Helle Alden Knife Giveaway ::Winner Announced::

Helle Alden Bushcraft Knife

I’m giving away a beautiful Helle Alden bushcraft knife worth $100 to one lucky reader. The Alden has a razor sharp non-laminated blade made from Sandvik 12C27 stainless steel and gorgeous curly birch handle with stainless steel fittings. It comes with a genuine leather pouch style sheath. This is a straight forward giveaway (the first […]

My Three Favorite Bushcraft Items


In January I was tagged by Hendrik of Hiking in Finland to name my three favourite Bushcraft and/ or Camping items. Due to old age and my declining memory and partly because things have been a little hectic so far this year, I never got round to posting my response. Sorry Hendrik, but thanks for […]

Dokka | Helle’s First Folding Knife in 80 Years


For 80 years, Helle of Norway has operated exclusively as a fixed-blade knife manufacturer. Folding knives simply never fit in with their strict quality standards. However, this Spring that is about to change with the (upcoming) release of the Dokka, Helle’s first folding knife. The Dokka will feature their signature triple-laminated, razor sharp stainless steel […]

Bushcraft vs. Leave No Trace (LNT)?

I’m conflicted. I enjoy getting outdoors with my kids at the weekend, going on day hikes, and practicing our bushcraft skills like making firesticks, carving pot hangers, and learning how to properly build and start a camp fire. BUT – when I go on my multi-night or longer distance ultralight backpacking trips (typically without my […]

Making An Improvised Backpack

On many of my hiking trips I’ve witnessed first-hand how reliant people have become on their gadgets and gear, to the point where they often carry things they are “supposed” to carry, but have little or no experience of how to properly use them. Of course this is not true of everyone or even most […]

Mechanix Wear Lightweight Gloves

Weighing in at a mere 1.75oz for a pair, the Mechanix Wear Fastfit gloves make for a great way to add an additional layer of protection to your hands while on the trail. I like to carry a pair of these with me when I go on longer multi-day hikes or when I know I’ll […]

Helle Harding Knife Review

The Helle Harding knife is a pleasure to look at and a pleasure to use. I’ve wanted to get my hands on a Helle knife for quite some time after reading and hearing very good things about them, I’m glad I was finally able to. The Helle Knife company has been hand crafting knives since […]

Dan Koster Bushcraft Knife Modifications

I’ve been using my Dan Koster Bushcraft knife for several months now and for the most part it’s really good quality knife, albeit a slightly heavy one . However, one of the design characteristics that I’ve been disappointed with from the day I received it was the shape, and specifically the thickness, of the natural […]

Bahco Laplander Folding Saw

I’ve been using my Bahco Laplander folding saw for several weeks now and I have to say I am totally impressed. Not only is it amazingly efficient at cutting through wood, thanks to the quality Sandvik 7-inch blade, it’s relatively lightweight weighing just 6.4oz.  Considering what an effective and versatile cutting tool it has proven […]

Gränsfors Bruks Small Forest Axe

An ultralight small forest axe? Hardly, but to my way of thinking, every ounce that I carry has to pay its way, and the weight that a good axe adds to my overall pack weight is well worth the effort. I got my Gränsfors Bruks Small Forest Axe from Ben’s Backwoods and have been using […]