tiistai 4. kesäkuuta 2013

Tiny firesteel job to spend time.

I got fed up to one of my LMF firesteels. Not to the firesteel itself, but the looks, the feel, apprearance of it, so like two hour ago i went pulled the plastic handle off from it and started to tinker a bit.

 I made a new, smaller reindeer antler handle to it, and after that, i thought that why would i not i replace the nylon lanyard as well so i made a leather lanyard with small carabiner thingy on the other end of it. I think it came out pretty nice, compared to original black plastic handle & black nylon lanyard combo.

sunnuntai 2. kesäkuuta 2013

Still here. BC FIN meeting, knives, stoves,bone needles....

Well, last time i wrote a thing here, i was heading ice fishing, that says  a lot.....but i am back now since there has been no ice in about two months. Spring came with rush, the lakes were low on water and the sun was high, i donno, wheter i like the summer as much as winter but it offers me a chance to use canoe, pick berries and fish a lot, as well as hike with less gear.

Theres been quite a lot going in my scale, but if something, ive been mostly spending 5 days a week if not 5 or seven, with my hands on the chainsaw, where my income comes now. So i am working as a chainsaw logger, felling, limping and chopping, wood, fro firewood etc.

At spring, i received a small package from Marttiini, including their new "kiehinen" puukko knife.  For that , id like to that the factorys kindness, i think i got it before any shop had it stored at all.

Ive liked that puukko a lot, i have to admit. Its surely not a massive fulltang, but for everyday use, lets say for a person in to whittling especially, its a damn nice affordable option. What i like the most in it, is its sheath and the shape of the handle. There hasnt been a lot of puukko´s with DEEP sheaths but this thing surely has one, just as i think it should be. It has a sideseam and a plastic liner, dangler belt loop.

Handle is as simple as it could get, yet very very comfortable for various grips, and as its tapered toward butt, it wedges itself well, in to the sheath and comes still out easily.

 Ive been using it to pred fish, to whittle fire starting shavings, as well as i did one small hatchet handle from start to finish with it, with no broblems of what so ever, from birch that i fell as spring winter.

                                           This was originally some 40 year old axe head, that weighted 600 grams but with forge, hammer, anvil and grinder i shaped to my taste. Yes yes, axe is back and all that hype, i could not care less, this is how i mostly need and axe, small and compact. Enough for any task that i encounter with  game prepping, fire making and if i have to carve wooden things. If you hike in governments forests, theres rarely need for big felling axes or double bits, if you are going to do it in a legal way, u know.

 Also ive made a longbow with it, only with it, the bow needs to be tillered still, but other than that its good to go, some 170cm long and 40 pounds, so its legal hunting tool. Pics from ready bow will follow, hopefully soon.

 With some poor photoshopping i added the tang rivet to the butt, and made the wider and longer blade.

 The only thing i would change to Kiehinen, is more about my personal preferences, as "looks" departement i think. I would like to see it with few millimeters wider and some 10 millimeters longer blade, to make it look a bit beefier BUT i know, that would surely affect its capabilities as a nicely performing accurate whittler. Also, if i could choose, id have the tang going through the handle and with riveted, peened end, BUT again, i am not complaining, as so far the knife hasnt given me single reasonr whining, even the edge is still untouched after makinf stuff like complete bow.

 I can easily suggest this to a fellow who wants a carbon steel knife, with stylish sequre sheath and somethign that is not so common yet, as this is a completely new design from Marttiini. I think its nice looking, and yet, well performing for task that a hiker has diring his trips. The brass bolster and curlybirch, match nicely to the black cheek blade too, doesnt it ?

One day, i was lurking in some ultralight forum, and came against a weir tiny cooker that was said to work well. It was a very low-tech, low budget, so it was something i could pull out too.

 All it took was a few bicycle spokes, some wire mesh, and an use 5dl sized (?) thermos mug that i bought some 4 years ago for 5 euros including the coffee in it.

After some hour of tinkering , this small twig burner was ready, and i used it to boil 5 desiliters of coffee at the home shore. Light indeed, its a keeper as my girlfriend took it.

Talk about stoves ?

Yep, i got this self-designed and made tiny stove ready finally too. I ve done a few ammo can stoves in the past and i like em. but i wanted to be able to have my own measurements tech done in my way, not limited by ammo can measurements and lids and hinges. Its bit longer than leatherman super tool 300 and about as high, has removable bolt pegs in welded studs under it, to rise it from ground and to spread the warmth better around it.

