"Batonning" is yuppie-prepper for "using a froe."
Geez-o-peet, how often do you people have to reinvent the wheel -- and make it hexagonal? Looky here, the froe was designed to be hammered into a log and rive off sections, all day long. If it's too old-fashioned for you, spend $1.298 for a darned hacking knife (link is to a slightly nicer-than-average one, so here's a budget-friendly version), also designed to be whupped on, albeit on a smaller scale.
Most of the skills a prepper/survivalist/outdoorsperson needs were bog-ordinary activities a generation or three ago, and most of the tools and techniques are either still around or at least written down in books. The old-timers had learned some things moderns have missed, like, "Don't hammer on hardened steel, chips fly off and lodge in your eyes."
If you wanna abuse wood, go here, drool all over the very very nice hand tools and maybe learn something. They built Mount Vernon with that kind of stuff, you know, and Mr. Washington thought it turned out right well. Every clever high-end tool you will find there has a simpler antecedent -- but use some common sense when simplifying.
"Batoning." Hmpf. If my Dad caught you boys doing that stuff with a good knife, you'd'a met shoe leather where you sat down, and in a hurry. It ain't right.
5 months ago