Your Favorite piece of gear is?

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  1. La\\//inci

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    I’d like to do a round table and ask you all to list your favorite piece of bushcraft gear... if you can’t name one, please limit yourself to just three.....
    Be sure to tell us why, and feel feel to mention the other pieces of gear you tried before settling. Is it multi use ? In what way do you use it?
     
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    Without a doubt it would be my Condor Kephart. IMO the perfect knife design. I've never had a problem with mine. Of course I don't abuse it.
     
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    In order; My Condor Bushlore. I've been edc'ing it pretty much exclusively.
    Emberlit stove. ( original model, in stainless ).
    Polish bread bag / haversack.
    There's a bunch of others I enjoy, immensely, because they were gifted by forum members. But, alas and alack, I'm limited to only three, by OP.
     
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    1. My SAK hiker, because I've had it since.....forever?

    2. My Buck Selkirk, cause it's my favorite fixed blade, fits my hand right, and I'm comfortably safe with it.
     
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    Though I've probably forgotten more stuff than I remember. :18:
     
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    I'd have to say my pocket folder. Of all my gear its the only one that is used daily.
    Cheers Jim
     
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    My wookie underquilt, my chameleon hammocks moonlight top cover, and my Falkniven A1. They all seriously effect my comfort when out.
     
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    It's a tough question since everything works together to be a good kit, but I do LOVE my GB Small Forest Axe. Other parts of my kit might change over time, but I don't see this one going anywhere any time soon.
     
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    MSR Pocket Rocket. Before I bought this I was no cook camps only.
     
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    I would have to say it is my one constant that almost always comes with me to the woods. That is my Maxpedition bottle holder and its contents. A steel Nalgene bottle, cup, lid and a few implements carried in the side pocket.
     
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    My one constant has been a Kabar USN MK l. joe
     
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    - Poncho/Tent: Backpacking tent, rain poncho, bothy bag, Palmer Furance, puffy jacket, nap blanket, greenhouse shower stall, etc.
    - Everclear alky stove: Stove, Vodka, Palmer Furance, first aid, fire accelerant, pot cleaner/sterilizer, hand santizer/wet wipe, mouthwash/deodorant, spot remover, etc.
    - Flashlight: flashlight, lantern, necklamp, multiple Lego-able battery tubes/configs, battery charges my phone, ultra-efficient low modes for stealth camping/night vision, runs on any battery in a pinch.
     
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    At the moment....
    My bellows (blow tube).
    I've been making a lot of fires.... so yeah.
    Edited to page @tristndad :
    Did you make or buy one yet?!
     
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    Buck 110 folder, hands down.

    Edit: I guess I forgot part of the requested information. I have been a knife nut most of my life and from the age of 15 or so I have always had either a Schrade or Buck 110. It was just part of growing up for me so it's my favorite.

    That doesn't mean it's the most practical, just the favorite. And I use it for nearly all tasks that require a knife. However, I also have fixed blades that go with me and should an actual survival situation occur, they would likely be used for many tasks, such as wood processing. I will stop there before I get in to a dissertation.
     
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    My pack...and everything in it.
     
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    1. Knife - cut, chop, carve, food prep, stab, you know normal knife stuff.
    2. Axe - chop, limb, split, dismember, you know normal axe stuff.
    3. Saw - limb trees, buck wood, saw through bone, you know normal saw stuff.
     
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    Redhead brand socks. Best socks in the world.
     
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    I've given this a lot of thought, but I cannot come up with 1 thing, nor 3, without also thinking about how they all work with everything else... I guess, my ferro rod, as what's camping w/o a campfire?
     
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    Oh man, that is tough! I don't have a single favorite, but here are just three.
    1. Fjallraven Keb Trousers. They're comfortably stretchy or tough / water resistant in all the right areas.
    2. BHK GNS knife. I can't imagine a more perfectly designed bushcraft knife.
    3. Sawyer Mini Filter. It's possibly the cheapest, smallest, simplest, most high flow filter out there that filters down to 0.1 micron.
     
