Cutting wood is tiring and laborious. Usually, tools such as axes and hatchets give the user weight to split the wood but the swing requires work to propel the weight. Batoning is a method one can use to split wood with little effort. Batoning also gives the user more control and precision. This article teaches you how to baton, what knives you can baton with, as well as clarify some misconceptions about batoning.
Batoning is best done with soft woods such as aspen because harder woods like oak will require more force.
This is optional but I find that wearing leather gloves gives me extra protection from splinters and blisters when I baton. It also gives you a little more grip on a wet day.
A good batoning knife should be a long fixed-blade and full tang knife. Short knives can work but their effectiveness will be limited to small pieces of wood. Also, make sure that the knife you use has a thick spine, thin spines can break. The Ka-Bar BK3 is a good batoning knife.
Some people online state that batoning will damage your knife and some people have reported that batoning broke their knife as well. These reports are true but these things will only happen if you do not baton properly. By batoning soft woods with a wood baton, you can safeguard yourself from damaging your knife. Also, make sure you hit the wood at a 90-degree angle as well.
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