This is a rather handy thing to have, let alone take preparations and time to harvest and take them home to dry and be used later on as simple effective firestarters.
This particular skill can be considered primitive or bushcrafty. But then again, I never claimed to be a bushcrafter nor survivalist type of person.
Just using what I find to be handy for the field and given it's a dead tree, mind as well make the most of it.
White Paper Birch Burns well.
Everyone rages about, the typical gas based heater, small, compact, but still runs on gas. It's good for short trips, and even high-altitudes.
yet, there is something enduring about something like the Kelly Kettle.
It's bulky and heavy true, not ideal for most people in the hiking or just the mainstream.
especially with all these irrational fear of fires.
Yet, after all these years. Even with the advancements of technology.
Fire, wood, Steel,
The Kelly Kettle is best used for those needing to brew or cook specifically.
the problem with open fire in general is that it's very resource, time, and energy demanding.
Due to it's rather closed off system of keeping the fire in, and having only basically 1 exhaust port at the top and an intake at the bottom.
This creates a focused stream of heat.
the fire is still hot and intense, and due to it being funneled in one direction, it's much more.
It's best to use the Kelly Kettle for short outings, or to supplement a vehicle or bi-based trip or camp.
Either way, learn to figure it out.
You know, the British military has a knack for getting hold of some pretty good choppers despite their sour attitudes towards knives in day in age.
The Duku Parang, popularized in recent years due to British survival expert and personality/brand, Rey Mears. This unassuming machete, or knife based in wiki's classification. Might be a rather underrated tool for those needing something really versatile.
Duku Parang is just one of many forms the machete from Malaysia to even the whole south-east Asian area that the locals have used for a long time, back in the west, there is the kitchen knife. Over there they have these for their daily chores and livelihood.
Due to how the parang is made, this hand-forged on is quite well balanced, since most of the weight is at the tip and the tang is half but pinned and industrial epoxied, much more robust than what is the burn the tang into the wood method which over time will rot, crack, and degrade.
Grip is easy, just hold beyond the ball or bulge. In my case, I simply carved it enough to fit my smaller hands better.
But there is a non-sharpened section of the blade that you can get a real close choke-up if you need to do precision work.
steel is serviceable, and I have made some quick fixes in the field myself, adequate and reliable for the duration of my trip.
Simple, Reliable, seems to do everything needed. John Wiseman Lofty wasn't kidding about it's uses.
Official Site can be seen here.
mot people at this point knows what a Skrama is.
Large Chunky, Chopper, that is best coined the term, bush knife.
However, does it suit everybody?
Not always, given it's profile and just overall size. Smaller than a Condor Bushcraft Parang the OG Skrama, but still bulky for those like me.
Skrama 200,gaining popularity for EDC or something more manageable, but can do quite a lot for it's weight-class.
A close contender to another chopper I'm fond of, which is in another video.
Due to it's overall construction it's light, but can batton for light duty work,
Seen it do some feather sticks and carve enough to get some fine work.
Would be great for a backup chopper, main chopper for smaller folks like me, or even a emergency for a go-bag.
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Kukris and Bushcraft,
There have been a number of attempts to make them "bushcrafty" as the western manufactures have tried, close, or just far out.
Nepal have started to see the appeal of bushcrafting with their ethnic tools that have been around for a much long time.
The Bushcraft MK3
has a rather high grind or bevel, and does slice paper like nobody's business, but is it good for heavy or medium chopping tasks?
It does decent work, can hold up to even semi-hardened wood without much warping or chipping.
It's a rather light kukri, closer to the combat weapon they were known for during the great wars of last century.
Don't try to batton, the last time I tried the, edge warped due to hitting a hard knurl, thus had to regrind it in a way to be more convex edge, not as razor, but it will do a good job still.
But, in my personal case, a good light chopper and brush clearer, with some draw knife like qualities, handy for feather or utility work.
get yours at Heritage Knives or Kilatools here.
LineUp for a mini series of reviews.
Bushcraft MK 3
Duku Parang 10inch
They can be considered the lines of "small choppers" or "big knives"
good for small statured ones like me, or those needing a compact, but capable tool for the bush.
Currently there is a fad of using that infamous one-tool idea, but these aren't exactly "one-tool" options.
If anything they are a main knife paired with saws, small neck or belt, and maybe a heavy chopper if you want a while kit with multi tools and whatnot.
