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  1. Swampy Matt

    Swanndri - Adverse reactions

    Its more likely to be a reaction to something ON the wool rather than the wool itself as an allergy to wool is extremely rare - it's like being allergic to your own hair, as chemically wool is almost identical to hair. A lot of people find wool irritating to wear (itchy), but never heard of it...
  2. Swampy Matt

    Best Deer Rifles

    I've just been chatting to three mates of mine, all IT managers - two for large companies, One for an educational facility. The two company IT managers said that they would have to ban this site at there place of work as its a 'chat site'. The official line being "Chat on your own time - not...
  3. Swampy Matt

    Bow drills don't just make fire...

    Pine pitch, dried deer poo and ground charcoal is one method I've heard of. Theres a good article of quartz tipped hand drills here: http://wildwoodsurvival.com/survival/fire/handdrill/squartztipped/index.html
  4. Swampy Matt

    Tracking Boots

    Although I don't have a lovely pair of Grizzly Boots, I wear almost exclusively treadless moccasin style boots or shoes of various kinds. They are lethal on mud and rocks if you try to use them in the same way as walking boots. However by modifying how you walk slightly, they are better that...
  5. Swampy Matt

    Fallkniven family pic.

    S1 = Survival 1 (F1 - Forester, H1 - Hunter, I think :confused: ) This is the knife I have and, having used both the F1 and H1, I feel that the S1 is the better knife (at least for me). Its a bit heavier than the others and a good deal longer, so definately not a 'beginners' knife. The...
  6. Swampy Matt

    Fallkniven family pic.

    I'm totally in agreement with Leon-1 with regards to a straighter spine. It will puncture organs more easily than a drop point when trying to perform a relatively delicate task of skinning an animal. Especially in unskilled hands. However; The more 'drop' there is to the point, the closer it...
  7. Swampy Matt

    Fallkniven family pic.

    A drop point is also better for 'other' uses the military may require the knife to be used for :eek:
  8. Swampy Matt

    How Environmentally Friendly is Cotton?

    I thought we were supposed to be discussing how environmentally friendly cotton is :confused:
  9. Swampy Matt

    How Environmentally Friendly is Cotton?

    Adam, I'm absolutely certain. Cannabis Indica as far as I'm able to work out is not an official plant designation, Its a stoner reference to indicate a C.Sativa plant with properties similar to Cannabis Sativa found in the Middle/Far east. More correctly it would probably be C.Sativa Indica...
  10. Swampy Matt

    How Environmentally Friendly is Cotton?

    Erm, Marijuana (grown to get high) is exactly the same plant as Hemp(grown for fibre). They are both Cannabis Sativa. The only difference is that marijuana is grown in a specific manner to optimise the amount of THC produced. (Kind of how maize/corn can be blue/red/yellow/multicoloured but still...
  11. Swampy Matt

    Horse Hide for clothing?

    For waterproofing leather using modern methods, I've used a few different products. Nikwax do a water based 'Aqueous Wax' for waterproofing walking boots. This works quite well but needs to be regularly reapplied. As its water-based it allows the leather to retain a degree of breathability...
  12. Swampy Matt

    Traditionalism vs Modernism

    I Disagree. The majority of what we now term bushcraft was taught to me by my Father and Grandfather, who'd learnt it off his father, who'd learnt it off his father and so on for as many generations as our known family history tells. After the birth of my son last year, I went and found...
  13. Swampy Matt

    Tracking Boots

    And there a hell of a lot cheaper than Catskill Mountain Moccasins (or most of the other moc makes I've seen) at a $170.
  14. Swampy Matt

    Tracking Boots

    There is a Link on the Quoddy Trail site to there online shop where they sell the Grizzly Boots, so they are available direct from manufacturer.
  15. Swampy Matt

    Tracking Boots

    Nope - they were Catskill Mountain Moccasins - http://www.catskill-moc.com/ Those are a nice looking pair of boots though, Scott.
  16. Swampy Matt

    Birch for bows?

    'Bows and Arrows of the Native Americans' by Jim Hamm is a good book and cost me around £5 from Quicks Archery - http://www.quicks.com/ Although the focus is (obviously!) American Indian Bows, the principles in it can be used for all bow styles. It also covers stringmaking, quivers...
  17. Swampy Matt

    Bow Making

    And once the self bow is made, there are arrows to be made, a quiver or two, maybe a bowcase, bracer, small leather pouch for beeswax and a spare bowstring, the bowstring itself will need to be made, flint points if your going primitive or a variety of hand forged medieval styles..... :eek...
  18. Swampy Matt

    Bow Making

    People only think they want to make one bow and stop. :D Quite quickly after making the first bow, a second is required to 'improve on the first'. Then a third to improve on number 2. Then a fourth, in a different style, to see if it shoots better or has more power. then a 5th, 6th 7th...
  19. Swampy Matt

    Bow Making

    Take a look over at paleoplanet - http://b16.ezboard.com/bpaleoplanet69529 Probably the best bowmaking site on the Web. Tim Baker and Jim Hamm both post regularly on the site. The first advice your likely to get from anyone over there though is: Buy The Traditional Bowyers Bible I, II...
  20. Swampy Matt

    Valid Bushcraft Tool??

    Which is about as close as a fair few people on here get to real bushcraft :rolleyes: I'm sure you'll be happy then to explain how you would make, whilst in the bush: 1) A swandri ranger shirt 2) A pair of vibram soled leather walking boots 3) A 35L Swedish army rucksack 4) A stainless...