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Review of the Mora Companion MG Knife

Mora Companion MG with a fish club carved from maple.

Mora Companion MG with a fish club carved from maple.

by Warrior Publications, May 22, 2015

Mora is the name of a town in Sweden, as well as a knife making company renowned for producing good quality but inexpensive knives (Mora of Sweden). The Mora Companion is probably one of the most popular and recommended knives among those involved in bushcrafting or other outdoor wilderness activities. Many survival and bushcraft schools and instructors use and/or recommend the Companion as a primary knife choice. Read the rest of this entry

Knives of the Yakut

Knife Yakut 9by Warrior Publications, Jan 14, 2015

One of my favourite types of knives originates in northern Scandinavian countries and was used by Indigenous Sami people as well as Vikings and woodsman throughout the region (one example being the puuko). This type of knife generally has a 4-6 inch blade, a simple oval shaped handle, and a zero or flat grind (which is also referred to as a Scandi grind). These knives are used as general utility, bushcrafting, and carving knives. Mora of Sweden and Helle, based in Norway, are two well known producers of these types of knives. Read the rest of this entry

Making a Bushcraft Knife from a Steak Knife and Hockey Stick

Knife Build 1 30by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, Oct 6, 2014

This is a photo tutorial on making a bushcraft or utility knife from a serrated steak knife with a hockey stick wood handle.  I did it as a step in the process of learning how to make a knife, in this case by stock removal of an already existing knife design and building of a handle with pins.  I was inspired by a common modification made to Old Hickory butcher knives, in which the blade is cut down and reshaped, and a new handle is attached. Read the rest of this entry

Selecting a Knife for Bushcraft and Wilderness Use

Making a feather stick for fire starting.

Making a feather stick for fire starting.

by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, September 18, 2014

“The knife is the smallest and most portable of all the cutting tools. Light and unobtrusive, the knife is readily available for hundreds of everyday tasks in bush living.”

(Mors Kochanski, Bushcraft, p. 109)

A knife is one of the most important tools for use in a wilderness area, whether for bushcraft or survival. It can be used to cut and carve wood for shelters, stakes, traps, hooks, spears, walking sticks, etc. It can be a vital tool when making a fire, from cutting and splitting wood to making friction fire drills, feather sticks, etc.  A knife is used to clean, skin, and butcher animals or fish, to cut rope or cordage, etc.   A knife can also be used as a weapon for self-defence. Read the rest of this entry