I've got the CRKT woods Cogan and live it man. Can't go wrong with that one. And even if you break the handle it sounds like you are crafty enough to make a new one. Goodluck brothaYoungBlacksmith wrote:I still love my machetes for work around the camp. I have an Ontario 18" and a Gerber saw back 12" machete. I also have an Estwing 26" camp axe I use for limbing after I cut down trees, but I have not really used it for bushcraft tasks, and a smaller hatchet I've been tuning up for woods time. I mostly use it to split kindling for the wood stove.
I've always hated folding saws, but hopefully Santa will bring a Bahco so I can try that. I occasionally use a 21" bow saw but find myself getting lazy and pulling out the chainsaw if I need to saw something up....
My goal is to start using the hatchet and axe a bit more and see if my love of machetes is just being comfortable with the tool or is it really superior for where we live. If I like either one I'll look at upgrading to a boy's axe or get a tomahawk like the CRKT Woods Chogan. I've never used a tomahawk, but I've been intrigued by them for ages. The hatchet is like a short tomahawk, the Estwing is just a longer and slightly heavier version. Depending on how I feel about the two tools I have will determine the direction I go, if I decide to get another tool.
I've never had a hook knife/brush axe. They could be fun, but low on the desire list.
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