Month: October 2022 (Page 1 of 2)

Wilderness Medical Kit PT 4

511 Rush 24 pack

Ive almost finished the Wilderness Response kit. I have the following to purchase but am having trouble finding anyone with all SAM Splint sizes in stock at once.

bleed kit to be moved to side pouch

The other items I can source from a local chemist. Id also like to grab two extra large general purpose pouches from SORD Australia to place on the sides of the 511 RUSH 24 just to organise the contents better instead of trying to jam everything into the main compartments. .Have the bleed kit in one side and the breaks and sprains with all other bandages in the other side pouch. Ive also added three glow sticks to use as markers and would also like to include an orange marker panel to aid in rescuers locating a patient during a rescue operation..

hypothermia kit and survival kit

Yet to Purchase:

sharpies x 2

Sam splints 2×36 1×18 1×9 finger splints x 6

2x 3 inch 2x 6 inch elastic bandages

Irrigation syringe

Burntec 4×4 inch wet dressing x 2

Saline eye rinse

Snake bite bandages x 2

internal section id like to move the rescue items to the outside of the pack

PPE at top airway in bottom section

The Importance of First Aid Training

In the last few weeks. I dropped a glass roasting dish on my bad leg and had blood pissing out of my foot and realized how little people know about first aid when they were more interested in cleaning up the mess than stopping the blood flow.

Tonight I cooked roast chicken with harissa, garlic and oregano with roast potatoes, sweet potato, pumpkin, and carrot (I like cooking) when a mate choked on a piece of chicken. All the first aid and first responder courses paid off when I managed to stop him choking, when he spat out a 3 inch piece of chicken from his throat.

No panicking, no not knowing what to do, just got in there and responded with instinct. Do a First Aid Course.

Bush Knives

Bush knives in a 12 inch length have to be one of the most neglected blades in the production knife industry.They bridge the gap between hatchet, machete and a smaller knife. They can be used to cut down a larger diameter tree or for finer tasks. The closest production blades on the market at the moment are the Extrema Ratio Mato Groso and the Condor Bushcraft Parang.

I was listening to Joe Flowers from Bushcraft Global and designer for Condor Knife and Tool who was saying they are starting to issue smaller machetes on their training courses because they were much easier to control for beginners. Nicole Alpelian also used a modified kukri design on The Alone Series.

I became interested in this length blade for training in martial arts mainly Kali and after watching Bolo work with Atienza Kali. I have emailed Esse several times asking if they have ever considered doing a Junglas 3 in a 12 inch model.

I find this length much more controllable than a longer machete and more adaptable than a 10 inch Golok. The blade i own and tend to use the most is a Crowner. Im not sure it ever had a name. They were usually made as a kali blade in a 14 inch but i had it shorter version made up for me in 3V steel , must have been over ten years ago. I’m not sure Jeff is even still making knives. However the blade is off set to the grip with a re-curved belly and slight con-vexed grind. A blade of this length is great for survival as-well as SD.

Nicole Alpelian Bush Knife

Joe Flowers Bushcraft Global

Atienza Kali

Land Navigation fundamentals Training Course by Kinetic Fighting

Taught by Australian Special Forces veterans, this course will give you the essential tools to expand your horizons and come back safe. Land Navigation Fundamentals is a two-day course packed with information and activities, including practical application of learned skills through navigation exercises. With no prerequisite level of fitness or experience needed, the course is suited to anyone interested in learning about or improving their skill in land navigation. Don’t be dissuaded if you already have navigation experience, as the small group format means the content can be tailored to you. Numbers are strictly limited to a maximum of 6 people*, so book now!

Land Navigation Fundamentals runs from approximately 8am to 6pm on a Saturday and 6am to 8pm on a Sunday (inclusive of breaks), with the general plan for each day as follows:

Day 1 – Navigation Essentials

We cover the fundamentals of navigation theory in the morning, followed by static navigation in the afternoon. Theory topics include:

Map reading

Bearings/back bearings

Grid-to-magnetic bearing conversions

Measuring distance

Route planning and the nav’ data sheet

Static navigation topics include:

Shooting bearings

Relating the map to the ground


Day 2 – Applied Fundamentals

The second day mainly involves navigating from point to point, to consolidate the learning of the previous day. This begins with route planning, covering topics including:

Map appreciation

Plotting navigation routes

Filling a nav’ data sheet

The active navigation exercises that follow include cross-country navigation and applying tips and tricks such as ‘aiming off’.

No Such thing As Weeds

After reading the following two pamphlets many years ago I decided there was no such things as weeds they can either indicate whats wrong with the soil or place needed trace elements and minerals back into it. I never looked at farming and agriculture the same again.

