Hi @ALTKey ,

You have already received a ton of good, valuable information, especially from @bryndsharp , so I will not try to expand on that, but I did want to chime in on the hatchet issue, which seems to be something you feel strongly about.

You asked about processing firewood that was too big to use as-is without your hatchet.  Personally, I carry a Morakniv Companion knife, and use a technique called batoning.  Unfortunately, REI does not carry Morakniv, but they are readily available and reasonably priced, and they are highly regarded by the bushcraft community.  There are multiple tutorials on on batoning available on YouTube. You may want to opt for a slightly longer blade in order to handle larger pieces of wood, but you definitely won't need a "Crocodile Dundee" knife.

While it is only one minor suggestion, I hope you find it helpful.

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