Tension or Pressure Cutting a Tree with a Knife (With Video)

May 21, 2010 by  
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Tension or Pressure cutting with a knife  is fairly easy to master. The key is the wood you are cutting can not be to hard, and your knife has to be really sharp. My Granddad religiously used this technique to cut limbs, saplings and such. The technique is fairly easy, you bend the tree or branch you want to cut, take a firm grip on the knife, and cut straight down and away from yourself  at the top of the bend. As with all good knife craft,  if it is not working the wood is probably to hard or you are not cutting at the right angle. What ever you do, do not force it. If you are doing it right your knife will move through the wood fairly well. You may need to take a second slice depending on the thickness of the wood. But it will not be a major chore to get it done. Read more

Making a Mini-Survival Kit (With Video)

April 24, 2010 by  
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Mini-survival kits are small kits that contain a few basic survival tools. These kits often include a small compass, fire starter of some sort , a fishing hook and fishing line,  an Exacto knife blade, and a safety pin. Pre-packaged survival kits may also include instructions in survival techniques, including fire-starting or first aid methods. In addition, parachute cord can be wrapped around the container if you wish. The parachute cord can be used for setting up an emergency shelter or snaring small animals. However if you live in the city medication may be what you need to survive. A mini-kit is for those things you personally will need in an emergency. Read more

Keeping Your Knife Sharp (With Video)

April 10, 2010 by  
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A sharp knife is much less dangerous than a dull one. This technique will keep your blade sharp and ready to go to work. Put some compound on your strop or Bark River Block.  Hold the end of the strop firmly or if you are using a Bark River Block put it in a comfortable position on the table in front of you so your knife cannot sag.  Take knife in hand, so that you have a firm gip and you can control the blade easily.  In stropping a knife, use a long diagonal stroke with even pressure from the heel to the point. Start the stroke at the top edge of the strop closest Draw the knife flat, with back leading, straight over the surface of strop. Bear just heavy enough on the strop to feel the knife draw. Do not worry about speed. This will come with continued practice. When the first stroke is completed, turn the knife on the back of the blade. Now draw the knife away from you, completing the second stroke in stropping Read more