Gear bcusa introduced you to?

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  1. manitoulinbound

    manitoulinbound Apple Fritter Lover Supporter

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    I'm a lighter guy, I carry the zippo my dad gave me 20 years ago. I've tried flint and steel, etc, but it's just not for me. So I certainly would never have looked at a fresnal lens until I received one as part of my Secret Santa gift a few years back. It rides in my pack fire kit on every trip. I have successfully started a fire with it once and the fact that the member made its own pouch for it is just icing on the cake. What gear would you not know about or not have tried if not for the fine folks here? 20180711_103355.jpg
     
  2. crewhead05

    crewhead05 caffeine, nicotine, knives and nature. Lifetime Supporter Supporter

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    - Some world class knife makers
    - Mors pot
    - HC gear
    - MEST ponchos
    - Emmrod
    - Bushcraft essentials stoves
    - Ontario Bolt knife (I had one but would have never started using it again if it werent for the gentle nudging here)
     
  3. dads2vette

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    Other than a folding knife, just about everything.
     
  4. Bitterroot Native

    Bitterroot Native Indigenous Skills Junkie

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    Basketry/containers and the hand drill! Not specific pieces of gear but more the skills to make the gear for me. I probably (heck I did give up for awhile) would have given up on friction fire if I hadn't seen @NWPrimate handle business in the rainforest. This site has shown me so many things and really opened up my eyes to what is possible and achievable in the woods if a person has the right mindset and the right skillset.
     
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    "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are."
    hello,
    S-I-M-P-L-E-S the greatest BCUSA gift of ALL sharing & friendship = priceless. Material items the Excalibur of ALL steel strikers, the @Lisa West Wolf Creek Forge horses head steel striker affectionately known as 'Garry Owen' :rolleyes: very generously gifted to me by @Alpha6 (Austen Smedley) & my 2nd WCF Rattler arrange especially by @Mazer definitely JawJuh phatwood fer sniffin' (needs no introduction) but for the NEW comers @MrFixIt the others, stones kicked & tinder from around the big blue marble forwarded by BCUSA forum members. :)
    Regards
    David
     
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    Don’t forget “Uncle” @isme ’s Apple Tonic...
     
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    I keep abreast of what's new out there in Bushcraft Land because of the fine folks here on this fine forum, BCUSA! ;):35::dblthumb:
    Dominick........
     
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    OKC 499 Bolt Knife, LT Wright Knives, Blind Horse Knives, Bushcraft Outfitters Gear (MEST, EESK, etc ...) Polish Lavuu, and many others ...
    Special thanks to @IA Woodsman , @Self Reliantist , @Howie , @mnwoodguy among others for introducing me to this great gear!! :dblthumb:
     
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    For me it was the ESEE Izula and the Mora Line of Knives. I knew about the Mora before, but really never knew their versatility.
    I’ve learned a lot of skills here and been able to improve on my existing skills.
     
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    alice pack (and other mil surp!)
    svord and opinel
    wolf creek forge for sure!

    i'm sure there's more, but those are sure the big ones that come to mind.
     
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    Packs, bags and pouches. Not that they are new to me. But I had no idea it could be so involved. Now kitting out a pack is like a 3d puzzle. Where convience and economy of space is the goal. Fatwood ive been walking by it for years with no idea.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    Pretty much all of my woods gear besides your standard camping/REI type stuff.
     
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    The rabbit hole is deep and comforting.
     
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    Those little folding wood stoves.
    Alcohol stoves.
    And a whole bunch of gear I can’t afford, LOL!
     
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    "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are."
    hello,
    :34:doh!!
    Regards
    David
     
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    Swedish FireSteel, Zebra Pot, and Opinel
     
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    I can echo this almost perfectly.

    I would add that I have been selling lots of knives and gear in an effort to afford a fraction of the quality gear I see here. :dblthumb:
     
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    I can't even remember everything I've learned about here. It's mind boggling how much can be learned from the folks here. The best education here is the flora fauna and bush medicine.
     
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    More ideas and a few books gifted thanks nevada blue the saying is true the more you know the less you carry.
     
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    I would say without a doubt the Mora line of knives. The first place I read about them was right here on BCUSA.
     
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    Luzster Of course your opinion matters, just not to me... Supporter

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    Mostly BCUSA gear. Tarp, poncho, ridge lines.

    I think I first heard of L.T. Wright knives here. Now one of my unicorn knives.
     
