29.3.14

Mora - could this be the future

Just when you think you have a cutting tool that ticks all the boxes - just when your happy with your tool choice for bushcraft and wilderness living someone brings out a new shiny that makes your wallet cringe and your feather sticking hand twitch.

I'm not interested in expensive over priced woodlore clones or their spin offs - been there done those and ya their good but I live in the real world were I actually use my knife - a lot - and expect and want a work man like tool, not some fancy dangler to wear once a year at some gathering or another!

I like Scandinavian knives and I generally like camp sized knives. Presently my knife of choice (with my axe and buck saw combo) is still my M95 Sissipuukko a good friend gave my a few years ago (Perkele!) these three tools have seen me right on many adventures from the warmth of a summer canoe trip to the icy thrills of a subarctic winter survival camp.

But recently I found this review on youtube from the camp of Mr D Canterbury and I have to say I was most impressed both with brother Dave's review and the tool itself!!

Oh did I mention its a Mora knife?? ") No well my friends it is and that can mean only one thing - a half decent knife no matter what - but watching the video I can see this one the MORA BUSHCRAFT PATHFINDER knife has much more potential.

The knife isn't even on the Mora website yet so I don't know the specs or the price (bet your bottom dollar its not less than £50 though) - I'd go so far as to guess around the £70 - £80 mark, but we'll see.

Anyway looks like this could be the new bench mark knife for the woodsman, so I thought I'd share this review DC posted with you - see what you think .............. oh last thing - Mora Bushcraft Pathfinder and Mora Companion knife together, maybe on a combo sheath could this end up being the ultimate outdoorsmans "factory made" combo or to use a Canterburyism "common man" combo????



Yep I am excited about this ................cant wait for them to appear on the shelves so I can get my grubby little mitts on one!

Oh and btw nice review too Mr C!!

Foot note - as of today 02/04/14 - I've been told Mora expects the release of this knife in the UK to be approximately 2 months so by my reckoning that makes it June!! In time for my birthday and midsummer!

9.3.14

Old Hickory - update

Earlier this year I tried to trial the OLD HICKORY butcher knife which, mostly thanks to Dave Canterbury and his fans, was receiving a lot of attention.



As you will probably know I was disappointed as the scales fell off ............... but unperturbed I epoxied the scales back on and decided to give it a second chance.

The knife itself is a weigh and size I like - I know its a butcher knife NOT a bushcraft knife but what is a bushcraft knife? My thoughts, and again these are similar to the DC camp, is that back in the day mountain men and back woodsmen would have taken such tools with them into the wilderness - indeed George Laycock and David Montgomery among others also support this line of thought.

So would it have been kept exclusively for butchery or would it have been employed for general duties?

Hard to say - but personally I think anyone who had a knife with them would, regardless of its type, use it for whatever tasks they needed it for. Even if we consider the trinity of tool, knife - saw - axe, we would still need use the knife for many varied tasks.

So I decided to give it a go - test it against a Mora no1 and a Opinel no8 in a small carving contest.

 

Overall I was very pleased with the end result, the knife batoned well and the scales remained on this time! Carving with the single bevel (I had to sharpen the knife straight from new to get a decent edge) was ok and as before

 ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZIuSAOrf9Y&list=UUTid1QaZEjj3AJU6xYQcIUQ)

Feather sticks etc were fine.


In the end my thoughts are thus - I will continue to carry the Old Hickory Butcher knife but married up with my trusty old Mora No1 - indeed I am pondering making a piggy back sheath for the pair. The versatility offered by these two tools is excellent, the price likewise very good - you do need to invest a little time on the edge and epoxying the scales on, a sheath is needed too - but you get a lot of knife for your buck!!