone else's blade.

    My favorite show "Forged in Fire" sees finished knives put to some ridiculous tests: chopping ice, chopping bone, 45deg bends, splitting bullets etc. Makes battoning look like a walk in the park!
    Does it have any real life applications? Hell no!
    Is it the ultimate test of the knives' durability, HT and edge retention? Possibly.
    Is it entertaining? Hell yeah!

    Send it to me so I can smash some Bessa Bricks with it!
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    Nothing beats a positive review from the guy that bought it.
    Excellent work on the knife and it looks good too.

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