Adventures With My Mora

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  1. HannahT

    HannahT Firebug Hobbyist Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    I wasn't brave enough to join in the One Knife Challenge. But I still want to answer @MrFixIt 's challenge for me to break in one of my Moras! So I'm going to try to use my first Mora as much as I can for the next month or so, using it in as many ways as I can. I may even join in the mini challenges sometimes :)

    I'm using my Mora Companion HD, which is the poor, unlucky knife I've been learning to sharpen on. It's been dinged on concrete a time or two, but I'm getting better - and smarter. This was my first bushcraft knife, and the first fixed blade I ever really used (I got it last spring). I had a couple other before that, but they didn't see much use. It's hard to believe I've only been carving/splitting/notching/etc. for a few months. It's been a blast :)

    I'm making progress on my feathersticking!! A few days ago I read something in a post by @NWPrimate about how a feather can take several seconds to make. Lightbulb! I hadn't been able to featherstick worth a hoot before then, and when I slowed down it just seemed to click.
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    I still have some work to do on my sharpening job, but the Companion slices through a plastic package like hot butter :)
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    Tonight I decided I wanted some Esbit tea, so I packed up and headed out to the wilds of the driveway :D
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    I thought maybe I could light the fuel tab with a ferro rod if I could light some cedar bark first, but it's been wet - lighting anything with a ferro rod after dark is a real challenge. I resorted to the stormproof matches, and I was ready for my pot!
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    While I was waiting I worked on another featherstick.
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    If my camera battery hadn't died, I might have gotten pictures of me lifting my pot lid with my Mora, scalding my hand on the handle, and carrying the whole pot inside with a stick :8:
     
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    Keep at it !!!
    You are doing just fine.
     
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    That's some darn fine knifery.
     
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    It looks like you and me learn things the same way.... by trial and error! But.... it's a fun way to learn once you just roll with it, which it sounds like you're doing.
    Nice looking feather stick.
     
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    Yep - stuff sticks in my head better if I learn it the hard way!
     
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    You’re getting better and next time will be better yet.
    I think that feather stick is some really good work!
     
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    Ya doing fine young lass. joe
     
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    Nice! One of my favorite knives:)
     
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    Good job, Hanna! Someday soon this will all be second nature to you.
     
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    Out of my 5 or 6 belt knives,my Companion HD seems to be the one I use most. Just a comfortable,easy to sharpen beater.
     
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    Good job!
     
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    Outstanding young lady!
    I look forward to following your continuing experiences.
     
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    Yep another Outstanding!
     
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    Fun way to us some of your kit and practice skills.
     
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    At least you're doing stuff. That's a lot more than can be said of a lot of people. Keep up the good work:dblthumb:.
     
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    Thanks guys! I'm hoping I can come up with some cool things to do with it. Feathersticks are getting easier :)
     
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    Impressed :)
     
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    that'll do ...
     
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    I had a similar experience with making feathersticks. When I slowed down and concentrated on making each feather instead of thinking out the outcome it seemed to work much better, and faster.
     
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    Awesome Job Hannah! Love those Moras, thanks for sharing.
     
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    Try stick, GO!
     
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    Good idea! I'll take a crack at it!
     
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    It’s an excellent way to practice notches and carvings useful in the bush.
     
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    Congratulations on the improvement and hard work. Focusing on these core skills will pay off a bunch down the road, too. Keep up the tea making, that Zebra is too shiny!
     
  26. HannahT

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    One more featherstick! These are fun :)
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    Whatever kind of wood this is, it's weird. EXTREMELY twisted and all kinds of colors. This is part of a tree in our yard that lost some weight in that ice storm a couple months ago. I thought about splitting it up with my knife, just batoning and beating it through, but I wanted my knife to last through the month!
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    I split up a little and got a fire going. It was way to pretty a day to waste!
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    The sunset was amazing :)
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    Here's my figure 4 trap for the OKC mini mission! This was my first trap. It wanted to just fall over, but it finally got it propped up.
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    We do know how to build a fire! By the end of the evening it was pretty much a bonfire.
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    Looking good on these skills Hannah! Those feathersticks look great! It's incredible how much just slowing down seems to fix a lot of things, isn't it? That's my issue too... too eager to see a result, so I tend to rush things.
     
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    Great job @HannahT .
    That wood looks like sycamore. Known for twisted grain ...
     
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    NICE WORK!
     
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    Thanks for sharing, and good on progress.

