#AskPaulKirtley 71 – Roycraft Packframes; Sharpening & Oiling Knives; Bow Drill Moisture Content

#AskPaulKirtley 71 – Roycraft Packframes; Sharpening & Oiling Knives; Bow Drill Moisture Content

In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley, I answer listener questions about Roycraft packframes in bushcraft, how often you should sharpen your knife, oiling knives and bow drill woods moisture content. I also talk a little about the Helikon-Tex Patriot fleece jacket.

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How To Sharpen A Bushcraft Knife
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10 thoughts on “#AskPaulKirtley 71 – Roycraft Packframes; Sharpening & Oiling Knives; Bow Drill Moisture Content

  1. Thanks for insight again Paul, always interesting and informative.

    Just as a light infantryman gonna put my 2c in on the roycraft frame as carrying heavy loads is basically 90% of my job. I would agree it’s cool and interesting for emergency situations or overnight camping but I would personally recommend people avoid hiking more than a couple k if they have any real weight in there. I learned the hard way that just “manning up” is not the way to have longevity in the outdoors. I believe looking after the most important (and irreplaceable) piece of kit you have should (your body) always be priority number 1 and if you’re not regularly carrying heavy loads you’re likely to put a fair amount of pressure on the spine if you’re caring more than say 20kg or so through the shoulders for long enough to get fatigued. The majority of the non combat medical retirements of my (now ex) colleagues has been due to too much weight with shitty packs (sometimes even with good onea) for too long and not enough preperation.

    1. Thanks for the extra words of caution on pack weight and looking after your body. Much appreciated. Cheers, Paul

      1. Of course. I’m sure you already had that all in mind but I felt like raising the point.

        Anyway I appreciate your content and appreciate all the valuable info. Much of it has made field exercises much more comfortable for me.

        1. No worries. I appreciate you adding to the discussion. I’m also happy my other materials have been useful to you.

          Warm regards,


  2. How is the wildlife where you’re from? I personally have a massive fear of bears here on the west coast which stops me from doing as much of this stuff that i’d love to eventually do haha. Do you ever think of that? How can I get over this? Haha. Cheers, Paul.

  3. This is really informative & brilliant. Just phenomenal. Thanks a lot for your fantastic info. Keep up the great job.

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