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    She was looking over your shoulder, wasn't she.
     
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    1) My AS Explorer
    2) My 5" Firebox G2
    3) My Eagle Camp Kettle
     
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    Is it the 0.7L or the 1.5L kettle....?
     
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    Can't say enough good things about my Woolrich crushable outback hat.. And of course my knife, because with it I can make a lot of other gear. ESEE 4hm
     
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    clean water.... so important for all the right reasons....
     
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    My EDC gear the flashlight gets the most use. Second would be my pocket knife.
     
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    Great idea for a thread! Knives come and go for me, so I would have to choose my favorite @Adahy kuksa and my favorite Billnäs axe. Things that I would very hard pressed indeed to give up.
    [​IMG]IMG_1318 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    [​IMG]IMG_1318 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    If I had to cost a third I would side with @doulos and choose my Eagle kettle.

    [​IMG]IMG_1318 by Chris Scrivens, on Flickr

    I think with these three, and the accumulated knowledge and skill from being a member here for a bit, going through Bushclass and Hardwoodsman, I could be very comfortable in the woods in many situations. (I'd want a fire steel too just to make life easier)
     
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    Without a doubt my Ontario SP-53. There's nothing that machete can't handle, I trust it and I love using it. 20160509_231258.jpg
     
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    My 3 Favorite pieces of gear are all in my Avatar;
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    1. Leather belt that was a gift from my father to my grandfather when I was born, with all 3 of our names on it. I inherited it when my grandfather passed away. It was in bad shape. It was never used, dried and cracking. I drowned it in Obenauf's to resurrect it.

    2. Folding foraging pouch from Badgerclaw Leatherworks, that my wife bought for me as a surprise gift at the New England Bushcraft Show. She had a broken knee at the time, but she was a trooper and came to the show with me. We had a great time, and since then she has shown a bit of interest in hiking, camping, and bushcraft, so this year we have a few things planned. I don't really use it much, but it makes me happy and reminds me of what a lucky guy I am with such a great wife.

    3. My Jaakaripuukko knife from Varusteleka. I just love it...it's nice, with a nice sheath, but not so nice that I'm afraid to abuse it when I need to. Tough knife, purely functional, and the sheath is just awesome.
     
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    My wooden spoon I use that spoon for everything. Prov 27:17 1106181011~2.jpg
     
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    my two favorite choppers... my ontario spec 8 machete, my seimbeda/@Blackhawk45hunter
    valraven, my lit cooler, and anything wool.
     
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    The one I have is the 1.5L

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    These two.

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    Definitely my Vargo Triad XE. They don't make this model anymore and I don't know why. I love it enough to carry two of them.

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    Tough choice, even for three. I think I am going to have to go with these:
    1. Terävä Jääkäripuukko: I probably have two dozen fixed blades, including some customs and high-end production knives. I have no way to explain it, but this knife simply cuts stuff, especially wood, better than all the others. With a micro-convexed edge put on it and some buffing compound on the rigid leather sheath, it is completely field maintainable. I use it all the time and have never “sharpened” it, per se, only stropped. But, it’s always my sharpest knife. And it’s so incredibly strong and rugged, I am confident throwing it at any kind of task. While it looks like a slab-sided tank of a knife, it handles quite nimbly. It kinda sucks at spreading peanut butter, but excels at everything else.
    2. Gransfors Bruks Outdoor Axe: This another whole-is-geater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts tool, another where I can’t explain why it performs as well as it does. Looking at the geometry, you would expect it to be a good splitter, and indeed it is. The Fiskars splits a bit better, but doesn’t come close in any other respect. With that thick wedge profile, you wouldn’t expect it to be good for carving, but you would be wrong. I don’t yet have a single-bevel dedicated carving axe, but it beats the GB Wildlife and Small/Mini and Hulks Bruk Almike as a carver, and beats the Fiskars by a mile. The Helko Rheinland might be a slightly better carver, but it’s too heavy for me to use for more than ten minutes or so. And, since head of the Outdoor Axe is pretty light, you wouldn’t think it would be a good chopper, but again only the Rheinland — which weighs about twice as much — can beat it. And it’s so light and packable. Carried in a loop holster on my belt, I don’t even feel it when hiking. I catch myself unconsciously reaching down to touch it make sure it’s still there. OK, the GB Small/Mini is more packable, but is about two classes below the Outdoor Axe in performance. And finally a very subjective factor: with that long straight handle, it doesn’t look graceful — it looks like a wedge on a stick — but it really feels alive in the hand.
    3. Heavy Cover Ti canteen kit: It took me a while to bond with this piece of gear. I already had a water bottle and cup that worked fine, and it wasn’t immediately apparent how to work it into my loadout. But it has become indispensable to me. Like the Terävä Jääkäripuukko, I get antsy when I don’t have it with me. There’s just something primally gratifying about having a thing you can utterly depend on to purify and carry water, and cook with and eat out of as well. I also use it with the old hot-water-bottle-in-sleeping-bag trick when I decide to take my three-season quilt in conditions that don’t necessarily warrant my zero-degree quilt. And of course it’s nice that it weighs almost nothing.
    I am not listing my silnylon tarp and ferro rod as favorites... sticking with those three as favorites... but with those five things and appropriate clothing, I really do feel equipped to handle pretty much any situation.

