Discussion in 'Edged Tools' started by Grizzly Adams, May 31, 2012.
Yes, kind of. They could be used for sawing, but that would take forever on any sizable material. They do make effective notches. They also are handy for shape wire, lifting pots, etc.
So is it against bushcraft religion to have a tracker knife that is not made by Tom Brown? I really want a tracker but I don't have $300 for a knife right now. Are there good quality alternatives by other companies?
Definitely does not have to be "tom brown"....just scroll back a few pages in this thread. LOTS of options. Check out the recent "talk to me about trackers" and "tracker options list" threads also in edged tools. Then contact @Caleb Cox to get you going or keep a sharp eye out in the blanket. Good luck.
Thank you! I really want to buy one until my husband can get his blacksmith supplies out of storage. I'd like him to make me one or help teach me how to make one myself.
It’s hot, I’m in Texas. So playing outside is a challenge.
But the knife is interesting, i am still learning.
Still getting used the quarter round..
I have a T1 Tracker. So its the super sharp crowbar
I hear you @Mr.Black that it will work as designed but I’m starting to lean toward thinning her out some on the edge.
Turns out bamboo skewers can feather like crazy for the wee little things they are.
dang...those might be the tiniest squirley temple curls I have seen to date....
I need to give that a try. I must admit I’ve had trouble with getting the curls.
Nice mini curls!
My fingers would look the same doing an itty bitty stick like that.
Hey there from Cascadia! Here's a link to a discounted TBJ Tracker 1. <https://www.opticsplanet.com/tops-knives-tom-brown.html> They also have a TBJ Tracker 2 for $117.00 at present if a less than full size Tracker will do. You might even find a further discount code if you search.
I have one fronm @trentu. A very nice one.
So 11212 posts later and just over a week to start from post #1 to get here.
So much information and pictures and friendship. All due to a odd shaped paper weight and friends
Going to the outdoors in a few, back yard but hey that counts right?
I still havent made mine....need gas for the forge, then I think I'm finally going to do it!
I think you are suffering from that Texas heat wave. This thread is over 7yrs old.
Laying out some stuff for a live video discussion...
Some sharpening options:
yes the thread is, i ment how long it took to read.
Needed too burn some paper trash, bow drill for the win
first ember did not show love, second worked.
kiddos helping out.
ferro fire also with curlies, not first strike for sure, but got two fires going.
also purchased a Russian shovel that the cold steel was apparently modeled off of.
It vs recently dead pine tree.. it did not do well.
Tracker finished the deed.
Hiding from the death star , yall keep cool out there.
Live Q&A on Instagram is over... just me rambling at my phone for 59 minutes... not a lot of questions, hopefully some folks got some answers...
I’ll probably plan and conduct one more, with viable data and materials for display and discussion. I honestly prefer to just put them to use and learn how to do stuff.
I missed @ArmyMacE Q&A due to a family get together, but once I got home I marked off a project. This 36” made in Vermont bucksaw blade was $5 at the local trading post. Too good to pass up. I put together a quick bucksaw in the Kelly Harlton style that was recently shown to me. I used my TM Hunt GD13. Then it was time to saw some limbs from the same chunk of tree the saw was made from.
Making a worm charming stick
Bucksaw, thanks to @R Stowe and @BigDaddyHoss for putting this in my head...
I missed the live, but watched the replay.
Thanks for watching my wandering mind...
I liked hearing your thoughts and seeing the comparison. I’m hoping to use my tracker on an upcoming car camping trip. Left it at home and took a lighter knife when I went backpacking earlier this month.
First action with my tracker made by @Caleb Cox !
Quarter round curlies
Doing some chopping
Truck Yeah! Ready for another adventure... just some good gear for the journey.
I think I almost have the stencils down for folks to make their own shirts or a fun way to tag stuff with paint... it still has a lot of room for improvement.
It’s been a while since I’ve made some stuff like this.
That looks awesome!
I wish I could like this twice !
As always , loving it . Good work @Caleb Cox
All the top notch gear in that photo, and all I can think is,"Damn that looks good! I gotta find me some of those granola bars!"
A different kind of action...
Chasing embers, practicing skills...
Whipped up this Yucca quiver for a buddy. The Beck tracker helped.
Not quite tracker action but it is in preparation for some... Hopefully tomorrow.
Made a simplistic leather sheath. I do hope to make one with more bells and whistles in the future but I'm happy with this one for now.
So there’s this old little book...
If you’ve read it you’ll know my next couple of posts.
Materials gathered. Place stones and stick. Waiting begins... while waiting rest, hydrate.
No time to wait, hydrate, or rest? This method is faster and more accurate in the Northern hemisphere.
Shade of a Willow tree, resting hydrating...
Looks like I’ll be playing Otzi out in the trees and hills or mountain sides here soon.
Tree of Heaven on White Cedar. Broke the fire board, had to use my big toe.
You used your big toe as a hearth board!
Tracking with the tracker... The last one is possum poo, not sure what the others are
Otzi inspired axe-adze, it splits and breaks down smaller wood pretty well. It actually works and feels more natural than a few different axe variations I have played with in the past. It is definitely not as efficient as some, but it’s ergonomics lends itself to a variety of task. I got to see these a year ago when they were originally forged out. Now I get to utilize them, I feel very honored in being asked to take part in this project of living history and experimental archeology.
Now back to our regularly scheduled Tracker Action...
Nice! Super excited to see those toys, er um tools, back in play!
Yes!! >>>>>> https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/otzi-inspired-tools-wip.208318/
A few pics from my most recent outing. Full report can be found where trip reports are usually found