#AskPaulKirtley Episode 5 – Knife Sharpening, Knives & The Law, Bears In Sweden And More…

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#AskPaulKirtley Episode 5

Welcome to Episode 5 of #AskPaulKirtley, where I answer questions about bears and camping in Sweden, bushcraft/survival knives and what we do with them when we are travelling or in public places, knife and oilstone recommendations for a beginner to learn bushcraft knife sharpening, where to park our car when going for a multi-day hike and how to stop getting bothersome bits in our boots…

What Is #AskPaulKirtley?

#AskPaulKirtley is my Q&A video and podcast series that aims to answer your questions about bushcraft, survival skills and outdoor life.

The idea here is partly to take the strain off my email inbox and get answers out to people in a more timely fashion.

Rather than send an answer to just that one person, I’d like others to benefit from the answers too. So, just in the same way I’d previously write an email answer, here I’m going to speak the answer (which is much quicker than me typing out an answer, so I’ll get more questions answered as well as benefiting more people).

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Links For This Episode of #AskPaulKirtley

How To Sharpen A Bushcraft Knife
Bushcraft Knife Sharpening: Achieving The Correct Bevel Angle [YouTube video]
How To Create Really Big Sparks With A Swedish Firesteel [YouTube video]

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Related Material On Paul Kirtley’s Blog:

Way Out North: A Boreal Forest Foray

The Importance Of Leaving Word Before Heading Into The Wild

How To Find A Place To Practise Bushcraft In The UK


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Paul Kirtley is an award-winning professional bushcraft instructor. He is passionate about nature and wilderness travel. In addition to writing this blog Paul owns and runs Frontier Bushcraft, a wilderness bushcraft school, offering bushcraft courses and wilderness expeditions.


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Andrew Casey

Hullo Paul,

Another great show, very interesting the difference in bear behaviours. I would never have thought that. What I found useful was clarification on the legislation on knives. I’m going to Scotland in September for a week long fundamental bushcraft course and was worried about taking a knife and folding saw. I’m not now, I’ll be taking them stowed away deep inside my luggage. I think I’ll have a read of the legislation just to have it in my head! Thanks Paul.

Mind how you go!



Paul Kirtley

Glad it was helpful Andrew. Is it the Lochside course you’re doing in Sept? Lovely spot if it is…

Warm regards,



Andrew Casey

It is the Lochside course. Sorry it’s not one of yours Paul, it would be nice to say hello and thanks in person. Definately in the future! I’ll be going to Scotland with a healthy foundation in tree and plant ID.

Thanks Paul


Paul Kirtley

I’ll try not to hate you too much Andrew 😉

Seriously, no worries. Dan or Keith or Nick or Foxy or whoever runs it will do a good job. I hired those guys for Woodlore when I was Course Director. I have a good nose for quality…

There’ll be some species up there you’ll not be used to seeing down sarf, notably Bird Cherry, Prunus padus. There’s some Red Elder, Sambucus racemosa around too. Keep an eye out for Wych Elm, Ulmus glabra. You might also see some Fomes fomentarius on birches up there. There’s also a range of coniferous trees in plantation sections from spruces to larches to various firs. And there are a tonne of interesting plants there too.

Make the most of it!




Andrew Casey

Thanks for the tips Paul. I will do my best to glean every ounce of knowledge that I can! Cheers Paul.


Paul Kirtley

I’m sure you will Andrew.


Pierluigi Tucci

Hi Paul,
very good.
Also here there are some brown bears and normally I do not take care of it due their lack of aggressivity.
But, last year in summer I can remember a mushrooms finder that faced and was injured by a bear female with their cubs, but it is normal if you head down all day with no “calling” sometimes

Thanks for sharing and warm regards.

Pierluigi Tucci



if I ever come to the U.K., I’m definitely going to sign up for a Frontier class, if they have one in Scotland. Been to the London area dozens of times but never long enough to do something like take a wilderness instruction course outside of the metro areas… wished the courses in canada were not just canoe oriented.


Robert D.Scott

Hi Paul ,
thanks for your sharing . I am a hunter and I often make trips in the woods , your information can be useful to me very much . If given the opportunity I will come Frontier Busscraff to have more experience than . It is really amazing things !

Robert D.Scott


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