How to Baton with a Knife or Machete – Batoning Wood for Survival and Bushcraft

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In this Schrade Quick–‐Tip Video, we’re going to give you a fast and simple solution to gather bone-dry heartwood from even the wettest of logs, using only a …

49 thoughts on “How to Baton with a Knife or Machete – Batoning Wood for Survival and Bushcraft

  1. obiwanfisher537 says:

    What happens to me is that when I want to split the wood. I try to baton it and hit the other side of the knife but what happens is that my knife handle shoots up. Sure I put weight on it but its tough to get the knife straight down.

  2. James Ritchie says:

    Batoning with a knife is amateur, ignorant nonsense. No one who has a clue what they're doing in the wild ever needs to baton with a knife. Not for bushcraft, and not for survival. It not only means you don't have a clue which tools you should be carrying, it also means you don't know anything about the woods, or how to build a fire.

    No woodsman ever batoned with a knife. Batoning was invented by a marketer, passed on to a half a dozen or so self-taught "woodsmen", and then brought to YouTube where the vast young market also weren't woodsmen, and didn't know who to listen to.

    It was made even more popular by ex-military Rambo wannabes who could survival in their own backyards for a week without help from a troop of Girl Scouts, and now just won't let go.

    Which isn't completely fair. There are probably hundreds of real woodsmen on YouTube now, but they get little attention because they don't care, and because they've never been on TV. Most of them have spent their lives being woodsmen, not trying to build subscriber numbers, and they're still this way.

    As I said in another post, you test a knife, or anything else, by using it for its intended purpose. You test a knife by using it for the cutting tasks it was designed to do. You test it by looking for hotspots, ease of cutting, blade geometry, edge retention, ease of sharpening in the wilderness, and anything else of this nature. You do not test it by pretending it's an axe. By and large, the better is passes tests like that, the worse it is as a knife.

    But a pocketknife, a Trapper or, better, a large Stickman. You won't be tempted to beat it with a club, and you'll have a tool every woodsman carries, and a tool most of the world knows is the real bushcraft and survival knife.

  3. Life of Xyco says:

    When I go to the woods, I bring a bush knife, a smaller knife or large folder, a jungle bolo and a hatchet. So I'm covered for any occasion and I would not have to baton my knife. But I can imagine there might be situations where someone might lose their gear and only have a knife on them and "have to" baton. Then, in that situation, sure. Thanks for the video, you guys.

  4. David Cooper says:

    If I have a tool to make sure each log is cut off even at the ends (as your example shows) then why do I need to baton it and knock the crap out of my cutting tool?

  5. quercus says:

    Batoning with a hatchet or ax is easy to do and you can cut down a tree a lot easier. If you learn how to use a hatchet you don't need a knife maybe to cut up potatoes.

  6. duxdawg says:

    Knives are for slicing. Wedges, froes and axes are for splitting (batoning is one of several techniques for splitting). Only idiots baton with a knife. Doh.

  7. J Dubbya says:

    Id like to get my hands on the schf9 as i dont have a survival knife for when i got camping. I know the quality of knives you gentelman produce i just hoped i wont have to go to cableas or any other outdoor store to purchase one

  8. Pamela Edens says:

    The schbolo is my favorite, I have a patch of woods behind my house where I really could make good use of it. Now I know how to Baton a safer way. Thanx Schrade!

  9. Steven Nelson says:

    I like the SCHF9N for this task mainly for the longer blade length.  Although the longer blade isn't necessary for batoning it sure makes things easier.  the SCHF9N would be the one I would pick if I won.

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