I have been using my Wheeler Woods Knife for the past few weeks on just about everything I can think of to both see how it performs in my hands and how the Scandi grind differs from my other knives.
Yesterday instead of making more fuzz sticks etc I made a simple toy. A hooey stick. A little project that never fails to interest the kids.
I peeled a cherry twig, notched it, whittled a flat propeller and peeled a rub stick. This took about 10 minutes. Then I drilled a hole in the end of the stick and propeller and nailed the propeller to the hooey stick.
Rubbing the stick causes the propeller to spin and magically (sort of) saying "hooey" the propeller can be made to spin the other direction.
This little project is both fun and in some ways a gave me a better way to understand this knife, its grind, and its capabilities.
I ended up doing a hard lateral tork on the bark down in a branch knot and put a small roll in the thin edge of this blade. I was able to roll it back with a smooth steel, but this little project taught me a lesson with these very thin sharp scandi grinds. I have been slowly working the original grind back to a slight convex, but it is still not robust enough for this lateral stress. I will probably be reworking the edge over then next few weeks as I continue to use this new knife.