This morning I was watching a few bushcraft video's on you tube, randomly selected but several were from guys who work in the industry some in UK others in USA and as I watched the films I started to wonder at the information given. (Oh and I include myself in this)
For example one guy was explaining what he carried in his rucksack, some items made sense, axe, mora knife etc - then he brought out packet after packet of fire lighting items, some brand names plugged etc - however in the same clip he had already explained he'd been collecting birch peelings and was a smoker so had a lighter ............my point here why carry so much fire lighting equipment?? As a expert I am sure he wisely carried a back up fire lighter - but 7?
Another example is a UK guy who was demoing basic skills on a night out, at one point he covered fire lighting and carved excellent feather sticks then went to light them with one type of man made tinder - his fire steel technique was really bad too ..............my point here, why not light the feather sticks with a lighter or if using a man made tinder why carve feather sticks??
Watching these video's and offers I find myself wondering why the guys do what they do as they seem to OVER complicate things. My own search is looking for ways to simplify my bushcrafting and as such lighten my load both on my back and wallet!
Take cutting tools - Nessmuk had his trinity, Mr Mears the same - DC says two is one and one is none and I can identify with this. Personally I carry a pocket knife, a Laplander, triflex and a axe, but recently even this, in my opinion, is over kill - a axe and a pocket knife could meet all my needs - or the triflex and a saw (which I travel with most of the time in Sweden etc)
Is there a risk of us losing the plot here - some experts have another agenda too as they are plugging products they sell.
In the end I guess only your experience counts for anything - sadly the phenomenon of the expert is a result of the fact so few people actually get the quality dirt time to form their own in depth knowledge but can easily access you tube or worse one of those egotistical forums full of equally computer bound dreamers - but (and again I am guilt here) bear in mind that all these experts are often still on their own journey of discovery and the knife they say is the best knife in the world in May might be the forgotten has been by July when they discover a new one!
My top tip today is look at the items "experts" have been using for the long term - ie Mors Kochanski and the Mora knife, Ray Mears and his woodlore knife, Cody Lundin and the Mora classic .........for only in their longevity can we be sure that these items are worth our consideration.
Just a thought