Video by Patrick Rollins of Randall’s Adventure & Training, for SMKW Fireside Series
I think we have all heard, and maybe even taken part in, the age-old debate within the bushcraft community—whether or not batoning is ever a legitimate use of your knife. I don’t think anyone would argue that having the proper tool for the job (i.e., saw and/or axe) is the ideal, there are times when you may be faced with the need to baton with your knife. There are even some projects where it would be more prudent to do so.
In this video Patrick discusses the potential need for batoning and the proper way to do it. Whether you are completely against the idea of batoning or champion its validity, if you should find yourself in a situation that requires it, you should at least know how to do it.
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Joshua Swanagon has studied survival in both urban and wilderness environments in Colorado and Michigan for most of his life, while also adding experience in harsher terrains abroad. He utilizes his experience and years of diverse martial arts and combatives training and real world application as a self-defense/combatives instructor, published freelance writer and Field Editor for various magazines in the fields of knives, survival, self-defense and tactical subject matters. Joshua also brings with him his years of experience as Editor of, and Subject Matter Expert for, Knives Illustrated Magazine.
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