Maybe I have too much time on my hands today, or maybe I just want to write something. Either way I have decided to add my top TEN pieces of must have bushcraft and outdoor kit. This is not a definitive list of what you need; it’s just a few of my favourite bits to take with me sometimes. Although I usually travel light. The list is in no particular order.
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The Gransfors Wildlife Hatchet is usually my choice of axe as its small, quite light and yet still heavy enough for larger tasks. It’s also ideal for carving and more intricate jobs. Although currently I am field testing the new Gransfors Hand Hatchet which has performed very well so far and I will review this at a later date. Find out more at the address below
There are lots of firesteels on the market, but I like this one. Maybe the reindeer motif swung it for me! ~These are used to start fires using a spray of hot sparks. You can use any semi-sharp edge to create sparks with them (usually the back of a knife) but most hard surfaces will work if they have an edge.
I have never really liked tents that much, so if I need a ‘roof’ over my head for the night I will opt for a basha, also known as a tarp. This one here is my usual choice as its very lightweight and packs smaller than most.
I like to collect natural tinder, and usually get in trouble at some point or another keeping it loose in my pockets, which always falls out! Anyway, these reindeer leather pouches are ideal. They come in two sizes.
I will cheat here, as I’m going to list a few knives. I’m usually testing lots at any one time, currently the Fallkniven F1 micarta (a truly lovely knife). Another ‘basic’ knife I love to use is the Mora 840MG which is under £10!!!! And will beat many knives hands down for edge retention and performance. However, at this current time (other than my homemade knives) I like to use the Helle Harding Bushcraft Knife. This is a special knife to me for personal reasons, but its a joy to use too!
Well, with that kit you need a bag to put it all in. For a smallish bag I always opt for Karrimor. Especially the 45 Litre. They may cost more than some, but they wear better than any I have used. They really are second to none!
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Thanks for reading
Catch you on the trail