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Old 08-28-2013, 10:55 PM   #1
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Wicked camping hammers... enlighten me?

offroad NooB thinking about this ebay hammer for motorcycle camping..what say you? ...Scrap the idea and go with a rubber mallet?

Or please show me an innovative scientific hammer? Homemade thought: weld a socket to a tire spoon, weld a hammer device on the opposit side?

ebay hammer I'm peeking at:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/13-MULTIPURP...-/120974995932
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Old 08-28-2013, 10:58 PM   #2
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I've just got one of the plastic ones from REI. It's lightweight and works well. I've never had a need bike camping for a hatchet or a pry bar for those needs (and I've got other tools on the bike that can serve those needs in a pinch) so it seems a little silly to me, but I'm also trying very hard to pare down what I bring.

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Old 08-28-2013, 11:14 PM   #3
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I've just got one of the plastic ones from REI. It's lightweight and works well. I've never had a need bike camping for a hatchet or a pry bar for those needs (and I've got other tools on the bike that can serve those needs in a pinch) so it seems a little silly to me, but I'm also trying very hard to pare down what I bring.

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Awesome, I found this one at REI for a few bux

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Old 08-28-2013, 11:23 PM   #4
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I carry a very small Gerber Hatchet with a chunk of rubber wrapped around the blade and head.

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Old 08-29-2013, 01:23 AM   #5
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I'm assuming you plan to use a hammer to bang in tent stakes. In the several hundred times I have erected a tent over 50 years I have never thought, "Gee, I wish I had a hammer!"
If the ground is hard enough that impact is required to push in a tent stake there is always something lying around that will do the job - usually a rock or a lump of wood. Save the weight and carry more beer, is my advice.
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:43 AM   #6
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I'm assuming you plan to use a hammer to bang in tent stakes. In the several hundred times I have erected a tent over 50 years I have never thought, "Gee, I wish I had a hammer!"
If the ground is hard enough that impact is required to push in a tent stake there is always something lying around that will do the job - usually a rock or a lump of wood. Save the weight and carry more beer, is my advice.
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:25 AM   #7
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I'm assuming you plan to use a hammer to bang in tent stakes. In the several hundred times I have erected a tent over 50 years I have never thought, "Gee, I wish I had a hammer!"
If the ground is hard enough that impact is required to push in a tent stake there is always something lying around that will do the job - usually a rock or a lump of wood. Save the weight and carry more beer, is my advice.

exactly!! there is always a rock laying around, usually right under your tent!
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Old 08-29-2013, 04:58 AM   #8
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I like your idea of building a hybrid wrench to use as a mallet.

I tried tents that need pegs but I've been on some really hard-packed sites. Modern campgrounds are hard packed for the modern camper -- RV, trailer, or pickup conversion. Those people in tents are crazy anyway.

I take a self-supporting tent. Pegs help the door work easier and pull out the sides for better ventilation, so I always try to get the pegs in anyway. I HAVE used my extra shoes as a mallet. That shows that my shoes are heavier than they could be.

I DON'T agree that you can always find a substitute. Many campgrounds don't have suitable rocks above ground and the wood has been scavenged for fires. This will vary depending on the region.

Each rider and camper has different priorities from different bikes, schedules, fitness, regions, goals, etc. If you value a fire, a light axe might be handy. I still like your idea of building a hybrid wrench to use as a mallet. The largest socket I take is 17mm which won't pound much but probably works better than my shoe.
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:45 AM   #9
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Small Gerber hatchet...

...with sharp knife that nests in handle...



Not heavy with composite handle, stores easily. Knife has come in handy for cooking more than once.
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:27 AM   #10
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I have the bigger Gerber with the saw.
I use the hatchet all the time.
When I get firewood, there is almost never kindling and often its a whole round.
I can split wood and shave kindling.
Use the hatchet to get me a hot dog stick too that is still green so it doesn't catch fire or crack.

It also makes me feel better when camping alone to have that and my bear spray with me in the tent.
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:42 AM   #11
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...with sharp knife that nests in handle...



Not heavy with composite handle, stores easily. Knife has come in handy for cooking more than once.
X2 - tent peg pounder and wood splitter plus a back up knife
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:47 PM   #12
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I've been carrying my grandfather's Estwing hatchet for years. Chops wood, drives stakes, pulls stakes, keeps hippies out of my campsite
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Old 08-29-2013, 12:59 PM   #13
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An alternative;

In my area a shovel (and a bucket) is required for a fire permit outside of any campground (98% of campgrounds stink on ice anyway). I got the above and a folding bucket because there is no specification of what kind of shovel or bucket (or even any water in the bucket ). The shovel comes in very handy for the intended use, a hammer, and crude hatchet. Before becoming US Forrest Circus legal I found a rock or tree branch worked quite well though.

Got real tired of carrying too much extra junk/weight off road and multiple purpose stuff is key. So is leaving stuff home that is not needed or required...like a hammer.
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Old 08-29-2013, 01:43 PM   #14
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I suppose you can come up with a scenario where you need to pull nails while motorcycle camping, but does it come up often?
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Old 08-29-2013, 02:35 PM   #15
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I think one of the multi-tool hatchets would be ideal if they made it with a hollow handgrip that could be used as a cheater/breaker bar on the axle nuts.
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