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Comment by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on July 26, 2010 at 8:31
I see your point! Yes I think I will look at getting a nice hatchet, thanks for the heads up on the trademe auction.

Comment by John Swarbrick on July 25, 2010 at 20:26
I'm not sure how you look matters so much in NZ. We have a rich tradition of hunting in the bush so an Axe is not really any more threatening than bumping into someone with a .308 and a camo fleece for example.

There are some nice Wetterlings Hatchets on TM currently I'd say a small hatchet is 'probably' more useful than say the SFA and a bit lighter to carry.

I was down in Tongariro NP the other week and most of the Huts have a Woodburner. DOC supply the fire wood and normally there is a well used and abused splitting Maul. A small hatchet would have been Ideal for splitting kindling and preping some feathersticks... As it was I ended up using a fixed blade and a baton and all was ok...

I'll check out your Bow saw tutorial....

Comment by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on July 25, 2010 at 20:13
I know what you mean. Every time I look at a nice axe I swear it calls my name, but I don't think the typical environment I am out in would justify carrying one. Maybe in a pine forest where you are on very good terms with the property owner, and it was a fire for a large group.

I too have had a lot of success with a folding saw and a knife & baton. If I am setting up camp for a couple of days I'll take a saw blade and whip up a bowsaw (I made a tutorial if you are interested) it makes quick work of large diameter deadwood that is very easy to split.

Not sure if this is a big deal to others but I am always conscious (maybe over-conscious) of not looking threatening or too "military". Often I will cross paths with other people including park rangers and so I try and look as benign as possible, even if only to give bushcraft a good reputation. An axe would make this hard, but then again sometimes I overthink such things

Comment by John Swarbrick on July 25, 2010 at 15:49
Hi Ryan,

It is indeed a Granfors Bruks SFA.. This one has been forged by Mattais Mattsson hence the 'MM' on the axe head near the poll.. They are lovely tools but TBH I tend not to use it all the time. To keep a fire fed for one A folding saw ( bahco from Bunnings) and a fixed blade for battoning are ok.

Comment by Ryan Johnson-Hunt on July 25, 2010 at 9:15
VERY nice Gränsfors Bruks. Is it the small forest axe? A truly beautiful tool.

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