#AskPaulKirtley Episode 34 – Bear-resistant Containers, National Curriculum Bushcraft, Blisters, Modern SAKs, Bushcraft & Skis, Using Trash

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In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley I answer questions about bear-resistant containers, bushcraft in the National Curriculum, blisters, modern Swiss Army Knives, bushcraft and skis, and making use of trash you find in the woods…

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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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ScottC

Thanks again Paul,

You always give sound wisdom in this series.

Much appreciated,
ScottC

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Paul Kirtley

Thank you Scott. Glad you appreciate what I have to say.

Warm regards,

Paul

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paul walsh

yet another good q and a session i look forward to more many thanks Paul

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Paul Kirtley

Thanks Paul 🙂

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Marcus Eistert

Swiss Army Knives.
I am using the normal size of the Victorinox with unlocked blade.
In France it is the longest and strongest you are alowed to carry on your person.
I am using the “Victorinox Climber” because I like to have a short spare blade which i use as scalpell, for example for opening and drying out blisters. The large blade is good for cooking and eating and tentpoles and pegs production. ( In the frech summer you are not allowed to make a fire, and you do not need it. So that small knife is ok.) A beer opener every German should carry on the man, a tin opener is usefull too, the wineopener is usefull in France, the thorn drill works extremly good in wood, and the small hook is helpfull to pull pegs or tent nails, of mountaineering tents out of the earth. The sissors i need to shorten the nails of my fingers and feed. The screw drivers are often in use too.
So that is the minimum you need in summer conditions in developed countries and the maximum that fits comfortable in the pocket of your trousers. The small tools, toothstick and pincette are also ok, and if you need it for lenses or other small screws, you can buy seperately a very small screw driver and drill it in the wine opener.
The “Victorinox Climber” isn’t really a bushcrafters knife, but it is the best backpackers knife i could find.
I use this type since 42 years. And I recommend it to everybody who likes tramping and camping.
Marcus

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Marcus Eistert

Post scriptum:
Something i didn’t use yet, but bought it some days ago is the “Victorinox Knife Chain”.
It is made quite tough from stainless steel.
There, where the producer thought, i use a paracord line, what i prefere instead of a knife chain.
But i discoverd, that you can throw away the locking wire of its carabiner hook and get a quite large stainless steel open hook in the right size for a small mug, pot or german military mess kit, which has a 1,4 liter pot. You only have to add there, where they thought you would add the knife instead of that a larger key ring, that allowes to pull the chain there trough.
That loop you can hang over a small tripod, in the Carabiner hook where you took out the closing wire ( that you do not get easyly back, so throw it away) in that hook you can hang the small pot, ( I thing your zebra billy cans should fit there in too) if you pay attention, that your key ring is from stainless steel, you get with that a very nice little stainless steel cooking chane for small pot and tripod use. If you can not hit a pothanger in frosted earth in the winter, on rocks and other circumstances a nice idea, i think, what my genious brain created here.
If i should get some troubles by using that next time, i will inform paul, but i am as good as sure, that this will work perfectly!
Marcus

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