Three Major groups of weeds. The first comprises of those that live in acid soil and therefore indicating increased acidity. To this group belong the Sorrels, Docks, Finger-leaf weeds, Lady’s Thumb, and Horsetail.

The second major group indicates crust formation or hard pan in th soil. Belonging here are the Field Mustard, The horse Nettle, Penny Cress. Morning Glory, Quack Grass, The Camomiles and the Pine Apple Weed.

The third major group consists of those weeds which follow human cultivation, spreading out with compost and manure, wherever man walks. Here belong the Lambs Quarters, Plaintain, Chickweed, Buttercup, Dandelion, Nettle, Prostate knot Weed, Prickly Lettuce, Field Speedwell, Rough Pigweed, Common Horehound, Celandine, Mallows, Carpetweed.

The acid soil groups tell us the best which changes are occurring in the soils. acidity in the soil increases with lack of air, standing water in surface layer, cultivating in too wet a soil, insufficient cultivation, insufficient drainage, one-sided cultivation, wrong kind of fertilizers used, excess adic fertilizers, increasing sheet erosion and loss of humus.

Indicates –
Slightly acid soil due to insufficient cultivation ; Daisies, Horsetail, Field Sorrel, Prostate Knotweed.
Very acid Soil due to Wrong cultivation or insufficient drainage ; Cinquefoil, Swampy Horsetail, Hawkweed and knapweed.
Salty soils ; Shepards Purse, Russian Thistle, Sea Plantain, Sea Aster, Artemisia Maritima.
Hard Pan soils ; Wild Mustard and Horse Nettle.
Dry soils ; Mustard, Silvery Cinquefoil, Russian Thistle, Agrimony, catchfly, Broom Bush, Crotalaria, Dyers Greenweed, Rabbits Foot clover, Sweet clover, ST barnabys, Malthease Thistle, Common speedwel, Prostate Pigweed, Spurge, Shrubby ST Johnswort.
Sandy Soils : Most Golden rods, flowered Aster, Arrow Leaved wild lettuse, Yellow toad flax, Ononis, Partrdige Pea, Broom Bush.
Steepe Formation ; Russian Thisstle, Sage, Loco Weed.
Alcaline soils ; Sage brush, Woody Aster.
Lime Stone Soils ; Penny Cress, Field Peppergrass, Hares Ear mustard, Wormseed, Canada Blue Grass, Cornelian cherry, Barnabys Thisstle, Field madder, Mountain bluet, yellow Camomile.
High potasium in Soil ; Marsh mallow, wormwood, knapweed, Fumatory, Opium poppy. (Red clover disappears with lack of potasium)
Absence of lime ; Yellow Clover, Rabbits foot clover, fox glove, wild pansy, garden sorrel, sundews, white mullen, scotch broom, black vetchling.
Gypsum ; Common burdock
Moist badly Drained soils ; Smartweed, Mild water pepper, hedge bindweed, silverweed, white avens, swampy horsetail, meadow pink, hedge nettle, stinking willie, canada and narrow leaf goldenrod, tradescant, purple stem aster, joe pye weed, march foxtail, rice cut grass.
On Pastures ; Buttercups, Dock, knotweed, fingerweeds, white avens, grass leaved stickwort, ST Johnswort, pokeweed, Milkweed, Wild garlic, Briar, Thistles.

Sources of Minerals and Trace Elements –

bulbous Buttercup ; cobalt, copper, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potasium
broad leaved dock ; phosphorus, potasium
chamomile ; calcium, potasium,
coltsfoor ; calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potasium, sulphur.
Sheperds purse ; calcium.
chickweed ; manganese, potasium
comfrey ; calcium, nitrogen potasium
creeping thistle ; calcium, copper, iron, potasium
daisy ; calcium, magnesium
dandelion ; calcium, copper, iron
fat hen ; calcium, iron
groundsel ; iron
pimpernel ; calcium
cleavers ; calcium
great pantain ; calcium, copper, iron, potasium, silica
horsetail ; calcium, cobalt, iron, magnesium, silica
silverweed ; iron, calcium, magnesium
sow thistle ; copper, potasium
stinging nettle ; calcium, copper, iron, nitrogen, potasium
sun spurge ; boron
valerian ; silica
yarrow ; copper, nitrogen, phosphorus, potasium,
tufted vetch ; cobalt, copper, phosphorus, potasium.

Esse Junglas 2 Project Part 2

The first part of the Esse Junglas Project grinding a 90 degree spine and gluing the leather to the sheath. It will then be returned to me to finish off the leather edging and handle. Ill then have to send it to another mate to have it sand blasted and ferric acid applied before resharpening. The spine may also require emery paper going back over the edge to re-hone the 90 degree section. Thx Pete and Gary for the help.

