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Friday 21 February 2014

New Mora Knife for 2014, The Mora Pathfinder

In case you were not aware Mora are releasing a new outdoor Bushcraft knife in April this year.
Its the big brother to the Mora Black and it's tentatively been called the Pathfinder, almost identical to the Bushcraft Black but with a larger 6 inch blade.
This is one knife I'm looking forward to getting.

Here it is , the top one in the pic, however if the rumours are true the price will shock you as there's talk of it being around £65 !!!!!

The new Mora Pathfinder.

Tuesday 18 February 2014

Cody Lundin fired from Dual Survival

I see Cody has been fired from Dual survival, well brother all I can say is what goes around comes around.
We will still continue to support Dave Canterbury.

Sunday 16 February 2014

Cramp ball

I've been looking for these for years and only ever found them once, but while taking the dog for a walk only about 50 yards from the house..look what I came across!!!

A big cramp ball, just this huge one and a little one close by

on the downside however it was past its best, and as I tried to take it off the tree it crumbled, but you can see the concentric rings inside, I'll keep my eyes out for more over the next little while

Sunday 9 February 2014

Bender Tent Survival Shelter

These sort of tents have been around for hundreds of years, but using Mors Kochanski's ideas of mylar blankets, we decided to do a 21st century version

find some willow or hazel poles long enough to make your shelter , usually about 7 or 8 feet will do depending on the size of shelter you have in mind.

get the two largest poles and bend them over to make a semi circle

start fixing the other poles to the main frame, to make it quickly and use 21st century items we used cable ties and duck tape, but it's up to you how primitive you want to make these. 

fix the rest of the poles to make it similar to a dome tent, you can weave lots of willow in between the staves but it's not necessary as this shape is incredibly stable

a couple of mylar blankets are fixed over the frame

it's an incredibly easy and fast shelter to build and that's exactly what a survival shelter should be! if you have to spend 6 hours building a stacked debris hut you're definitely doing something wrong and in a true survival situation you could be risking your life!

build your fire in front, the heat radiates all around the inside of the shelter making it incredibly warm!

When it comes to shelters we use the 3 W's .. each shelter must be , Windproof, Waterproof and Warm, and this little outfit, that took only 30 mins to build, does each of these perfectly!

Wednesday 5 February 2014

Practice what you Preach

I've often told people to be careful when drawing a knife from a sheath..It's always when you get complacent that you do something silly

and of course I did just such a thing in the woods the other day, and to make matters worse I'd forgotten my First aid kit!! Luckily Davy had his. 
The wound was deep and I saw the tendons in my finger though luckily I didn't cut them or Id have needed surgery..A quick response with the FAK enabled a clean and quick healing cut..
But I should have taken my own advice... never wrap your hand around the sheath when drawing your knife, always pinch it, away from the welt and draw slowly!!

Saturday 1 February 2014

Forest Friends

We found these tracks in some mud between showers last night and this morning, a rain shower a little later washed them all away. Which just goes to prove how transient these prints, and indeed all prints, can be..

fox, badger and dog

do you think they all went for a walk together??