Friday, January 31, 2014

MoraKniv Carbon Steel Knives, and making fire with a chunk of metal and a rock!

You may have seen my blog post a short while ago where I announced the arrival of Mora Knives at our http://www.paracordist.com store. Since a video is far more appealing to some of you, I put together a quick one highlighting some key features of each of the four models we will start off carrying (below).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZRun7pwSlo

While I've been an outdoors-person my whole life, I didn't become an "outdoorsman" until about 10 years ago. I wrote a little about this in the forward to J.D. Lenzen's Paracord Fusion Ties Volume II as it coincides with my "discovery" of paracord. It was then that I sought some serious outdoor survival skills to maximize my safety during solo hiking trips in New Hampshire's White Mountains. I was fortunate to first find Cody Lundin's  98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive
which in turn led me to Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival by Mors Kochanski. These are two of the most valuable and influential books that are absolutely required reading (in my opinion) for anyone who spends time hiking, camping, backpacking and the like.

In Cody's book I learned the importance of a basic, lightweight survival kit; the proper contents and their basic use. One of the "game changers" for me was learning for the first time the benefits of a fixed blade knife, specifically one with a carbon steel blade. I'd carried a pocket knife my whole life (and still do) but never understood how infinitely more useful a fixed blade can be in the woods until I read this book. While not identified by brand in the book, the two knives shown in Cody's text are the MoraKniv Clipper 840 and the MoraKniv Classic #2. Pretty much anyplace you see Cody Lundin, including the Dual Survival TV series, he is wearing the #2 as a neck knife and using it in the bush. From Cody and Mors' books, I learned how to use a fixed blade knife safely for countless tasks including: cutting/ splitting wood to obtain dry material in wet conditions AND using the carbon steel blade to make a flint/steel fire.

The arrival of these new products finally spurred me to put a video together that I'd been planning to make for some time - an informational video on the flint/steel vs. ferro rod fire. In this video, I compare and contrast the benefits of including one of the MoraKniv Carbon Steel Knives, a ferro rod, a flint and steel striker, and charred cloth in your kit. I discuss the types of tinder that work best with a fire steel, and the situations where charred cloth really shines. Additionally, I demonstrate techniques that make take the mystery out of starting a fire by striking sparks off a piece of steel with a rock!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqKJR8eiB1M



Very soon I'll shoot a video showing you how to make perfect charred cloth of your own! This stuff is too cool to not experiment with.

Written by Kevin Gagne

Sunday, January 26, 2014

WATCH the third part in the series how to tie the Paracordist's original MaineWoods A.L.I.C.E Pack Paracord Handle!

I've just posted the third part in the series how to tie the Paracordist's original MaineWoods A.L.I.C.E Pack Paracord Handle. The All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment — or ALICE — system, was adopted as United States Army Standard A on 17 January 1973. It has since been replaced by the MOLLE system, but remains popular amongst survivalists, preppers and old school outdoor enthusiasts for its durability. The backpack has an external weight bearing frame which lacks a top handle. The top handle makes it infinitely easier (and safer for your back) to bring a heavily loaded pack from the floor, to your shoulders. The paracord handle needs to be durable, strong and resist lateral slide along the frame (via  my unique prusik knot-based installation system). 

Another unique feature of my design was to make a handle that could be shipped to a customer and easily installed by them, with no plastic parts or buckles (for durability). I wanted a product that did not need to be tied directly and permanently on the pack itself. With the use of accessory loops fitted with sliding paracord beads, the handle can be installed AND uninstalled in moments. Never know when paracord could come in handle in a survival situation, so being able to remove the handle and unravel the 50' (approximately) of 550 cord is a bonus!


Was I the first the come up with a paracord handle for the pack? Hell no! I was just the first to make one worthy of being a "Paracordist Creation"! Check these out in my store now - they are great for anything that needs a strong handle. http://www.paracordist.com/the-mainewoods-alice-pack-paracord-handle/

Written by Kevin Gagne

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

NEW PRODUCT "MoraKniv Carbon Steel Bushcraft and Survival Knives"

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NEW PRODUCT "MoraKniv Carbon Steel Bushcraft and Survival Knives"

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Companion Heavy Duty MG

Companion Heavy Duty is a powerful tool for bushcrafters, hunters and outdoor people. For batoning the knife needs great strength requirements. The Companion Heavy Duty fits the bill and more, with its three-layer............(click for more)

Classic #2

Morakniv® Classic has been developed by Mora of Sweden for over a century, and has been utilized by generations of carpenters and wood carvers. The tradition can be explained by the knives – with their classic red wooden handle – being pleasant to work with and....(click for more)

Craftline HighQ Robust

Allround knife with double-moulded extra large ergonomically designed handle. High friction grip....(click for more)

Clipper 840

An adaptable knife with a patterned high-friction grip that makes the knife pleasant to hold and...(click for more)

Companion Heavy Duty MG
 Craftline HighQ Robust
Clipper 840
Paracord 550 cord handmade hammock

NEW PRODUCT "Paracord 550 Cord Handmade Hammock"

Handmade in the USA quality, utilizing over 2000' of paracord! Are you wondering if that boring white hammock is gonna make it another year? Sick of having it look dingy after just one rain fall? Order early, spring camping season is coming! (click for more)

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