I’m generally not a big compass user. I have done a few orienteering and navigation courses. I can plot a course on a map however compass use is still one of my short comings. I have found several other courses Id like to do in this area. I tend to use topographical maps the most and follow ridge-lines and only use a compass to orientate the map to North. On most of my courses I have used a Silva Expedition Compass for map use and have recently purchased a Suunto MC2 for bushcraft use.
Some time ago I saw a Paul Kirkly presentation on using a Silva Ranger SL as a backup compass and I took to this idea as its small enough to keep in a belt pouch. Where I usually keep my Suunto in my haversack. The belt pouch is always on me.
I have become more and more interested in traditional bushcraft and using canvas and oilskin over nylon and noticed Coalcracker Bushcraft recently did a you-tube clip on the Trunord Button Compasses. This looks like it would match in with my more traditional approach that Im now taking to bushcraft and would make a good little backup for me to carry in my belt pouch.
Coalcracker How to Use
Pocket Compass History and Use
Silva Ranger SL Use
Silva Ranger SL Backup Compass
Trunord Brass Button Compass