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While this is not a conversation about weighing one item against another, it is a consideration for one of the most essential survival tools of all. What will really help you if you get lost in the woods?
Look, we all know the story of the survival knife. If you were left with only one item to take it would most likely be that trusty survival knife. I understand and appreciate that! The survival knife, when designed well, can do a whole host of important jobs for the survivor. However, this article is not about a survival knife.
There is something else that comes to mind when you think of the essential survival tool and that is the short handled axe. Most preppers don’t consider it but if you are surrounded by trees you better start appreciating it.
Nothing in your pack is gonna fell trees like an axe. For small trees a folding saw will do well but it has serious limits on tree size. The axe was designed for this and when used in tandem with the folding saw you can process wood in a hurry.
While a folding saw can help with bringing down firewood and portioning it, nothing will split wood like an axe. Some guys split wood with a baton and their knife but that is taking a serious toll on that knife. The short handled axe can better serve you.
The short handled axe can be a great weapon as well. It is not as heavy or as awkward as a long handle. This could be a great quick access self defense option.
Preserving your Blades
Above all your short handled axe is going to help you preserve your other blades. It is designed to take a beating and if you know how to work it you can even minimize that! Consider this essential survival tool for your next outdoor adventure.