Traditional Bedroll Project

all terrain bedroll

I have finally finished my traditional bedroll, using a Blues Bushcraft Boutique All Terrain Bedroll coupled with swag straps made by Al Ainsworth at Howling Dingo Leatherworks and a secondary blanket that I had purchased many years ago from C.J Wilde at Wilde Weavery which were hand woven and made for 18th century reenacting. I found the blanket after it was mentioned in an article by Mark. A. Baker in a Pilgrims Journey Vol 1. Another 5 weeks with the leg brace on according to the physio, that will make it 6 months hobbling around. The bedroll will be one of the first things Ill be taking bush to try out over a few nights. I haven’t spent this long near towns in a long time.

wilde weavery 18th century reproduction blanket
howling dingo swag straps

Wilde Weavery

Blues Bushcraft Boutique

Howling Dingo Leatherwork

All Terrain Bedroll Article

Extrema Ratio Pugio


Extrema Ratio is a brand I keep coming back to. Yes they are over priced for N690 steel which has eventually the edge holding of D2 with less toughness and better corrosion resistance. With similarities to VG10. N690 is sometimes compared to 440C. I believe N690 has more Cobalt additive.

comparison of blade sizes

I have owned a Venom, Mato Grosso, Kukri and a Shrapnel and have never faulted the edges or the cutting ability. Ive only sold them due to having better blades, however Id like to repurchase the Shrapnel now they are making them with a longer grip and in a desert warfare color. I had one of the first models in black.Im also taking another look at the Mato Grosso. At the time they were too light for what I needed. I was living in an area with hard wood and not rain-forest and training heavily in Kali and wanted something for dual use. However moving up the East Coast of Australia I’m now missing the lighter blade. The waki is also tempting me but the price is holding me back.

closet competitor ASOT-01

Ive collected daggers since I was a teenager and sold most of the ones I have owned. At one time even having a complete collection of Applegate Fairbairns. I have only kept my favorites and enough to remain a legal collector of double edge blades. Its not often Ive been tempted enough to purchase another dagger however the Pugio hits all the right marks.

possible mounting option

The blade itself arrived razor sharp from the box. It looks like they have changed the grip material . The Gen 1 handles tended to mark up after a while from general exposure, the new grip seems more like plastic but very comfortable. The grip lends itself to both reverse and forward grips.

locking mechanism

The only thing I can really fault is the sheath. The locking mechanism seems to be designed to be incorporated onto a shoulder harness, however unlike Tekloks have no system to fit onto Molle and remains a belt only attachment system. The blade also seems to cant in the sheath, I guessing this is purposeful to aid in the draw but looks off when attempting to set up on a chest rig. Im going to have to play with this to seek better mounting options, similar to the hardcore hardware ASOT-01.

ASOT sheath

I think with better mounting options this blade could have competed for the Lethality System Project (LAND 159) Tranche 1 tertiary weapon system which is the basis of the ADF’s new Hand-to-Hand Fighting System. At a guess Id say this system would have had something to do with Paul Cale’s Kinetic fighting system.

staffy had to get her head in there as usual


Blade Length: 110mm

Overall Length: 226mm

Blade Thickness: 4.3mm

Weight: 170g

Blade Material: Böhler N690 Steel

Hardness: 58 HRC

Blade Finish: MIL-C-13924 Burnished

Blade Grind: Razor/Hollow

Handle Material: Nylon

Manufacturer Number: 04.1000.0314/BLK

Country of Origin: Italy

Council Tool Woodcraft Camp Carver Axe

Camp Carver

Just a quick comparison and initial opinion of the newly arrived Council Tool Camp Carver 16″ in 5160 steel. I would have preferred the 22 inch version with a straight handle that uses the same head weight however I’m told that’s a 12 month wait time. So I decided to purchase the 16 inch version and obtain the longer handle separately. At first glance I think I made the right decision when comparing the balance of the Gransfors Bruks to the Council Tool The Camp Carver head is much heavier.

comparison of axes from left CC, Firestone,wildlife,hunters,outdoors.

The grip on the Camp Carver is much thinner than the hunters Axe. I like the way Council Tool have done the poll. The length of the handle is 15.5 inches compared to the hunters at 18.5″. As a belt axe I’m sticking with my Gransfors however with the longer handle I think that the Camp Carver with make a great pack axe. Which is what I have been looking for.

left; camp carver,outdoor,wildlife.

left camp carver, hunters
left hunters handle right camp carver width
grains are comparable between the three
bottom camp carver middle outdoors
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