Use Your Knife to Process Fire Wood:This is one of the most important skills to develop with your survival knife. If you can process down fire wood or make a bow drill set you should be able to make fire in nearly any environment. Remember safety first. Have a solid wood platform below the stick you're batoning to ensure you don't harm your blade. If this is your first time practicing this skill make sure someone is with you, pick a soft wood with no knots (pine or something to that effect), wear safety glasses, gloves, pants, long sleeves and boots and also be sure that your blade is seated into the wood before you start hitting the knife hard. This skill can be used as I said before to make a bow drill set by simply splitting a piece of softwood on each side leaving a piece of wood roughly 1/2" thick and and as straight as possible. So What is this part of the challenge: 1) Find a piece of wood 4" thick or smaller; 2) split it via batoning as many times as possible (I highly recommend that you split the stick into pencil led, thumb and wrist sizes for your fire lay); 3) Build a fire using your fire prep above and the wood you just processed. I highly recommend you try out the log cabin fire lay (see how to make it here- LINK).
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