They will do most versatile tasks but don't expect them to out-chop a tomahawk or whittle like a belt.
Draws at the side, too long for normal dangler.
Sword-Like, indeed a "bush sword/blade" would be it's own class( pending concept)
Despite what most says about wight, it's grind and hollow forging reduces weight yet the integrity is not compromised.
Strike with speed and precision, use the Sirupate with intent to go far. Reckless usage or abuse will shatter it just like the countless that have been.
Aim for the soft or breaking points in the target.
Light, Workable, little to no strain on arm.
Hits hard for it's wight class, can do good camp or light duty work,
preferred for brush or green flexing branches. Can chop if really needed but a tomahawk or axe will do a better job for large scale work.
First line of blade with Mora No1 and other utilities in my belt rig. If minimal setup is needed for scouting area before moving in.
Just a quick Demo of Siege Stove, a rather interesting piece of hardware that is so simple, and relatively durable. Paired with a stainless steel idea ording "ventilated can", you get a reliable source of controlled fire-based stove that is hard to beat.
The set for my loadout is separated and nested into a "cooking system" so, there is incentive for me to use the set in a way that makes them effective.
*Nesting a good way to pack in more gear in a smaller space.
At the very least, learn to make a "Basic Fire". Build a platform to keep it off the ground enough to let oxygen pass through from below, thus fueling the fire for a better burn. However, for the novice like me, I had to rebuild my fire setup a number of times and get it right. A properly setup next, kindling, all done before hand makes a world of difference of lighting and burning that fire longer without hiccups or smoking excessively.
AI-Generated tunes? try this here.
it's not perfect, in fact there are people out there who can do much better than me.
But then again, this may well be test footage or a way to show those who wants to see how labor intensive this technique can be, in fact anything beyond the "basic fire" that many are used to seeing out there.
Getting the ignition is hard, since conditions aren't always perfect, plus you need a very solid prep of the fuel to burn in stages.
Small dry things first, large chunky things after the whole are is hot burning charcoal.
for hose who needs more info.
Courtesy of AlfieAesthetics
Many people use either a hatchet/axe to split logs of wood.
Others have used their thick survival/bushcraft knives to baton them.
Sure, both methods have their places, tried it myself a little while ago.
But, that when the Tomahawk comes in.
If the branches or baton sized are too small for most axes or too large for knives, a tomahawk have enough chopping power in a small area to do it's niche job.
Scouts and Rangers should have one of these in their kit for the field.
There is a good reason Natives used these back in the frontier days.
just cutting up small kindling from a cedar branch.
Morakniv and Kailash used for their respective roles.
Know how to use them and they will do their jobs rather well.
The task shown is rather tedious, but then again, A calm mind and steady hand makes it easier to tackle.
Just a small video of me using the Morakniv Classic no2. It's a rather unrated knife for bushcraft or any handywork of the woods really. Sure, it's no beast or survival blade, but then again for the absolute beginner wanting to get into outdoors knives or need one for their adventures, it's hard to say no to it. More so easier to use than a typical Ka-Bar.
One notable thing about these types of knives is that they come at a seemingly true Scandinavian grind, a full "V". It does save much time and effort to regrind them via stone when compared to the Basics line and such. It's sharp, and will make ribbons of soft green wood or cedar branches.
The Red wooden handle is rather pleasing for my eyes and makes is easy to spot either on the forest floor or the jungle of my belt kit.
The sheath is basic black plastic with a loop, but if one looks hard enough after market upgrades can out there.
not exactly cooking, but rather reheating premade rice and curry.
either way used wood to not only as fuel but support for the rectangular mess kits all about how much "burn" these wood and metal can handle before failure. Stainless is tough, but due to how thin the walls are and with intense fire, it can warp to an extent, caution to those who wan to want to cook over open intense fire, we aware of the tolerance of your cookware's.
something to sit on-
nothing happened, yet everything happened. Perhaps my life over here was rather boring and safe. With little to no incidents thanks to my luck and knowing what works and doesn't, while keeping my eyes peeled for bad things on the horizon. While, Out there much happened, and it's much trouble for those caught out in the storm, weather they heed or no to the call to action from others warning them. Be weary of the trouble yet to come.
It's advised to just prep even a little. Or at least brace yourself.
Just me Testing and Figuring out the Tora BSI Kukri Ordered this year.
(took half a year to get to me finally) from Feb to July.
A big thanks to
aka Simon Hengle