There's nothing wrong with batoning, if that's what you like. I've tried it and it's a good skill to know if a knife is all you've got. I don't find it very hard to do. However, I grew up in the bush, was raised by bush crafters, who were that way by necessity and there was never any batoning going on. Same with my peers....we spend half the year under the stars, and so lots of primitive camping, hiking and harvest many animals throughout the year. I also have to process about 10 - 16 cords of wood every year for my home and different types of camping and I've come to the conclusion that batoning is "playing". That's just my opinion. It's a very "knife focused" activity if you are ate up with knives. Some people just like knives and like doing it, and I think a good knife should be up to the task. But you don't really need a batoning knife if you like carrying a hatchet. To each their own.