The ability to make fire under almost any condition is essential part of Bushcraft survival.  With Firecraft there are many techniques to building a fire; a fire drill, smoldering plants and trees, sunlight, striking rock that contains iron such as flint,  and of course matches and lighters.  Firecraft in the ability to create, control, and use fire to aid in one’s survival.  Another critical skill in Bushcraft is the ability to transport fire, usually by carrying a burning coal around in some type of dry sage grass to keep it smoldering.  Click on the following links for few things you need to know about building a fire.  Fire Tender – Fire Starters
Great book. For someone interested in living off of the grid (without dyin!)or any homesteader who's having trouble coming up with ideas for survival during the winter months. This book has it all,right down to some Euell Gibbons holistic remedies! A real outdoors survival 101 with illustrations and photos on everything from how to use tools...or heck...even how to make um! How to make twine and rope for binding. Tons of other useful information, and of course how to make different types of shelters. Taking everything nature has to help a human survive with little equipment from the modern world!

Hi Paul, another excellent piece. With the exception of the morakniv, this is my basic kit. Unfortunately I was seduced by one of the bg knives by Gerber, sturdy but slightly large although this makes it excellent for batonning. I do usually use a tent, but thanks to you am progressing to the tarp and bivvy very nicely. I use a Bushbox xl for cooking, for 2 reasons. 1, it works very well and keeps the fire both contained and off the ground. And 2, I find it helps me practice my fire skills and I have greatly improved since I started using it. Have you tried it yourself?
A knife will get you a long way but you should also acquire a folding saw. Saws are very efficient at cutting across the grain of wood and this will help with many of the jobs which a knife is not particularly well suited to. Saws are also generally safer to use than knives, making some tasks much less risky than using a knife alone. The Bahco Laplander, effectively a pruning saw, is very well suited to the small woodcraft jobs and firewood processing you’ll be doing. I like this model of saw as the blade is hard to snap (unlike some similar models) and the blade locks both open and closed, meaning the chances of cutting yourself unintentionally are reduced. The size of the jobs it will deal with is of a similar scale to those your bushcraft knife will tackle comfortably. The two tools together form a powerful combination for little weight and limited cost.

The Fallkniven F1 was devised for the Swedish armed forces and it shows. Despite the fact that the blade is not full tang it’s incredibly tough and will undoubtedly handle just about anything a typical survival situation presents you (if there is a “typical” survival situation). This bushcraft knife is fairly light so it won’t wear you out, safe to use, modest in length at 3 ¾ inches and boasts a sure grip thermorun handle. You’re going to feel lucky you have this compact beast with you when the weather closes in and you’re miles from camp.

Everyone has seen school and organization fundraisers where participants are selling candy, but what about survival kits? The quality and availability of emergency kits for many school districts could use an upgrade. At More Prepared, we take pride in making sure our school children are as safe and protected as possible. Survival kits also make thoughtful gifts! 18 Essential Knife and Bushcraft Skills: The Try Stick

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Every survival kit and emergency preparedness plan should include emergency blankets and lights. Mylar blankets effectively reflect body heat, and can keep you warm throughout a cold night. Their extreme lightweight and compact size make them an ideal part of a survival kit. To ensure you have adequate light in the event of a power failure, chemical snap lights are a convenient solution that doesn’t rely on batteries. Many snap lights last for 12 hours or more, and have a five year shelf life, so you know they’ll be there for you when you need them.

I became interested in Mors Kochanski after learning about his "Super Shelters." A most useful adaptation of the Super Shelter concept is the "Harlton Hacienda" developed by Mors' assistant instructor. This shelter can be set up in minutes and keep you alive in the most bitter cold (although it reportedly may require a pickup truck size pile of small firewood to heat overnight). I had access to Mors' "Northern Buschcraft" published in 1988 and widely regarded as a classic on bushcraft in the Canadian boreal forest. There is no mention of the super shelters in this book, but it is old. Along comes a "new" book by Mors with a new title "Bushcraft" published in 2014. Mors' is clearly very proud of his super shelter concept in his youtube videos, yet there is no mention whatsoever of these shelters in his "brand new" book. Why?


Ben had some good ideas. Hiking in the back mountains of Cape Town can sometimes be tricky as being off the beaten track it is not often you will see anyone. I suggest flares to light up the night sky to attract overhead planes. Also a really powerful long range torch (flashlight) is a must as it will also light up a huge part of the mountain and this will ensure one’s safety. Condoms! Yes but it is not what you think – condoms come in handy to waterproof bandages or protect and prevent irritating blisters. Also handy to keep items like your cell phone waterproof. Chapstick – great for soothing burns and bites and takes the itchiness away. Spare socks.

