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  1. Laurentius

    Ultimate compression

    Whilst struggling this evening to get a thermorest back into the original stuff sack (I usually store it semi inflated) and having mixed experiences of such things as the plastic vacuum bags you either hook up to your hoover or squeeze the life out of, I am wondering if there is any really...
  2. Laurentius

    Vintage Elwell 4789

    I recently won one of these on Ebay, https://thumbs.worthpoint.com/zoom/images2/360/0412/15/elwell-4789-hand-slash-brushing-bill_360_ae0ce4509236fa7ef4ab7a39b79cabd0.jpg which will replace my cheap and cheerfull hardware store machete. I took for a test drive today hacking away at nettles...
  3. Laurentius

    Leatherman squirt fail.

    I had hitherto considered leatherman tools to be the equal in manufacture and quality control to the Victorinox SAKs and a cut above the cheaper rivals. However I have been given to revise that opinion today when a portion of the spring that holds the pliers of my leatherman squirt in place...
  4. Laurentius

    Rough Close vandalised

    Here is an article from the Telegraph, I fail to understand the reason why. https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/coventry-scouts-rough-close-vandals-16096976 There is a just giving account set up to help pay for repairs...
  5. Laurentius

    New SAK video

    I came across this earlier today, and being a fan of all things SAK, I thought, I like those Alox hunters. They are a bit pricy, but not the most expensive folding knife out there by any means. There is also something about an SAK that seems less agressive than a lot of the folding knives out...
  6. Laurentius

    Confession is good for the soul.

    I am not sure if anyone ever wants to admit that there skills are not always A* so here is a time to fess up, what aspects of bushcraft are you not actually very good at? Here is mine for starters. To my regret I am just no good at sharpening blades, yes they will do the job, but all this hair...
  7. Laurentius

    How do you repair pertex?

    My Buffalo windshirt (the unlined lightweight variety) has sustained a fatal injury from brambles in that it has an actual tear in it, the first after many a years exposure to the outdoors. I have repaired it currently with a glue on tent repair patch, but I really don't think that is the best...
  8. Laurentius

    Knife snobbery

    I have just been, for the sheer hell of it, using an old "Sheffield England Slightly Imperfect" vegetable chopping knife to whittle down a piece of willow for whatever I am going to do with it, and do you know what, it ain't no puuko, leuku, kukri, machete, Bear Grylls, Ray Mears sacred riddle...
  9. Laurentius

    The "woolly pully" wool vs acrylic

    Genuine woollen woolly pullys seem to a mixture of two things, as scarce as hen's teeth or inordinately expensive, whereas the acrylic equivalent is abundent. I made a mistake not long ago of buying acrylic instead of wool, I did not look at the label carefully enough after having been told by...
  10. Laurentius

    Another of those, if only you were allowed one, posts. SAK preference

    Anyone who knows me, will know I am something of a fan of the humble SAK, I have several of them as I expect a lot of people here have given that they are extaordinary value for money. I did however think today that I had brought the wrong one out for a particular task due to the differences...
  11. Laurentius

    Homesteaders Allotmenteers and preppers.

    Somewhat tongue in cheek, I have been an allotmenteer for some years now, I do wonder when the proverbial hits the fan when an allotmenteer becomes a prepper? When I have to dig trenches and plant booby traps around my plot perhaps? Well it is always a rough lot in an urban allotment, because...
  12. Laurentius

    How to drill through a hardened tang?

    I need to make holes for rivets in a tang hardened to about 50 -52 rockwell, I have tried so far with my standard Bosch power drill and an HSS bit from Wilco without making much of an impact, I destroyed one bit and am scarcely making a mark with another. It is fairly clear I am using the wrong...
  13. Laurentius

    I confess to batoning with a folding knife.

    I confess, I ought not to have done it m'lud but it was a means to an end. I batoned with my Swiss Army Rucksack knife and it survived the experience, I only did so because it was all I had to hand. (that is a confession in itself, I do not carry a small armoury of knives around with me like an...
  14. Laurentius

    Rope

    If you were to carry a length of rope (not paracord) for self rescue in difficult situations or general emergency use what would you recommend? proper climbers rope? static or dynamic? what would be the optimum length? I read somewhere years ago back in the pre plastics age that sash cord was...
  15. Laurentius

    Old school vs contemporary.

    I have just weighed in my vaude "lightweight" externally framed cordura pack against my home made willow pack frame and leather harness supporting a swedish army LK35 rucksack and do you know what there is only 2 pounds in it. What is more the vaude pack will fit inside the LK35 so I know which...
  16. Laurentius

    Makes a change. Grayson Perry vs Bear Grylls

    It seems Grayson if having a go at Bear for being too Macho and about as useful as a chocolate teapot. Personally neither of them are my cup of char, but I did manage to see the Grayson Perry exhibition at the local art gallery...
  17. Laurentius

    Useful book for stick makers

    Our market has a stall which sells hard backs for a £1 and paperbacks for 50p regardless of condition, and you can often find some bargains. Today I found a signed copy of "Walking & working sticks" by Theo Fossel 1986 I don't know if it is still in print, but I would recommend it if you can...
  18. Laurentius

    Leather stamps

    I want to expand my leatherworking by using leather stamps to create repeating patterns. I have been looking on the internet and ebay and it seems that the cost of leather stamps varies enormously. Essentially I want to start out with a few celtic style knots, is there anything I have to...
  19. Laurentius

    Blade care question

    I have just been stripping the bark off a piece of willow I cut recently and it has left a nasty sticky residue on my mirror finish carbon steel blade. Eventually I managed to clean it off with hand sanitiser gel. The question is whether the willow residue is corrosive? A bit of patina is ok of...
  20. Laurentius

    Amazing find throws light on our Bronze age ancestors

    I have just caught this on the BBC news site today. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cambridgeshire-35280290 I am staggered by this, it is a real time capsule.