Knives Illustrated

HATCHET HANDINESS

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This handheld mini ax does much more than chop wood. It can be your all-around multitool when deep in the backwoods. Here are some uses that may not have been on your radar.

SHAVING Tinder—although

it may seem like a clunky, cumbersome tool, a hatchet can produce finely shaved tinder from large logs with relative ease. Just find the correct angle and let the sharp blade do the work. You’ll have fire in no time flat.

HAMMERING STAKES—WITH

a quick flip of your wrist, your hatchet becomes a hammer, useful to pound stakes into the ground with unrelentle­ss power. No need to carry two tools; leave the hammer at home and utilize your hatchet to create your shelter.

SNOW AND ICE TOOL—MOST

think woods and forest when a hatchet comes to mind, but winter applicatio­ns are also no problem for the hatchet. Pound and break ice chunks to build wind breaks or crack through the ice over a stream to fish. Don’t forget your hatchet during the cold winter months!

SAPLING REMOVER—YES,

it’s tough to cut trees down with a hatchet, but saplings? No problem! Get on your knees and strike downward at the perfect angle for perhaps a one-strike fell of the immature tree. A sharp edge can fell dozens of saplings quickly and efficientl­y.

GAME PROCESSOR—HACK

through bone, sinew, and muscle fibers with power. A knife can handle the finesse, but a hatchet makes the cuts needed to disassembl­e the animal quickly for further processing.

FIRE STARTER—AFTER

all other options are exhausted for making fire, a hatchet can step in and acts as your scraper to throw a spark onto the awaiting tinder (created from the hatchet, by the way!). Use this as a last resort, as you may slightly damage your hatchet.

PERSONAL PROTECTOR—SHARP,

powerful, and wielded with one arm, a hatchet can offer protection from four-legged beasts and, in some instances, two-legged predators. Like a weapon from centuries ago, this tool can drive away even the most vicious of creatures.

SIGNALER—IF

the hatchet has a shiny, metallic finish, it can act as a signaler reflecting the bright sun’s rays into the sky to attract planes or helicopter­s. Find the correct angle and flash three times up into the sky. Three is the universal signal for help.

 ??  ?? Right: The Ucon Hawk is designed by Leo Espinoza and available through Topsknives.com
Right: The Ucon Hawk is designed by Leo Espinoza and available through Topsknives.com

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