Chopping, slicing, and smashing are the three things a survival axe is designed to do. But what other, more interesting things can you do with das wondertool that don’t fit these confining categories? Keep in mind I’m not claiming any of these uses are good for your axe, merely that the tool can accomplish them. Attempt at your own risk.
Honestly, nobody is bringing down a deer or elk in the wilderness with a hatchet (unless you have, in which case, I need to hear that story), so we’re not talking about turning your survival axe into a DIY roasting spit. The flat edge of the blade isn’t big, but it’s big enough to cook the sort of game you’re likely to trap in the wild. Salamanders, squirrels, and worms can all be fried up if you heat the axe head in the flames.
For dispatching. Need I say more?
Just like primitive peoples have done for centuries with rocks, just heat up the axe head and drop it into a vessel of water. It may take a few cycles to bring the water up to a boil, but hey, what else do you have to do when you’re waiting for the rescue chopper?
Signal for Help
Keep that blade shiny and it just might reward you by signalling that chopper before your water comes to a boil. Bonus points for realizing this reflective aspect can be used to scare away predators.
Door to Door Salesman
For dispat– never mind.
While not ideal, even a survival axe makes a better pry bar than your arm does. It might give you the little extra umph you need to move that rock and get to the sweet little grubs hiding underneath. Yummy!
Is there anything more rugged, more savage, more kick-ass than wielding an axe? No, no there is not. Science confirms just having one strung through your belt loop will increase your badassness 87%. You can’t even argue that, because, SCIENCE!