Month: September 2022 (Page 1 of 4)

Flint and Steel with the Spine of the Knife

One of the Pathfinder Schools per-requistes is to bring a carbon steel knife. Most of the models I own for bushcraft are anything but that, I like my high end steels. There are several reasons why a carbon steel blade is preferred. Easier to sharpen on a rock if factory sharpening stones and diamond files aren’t available. Faster to sharpen than high end super steels, but also striking a piece of flint down the spine of the blade.

I have never tried this. it would also be interesting to try on different blades due to differential tempering. Where the spines are tempered softer to increase durability. Many spines may not be suited to using as a striker.

How practical is this in reality. There are only two places in Australia to find decent flint, do I want to damage a $400 knife in that way, how much damage would I do after short term use. How much of a factory coating would have to be removed beforehand. I rather buy a cheap Mora and try it out. This technique is more of a survival skill than a bushcraft one.

I read a book called Knife Only Survival by Tony Nester the idea of going into the bush with nothing but a blade and trying to survive has always fascinated me. There are several courses in the US that actually do this for up to 30 days.

So I finally have a reason to purchase a Mora knife. I have taken a quarter pound mash hammer and absolutely destroyed it by smashing apart a large piece of flint to obtain nodules. So this is definitely something I wouldn’t want to try on a LT Wright blade or an ESSE.

As a skill worth learning? I think its something Id like to try. I can see its worth overseas where flint and chert are more readily available in the field than in Australia. How many times has someone lost their ferro rod on Alone to then give up within hours.

Flint and Steel (Non Charred Plant Tinders)

A List of Plants Id like to Test:

Pacific Waterleaf Hydrophyllum tenuipes similar species Surinam Purslane

Great Burdock Arctium lappa

Stinging Nettle Urtica dioica

Fireweed Senecio madagascariensis

Milkweed Euphorbia peplus

Cattail Typha latifolia

Phragmites grass

Several of these plants grow in Australia. I swear Ive seen Pacific Water Leaf some where. However there are several similar plants Id like to see If I can process to a use-able material for using with a flint and steel without charring.

Cooking Temperatures With Camp Ovens

Heat Beads

300F 150C 12-13 top 5-6 bottom
300F 180C 177-18 top 9-10 bottom
400F 200C 18-19 top 10-11 bottom
450F 220C 20-21 top 10-11 bottom


Paper Test
Dark Brown – oven is very hot 240-250 C
Light Brown – oven is hot 220 to 230 C
Yellow – oven is moderate 180 to 190 C
Pale – oven is slow 120 C

Hand Test
If you can hold your hand 18 inches over the coals for a fast count of 5 the approximate temperature is 180 C

Flour Test
Throw a few pinches of flour into the camp oven If it doesn’t turn brown within five minutes the temperature is around 120 C (Low), if it goes brown in colour the the temperature is around 180 C( Moderate)

Flint and Steel (The Drag Method)

I’m getting more and more into the traditional side of bushcraft. I tend to wander back and forth between using primitive and traditional methods, but keeping to the three forms of lighting a fire rule of always carrying more than one type available to me.

I came across the following video of using a drag method of striking a piece of flint to conserve the edge.

Setting Up A Plow Point Tarp (The Knots)

Ive been trying out a few different knots in an effort to learn the best combination for setting up a plow point tarp and came across the below you-tube clip by Taro Movies Swiss Bushcraft and Survival that uses a short length of cordage and incorporates an Evank Hitch to the tree and a Taut Tarp Hitch to the tarp for adjust-ability. I thought this was a great combination of knots I already use for A-frame tarps. It just never occurred to me to use the same knots for a plow point in that way.Ive been using the plow point or diamond fly set up more and more to have protection on three sides and I can have a fire out the front. I’m also using canvas tarps more than nylon, so trying to get tension on a heavy 3×3 canvas tarp is much harder when setting up an A-frame.

In the second video Turtle Bushcraft shows a great modification to the ridgeline in order to hold up the center seam.

Wilderness Medical Kit PT 3

First Order from Tacmed Australia has arrived.

casualty cards
guedel airway kit and nasopharyngeal airway
pocket bvm next to wallet for size reference
side view and thickness
reference card set of 4
opposite view
stowed in my OBS kit
heavy duty mylar blankets
had to get a couple of patches for bag

Almar Sere 2000 Initial Opinion

sere 2000

Ive had the Sere for a little while but haven’t gotten around to using it as much as I would have liked and don’t like mentioning how a blade is in the field unless Ive carried and used it for some time. I first heard of the Sere on a Hoods Woods DVD by Ron Hood.

liners and barrel spacers

The SERE 2000 has a modified drop point / spear point blade with a mid height flat grind and a large flat ground swedge. SERE stands for survival evasion resistance and escape. The blade itself has crisp grind lines comes screaming sharp and it slices well. The no-nonsense handle design with O.D. green G10 handle scales over full steel liners and steel barrel back spacers of the liner lock.

4mm thick blade

The design allows for ambidextrous tip up carry and feels good in the hand type of thickness with a glassy smooth action and allows for a deep carry pocket clip.

A quick check of availability said they were no longer available and a phone call to Survival Supplies Australia confirmed this with only three left for sale at the time of this writing.


This blade is probably the smoothest action of any of the folders I have owned..My reason for purchase was to have a replacement blade for my GHB that wasn’t a fixed blade.I’m probably the least politically correct person out there however where store my GHB in the vehicle it is within reach of the rear seat and therefore accessible for searches. The Sere is the largest blade I can comfortably carry in my pocket and being 4mm thick appropriate for a BOB use where most wood cutting would be performed by a small silky pocket boy saw.Ill be field testing more in the near future.


Blade Length: 91mm

Overall Length: 216mm

Blade Thickness: 4mm

Steel: VG10 Stainless Steel

Hardness: RC 59-60

Action: Liner Lock

Handle Material/Colour: Olive Drab Green G10

Clip: Ambidextrous Deep Pocket Clip

Weight: 170g

Manufacturer Number: AMS2KOD

Made in Japan

The LOTN Marrone’s Are A Bad Influence

Lure of the North David and Kielyn Marrone are bad influences. This is an irrefutable fact. I watched David and Kielyns speeches at the Global Bushcraft Symposium Online and found their talks to be one of the most inspirational Ive heard in a long time. Between Davids talk on making his own gear and Kielyns on traveling by sled and snow shoes through the north Woods of Canada I wanted to pack my bags and head to the northern bush.

I was going through their website and found an instructional section on making your own gear. Strange from a company that also sells the same products. I came across and instructional on making a Trail Toboggan. I really like working with my hands and the idea of making my own sled I cant pass up. The idea that traditional equipment is better than modern materials intrigues me. I own a pair of mocs but now I’m looking at adding a pair of cold weather mukluks too.

I’m not sure how practical a sled is in Australia, I may have to put wheels on it but I’m sure its easier than making a canoe by hand.Im going to have to find a workshop. This is something I can do on one leg. Id like to try and make my own snow shoes too.

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