The Bush Slicer was designed to be specifically used around the cooking area of your campsite for prepping food. The notch is for hanging the knife. It can also be used to pick up the lids from your pots or carry your cast iron Dutch oven. Another great feature of the notch is being able to open bottles of your favorite beverages. This blade was not designed for battoning wood. The sheath can be worn scout carry, hip carry and is also ambidextrous.