How to split wood with a smaller weaker knife.

Here is how to spilt larger wood without a solid knife. This knife is a swiss army knife climber which I carry everyday.

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Nick

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I d like to reveal something ambitiously made

Here are pictures of the build shes made from 5160 truck spring steel.

 

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First stage is to draw out my shape onto the metal.

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With an angle grinder I cut out my rough shape.As you can see I have some hammering  to do in the axe head.

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Into the forge to heat her up to a workable temperature

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The shape is coming but I still have a few more heats to do to get the blade length and shape I am after. At this point the work has cooled down to much for big shaping hits, lighter taps are used to take out some of the hammer marks.

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Axe blade and hammer hammered in time to work on the knife and saw blade.

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This hump is where I cut in the saw blade I wanted a little extra material to play with.

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Knife blade shaped and saw blade angle ground in its rough but she looks like she ll work.img_20170212_1732581178376101.jpg

It ain’t no Bacho but she doesn’t cut bad at all.

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Rough and mean looking shes finished figured I would try a leather wrap handle.

Nick

 

Natural cordage Dog bane

Come with me as is show you one of the best natural materials for making natural cordage. At the end I will do a strength test on the cordage I have just made.

Here are some pictures of some Dog bane in winter note the redish brown colour.

You can really see the redish brown colour in this picture

Note how the alot of the branches grow at 90 degrees from each other

Note the drooping leaves in the top left of the picture

The centre of the shaft is hollow apart from a little bit of a pith on the out side. This one doesn’t look it because I had put it into the snow while I was looking for more and it’s filled with ice.

What knife should you take into the woods and knife handling skills

Knife grinds page

The knives In order of appearance;

click each one to find out more apart from my home made knives just message me if you have any questions the link on number 6 will take you to see it being forged.

 Muela Ruco survival knife

Schrade SCHF38 Frontier

NE knives number 6

NE knives number 2

Gerber myth

Buck 311

Swiss army climber

Honorable mentions in the video

Dave canterbury, material reduction knife build;

https://youtu.be/YC-W0Qe6_nc

Felix Immler, Swiss army knife skills;

https://youtu.be/AMtP1OHuUZs

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White Birch and Horses Hoof fungus

White Birch,

One of my favorite bushcrafting trees, not only is the wood a great building material but so is the bark of the tree. The tree can be tapped and the sap drank, used to wash your hair or evaporated to make sugary treats.

The young catkins at the ends of the branches are edible and the leaves can be mushed up with water to make a soap due to the sapins contained within

The bark is known as natures gasoline due to its flammability even when damp due to the resins impregnating it. Bark can also be used as a primitive form of paper or be folded into various containers to carry anything from berries to water when sealed with pine pitch glue. Indigenous people made canoes from this tree as well.

Once dried the bark can be ground up and turned into a flour.

Horses Hoof Fungus, in its later stage can be known as false tinder fungus

This can be used to transport an ember from one fire to light another fire. It wont flame up by itself but will smolder for long periods, until a tinder source is exposed to it and blown into flame. Younger black fungus makes a good healthy tea.

I hope this was informal to you

Thanks for watching and reading as always if there are any questions don’t hesitate to ask.

Nick

Layering your clothing

Here is the very basic way I like to layer up for the colder weather.

Things to remember when layering up for the colder weather:

  • Cotton and other slow drying absorbent materials are your enemy in colder weather.
  • Wool is king because it not only holds 80% of its thermal properties even when wet but is also mildly flame retardant to.
  • Wear more layers of thinner clothing, rather than fewer layers of thicker clothing.
  • Don’t forget a hat and gloves

I hope this is helpful if you have any questions, as always don’t hesitate to ask.

Thanks for watching.

Nick

Hot tent and stove

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This is the packed size of the entire set up, i used my tomahawk as a size contrast. I just bought a Belgian army Bergan and this fit into that pack with room to spare and doesn’t weigh to much.

Parts used to make stove and teepee

Tee pee

10x14ft poly tarp

gromets

heavy duty gorilla duct tape

cheap para cord

Stove

18″ by 10″ stainless steel cooking pot

steel hinge

sheet of steel for latch, grill mounts and front vent

5x steel cooking trays for lightweight stove pipe

car exhaust pipe elbow and male/female connection attached to pot

steel pipe and chain for tri pod

various nuts and bolts

2x steel grills

 

I am looking forward to using this set up again, I just need to adjust the jack a little. All in all I had the stove burning for over 12 hours continuously. In these extreme cold environments it is a good habit to keep a pot of water warm over the fire at all times.  The stove enabled me to do that in a safe way.

Thanks for watching I hope this inspires you to get out, create gear and enjoy the wilderness.

Loads more to come

Nick