    I have always made a habit of having a shop rag, dewrag, or other rag with me whenever I"m out and about. A rag handy can grab hot things in and out of the fire and save ya some burns. It also is first aid item, and sweet moper, and wipe your knife blade (If ya don't have any oil, I've just run my finger down the side of my nose and used that to protect it till I could do better. Also used chapstick for that and as a fire starting tender, etc, or some Vaseline.)

    Keep up the good journey. Driveway cooking has gone on around my place for years. All my kids and myself still start fires and try things outside near home. It's nice to have a fall back handy if things go awry.

    XD
     
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    It's some kind of flowering pear. That's what Mom calls it anyway :) I have a big sycamore down, here in the woods, and I'm loving the greenwood carving :)
     
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    Looking back at the pics I see some pieces on the fire pit with bark. Is that the same wood? If so, then it may just be a Bradford pear. (Also good for green wood carving)
     
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    There are some pieces of it in there, but I think I peeled all the bark off. The other pieces are bits I sawed off some other trees to use for featherstick practice. A lot of it's maple. We have a zillion little maple trees growing up behind the barn and we've been clearing them out.
     
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    Welcome to the Rabbit Hole! The slope is slippery once you start down and the hole is deep with lots to explore and collect!
     
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    That's some fine looking feather sticking you got there.
     
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    I'm working on my try stick!
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    I carved a quick "fork" with my Mora.
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    The trusty Companion saw a lot of use yesterday on my day out at my new camp!
     
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    Go, Hannah, GO!! Thank you for the reminder to slow down. I tend to want to cram too much into too little time. Better to slow down and concentrate on doing fewer things well and enjoyably.

    Your try stick is looking good. I've got a new knife from @t.darrah, and feather sticks and a try stick are how we're going to start getting to know each other. I don't know if I'll ever risk attempting to sharpen it. Like yours, my Mora Companion HD is the knife tasked with being my learner blade. Poor thing. :confused:
     
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    @HannahT great work! It's nice to see you evolve.
     
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    You go!
    Read, practice, Go ...
     
  40. HannahT

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    Poor thing is right - for mine anyway! I think I've finally sharpened the waves out of mine... Finally... After I put them there... I got one of @t.darrah 's blades too!! The yakut :35::dblthumb::4:
     
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    I'm envious you are getting opportunities to use your tools and work on skills! I can't even seem to get out to the driveway. Good Job!
     
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    Same... I was fortunate to get an hour in the backyard yesterday... Between work, kids inclusive of a baby, and household responsibility, I'm lucky I get tk go outside to take out the trash lately.

    I think that'll largely change come spring and once Ollie is a little older.

    Great to see others like Hannah still getting out there, wherever there may be, at least you're there. That's what counts.
     
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    Once I FINALLY get the pics off my cheapie phone, I'll post my fire from Sunday. But until then, here's another notch in my try stick :)
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    I did a little more sharpening, and I think I'm finally getting it. Yay! I'm glad I've practiced on my Mora instead of one of my more expensive knives, 'cuz it's been a struggle. But I'm seeing progress!!
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    Here's a cedar featherstick :) I love carving cedar.
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    I may as well admit to my failed fire from Saturday... The wood I had was just not dry enough, and it was kind of rotten in spots. It wouldn't split as much as just break up in chunks. I got some fire prep practice in, though, and learned a few things.
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    Here's where I am in the fire-less pics :D This isn't the same camp as the one I'm building on my new stomping grounds.
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  44. HannahT

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    Yes, that is an umbrella in the last pic :D:8:

    @NevadaBlue I'm enjoying the waist pack! That's it sitting there on my platform :)
     
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    Livin the life @HannahT ! You and that little knife are making some memories together for sure. I especially like you chair and the lashed tarp shelter! Well done.
     
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    Very cool. It just shows you can do pretty much anything you need to do with a $15 Mora. Excellent!
     
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    Thanks!

    They're pretty awesome :dblthumb:
     
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    What fun! The chair is fantastic and the platform shows you are ready to be on Alone! :D
     
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    It's not a "failed fire" it's a valuable lesson. You can read, discuss, and even watch but there's no replacement for doing. Seems like you made some usful observations that will be helpful in the future.

    I've got to laugh wondering what happens when you go to use your more expensive knives in the future and find yourself wanting for the familiar and functional Mora that you cut your teeth on. Or perhaps you're not as much of a creature of habit as I am.

    I would suggest giving one of the standard Companions, Classic #1, or 510 a try. The thinner blade has some advantages, especially if you like to do camp cooking tasks with your woods knife.
     
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