Simple Mods for a Mora Companion

So here are some of the simple mods that are easy and inexpensive for the mora companion.

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I use a Military style web belt when I go hiking in the bush and the mora does not stay clipped on it very well.  I took some paracord and made a paracord bracelet which i then tied around the belt loop on the sheath.  This gave me a large loop which fits perfectly on my web belt.  On the back side of the sheath I have taped a sail needle to use for first aid or gear repair.  Over that I have taken about a 4 inch piece of bicycle inner-tube and stretched it over the sheath.  Under the inner-tube on the front I have slid in a magnesium bar with the striker tapped to the bar with electrical tape.

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These simple mods give me about 6 feet of paracord, a fire starter with built in tinder, and a simple needle for first aid or gear repair.  The paracord makes the needle even more useful as I can use the inner strands for thread in case of emergency.  These mods are quick simple and inexpensive and provide a lot of utility to the knife.

Let me know what you guys think, your comments are always appreciated.

 

Battle Horse Knives Bush Baby initial impressions

Daniel and I had the pleasure of meeting the guys from Battle Horse Knives at the NRA’s annual meeting in Houston.  I have to say that they were some of the nicest people we met at the gathering.  To give you an idea of what it was like, there were over 500 vendors and around 70,000 attendees.  Even with the press of the crowd these guys to the time to stop and talk with us about their products and what they offer, they also showed a genuine interest in the Texas Bushcraft community and what Daniel and I are doing with this website, reviewing and testing products for the average person.  They were also kind enough to donate a knife for us to review  and give away.

So without further ado here is the blade they donated:

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The Bush Baby

Its a great little knife and I am going to give you my first impressions of this blade.  Also a note, we will be giving this blade away but we are going to put it through the ringer first up to and including field dressing and skinning out a deer so the give away wont be for a while.  I am going to put this knife through its paces over the summer and into the fall and I will be doing several reviews of this blade over the next few months, I might even let Daniel play with it.

So first off I will say this is a smaller blade than I am used to, I usually carry a blade with a length between 3.5 – 5 inches in length. The Bush Baby measures in with a blade length of ?  and an overall length of ?.  However while smaller than what I am used to the blade was easy to use and big enough for most of the small tasks I ran it through in the back yard last night.

So first I used it to limb a small limb that came off of one of the trees in the back yard.

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It handled the task well and in just a moment I had all the little twigs off of the limb.

Next up was feathering the stick.  This was still a very green piece of wood but the knife did a great job making a little feather stick on the large limb.

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Next up was making a quick notch in the wood and again the knife was more than up to the task.

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Last I wanted to see how it would do in making a quick spear point and I have to say I am really happy with how it worked.

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So after working on the branch for a while I wanted to see if the knife had kept its razor sharp edge, the knife took the hair off my arm like it was a razor blade.

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The blade also has a flat ground back for throwing sparks from a ferro rod as can be seen below.

My first impression is that this is a great little blade and I will be happy carrying it in the bush I am excited by the sheath and its large hanging belt loop, the quality of the leather and stitching is top notch and the fact that it has a loop for a ferro rod.  I will give a better review of the knife as I get to  use it in the field as my all around utility blade.  Some of the things coming down the line for this blade are, fishing, running trot lines for catfish, as a camp blade and for processing deer and other game, cant wait to really put it through its paces.

Check out this knife and their other great knives at http://battlehorseknives.com

Bushcrafter in training

So the little one had an end of year soccer party at a local park.  He and the boys decided that they needed to make a shelter in case it rained.  This is what they put together in about 20 minutes or so of gathering.  I don’t know how much it would protect them from the elements but I give them an A for effort.  It looks like my bushcraft hobby is rubbing off on him.

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A Texas Old timers views on what guns to carry when backpacking in Central Texas.  

Your milage may vary depending on where your backing packing might take you, be it on public or private lands.  Always make sure you know: where it is legal to carry, and what you are aloud to carry, provided firearms are allowed.  You never want to end up in a situation where you are carrying illegally.

First, a couple of things to consider: Can you carry in the open, or will it need to be concealed? How long are you going, just for a short trip or a long trip? Is there any possibility of you becoming lost?

If your gun has to be concealed, then a pocket pistol is your best choice.  Otherwise you will need to conceal a larger pistol in your backpack. If your gun is in your backpack, it will do you no good in the event of an emergency against a two or four legged predator.  So, in my case, I do both,  I always  have a pocket pistol in my pocket and I always pack a larger pistol in my backpack. As far as which caliber I take, I prefer a small .380 or 9mm that fits comfortably in my right hand front pants pockets.  I always keep my pocket pistol in a pocket holster this greatly reduces the risk of an accidental discharge. Now as far as what you’d like to keep in your backpack, anything goes, whatever your comfortable with.  I prefer a 40 Glock or a 45 – 19ll.

For open carry, I have used them all.  I have come to the conclusion that a good 4 inch  .357 mag. revolver is the way to go.  This is what I carry out in the woods, a 4 S@W in .357 mag.  I load it with 2 snake shot shells, and 4 .357 mag rounds.  Now some of the newer revolvers hold 7 or 8 rounds, so that’s even better.

Now this is Texas, where the worst thing you’ll run in to could be a large pig, dog or very unlikely a cougar – which I doubt, or a variety of snakes which might include:  a rattlesnake, copperhead or a big cottonmouth.  Your worst enemy is going to be 2 legged and a 357 mag is outstanding against that.

Now, if I stay out over night, or there is a possibility of being lost, I like to take a small 22 rifle with me. Wether I carry it, or store it across my backpack and at least a box of shells minimum of 50 rounds.  This type of gun can keep you fead and did for me in Colorado when i was much younger.  On a hunting trip we were snowed in and our group ran out of food.  I was able to keep us eating on rabbits and prairie chickens was sure glad i had that gun with me, it was a Marlin Model 60.  There are a few good small 22s out there that are designed for backpacking.  The Marlin Papoose, Springfield M6, the Henry AR-7 and the new Savage Model 42 just to name a few.  Of  course if you live in bear county – it’s a whole different ball game.

 

By Richard Schwake