It has a real, sliding ash tray for collecting ash and to adjust the draft, as well as seconary air inlet, with ajusting, on its door, that has a lift-lock, as well as a mesh grill above ash tray for good draft and low weight, and an flame guiding plate, preventing the flames and the heat from going straight to the chimney, that is 2 inch diameter and has veeeeery nice suction with one meter tall pipe. I easured my hiking pots and skillet, and that gave me measures that iwould need to have, anything bigger would be exess weight and bulk. This is the version one, made in a crude way, wit what ever stuff was available,then, and the next one will be made of lot lighter materials, to drop the weight in half of this one. I hate to carry those army surplus massive long/tall/bulky stoves made for 10+ men tents, as all i will need is a small stove to be used in my old cotton tent or in hiking kota shelter, and i can tie this in my tubular frame pack or drag it in pulk or sled at winter, as well as just carry it from shoulder strap if i want to, without breaking my nerves and back.

The official BC FIN knife, a nordic, lapland inspired puukko, is real at last, i designed one suggestion and it went through, and now, some 10 of them are been built, hand forged and then the first run knives are given to our members who ordered em, and i am sure, it wont be the last batch made. I am helping out the birth of knives by making the sheaths, it seems.
 I really do like the fact that these are handmade, all the way, and they have a traditional style, that matches the ideology of BCFIN where most of us are interested in out own national, Finnish wilderness skills, culture and outdoors lifestyle, mostly looking in to history, than towards future. These are made by our own member as well,and they cant be bought, just like that as they are sold only to active members, not to outsiders.

And finally, as i have to head out with my dog, ill put out a few pics from BCFIN´s first summer meetup of year 2013.  It wasnt long walk, but it sure was a meeting place, without marked trails, and even the closest woods roads were more like trails, not drawn in to maps, and without names, so members just had to navigate a bit more than usual and if its up to me, next meeting around my area will require more walking and more compass, marked trails just arent so nice tasks.

My pack, was made by sewing it from one swedish army poncho, a strong cotton fabric, and i used gasmask pouch webbing pieces to it, as well as i did a wooden frame with crude tied web, between the wood frame pieces, i hope i can get a picture of it here from someone else, as i saw some guy snapping a pic of the packs backside.

 My woodgas stove, cost 4 euros, and was built around two old wood oil cans and it worked better than i expected, the woodgas really burnt and i was easily doing pancakes, and such with it, and its long lasting embers might be good way to get some warmth under your tarp if you need....?

 This guy was enjoying the 2 nights but at last morning he took off and we had to look out for him, but he was....in my car waiting to get home. Thanks for the search party ;).

 Buck & bowsaws were made as well as a super cool stone axe, but i lost the picture of it, i have to ask if i can use some other guys pic here to show it.
 Making fire with flint & steel, was common way to spend time.
 Beef on a ikea stove.
 Traditional "nokipannu" pot, on a twig stove made from titanium pot, was choise used by our members who travelled all the way from sweden´s lapland,  meaning this meeting was international.  He was a nice person to meet with indeed.
 Quite minimal tarp to sleep under , just as it should be.
 Sisnapussi....a traditional reindeer soft leather bag. Stylish. Beats all the fabrics 6-0 any day. I really am liking the fact that some of the guys are putting effort to have old style gear.
 This member had a nice bunker between rocks, covered with tarp, and in its corner he set up a cool twig stove kitchen. Behind it, its a Savotta Loue shelter, the only allowed factory-shaped shelter of the meeting, about the most traditional shelter used for ages and still a classic piece of kit, used by hikers and bird hunters.
 Small obstacles included. Rotten logs and wet pants.

 There was kota type of shelter too.

 Hanging out by the fires, at dead of the night.
 Stove-like thingy, made out of old oil can with bushprowler knife was the most talked item i think. Looks like a russian atomic energy plant if you ask me.

 Potatoes boiling and bass roasting. Loas of fish were catched without reels.

 Although its just a pile of sausages, it sure was nicer to open the package when it was made like back in the days, before vacum plastic wrappings.

I had this idea that i made as a rule for participants, to have atleast some guidelines taking folk back to the roots and (my) ideology. All the factory made cookers were denied. They had to made a new, self built backpack as well as safe, non ground burning twig stove, and also, they had to avoid any plastic, especially in cloting and food packages, but the meanest thing was that they could not bring an axe, nor more than one fixed blade knife and one multitool or folding knife, and all the sleeping bags and tents were prohibited, so they had to use just a tarp, poncho or loue for shelter and to settle for wool blanket as a bed. Nobody cried and whined, though and for that i am proud.

 As i like to use leuku knives, and ive heard that tehy simply cant be used for any small  accurate things, i used my TK full tang leuku with 15mc blade, to make a small usable and smooth, bone needle, without any other tool.

Next article will include a user-review of my new wood burning stove, Wild Woodgas Stove MKII. Already i am impressed by it, but i have a small tweak to do to it. In case you get all exicet about it, you can get one from finland, here.