My Son Ricky’s First “Bushcraft” fire.

My son and I went for a nice hike this past weekend and he started his first “bushcraft” fire with a ferro rod, charred punk wood and ash juniper bark as a tinder bundle.

Putting together a basic Bushcraft LBE kit.

I had an opportunity this weekend, both boys were visiting their grandparents and I took the opportunity to clean out and organize all my camping/bushcraft/survival gear and low and behold I found stuff that I thought was lost.  I also took the time to put together a kit for hiking and day trips for the summer and spring.  Here in Central Texas it gets hot, and humid so I wanted something that would breath.  I found an old ALICE LBE rig and put together a few items. Below is the video that will show you all the gear.

Shooting the Remington 1858 With my Son

I recently took my son out and taught him to shoot a Remington 1858 revolver.  He is developing his own love for black powder revolvers and soon he will get to try out the 1851 Navy in 44 cal that I purchased.  I know its not the original caliber that the pistol came in but right now having all the revolvers the same calibre is more cost effective.  Anyway here is the video.

 

Mora Companion and Companion HD Review

The Mora Companion is the middle of the road blade in the mora clipper line.  There is the clipper, which is the lightest duty blade, the companion pictured below and the Companion HD which has a slightly thicker and more robust blade.

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I do not own the clipper but have had the companion now for about 5 years.  It was my first dedicated bushcraft blade and it has been a trooper all along.  It has treated me well allowed me to learn skills and was very forgiving as a beginning blade.  It also did not break the bank as I paid 13 dollars for it on amazon.  The blade is carbon steel and has a rounded spine which is not very good at striking sparks from a ferro rod.  This can be easily fixed with a file which can be used to flatten and sharpen the spine.  Over the years this blade has made feather sticks, carved notches and processed several deer.  I have to call this bushcraft blade out here, the small thin blade is excellent as a skinner, in fact this is my preferred skinning knife and has replaced several high dollar knives for my father and myself.  Its not quite as good as having a zipper on the hide of a deer to take it off but its very close.

After a weekend of bush crafting and skinning 3 deer the blade needed two or three passes on a butcher steel and it was razor sharp again, I know because it would shave the hair off of my arm.

The small and comfortable handle does not slip even when wet or bloody and the understated finger guard protects your hand from slipping up onto the blade.

I have turned the small blade into a kit, there is a sail needle taped onto the back of the sheath and a piece of bike inner tube holds a magnesium bar onto the front of the sheath. One problem with this knife is the small clip on the sheath for attaching to a belt.  On a small belt it works fine but I use a USGI web belt and it tends to fall off.  So i attached a paracord loop to the sheath and this transforms it into a dangler which allows you to move around with out the sheath sticking you in the side or leg.  For a beginner blade or backup blade or just a fun knife to use I highly recommend the companion in its HD form or standard form to anyone who is bush crafting or camping, or just needs a good utility knife.  All the comments apply to the HD blade as well and while the blade on the HD is thicker it skins just as well.  The only place the standard companion out performed the HD is in filleting fish and the difference there is marginal.  I am including a photo below of the HD Knife, but honestly unless you pick them up and look at them side by side its almost impossible to tell the difference.

Mora Companion HD