|Note the height of the kindling pile compared to yesterday.|
So, as I crossed the line from large knife into small axe, the equation flipped simultaneously. There might be an interesting reason for this. Many of you know that the Gransfors Bruk Small Forest Axe is one of the quintessential wilderness tools for a number of reasons. This being a splitting exercise, one of those reasons became apparent very quickly. It splits well beyond its size.
|A single, one-handed blow nearly did the job.|
|Batonning quickly reduced the large chunk above, into this.|
|I switched to more realistic sized chunks and reduced them from large on the right, to kindling on the left. Compare the the height of my kindling pile in the background of this image to the one at the top when today's session was done.|
|Gnarly wood yields to the mighty E-nep!|
I think the handle of the E-nep is just a bit small in diameter and with the exposed tang, it feels like more shock from batonning is transferred to the user. It came with a relatively steep convex grind and strictly speaking, there is no defined primary bevel on this blade. Or maybe it is more appropriate to say that it has a convex zero grind - it has only one bevel. I believe that the flat primary bevel on the Camp 10 lends itself to wedging and the over-molded rubber handle backs it up to reduce vibrations. On the other hand, the E-nep bites so hard and cuts so well that the opposite is true when it's delivered single-handed. It's not tiresome, aside from its weight, to swing like a machete.