An axe is as synonymous with camping as a tent, yet using Paul Bunyan’s favorite tool can be dangerous.

I was once given the chore of splitting a pile of wood for our wilderness camp. I began with single-stroke splits. Suddenly, the handle came down, but the axe head flew through the air. Despite a maddening search, the handle was never found.

Splitting wood is important, so it’s great to see that Field & Stream has come up with a safer method.

As any outdoorsman knows, dry kindling is a fundamental for building a fire. That said, splitting fine kindling from a larger piece of wood can be dangerous, especially in a backcountry setting. Far too many people (including myself, at times) try the quickly-move-your-hand-out-of-the-way method of splitting fine kindling. But one slip of a sharp axe can result in significant injury. To avoid potential harm while generating dry kindling, try contact splitting, wherein your hands are never near the axe blade.​.. [continued]

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Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.