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View Poll Results: If I could have only one, I'd choose
a saw 11 52.38%
a hatchet 10 47.62%
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Old 06-03-2013, 03:18 PM
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Saw vs Hatchet

If you could only have either a saw or a hatchet (small hand ax), which one would you choose for a long period of time [you define] in the forest?

I believe for many the choice is a hatchet, based on versatility. However, there are some (potential) benefits of a saw that might be overlooked: less weight, could be safer than swinging a hatchet, somewhat quieter, and in some cases it requires less energy to use.

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Have you ever tried to split wood with a saw?

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Man, that's tough. A saw is more efficient and lighter, but long-term it dulls. A hatchet is easie NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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I vote for a saw as long as I can still bring a batoning-worthy hunting knife. Something along the l NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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