Flint knapping and Atlatl course.
One of the few skills which can truely be deemed as purely bushcraft in its most fundamental form is flint knapping. A skill mastered by our ancestors and one which saw them transported from proto-humans to modern man.
And a step beyond the knapping is the ability not only to make your tools but use them in a practicle manner.
And this is the key to what our Atlatl course is all about.
Under the highly knowledgable guidance of expert knapper and Archeaologist Karl Lee the course was tasked to shake off their steel dependance and learn to truely understand mans most basic, and first tools.
Using only flint tool the group not only made themselves knives, hand axes and projectile points but all carved digging tools and gathered the materials for a ground oven. Before putting all their new found knowledge into a final project, the carving of a Atlatl caster and dart complete with fletched shaft and flint tip - sinewed and glued with resin.
Posted by Survivall at 30.4.10
Easter long weekend was dragging on so I decided to take a impromptu trip and do a over nighter in my new woods.
Well I did have a reason as I wanted to recce the area and check out the best areas for bunnies - make sure my rifle was zero'd and get out the house for a night!
Well all this we did and me, steve and mike had a cracking weekend. Next time were down there its rabbits ville but the site needs a little work site to make it workable!
Posted by Survivall at 5.4.10
In the Begining the Knife Gods of the Bushcrafting Tribe created the Red wooden handled Mora Classic, made famous by Mors Kochanski. Then, thanks in no small part to Raymond Mears, the Mora Clipper became the King of the bushcraft knives ........... well now the king is died - long live the King!!
Behold - the MORA BUSHCRAFT range are born in the guise of the FOREST, TRIFLEX and Force! Inovative designs, modern high tech steels and at a price that makes them totally user friendly!
No one will doubt that Mora, historically and practically have been making cutting tools of excellent value and quality and looking at these three new tools from their stables I am sure the reputation for practical tools of excellent quality and utility value will continue for many years to come!
The Mora Bushcraft FOREST knife is a new innovative design in cutting tools. The blade is 115 mm long and 2.5 mm thick and comes with a specially sculpted bevel which is designed to offer excellent carving potential close to the handle as well as butchery and game prep where the bevel is reduced towards the tip. The Forest is a excellent all rounded and could possibly be set the take the title of best all round bushcraft knife from the now legendary Clipper!
The knife comes with a khaki green hand grip, a sheath, with a flexible strap, of the same colour. Blade is stainless steel so ideal for the canoeist or fisherman as well.
The bushcraft Triflex is hardier tool, resistant to breakage when compared to many a stainless blade while maintaining the familiar Clipper style blade typical of the Scandinavian cutting tools. Triflex’s carbon steel blade has a conventional Scandinavian grind and a blade which is progressively tempered providing a hard edge and even tougher spine all of which gives exceptional edge retention combined with a robust toughness. The tool has an olive-coloured hand grip and a black sheath which comes with a flexible belt loop. The TRIFLEX blade is also easy to use with a fire steel.
Blade length: 116 mm, thickness: 2.5 mm
Note - It's a carbon blade and will rust if neglected.
Stainless steel blade designed to do what is says on the tin! The 115 mm long and 2.5 mm thick blade is not profile-ground, which means that the knife is heavier, more robust and very useful when it comes to game prep as well and the standard bushcraft tasks.The black hand grip is contoured for secure grip and olive coloured sheath has a flexible belt loop.
Available soon from the Bearclaw Trading post!
Posted by Survivall at 1.4.10