Discussion in 'General Bushcraft Discussion' started by BushcrafterAU, Oct 11, 2018.
What is it?
For me, it’d be either my Mora or my Mess kit.
Mora Kansbol or my Condor Lochnessmuk.
Hard to say, probably one of my knives. But I like to cook and eat so maybe my cook set. I like my knife enough to get it a fancy sheath so probably the knife. WCF Kephart.
The one in the middle,but the others are great too, especially the RW Fred
hard to say....guess it's my poncho liners....
Poncho Liner, good call. Then again come winter my wool blanket sees a lot of use keeping the cold at bay. really tough to choose just one.
I'm going to give a few (sorry!).
1. I started taking a tripod stool with me a couple of years ago. Great decision. I love it.
2. Tube bellows. Makes your life with fire so much easier.
3. My cheap two man tent.
It would be my Bark River Knife.
Laptop - its how I log on here
I've got an insulated, double-walled, stainless steel coffee cup that I've had forever and love.
My knife....knives....I could never pick just one.
This is one of those “chicken or the egg” conundrums. All my pieces of gear work together, each assists the other in keeping me comfortable in the bush, none stand alone, but since I must choose...
I choose a 4-pint billy pot with a bowl shaped lid. It allows me to make my tea from wild water, cooks my food, bakes my bread, and allows me to warm water for bathing. It gives me more pleasure than any other piece of gear,,,
I have a reusable metal pie pan that is a plate, a skillet, a place to keep tinder off the ground if it's wet when using ferro rod or Flint and steel, fans flames, can put a knee on it to stay dry, can use sort of like a reflector oven, even use it as a makeshift shovel to move coals around from the fire. I have a second one, occasionally I'll bring it also and have a lightweight Dutch oven in my pack. Got them both for $2 at a thrift store.
It was still newer when I took this photo. I’m still adding my generational wear to it.
In my avatar, you will see a leather belt with some stuff on it wrapped around a tree. That belt was a gift from my father to my grandfather, and has all of our names on it, and some other stuff like a picture of the family cabin. When my grandfather passed away, I found it, dry and brittle as paper. Cracked in some places. I damned near drowned it in Obenauf's until it became soft and pliable again, and it took on that beautiful ruddy brown color. That one has the most sentimental value. Also on it, you see a fold up pouch from Badger Claw Leatherworks. My wife bought that for me. I didn't ask. she just saw it, and bought it at the New England Bushcraft show. I absolutely love it and it complements my belt kit very well.
I like my belt kit, I love using it, I love the smell of it, and I love having mementos on me that remind me of loved ones, past and present.
I also have an aluminum tea leaf infuser from my grandmother that I keep in my cook kit. I keep a pink granite stone in my flint and steel kit from Deer Isle where I have family...the island was basically founded on lobster, fishing, and quarrying granite. It reminds me of the place. I also have a sandstone bowdrill socket I made myself from a stone I gathered at my beloved cabin in Maine.
I would encourage anyone to keep an open mind about mementos they can incorporate into their kit. I have found it very gratifying.
Incidentally, I am not a very sentimental or emotional guy...the opposite really. I'm not spiritual, either.
But, having these things make everything better. They make me happier.
Oh geez.. If I can be broad, I'd say "cutting tools"... because they allow me to create other things, things I can use, things that help smooth it out there... etc.
More specific, perhaps would be my hammock. Comfortable, up off the ground, lightweight and travels easily. A good rest at night can help a woodsman be more alert, focused and clear... and all of those things translate into better decisions and skills while awake.
Just don't make me choose from my "cutting tools" category! I don't know if I could pick a favorite child! lol.
Very nice... what model? Looks like perhaps a full flat grind, maybe convex?
I wish we could assign multiple "points" to a post instead of a single "like". I'd give your post 1 MILLION points. I wish I had mementos and heirlooms such as those. Thankfully, I am creating my own so that a couple generations from now, my grandkids and great-grandkids (and hopefully beyond that) will have some very cool stuff.
Well, the flip side of that is that I do not have children to pass anything down to, sadly.
Tell you what, though. That belt idea was pretty awesome. I guess my father gave it to my grandfather when he became a grandfather....so that's why our names were all on it. I highly recommend it as a great heirloom item.
Don't worry, nieces and nephews work too. None of those, kids belonging to your best friend... none of those, find a deserving Boy Scout or Eagle Scout perhaps. I'm sure we can find a deserving, respectable, and honorable young person to pass it all down to. So long as it gets used, loved, and appreciated.
I think I may borrow the belt idea though, it really is a brilliant concept!
It is a convex grind and it is their Aurora II model.
Easily it would be something along the lines like stainless water bottle or piece of cooking gear. After that it's my old Integral Designs Sil tarp.
Pocket bellows! (Currently missing I think my two year old grab and dashed it into hiding)
My fires have been sad since it went missing but when it returns they will be magical again.
Lol as I used to consider myself a UL backpacker I think of my ge as r as backpacking gear. My only bushcraft gear is my knife and saw. Loooove my A1 but the saw really helps get the most out of it. But if I had to sell all my gear and keep 1 thing it's probably be my underquilt. I can use it with a bedsheet hammock and still be warm and comfy vs. Using my high speed hammock without a UQ which would suck.
I really love my wookie UQs. I cant believe it's not the new standard. Dont know theyre bushcraft though.
