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Old 08-05-2009, 12:07 AM   #11
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I like a good drywall hammer. I use it for everything except drywall. It spends most of its life nxt to my wood stove in the garage to split kindling
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For those that don't know, this is a Halligan:

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It's about the same length as a standard axe. I believe that Blackhawk! makes a half length Halligan though.

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For wilderness survival I think the hatchet / hammer heads would be far more useful, as the need to chop and split is greatly increased, while the need to pry is really low. Conversely, for urban survival, the usefulness of a prying tool increases dramatically while the need to chop logs and split wood is comparitively reduced.

So, since I live in an urban area and my emergency BO plans involve trekking part way through my mildly populated city before going through more rural areas to get to my BO Location, I plan for "urban" survival. However, I do have a small camp axe that will likely come along, but in the pack and not on my belt.

As far as that Fubar goes, while the smaller 15" one has the same 2.5lb weight as my hammer, its reach as a last-ditch weapon is several inches shorter.


And the Halligan is sweet, but as I said I want something that could easily be carried miles and miles, but especially something that could be used one-handed. The smaller ones could fit that bill, but they would be much more unweildy as a weapon, I think.
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Here's some pics of a crash axe, very versatile and extremely tough. There's also a pry at the end of the handle.

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I guess Hell's Angels were on the right track after all...
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I like the Vaughan Rigging Ax. I used one years ago framing. I've got one stashed with my BOB stuff.
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Yep, thats it. That and a cats paw and your set to go for some carpentery. Good for de limbing and splitting small wood. With a little practice it works as a crude ad. As far as a weapon goes, well, I sure wouldnt want anyone swinging that thing at me. Actually witnissed a guy on the crew, not paying attention while driving a 16 greenie overhead with this same rigging ax, split his forehead wide open. Very nasty wound. Many stiches and fractured his skull in one fell swoop.
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And the Halligan is sweet, but as I said I want something that could easily be carried miles and miles, but especially something that could be used one-handed. The smaller ones could fit that bill, but they would be much more unweildy as a weapon, I think.
How about a Titanium Prybar/Crowbar ???

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That crash ax looks pretty good too.
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How about a Titanium Prybar/Crowbar ???

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Hmm I'll have to think about it. Off the top of my head it seems that the primary concerns are hammering and its use as weapon. Obviously, it would be difficult to hammer with a round bar. For mild hammering, like tapping stakes into the ground, it wouldn't be a huge deal. But, for "urban" hammering--putting nails into doors and such, I don't think it would do very well. Also, it's light weight would make it quite a bit less effective as a blunt-trauma lethal weapon (the whole thing weighs less than just the head of my hammer, which is still not a lot better than marginal).

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Something like this steel model made of square bar would be better for both hammering and use as a defensive weapon. Still, it weighs the same and, IMO, is less effective at both of those things than a rip hammer (partially due to it's lack of a grip since it isn't primarily designed to strike), yet is not going to be significantly better at prying than the hammer.
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Also, it's light weight would make it quite a bit less effective as a blunt-trauma lethal weapon (the whole thing weighs less than just the head of my hammer, which is still not a lot better than marginal).
I got a 100% Titanium Field Knife. How's about you let me take a couple whacks at you with that and see if you still feel the same way about Titanium as a weapon.

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