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Survival and Bushcraft go hand in hand with knives! This group is about anything survival/bushcraft! Show us your videos...what's in your Altoids survival kit? What kind of paracord wrap do you prefer for your neck knife? That kind of stuff...

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Comment by Howard P Reynolds on August 20, 2015 at 13:44

Here's another video on Bark River CPM-3V.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNOgcUIha_Q

Comment by Howard P Reynolds on August 20, 2015 at 13:34

Shlomo,

My interest in the Japanese hatchet is moving south.  garrettwade.com doesn't tell you that the blade is wedge shaped - flat on one side and beveled on the other.  Found a review of it, mentioned it is wedge-shaped.  Bad for me because I am a Lefty so the bevel is on the wrong side for me.  However, while exploring YouTube for Japanese hatchets I found that there are Japanese makers that produce a standard two-bevel (one on each side) hatchet, so I might be able to get one after all.

Also, and this is related to survival as well, While looking for reviews of the Japanese hatchet I stumbled upon this Japanese guy, who lives in Japan, and reviews a bunch of knives/survival knives.  His English is a bit difficult to understand, but with some effort, I think you can understand what he is saying.  He reviews all kinds of things, including a survival knife from New Zealand, Bark River, BK-2.  He also has videos on sharpening with water stones, and re-profiling knives from regular grind to convex grind.  Here's a video of him talking about Bark River S35VN steel.  He seems to know his stuff. (Virtuovice)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4m-wCKB2Ao

Comment by Howard P Reynolds on August 18, 2015 at 18:58

Shlomo,

I'm thinkin hard on that Japanese hatchet.  It doesn't look like full- tang, which would be my preference, but for $69.95, it might be worth a try.

Comment by Howard P Reynolds on August 18, 2015 at 17:44

Shlomo, I could open them from the email.  It just took a while for your ikc post to show up on my system. Thanks for re-posting the pics.

That Japanese hatchet is one mean looking tool.  I would not want to get in its way.  It might make a good survival tool - hatchet, draw-knife, defensive weapon, and a great blade with which to baton logs into kindling.  The other Japanese hatchet & axe look good, but I grew up with a carpenter's hatchet and because of that I prefer it, but I have never tried Japanese hatchets.  I do like Garrett Wade stuff, and go through the catalog from cover to cover when it comes in.

Comment by Shlomo ben Maved on August 18, 2015 at 14:32

As you can't open them:

Japanese Pattern Crosscutting Timber Saw

Japanese Lumber Saw - have used and want to purchase

A Folding Pruning Saw For Serious Work

Japanese Folding Saw--beats a Silky by a mile - own and love

A Real Hand-Lumber Saw

American Lumber Saw - own and use extensively

Howard, I can't watch UTube on my system.

There are two other items that I rave about from Garrett Wade.  The first is their Japanese Hatchet

http://www.garrettwade.com/japanese-hatchet/p/19S13.01/

Japanese Hatchet

I use this next to the fireplaces to make kindling when an Estwing Fireside Friend is too large - absobloodylutely amazing and the second is their

Japanese Hand Axe

http://www.garrettwade.com/super-sharp-japanese-hand-axe/p/11P23.06/

Super-Sharp Japanese Hand Axe

I'm also after this hatchet but have never used it - I really like bearded designs

http://www.garrettwade.com/product.asp?pn=69A01.11&green=AC3E99...

Handy Small Garden Axe

Comment by Howard P Reynolds on August 18, 2015 at 11:21

That Japanese saw looks like the one to have.  Too many calories spent in using the big one in the YouTube video.

Comment by Jan Carter on August 18, 2015 at 11:16

Took a look atthose Shlomo, thank you.  I think I like the Japanese style one best.  Looks more friendly for old hands LOL

Comment by Howard P Reynolds on August 18, 2015 at 11:07

Shlomo,

Got email about your latest post here, but somehow I don't see it.  I re-loaded the page a few times, but still no post.  Anyway, I remember seeing Lucas's tree saw only once, and it seemed at least as big as the biggest of the Garrett Wade saws, here:  http://www.garrettwade.com/professional-pruning-saws/p/86B01.01/ 

On the other hand the teeth looked like the teeth on this one-man tree saw, but not as long as this saw.  In reality, it was probably like the biggest of the saws in the link above.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnf80BMhtVM 

Comment by Shlomo ben Maved on August 18, 2015 at 10:51

You mean like these--Garrett Wade

http://www.garrettwade.com/a-real-hand-lumber-saw/p/20F01.01/ -- I have one and they work great.

http://www.garrettwade.com/japanese-pattern-crosscutting-timber-saw... -- I've used this one and I like it

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http://www.garrettwade.com/a-folding-pruning-saw-for-serious-work/p... -- got this in the early fall (for turkey season) and absolutely love it.  Puts Silky to shame.

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http://www.garrettwade.com/professional-pruning-saws/p/86B01.01/ -- Heard these were good but have no first hand knowledge.

Comment by Howard P Reynolds on August 18, 2015 at 10:21

I saw one video from Joe Robinet (he dropped out after losing his firesteel).  He took at least some of his own personal gear.  

1. His personal axe - that was his grandfather's which he had re-handled.

2. His personal knife.

3. His personal sleeping bag, which he said he doesn't recommend (the brand).

Some of the later shows have an "inside look" where three contestants comment on the episodes as they play out, and Alan says he loved the Kukri knife he had.  This makes me think that it might not have been his personal knife - in the way he said it.

I haven't figured out how Lucas got to take a tree saw (a one-man version of a two-man tree saw (big teeth), while Alan had a Sven Saw (much smaller) - might be just personal choice.

I also haven't figured out why only three of the ten contestants came back for the "inside Look".  Maybe all were asked, but the rest declined.

 
 
 

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