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    L.T. wright knives, Tandy leather, Hidden Woodsmen, Laplander saws, just to name a few.
     
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    Empty wallet...... I came here for a pack review search initially so Kelty MAP 3500. More than that and the empty wallet joke I think it’s been information that I have gained or recalled from my youth.
     
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    :33: there is my to much I would love to make and do to pick. Prov 27:17
     
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    Carving
    Hammock camping
    Izula
    Wool blankets
    Twig stoves
    Natural cordage
    I could go on...
     
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    like five useful things, and seven hundred and twenty-three things I never needed but bought anyway
     
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    6" x 0.5" ferro rods
    BCO tarp
    Button compass
    Czech M60 Ruck
    L.L. Bean Continental Ruck
    Frost River
    All kinds of DIY stuff.

    You folks cost me some money.
     
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    Unistat76 Nerd Supporter Bushclass I

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    But you saved just as much with the DIY stuff, right? Right?
    ...
    Right...
     
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    beacon Simul justus et peccator Bushclass I

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    • Adventure Sworn knives
    • Wolf Creek Forge (knives, strikers)
    • Mors Pot
    • SAK Farmer
    • BCO Tarps
     
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    wool blankets hands down... never owned a wool blanket till i came to this forum and now i am a collector of wool blankets. i keep one in each of my 3 vehicles for emergency purposes, and i carry a wool blanket with on every overnighter regardlees of weather. right now i probably have 25 wool blankets in my collection, some people collect knives i collect wool blankets.
     
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    "Remember, no matter where you go, there you are."
    hello,
    Your from Scotland or your ancestors were, or you have a ponchance (definite liking) for Scotland correct? So.. you'll feel the cold in a warm climate, hence the wool blankets (Scots word blanket: wool shawl). It makes perfect sense :D LOL
    Regards
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    Everything. I grew up with no mentor or anyone to teach me anything. If I was to pick one thing at the top of the list, I believe it would be steel qualities that make a better knife, with water purification a close second.
     
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    Mors pot
    Good knives, ( I used to think I had one then.... )
    SAK ( I had only used knock offs before)
    Squirrel Cooker
    Fire steel striker..
    Etc, etc, etc....
     
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    Don't forget all the uses,
    Fire starter,
    Spirit lifter
    Antiseptic
    Pain reliever
    Seasoning
    Tonic
    Marinade
    Friend maker
    Rust remover
    Paint thinner
    Rocket fuel
    Stump remover
    Removes fouling from firearms
    Etc,.....
    Not all things are suggested with my High Grade stuff but, it does have the capability. Just kinda wasteful....
     
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    It also removes rust, caked on axle grease, tar, and that shiny chrome on your car bumpers.
    It helps ugly people get... (I’ll stop there on that we’re family friendly)
    You can use it to strip the old seasoning on cast iron
    Cure ingrown toenails, impacted wisdom teeth, and male pattern baldness.
     
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    Another satisfied user....
     
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    Mrs. Elkhunter has reduced my allowance to try to prevent me from buying "outdoor" stuff that I learn about on the Forum.
     
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    Opinel, Old Hickory and Mora knives: I had cheap junk knives, now I have cheap quality knives
    the ferro rod: I had one but never used it, now I have 6 - 8 and use them often)
    twine: dozens of uses for that roll I had in the garage
    tarps: again, I had them but never used them for camping / woods uses
    friends: not exactly gear but more precious
    wool blanket: I was a sleeping bag / tent guy before bcusa
    fatwood: 'nuff said
     
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    Paracord, mule tape, and ferro rods. Plus a few thousand dollars on stuff that I really didn't need.
     
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    The Ontario 499 AFSK (AKA Bolt Knife)
    I knew what they were but never had an interest in them until seeing their use here. Then the knife faery dropped one off and I been using it on a regular basis and I love it.

    Also mule tape...never heard of it or used it, but @MrFixIt fixed that.
     
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    Mora knives.
    Ferro rods.
    Wool blankets.
    Folding saws.

    The skills I have learned here are much more important than specific gear.

    Marlene
     
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    Custom knives and canvas tarps.

    The skills and knowledge along with the friends I've made is priceless.
    This is the best place on the internet.
     
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    Packable bucksaws, frost river, gobs and gobs of unnecessary items that I can't live without now. Most importantly I've been introduced to new friends which I think is better to than stuff.But I would trade all these friends for that new mp direwolf with sawback.
     
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    Moras. Of course haha :D
     
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