Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The Power of the Pocket Ax

It should be of no surprise to anyone that I am a knife nut. If I am not playing with them, I am sharpening them. If I am not doing that, I am making sheaths for them.

If you ever happen across any knife or bushcraft forum, you are bound to come across a recent argument on the age old topic of what is better: “A large knife, or an ax?” For the uninitiated, when I say “ax” I do not necessary mean a full size felling ax. The smaller “pocket ax” is still an ax. I have a problem with calling it a hatchet.

Opinions are going to vary based on location. For example, I really do not think that you would want an ax in the jungle. But, I have to admit, for all the things that I can think of, and that I regularly do, I have always preferred the large knife. It has just seemed more versatile to me.

Over the past couple of years, I have learned more and more about what you can really do with an ax. Even a small ax. It became clear that my original assessment was not really accurate. I mean, how can I compare two things If I don’t know as much as possible about one of them?

Reading Old Jimbo’s website, I came across a good demonstration of what can be done, even with a pocket ax, by a knowledgeable person.

Photo courtesy of Old Jimbo’s website.


At October 24, 2007 at 12:01 PM , Blogger Mungo said...

I've read that article on Jimbo's site and the picture is brilliant. It is encouraging to know that this can be done.

Interesting comments on the ax in your article - thanks for sharing!

Mungo Says Bah

At October 24, 2007 at 12:37 PM , Blogger Tara said...

hey its tara, here is the website i was talking about where i made the extra summer cash.......... the website is here


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