Having come home from the morning hunt, and after getting a hearty breakfast, I had the urge to go make a fire down by the river. I think a lot of us would associate woods and camp chores with a larger blade, and that is not a wrong way to think. I prefer a little larger blade myself. That does not mean that the Lil Canadian didn’t deserve a shot at some camp work, however. Having found some split aged white and red oak, and after gathering some kindling to start a fire, I proceeded to make a baton and split up some of this wood with it. As you can see from the pictures, there was little more than about ¾” of blade sticking past the other side of some of the wood that was being split, and the hits of the baton on this small area at the tip caused no issue to the knife at all.
Remember what I said about impact strength and toughness earlier? These qualities played very well into the realm of this knife for real world use. The Lil Canadian was easily controlled in hand which honestly surprised me given the small size. I never felt uneasy about any hit with the baton, there were no hot spots in extended use and the finger grooves were just big enough to allow my hand to settle into them for a very secure and comfortable grip. I guess that given the track record Bark River has at making user friendly knives, ax’s and cutting tools, it really shouldn’t have surprised me, but I realized that this knife is so much more than a simple EDC.
After I had my wood split and my tinder bundle prepped, it was time to get this fire started and enjoy some relaxation on the cool fall day. Once I had the fire going, I was looking the Lil Canadian over once more and found how well the edge remained in perfect working order and was still shaving sharp. All in all, this knife saw a tremendous amount of use over the past couple months and it was a purchase I was happy to have made. Even though this knife is considered to be stain resistant, you can even see a hint of patina and darkening of the steel…the trademark of a well used knife and very versatile knife.
You can swing on over to Derrick’s website at www.knivesshipfree.com and peruse his full selection of Lil Canadian’s and find a handle material that suits you best.