giovedì 26 febbraio 2015

Mora Outdoor 2000 "Never lost": homemade leather sheath

The Mora Outdoor 2000 "Never lost" is a great knife for peoples looking for an affordable tool with stunning quality/cost ratio.

I plan to use this knife for my next kayak trip, due to the minimal weight, the inoxidable steel, the plastic handle with a great grip even with wet handles. I like the knife but - at usual for Mora knives - I don't like the plastic sheath. Look, I'm not saying Mora sheaths are not efficient...I just don't like the cheap look of them.

So - as usual - I have made an homemade leather sheath for my knife. Even if leather, I treat it with hot wax so that's good also for wet environment. Apologize for the bad pics, I have made them with my phone.

Enjoy your bushcraft!


martedì 17 febbraio 2015

Victorinox Alox Farmer vs Victorinox Ranger: blades difference

The SAK Alox Farmer and the SAK Ranger are two of my favorites knives out in the woods. Both are very similar in length (Farmer 93mm - Ranger 91mm), anyway the blades are significantly different: the Farmer blade is higher, a bit longer, and thicker (2,7mm vs 2,0mm - maximum thickness) than the Ranger blade.
That said, both are very efficient...

Enjoy your Bushcraft!


domenica 15 febbraio 2015

TARLO_some woodcarving

Today, a rainy day actually, I was out to hike some hours.

My TARLO  (see here if you want to know all about Tarlo) was with me as often is for these kind of light outdoors activities.
What I like especially about this knife is that is so compact and light to be forgotten, until you have the need of a robust fixed blade ready at the hand for each activities you may effront.
This time I decide to make a tent peg, just to have some fun and kill some time...
Well, TARLO is effective as usual, comfortable and safe to use. I am glad to have him with me.

Enjoy your Bushcraft!


sabato 14 febbraio 2015

ROK Project: the Real Outdoors Forum Knife 2015

Few months ago, my good friend and professional knifemaker Stuart Mitchell from Sheffield wrote me a couple lines "Would you like to design the potential Real Outdoors Forum knife for me?".

We chatted a bit about the possibilities. TARLO (see here TARLO Project) was the inspiration, but Stuart asked for something more versatile in terms of handles: naked, wrapped with paracord or scaled (customs choice).

The resulting design was the draft here below

There were two other great project from skilled knifemakers for the Real Outdoors Forum Knife. 
The challenge was hard, but at the end the winner was our project, and the ROK (Real Outdoors forum Knife) was born.

After some minor modifications, the ROK first run was decided to be launched, in just 25 pieces. The list of the future owners was full in 48 hours.

Stuart started before Christmas to work on ROK project. He shared the various steps on Real Outdoors Forum, and for me was exciting to see how ROK growths

Well, the final result is great, in my opinion. ROK is a compact, versatile, though, useful tool.
The steel is the SF100, the thickness is 3,0mm, the blade length is an hair below 70mm

Some of the 25 first run pieces are scaled. The scales are in G10, black or green. Pins or swaged tubes are also an options. For me, I choose a ROK with Green G10 scales and swaged tubes.

That's the ROK project 2015. I'm proud about it, and very happy about the high quality level of Stuart Mitchell's job. Waiting for my own ROK to test on the field, I want to thanks Stuart and Real Outdoors Forum.

Enjoy your Bushcraft!!


venerdì 13 febbraio 2015

Emergency Waterproof Fire Capsule_how to

Here SAK-Swiss Army Knife Mini Fire Capsule I have explained how to make a SAK Mini Fire Capsule for your Swiss Army Knife, using a straw, some cotton wool and Petroleum Jelly: that's a great emergency tool to store in the SAK corkscrew.

Well, if you want a Waterproof Fire Capsule bigger and more durable, something that you may use daily to light a camp fire, that's how I do it.

Firstly, you need for a straw, some cotton wool, and Petroleum Jelly. Again, pliers and lighter

Second: cut 2 inches (5 centimeters) piece of the straw

Third: take a pinch of cotton wool. Using a toothpick, soak the cotton wool in the Petroleum Jelly

Fourth: insert the soaked cotton wool in the straw piece (use the toothpick to help)

Fifth: clean from the surplus Petroleum Jelly

Sixth: hold tight an extremities of the straw piece using pliers, then burn the extremity until is sealed (use the lighter). Do the same for the opposite extremity.

The Fire Capsule is made ...

From a standard straw (I found them in Cafè Bar), I made five capsules

The Fire Capsules are waterproof

I take them in my Emergency Kit

The Waterproof Fire Capsule is easy to be ignited, by lighter (of course) and Firesteel sparks too

Cut one capsule extremity, and squeeze. The soaked cotton wool go out easily

Just rub a bit the cotton wool, to enlarge fibres

Now use the firesteel to ignite the soaked cotton wool,

The cotton wool will burn for 2 minutes or more. See the video here...

The Waterproof Fire Capsule is a great piece of my emergency/fire kit

Enjoy your Bushcraft!

Alfredo Doricchi