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    Any Hori Hori fans on here?

    the (locally made) version i used during my time in Japan had only a 3/4 tang which made it suitable as a throwing knife... :D:p the serrated edge works well for getting through roots while the plain edge worked as a scraper, too... i actually liked them better than trowels
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    Parang shopping

    i would avoid "valiantknives" as their customer service is rather lousy...
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    Day Out Upsetting the locals

    i never tried to burn them as i only encountered cut-offs from gardening which i repurposed for small projects...
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    Lifecycle of a cramp ball fungus

    slightly:offtopic: but i only learned about their use after discovering this forum and long time after leaving europe. to my surprise i discovered a related species here in central america -- it seems to grow on different types of trees incl.dead citrus... i've to keep them under observation...
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    Day Out Upsetting the locals

    i thought yew isn't good for firewood because it's toxic...?!
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    Archeologists find the strangest things

    sorry that my post comes double, internet misbehave and i can't figure out how to delete it...
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    Archeologists find the strangest things

    at least this was a harmless find... in the late 1990ties i picked up a strange-looking plastic box which lay upside-down in a small patch of forest surrounded by fields. turning it sideways i noticed russian writing -- looking at the top made me realize i was holding an anti personal mine with...
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    Day Out Upsetting the locals

    they kind of remember me of a saber-toothed tiger:beaver:... never seen them fighting, though:jawdrop: (somewhat :offtopic: but iirc the animal in the opening scene of "train to busan" is a water deer, too -- i definitely don't want to encounter a zombie version:jawdrop::jawdrop:)
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    Day Out Upsetting the locals

    didn't know there's water deer in the UK, too... .i managed to get a few times rather close to them in korea -- their teeth are quite sharp along the inner edge (which i found out harvesting them from a roadkill) but they're completely harmless despite their unusual looks...
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    DIY (primitive) drybags?!

    no reindeer here except a few gimmicky statues on christmas:p good point about a reaction to latex -- i'll be careful when experimenting:thumbsup: so far i experienced no reaction collecting samples for fire starting but you never know.... (i had reactions to sisal once trying to make string...
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    Mr Mears on the News

    no t.v. available for me over here but i've been several times to THE Kangaroo Island and always had a great time and lots of fond memories... very sadly my good friend there lost his battle with cancer about a year ago so i've not much update on what happens there anymore or if his (wooden)...
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    DIY (primitive) drybags?!

    a quick search shows me that making oil cloth seems rather simple BUT it requires boiled linseed oil -- a substance obviously not available in any hardware store here (which i know from my search for it to treat tool handles)... imho the hardware stores in this country suck big time! is the...
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    DIY (primitive) drybags?!

    i'm just back from the beach: that raincoat is beyond salvaging (which explains why the locals haven't picked it up yet), it's a cheap piece of pvc and already crumbling:((but i'm glad to see i'm not the only dumpster diver:D:D) i'll see what google has to tell me about making oil cloth, i also...
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    DIY (primitive) drybags?!

    wonder if candle wax will work -- guess it's time for an experiment.... i know that animal intestines have been used by Inuit and Aleutians to fashion waterproof garments but i wouldn't try that idea in the tropics -- about 3years ago we killed a 3m boa wrapped around a chicken (tastes best...
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    DIY (primitive) drybags?!

    the raincoat looked pretty damaged but some of it was buried in the sand -- might be worth a second look the latex gets solid over night when you tap the trees and turns into rubber -- so far i've only nicked the trees and collected the rubber as fire starter, not sure if this particular...
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    DIY (primitive) drybags?!

    today i had to my surprise the entire beach to myself so i walked a bit further than normal, amongst the large amount of trash was a rain jacket -- shredded up but it got me thinking :eek:about another idea i've been pondering since some time: as everyone who spends time in a wet environment...
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    How high should a hammock be?

    narwhal ivory was once traded as unicorn horn -- i'd be concerned if one of them cruises along under my hammock...:p:banghead: not putting your hands where you can't see and "snakewise lifting" (=lift objects with the opening away from you to give snakes a chance to retreat rather than the...
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    How high should a hammock be?

    i hope i'm not sounding like a smart**** now but check your clothes and boots before putting them on in warmer climates as well: i once put my boot on in central europe after shaking it out only to find a fat slug:emoji_fearful::emoji_fearful: inside (YUK!!!), in northern Western Australia i...
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    How high should a hammock be?

    judging from what i've seen in documentaries and amongst the locals (over here they only use hammocks for siesta) i'd say high enough to sit and comfortably get in and out (similar to most beds) i did have an Olive Python (ca.2m long) trying to get into my bed one night -- i simply asked Monty...
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    Not Bushcraft - socks, have they become less durable?

    so it's not just me...:smuggrin: regardless of material and type of footwear my socks get holes in the heels faster than you'd believe... they make socks with the big toe separated or even every toe, with the tips "cut off" but nobody has come up with a deliberate hole in the heels:(:p...