5 Things About Bushcraft You Need To Know

Do you enjoy Bushcraft? Here is 5 tips that will help you on your next adventure.

1. Get a good Bushcraft knife.

A Bushcraft knife is generally suited for light and also medium duties such as general preparation of food, skinning animals, making pointed sticks for cooking, carving wood, making feather sticks and shaving tinder. A good knife needs to have a quality shealth, preferably custom fit. The sheath does not need a strap down to keep the knife secure, it is held in place by fit alone. The sheath needs to be well made and holds the knife very securely and deeply. 

Another important thing about bushcraft knife is the Blade. The cutting edge is the most important part to the Bushcrafter. A good Bushcraft knife is characterized by a sturdy and light blade that is made from the highest quality of materials. It has a small, medium sized blade that allows you to do finer work as compared to a larger blade. Fixed blades in most cases are considered more durable than a folding knife. But carrying two knives is preferably better in order to cover all types of jobs since one knife won’t do it all and adding a folder to your pocket will not add a lot of weight.

Third point to note about a good knife is Knife handles and Tang.

The tang is the part of the blade that sticks out into the handle. This is the place where the handle attaches itself to the blade. The tang is one area that you should be keen on as it greatly affects the strength as well as the durability of the knife. A full tang is preferably the best since the blade and the tang are one solid piece of steel.

As far as handles are concerned go for a bushcraft knife that fits comfortably in your hand and also one that offers a grip that is not slippery especially when it is wet.

2. Firecraft  

This is the ability to create, control and use fire in order to help in the survival of the Bushcraft if you did not have the best fire starter. With the firecraft there exists many techniques to building a fire such as smoldering trees and plants, fire drill, striking rocks that contains iron, sunlight and matches as well as lighters. Also the Bushcraft should have the ability to transport fire by carrying a burning coal around on a dry sage of grass to keep it smoldering.

3. Knots or Ropecraft

The skill and ability to join two or more pieces of a natural or a man-made material is a very crucial skill that a Bushcraft should have for survival. Joining two or more pieces together you increase both the strength of the material and the usability as a raft, shelter, a sled or a weapon.

4. Tracking

Animal tracking is another important survival tactic of the Bushcraft. Tracks that are mostly made by animals or humans, when correctly read clearly shows a pattern of habits of the human or animals. On establishing this pattern, you will be able to carefully observe the pattern and movements of the animal. Most animals tend to use the same path to and from when searching for water or food.

5. Hunting and Trapping

Hunting and trapping to the Bushcraft is the pursuit of animals and also fish for food. Mastery these techniques leads to the ability to hunt for food by use of traps, snares, nets or weapons.

All of the above 5 tips are essential for bushcraft lovers. Do you know all these skills? If not, it’s time to learn them and use those skills on your next adventure! 

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