Absolutely! We're doing it for fun, even making unnecessary work for ourselves in the process. How we each choose to overcomplicate our fire prep is up to usTo be perfectly fair, we're doing this all for fun. If you enjoy the extra work (whether with an axe/hatchet/tommahawk, or by batoning) go ahead and split your wood; using whatever method is fun for you. But it ain't neccessary.
That's how I prepared my fire tinder last night. Stripped the outer layer off some fresh-fallen Birch to get to the drier stuff inside (great for catching a spark, and sustaining a flame long enough for the kindling to take).Or just use the knife to "peel" the wet layers off; the same way I've done countless times with wood fished out of the river. Once the fire is going and hot, just put the wet wood near it to dry out before putting it on the hot fire to burn.
I grew up in (and now live in) areas of swamps. I am very well aquainted with "prolonged wet conditions."