Rub some dirt on it.
I did drop myself for the first time this past weekend. UQ right into the wet ground with me on it lol.
Of course, HAD to happen when two ladies were walking by on horses. Damn thing had been up 2 days, just gave out of nowhere. Everyone had a good laugh
My "Swedish" mess kit in stainless. This thing is bulletproof, and so ridiculously versatile it's not funny. If you get a chance to buy one, dont hesitate, you'll thank me later.
For me it's hard I have both of them on me at all the time even when I not in the woods . My Haversack that was given to me by @NevadaBlue and my Condor bushlore from @Brainburn
I would like to say thank you guys once more for the gear I have them on me ever day thank you.
Close second is my titanium canteen and canteen cup from Heavy Cover.
I saw this thread when it was posted and couldn’t figure out the ‘favorite’. After reading the posts so far, I figured it out.
The blob of jelly between my ears. Makes it all possible. But, it seems to be shrinking...
back when i was still able to ride it would have been the DR-350, DL-650 or the URAL
now it would fall back to the Jeep Cherokee or the F-350
any one or all the above vehicles would qualify as my fave since they haul my kit... depending on the adventure ;-)
having the ability to have my stuff is paramount
Just one is hard chose as @Haggis mentioned above my kit works together each piece has a porpoise.
A knife is great when you need to cut something but a sleeping bag will keep you warmer on a cold night.
im not a bushcrafter..really.
my favorite gear for getting outside. by far, my boots. which boots? any of them. i have bad feet and i love a good pair of boots that helps me climb around at 9500 feet elevation looking for elk. right now, the boots are Solomans.
when i am butchering an animal, which knife i am using is a distant thing in my mind. as long as it is sharp. as soon as i start packing it out, i am again, thanking my boots. (in that case, a close second are TREKKING POLES)
Bush Craft to me invariably means camping, which in turn means a trek of about 45 - 60 minutes from where I leave my vehicle, and that means carrying kit on my back, and for that my Royal Marines Bergan is definitely my favourite bit of kit.
I can carry all I need for week in the wood in my Bergan and it's comfortable, well made and also I have had it for many years so we're like old friends...
I could replace all my other kit, but this Bergan is family...
Don't you hate it when the little ones hide your stuff. Drives me nuts! Trying to count my blessings and enjoy this season before it passes, though.
In reality my cheap pocket folder sees use daily. I can't really say that about any other gear. I couldn't tell where half my gear is at the moment. I know when I don't have my knife.
Love my Tipi by TiGoat
My pack. It's the one and only item that consistently accompanies me on my ventures. Everything else gets swapped out dependent on need or whimsical amusement.
I agree it is hard to pic one item. Although I don't use this knife much anymore, it was one of my favorite blades.
Besides the Mora I would say my SAK Farmer and Tops BOB.
One-knife fire I take it? Looks like it's seen some use; I have one on it's way now... how's it working out (it looks to be holding up just fine), but in actual use, is it still as efficient and functional as most would hope and assume it is?
Sorry about the sidebar all....
Gotta be my Mora Classic #2. I own 60+ edged tools, some quite expensive, and I really need to use more of them more often. But, I find I always pack and reach for this.
Note the cool break-away knot on the neck lanyard... video on that coming soon I hope.
I noticed it first in your two choices, then went back and realized... pretty much everyone picked "simple" items. Bags, boots, a knife, a tool, a stove..et al. I think you nailed the pattern here... the "best" items that are our favorites are the simple ones. The ones that work best because they are simple, they do a few things very well without fail.
Some of that might tie into the mindset that many of us have about knowing more and having more skills and less gear. The gear we then choose becomes more simplistic in nature, if not less in quantity.
I like that concept and the general idea that applies to it. Good one everyone!
Now stop making me think so deep and intellectual like. It's the freaking weekend starting!
If I had to pick one item, I guess it would be my GB SFA. It was one of the first quality pieces of gear I bought, and it has been a constant for about 17 years now. In that time I have changed out pretty much every other piece of gear, but the SFA is still my go to ax.
Strangely, currently my Farmer SAK and redwood limb walking stick, for when I walk our cat Biskit around the yard.
I also would have to say my mora classic no 2. I have been through many knives but usually end up going back to this one. It was a gift from a very dear friend. Although here lately my 511 has been getting a little more attention
Has to be my go to knife of the last 12 years.
this.. by a Longshot. I wish everyone could have a P.S.G
That’s awesome. I’m sure that makes carrying extra gear so much easier.
If I came out of the Woods with only my Dog it would be a win.
Of all the things that have come and gone, the two constants are my medium a.l.i.c.e., and my Swedish gas mask bag / haversack. Both have been in my kit, since the late 70's.
I can't pick just one piece... But I'll share the gear that goes out with me every time; 5- or 8-cup Mors Pot, BCUSA poncho and 10x10 tarp, WM sleeping bag, ThermaRest NEOAir pad, a pot chain, my compass and SAK, Polar Pure iodine prills for water treatment, my FAK and repair kits, my USGI wool shirt, a certain pair of pants and shirt, and wool socks.
Other stuff depends on the trip and purpose... Fallkniven WM1 for deer, Condor Nessmuk for squirrels/rabbits, F1 for general use, Hennessy Hammock and JRB underquilt for buggy weather, Palladium shoes for hunting, Merrill Moabs for hiking/backpacking, etc.