The hatchet is a good tool, no question about it; however, as far as processing wood goes my personal favorite is a saw. A good saw in addition to your survival knife will give you the ability to cut firewood and then split it with much less effort than using a hatchet. A hatchet may be a more versatile tool than a saw in that you can cut the tree down and limb it using just the one implement, but it’s a lot more work.
Of course there are bound to be differences of opinions, but my personal preference is the Sawvivor (with the Sven Saw a very close second) and my Bekker BK2 Campanion survival knife. Both saws fold up so they take very up very little space in your pack and they are both fairly light, although the Sawvivor is a bit lighter than the Sven Saw, but I would recommend either one for your pack.
The Bekker knife is a beast. It’s a 1/4″ steel and when you pick it up you know you’ve got a sturdy tool in your hand. I’ve used it for many different tasks and never once worried about breaking or damaging it.
My second favorite survival knife is the Cold Steel SRK. This knife isn’t as beastly as the BK2, but it’s a little longer and extremely durable. Check out the review here. It would probably be a better tool for processing game than the BK2, but for all around ruggedness the BK2 is a slightly better choice.
In one of my BOB’s I have the BK2 and Sawvivor combo and in the other I have the Sven Saw and SRK. I’d be happy with either one of those combinations as I’ve used both and liked them quite a bit. I’ve used these tools to make lean-to’s and other shelters as well as for cutting firewood.
So how about it, folks? Would you rather have a hatchet or a saw in your BOB if you had your choice?
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