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The Raven PK1: Evolution of a Knife

The Raven PK1: Evolution of a Knife

Since I was first allowed by my parents to use a Swiss Army Knife 30 years ago, I’ve always been a user of knives. For me, a knife has always been a tool to be used. I received an email in March 2011 from a friend who makes his living trading high quality knives. He suggested that there might be an interesting project afoot, to work with Raven Armoury on a knife for wilderness use…

An 80s Revival: Surviving with the Dartmoor Knife

An 80s Revival: Surviving with the Dartmoor Knife

The final production version of the Wilkinson Sword Survival Knife was something of a redesign of the original, officially renamed the Dartmoor Knife CSK185. The best way to review a piece of outdoor equipment, whether it is a knife or a canoe or anything else, is to go and use it for its intended purpose. So, it was thus I decided to get a good measure of the usefulness of the Dartmoor Survival Knife by heading out to the woods for a few days with little else to see how well this survival tool served me…

How To Make a Folding Bucksaw

How To Make a Folding Bucksaw

Folding bucksaws are a simple means of taking a large saw with you on a trip. Quick to assemble and neat to carry in a case or pack, this size of saw is a natural partner to an axe. Folding bucksaws can be packed…

A Bushcraft Camping Outfit – Equipment for Living in the Woods

A Bushcraft Camping Outfit – Equipment for Living in the Woods

Whether you are camping in the woods for a weekend or staying out for weeks, this bushcraft camping outfit is a good base model. By keeping your wilderness bushcraft camping equipment as simple and streamlined as possible you’ll minimise the amount of kit while maximising its functionality…

Bushcraft Knife Safety for Children

Bushcraft Knife Safety for Children

How should you supervise a child using a bushcraft knife? Should they even have one at all? Bushcraft knives and children do mix but it is a relationship that must be managed… Emma Hampton covers kid-specific safety tips that will enable you to guide your child as a novice knife user. She also answers some frequently asked questions regarding children and knife usage.

A Winter Camping Trip in the Northern Forest

A Winter Camping Trip in the Northern Forest

Winter camping in the northern forest can be an amazing experience. Also known as the boreal forest or the Taiga, the environment is simply beautiful. In many ways travel in the northern forest is easier in the winter than in the summer. The swamps and lakes are frozen and passable, as are the rivers which become your highways. There are no mosquitoes or other biting insects. The winter, however, brings its own specific complications and hazards…

How to Build a Survival Kit on Bushcraft Principles.

How to Build a Survival Kit on Bushcraft Principles.

Having been given a copy of John ‘Lofty’ Wiseman’s ‘SAS Survival Handbook’ when I was 13 years old, I spent a disproportionate amount of my mid-teens devising ingenious ways to cram more and more survival kit into a tobacco tin. At the weekend I’d go…

Essential Wilderness Equipment – 7 Items I Never Leave Home Without

Essential Wilderness Equipment – 7 Items I Never Leave Home Without

If you were stranded in the middle of nowhere, your chances of survival would be significantly higher if you had this equipment with you. To me, however, these items are not just pieces of survival equipment, they are things I use everyday when I am living outdoors. They are well-used but also well-loved. With the exception…