    EDIT: Still love the TJP, still think it is the best value in the knife world (yep, even counting Moras), but as a favorite it has been edged out by the Adventure Sworn Classic and LT Wright Lagom. Today, at this exact minute, it’s the Lagom.
     
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    Every trip,
    1. Knife
    2. Bic lighter in a steel case
    3. Ozark trail water bottle
     
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    Nice to see Ozark Trail getting some love. Yeah, their stuff is cheap and made in China and they tend to copycat, but dangit, they make good gear! They pattern on time-tested designs and turn out a good product at a good price.
     
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    That kettle is too pretty to take outside. You need a different one.
     
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    Yeah it really keeps the water and ice cold, really lasts, sorry yeti I just can't pay for a name.
     
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    If anyone were to walk through my workshop, and start making list of knives, axes, tents, sleeping bags, packs(daypacks, haversacks, rucksacks, and canoe packs), large & small/new & old stoves, and lanterns,,, let be the smaller items that fill pockets and packs. I’m certain sure they’d think any load I carry would be large and complicated, but it ain’t so.

    First and most often used tool: a Bic lighter
    Second most often used: a small metal drinking cup
    Third on the list would be: a 2 quart billy pot (with the addition of this pot, I’ll need a bag to carry it.

    I’m the worst “bushcrafter” ever, most trips afield the only tool I need or use is my lighter,,, beyond that is as special needs arise for overnight trips...

    In my pocket will ever be a Bic, a pocket knife, and a compass, but the latter two rarely see any use. The cup and billy pot are far more useful on a daily basis,,,, so the 3 items mentioned are my favorites...
     
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    I carry my K&M match case most trips to the woods. It's with me when I'm hunting, backpacking, camping, or just taking a short hike.
     
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    Those are just so inherently awesome. I have one and love it. Couldn’t list as a top-three favorite because I don’t actually use it that much but I sure like having it with me.

    And it’s great to fondle and fool with.
     
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    Pretty sure you’re wrong... pretty sure that would be Farm to Feet socks.

    But, I’m talking out my... talking out my not-mouth, since I haven’t tried them. I guess, as an admitted sock snob, I need to.
     
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    I had a Condor Bushlore in my hand today, at ye olde knife store (which is actually called Olde Towne Cutlery, so it’s not precious or pretentious for me to say it that way). I came thiiiiiis ——-><——- close to buying it. But, I just have too many other good knives in that niche and I am truly trying to unmelt my credit cards.

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    I'm with @Haggis on the Bic. I usually use matches but I've always got a Bic.
     
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    Let me start by saying certain pieces I consider a part of leaving home in the morning . Aside from these particulars knives , multi tools etc. EDC kits aside I'd go with my simple MSR pot . Since I've recently added a fry pan I'd have to bump that up to cook kit .
     
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