In almost every fixed blade knife review they use a "Baton", a small log to hammer the knife through another small log to make kindling for the fire. I have camped hunted and fished for almost my whole life and have never used a knife like that. I can collect an armload of dead sticks that size in a few minutes just about anywhere. Am I missing something or is this really not a fair way to evaluate a knife? I would like to here from some knife makers on this
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I think it is very relevant for the simple reason that so many (especially more inexperienced outdoorsman) have seen it on TV and now do it. Like you, I think it is a bad practice, but any knife maker probably needs to expect his knives to be handled in this manner. This should not need to be a fair way to evaluate a knife, but I believe it is to be expected.
More relevant than pounding the tip into a tree and using the knife as a step IMHO.
Personally, if you need dry kindling in a wet environment and you don't have an axe, I see nothing wrong with using a knife to split some wood, but design plays into it. I'm not going to use a folder or a 3/32 thick 5" fixed blade to pound through a 4"log.