For those people who don’t always carry an axe or hatchet, this post could come in handy. Having a good cutting tool like an Axe, Hatchet, Machete, or Saw is always a good item to carry in the wilderness. But sometimes it just isn’t practical and if Murphy has anything to say about it when you don’t have one is when you will need it most! So here is a quick video on how to break down larger tree limbs into more useable and manageable sized pieces so that you can break them down into kindling with your fixed blade knife. If you don’t carry a fixed blade knife with you in the wilderness…well you should learn the 6Ps of Survival. Proper, Prior, Preparation, Prevents, Poor, Performance.
Here is the breakdown:
1. Find a large dead limb, preferrably something that wasn’t laying flat on the ground absorbimg moisture.
2. Find a tree at least 4 or 5 inches in diameter that has a fork within 2 or 3 feet from the ground.
3. Place the limb in the fork about 18 inches to 24 inches.
4. Apply pressure to the long end of the branch until it breaks off.