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I have never taken an axe or hatchet camping with me, and I canoe-camp and car camp where space and weight are far less an issue than they are for hikers. In addition to weight and space there is the safety issue using a heavy tool that you swing hard. I use a folding saw (and carry spare blades) and it does whatever I need. I cannot split large logs with ...


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I really don't find any specific need to carry something which is so heavy and bulky, and something that can cause injuries due to unsafe packing, unsafe way of carrying, unitended mishandling, when you have a fairly safer substitute for that. I have used one such fixed-blade knife for from cutting woods to making a make-shift raft. You may (may God not put ...


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An axe is (when used properly) just as safe as any knife. On long hikes where I know campfires are gonna be a must I do actually carry a small hatchet. My axe has a fairly long handle and weights just about 0.5kg. There are smaller and lighter ones, but a light head and long handle means less to carry when walking and more leverage when using it. For ...



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