Opinel knives are a classic in bushcraft circles and they have huge following in Europe. Like Mora knives, they are typically very affordable and very effective cutting tools. The most commonly seen Opinel is the #8, which hasn’t changed a bit in almost 130 years. But that doesn’t mean that this French company isn’t paying attention to today’s outdoorspeople. The Opinel #12 Explore is a folding knife designed for hunting and survival. The convex grind stainless steel blade locks into an open or closed position with Opinel’s patented twisting collar lock. The knife also has a retractable gut hook and a shrill 110 decibel whistle integrated into the handle.
Type of Steel - Most bushcraft knives have stainless steel blades of one sort or another. High carbon steel is commonly used because it’s durable and holds a razor sharp edge for a long time. But it’s also prone to corrosion, so if you’re going to purchase a bushcraft knife with a high carbon blade it should be coated or otherwise treated in some fashion to make it more corrosion resistant.
Whether you want to get ready for a week in the woods, an overnight boat trip, or the zombie apocalypse, a survival kit is an essential tool. Filled with items to help you stay alive in dangerous and unexpected situations, they can make the difference between life and death. Wilderness survival kits include rope, bandages, flint to start fires, a compass, a survival knife, and more. Even the most well-planned hiking trips can go awry when the weather does not cooperate or someone gets hurt. Pack a survival kit in your backpack and be prepared for emergencies. When leaving for a fishing trip, include a survival kit with basic first-aid supplies, emergency blankets, and flares. Customize a kit for your car or home, or purchase emergency survival kits complete with emergency food supplies. For a fun gift, purchase a zombie survival kit for the "Walking Dead" fan in your household. Filled with glow sticks, waterproof matches, a whistle, and emergency food rations, it puts a fun twist on survival gear. Search the vast inventory of survival kits on eBay to find the one that is right for you.
I love the post, and the comments… heck the entire site is ingenious. If I could make a tiny contribution it would be the ICSB kit. It’s something I took away from my earliest days in LRS. It’s true that we seem to have kits within kits (hygiene kit, med kit, fishing kit all packed into a bug out kit) but it’s a handy way of compartmentalising our kit for quick access. Being able to access things quickly quietly and sometimes in the dark can be a lifesaver. So I offer up the ICSB kit. Stands for In Case S#$& Breaks. Some of the items are already on your lists but it’s nice to have them all in the same place when something breaks at the least opportune time. It’s a little pouch with duct tape, bailing wire, super glue, safety pins. Zip ties, key rings, buttons, carpet thread, twine, and anything else that is small and fits into this category. Anyway, that’s my two bits. Thanks for all the good info.
The instinct to survive is in our blood. For centuries, it has fueled us to find food, water, fire and shelter, no matter what the situation may be. However, survival hinges on more than just the skills to satisfy basic needs. True survival requires preparation and resourcefulness, and compiling the right plan and proper gear well before the going gets tough. It's having the capacity to expect the worst and be ready for when it happens. Whether a dead car battery leaves you trapped in a snowstorm, or misreading a trail map leaves you alone, lost and hungry in the backcountry, being prepared with the right survival equipment can make the ultimate difference in an emergency situation. With reliable brands like UST, Ultimate Survival, and more, you'll find the most reliable and durable survival tools here at OpticsPlanet.
Tarps are particularly well suited to sleeping in woodlands. They are easy to pitch, particularly with knowledge of a few simple yet versatile knots and plenty of trees to tie off to. You can also make tent pegs and other simple camp items you might need such as candle holders, using your knife and saw. So, all you really need to have in your bag to create a decent shelter in the woods is a tarp with guy lines attached. You don’t even need to spend a lot of money. You can buy a small builders tarp or a trailer tarp from a motoring store and add some nylon cord for the guy lines. Survival kit

Clear instructions, extensive use of diagrams, and a full color photo supplement detail all the practical skills and knowledge essential for surviving and enjoying the wilderness. Includes basic instructions for lighting and maintaining a fire, chopping wood and felling trees, creating a warm shelter, using knives and axes safely, finding plants and animals important for survival, cooking in the outdoors, and making tools, ropes, baskets, and more from plant materials. This title now has the ISBN 9781772130072, replacing the ISBN 9781551051222.
I’m not going to try to candy coat this one. If you need this product, you’re in the middle of a terrorist attack or an act of war using a chemical warfare agent (CWA). The people around you will be dying. You’re going to die, too, if you breathe in these chemicals. But if you only have skin contact with these lethal substances, and you have a decontaminant at hand – you can neutralize them. Let that sink in for a moment. If you only come into contact with a chemical weapon on your skin, there is a product that will counteract most toxins. Now, this isn’t exactly a new product. In fact the company has been making this product for many years, and a friend of mine has successfully used it in “live agent” military training. The part that’s new is that this product is now available to civilians. RSDL is the only decontaminant cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to remove or neutralize chemical warfare agents such as tabun, sarin, soman, cyclohexyl sarin, VR, VX, mustard gas and T-2 toxin. It’s a simple little packet of lotion-like neutralizer. Each kit comes with instructions and a training product, so you can get a feel for it through realistic practice. It also comes with a packet of decontaminant for one person, which removes the chemical agent from the skin in a single step.
Bushcraft (the art of wilderness survival) is a hobby that needs a sturdy knife with a thick blade made of high-quality steel, as well as an easy to sharpen grind and a good wedge. Our selection of Bushcrafting knives offers both folding Bushcraft knives and fixed blade Bushcraft knives, and we have the best knife options available for outdoorsmen.
The best way to respond to each emergency situation is different for everyone, so preparing for a disaster scenario will be unique to your location and individual needs. In some cases, you might need a simple hygiene kit to keep clean while you wait out the storm. In other cases, you’ll need to start a fire to keep warm during a disaster scenario. Many of our kits come with ready-made meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 6 days solo bushcraft - canvas lavvu, bow drill, spoon carving, Finnish axe
Hi I have to admit after 30 years of been out on the Welsh mountains I’ve managed with what I could unlike some of these modern suggested kit you hit the nail right on the head ! People forget what it’s about and are more interested in the kit and not what it’s used for so thankyou good to see some people have their he’d screwed on right lol especially in today’s frantic buying
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