BUSH CRAFT­ING WITH CLASS

FULL FUNC­TION FIELD KNIVES THAT LOOK GOOD DO­ING IT

Knives Illustrated - - News - STORY BY DAVID JAYE - PHO­TOS BY SHARPBYCOOP

Bushcraft­ing has been around since the dawn of man and the knife has rev­o­lu­tion­ized the way we do it—these five cus­tom knives take it to the next level. BY DAVID JAYE

“THROUGH­OUT HIS­TORY, MAN HAS PRAC­TICED BUSHCRAFT­ING AS A LIFE SKILL AND USED THE KNIFE HE HAD ON HIM AT THE TIME, WHETHER IT BE A KUKRI, A MAR­BLES, A BOWIE, A LOVELESS OR RAN­DALL

Bushcraft­ing is not a new skill for hu­mans, in fact in the hun­dreds of thou­sands of years since we be­came hu­man, we lived by and per­fected bushcraft­ing skills.

How­ever, it was the in­ven­tion of the knife that rev­o­lu­tion­ized the way we sur­vived in the bush. Al­most ev­ery cul­ture has re­fined the knife to best fit their en­vi­ron­ment and suit the needs pre­sented by the world around them. In ar­eas of dense jun­gle, the ma­chete is the go-to knife for mov­ing through thick growth. The Gau­cho, who live by herd­ing cat­tle in the Pam­pas of Ar­gentina and moun­tains of Patag­o­nia, rely on a large Pu­nal, sim­i­lar to a French knife. In the moun­tains of Nepal, the kukri, said to have been in­tro­duced by the armies of Alexan­der the Great, has been used for ages to per­form daily tasks with fi­nesse.

The knife is in a state of con­tin­ual re­fine­ment, as wit­nessed in these five ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­am­ples from cus­tom mak­ers of to­day, who have built on the past to help move knife­mak­ing and bushcraft­ing that much fur­ther to­ward the fu­ture. But to im­prove, we must look at the foun­da­tions.

For re­li­able in­for­ma­tion on the foun­da­tion of a good bushcraft­ing knife, I had to look no fur­ther than two of the men who helped de­fine it in our mod­ern age, Mors Kochan­ski and Ray Mears.

Lessons from Mors Kochan­ski

I met Mors Kochan­ski a few years back and re­cently con­tacted him to get his ideas on bushcraft­ing knives, first­hand, for this ar­ti­cle.

Hav­ing ini­tially taught bushcraft and sur­vival with Tom Roy­croft, a civil­ian

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