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Editor John Branson—a longtime friend of Proenneke’s and a park historian—ensures that Proenneke’s journals from 1974–1980 are kept entirely intact. His colloquial writing is not changed or altered, but Branson’s footnotes make his world more approachable by providing a background for names and places that may have otherwise been unknown. Any reader with a love for conservation and true-life wilderness narratives will undoubtedly admire and relish Proenneke’s tales of living in the wild. 57 color illustrations
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I have started a partnership with Chris from KFU to produce leather sheath for is knives. Chris is a knifemaker from the EUA and a great friendly guys.
Check him out and i guarantee that you will not be disappointed
More details on his work can be found here http://www.facebook.com/pages/KFU-Knives/119027924948726 and http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/forumdisplay.php/872-Backwoods-amp-KFU-Custom-Handmade-Knives
Mors Kochanski Talks About Survival Axes:
I think I mentioned before that Mors Kochanski, a well known survival and wilderness instructor has started posting videos on YouTube regarding different topics. Here I wanted to share with you two videos he put out on axes. They are good to watch just because they are put out by Mors, but unfortunately they don’t seem to contain too much information that the average axe user wouldn’t already know.
There are a few interesting things that struck me personally. The first was the horrible condition in which he keeps his axes. These are probably some of the most poorly taken care of axes that I have ever seen, and would personally consider unsafe to use. I think that at the point where your axe handle is held together with duct tape, it is time to rehang it.
The other thing is the size of axe that he recommended for survival. His choice was a Swedish army surplus boy’s size axe. The axe itself is great. I have reviewed it here before. However, under what circumstances are you going to end up in a survival situation, presumably without the rest of your gear, but at the same time carrying a 3.5 lb axe? Just seems unlikely. It is not a bad size axe to carry around with you, and perhaps that is what he intended to convey, but as a survival tool, it is just unrealistic that you would have it with you, but not your regular gear. Perhaps out concepts of survival differ.
And the third thing that i found humorous is that he pointed to some Gransfors Bruks axes and said that they are not his favorite, and are not what he would chose to carry, but that they became very popular because Ray Mears endorsed them. I thought it was a very interesting glimpse into wilderness expert “mine is bigger than yours”.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/11/30/exclusive-dual-survival-names-joseph-teti-its-new-military-survival-pro/#ixzz2DzzPnK34
The leuku is a traditional knife of the Sami culture of Lappland, it is also called “stuorra niibi” which means big knife. I will be making two posts about the leuku, the first one with a brief description, some photos and an account of his experience with the leuku by Thomas (edgepal) from Northern Sweden. The second post is an excellent essay written by Pasi Hurtilla, a puukkoseppä from Ivalo, Finland.
In my correspondence with Federico Buldrini he states “It’s believed that leukus were developed by Sami people, starting from the Viking seaxes and väkipuukkos (in Finland). These knives, together with steel working techniques, arrived in Scandinavian and Baltic peninsula after the Migration Period, 400-700 A.D.” and the leuku has evolved to suit their needs, from chopping down small trees, clearing brush and splitting firewood to butchering and preparing reindeer.
The leuku has a wide blade about 8 or 9 inches long usually of carbon steel which holds up better in the cold climate. The handle is generally birch with a wide flat pommel at the end that gives added force when struck with the free hand. It also helps in taking the leuku out of the sheath with gloves or mittens on.
Sometimes a small piece of bone may be inserted in the handle as a rattle, a measure to keep evil spirits away. The bolsters are brass and the tang extends all the way through the handle. The tuppi or sheath is leather, usually from reindeer and is very deep covering almost all of the knife. There may be simple decoration on the sheath.
The leuku is a multi purpose tool. There are several smiths making leukus and they are available from some of the manufacturers of Nordic knives such as Strømeng. They are popular for use among those who like to hike and camp in the forests, “bushcrafting” as well as the reindeer herders.
Here is a very nice custom made leuku by puukkoseppä Mikko Inkeroinen. See more of Mikko’s very fine work at his website http://seppainkeroinen.net/
From correspondence with Thomas (edgepal):
“I lived with the Sami people for 20 years in the high Mountains (alps) of Sweden. My wife was Sami and her parents and 6 brothers were living the traditional Sami life and life style. I lived in the mountains with her relatives for 6 months every year and two of my three sons work with reindeer today.
During my years in the mountains I carried a Sami type knife belt with two knives, one normal sized Sami knife and one “huggare” also called a chopper or Leuku. Leuku is a Finish name for a huggare and it is used only in Finland. They also are named “Lapphuggare”, Sami chopper in Sweden and Norway.
The chopper is a working knife, made for hard work and I have used choppers a lot in my life – and I still do, but now I do not make shelters and so on – I walk home instead to a warm fire, a good whisky and a loving wife. That is much more comfortable in my age. Choppers, leuku or huggare is a very special type of knife, it is not just another knife. It is designed for arctic use by a nomadic people. Every part of the complete knife is designed for just this. I know that today’s knife makers make their own design of them, but in my mind, those knives are not a huggare, it is something else. Perhaps a sort of Bowie?
A good huggare shall have a big knob on the handle. It is necessary in the arctic climate and this knob is used in many ways depending on what I am chopping, big branches or small branches birch or pine branches – or if I split wood, or build a shelter. Sometimes I hold my chopper just with the little finger and let the rest of the handle slide inside my hand and all the rest of my fingers just steer the huggare so I hit exactly what I like to hit. For example tiny branches in a bush, and for that job the knob is very important, if there was no knob the knife will slide out of your hand, especially when it is wet and cold and during the winter. And of course, when you have chopped like that for 2-3 hour your hand will be very tired.
No metal pieces on the handle in the arctic climate, that is very important when the temperature goes below minus 30 centigrade. I hate thin blades that “vibrates”on huggare. That is why I make my own huggare, 5 mm thick blade, 20-22 cm long blade, about 25mm wide blade, convex edge in about 26-30 degrees, and it works like a dream, at least for me.
When living with knives as your only tools, you see what happens to the edges during time. Years ago I started to think about a sort of sharpening tool that will give a locked angle – and when I became older I had the time to construct tools from those thoughts. Today that is EdgePal sharpening tools and you can find them on my homepage: http://www.edgepal.com/ where there is also a page in English.
If you search at http://www.britishblades.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?41-Scandinavian-Blades… you will find a lot of things written about huggare/leuku. I have written some things, search for topics by ‘edgepal’.”
Tenho para venda 3 conjuntos Mora 2000 que inclui
- Mora 2000 NOVA
- Bainha Original
- Bainha Custom em couro.
- Firesteel NOVO
O aspecto final do conjunto será semelhante ao da imagem. O lanyard da imagem não está incluido
Tudo por 65€ + Portes caso estejam interessados ou souberem de alguem por favor contactem-me
[EN]Dear friends and customer,
I have for sale 3 sets of Mora 2000 that includes
- Mora 2000 NEW
- Original Sheath
- Custom Leather Sheath
- Firesteel NEW
The final product is similar to the photo. The lanyard is not included
All for 65 € + shipping if interested or know of someone please contact me
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