In my dry neck of the woods , a saw is of more value than an ax. Due to the dry and hot climate, most wood types are as hard as iron . This help tremendously in campfire and cooking, as it make wonderful very hot coals that you can use for a long time! Trying to cut or batton this dry hard wood will ruin any knife in a very short time! As such, chopping this very hard wood take a real effort. It's very different from the northern hemisphere with more wet and cold [moist] areas where you guys prefer an ax. Horses for courses and all that, hey .....?