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u/thaLovemussell · 7 pointsr/Bushcraft

*Tl;Dr. BUY CHEAP AT FIRST!! Any Morakniv and the Gator Combo hatchet/saw will get you started with shelter building, firewood processing, and campcraft projects. Total is about $50 USD. I hate pruning saws in general, but if you must have one then the Corona is slightly cheaper than the Bahco, performs the same or better, and has more size options. If budget isn't an issue silky makes professional grade saws, but consider just getting a buck saw blade and making a frame yourself.**


I've collected an assortment of knives/axes/saws for trips into the woods and since there is usually 3 or 4 post per week asking about knife purchases, I thought I would share some of my experiences I have with budget/mid range cutting tools for Bushcraft.



  1. Council Tools boys Axe.
  2. Hultafors classic felling (They also make the identical husqvarna)
  3. Bhaco Rucksack Axe on a 28" handle.
  4. Tramontina machete with modified blade
  5. Bhaco branded Mora in Stainless Steel
  6. Esee 6
  7. Esee Izula 2
  8. Gerber Gator Combo
  9. Bob Dustrude Quick Buck saw
  10. Leatherman Wave
  11. Opinel no. 8 Carbon
  12. Esee Avispa



  13. Council - Favorite pack axe. Perfect mix of head weight, handle length, cost, and availability. Theres also a smaller version with a 24" handle and lighter head some may prefer.

  14. Hultafors/Husqvarna - Good for green/softwoods but I deal with hardwoods and don't bring it after getting the Council.

  15. Bahco - came with a 19inch handle and I found it's too much compromise for the work it will do. A 28" handle with a slightly heavier head will perform circles around it. Out of the box it its designed for splitting. Takes a significant amount of grinding on the cheeks to be any good at chopping. Tries to hard to be an axe and a hatchet and fails at both IMO.
  16. Tramontina - Cheap and effective machete. I cut the off some of the blade for better portability and working in denser brush.

  17. Mora - Same thing as the companion but $5-$7 cheaper on amazon. Theres a reason everyone suggests Mora here. For bushcraft you are working primarily with wood and the scandi grind is made for it. Buy a mora first and figure out if you want something specialized later. Really anything with a Scandinavian grind will serve you well. Mora offers high carbon and stainless steel blades. Stainless wont rust but also wont throw sparks by scraping a ferro rod as effectively as carbon. Carbon steels will rust if you don't take care of them but hold an edge much longer. So if your using it for making fire and carving a lot of wood get carbon; if you want to use it for food prep and not worry about it rusting get stainless.

  18. Esee 6 - Shameless McQ inspired purchase from earlier days but still my one knife/survival choice. It does everything adequately but nothing spectacularly. They're over a $100 USD and for a beginner just get a Mora. I mostly only take this car camping now or when I only want to take a knife and a canteen into the woods but it is a chore to use.

  19. Esee Izula 2 - Got as a companion to the Esee 6. Its thick blade makes it poor for most finer work that its sized for. Works better as a fixed blade EDC.

  20. Gerber Hatchet - Good starter hatchet for light wood processing and shelter building. The saw makes quick work of green woods up to 2" diameter and is a easily packable.

  21. Buck saw - As far as packable saws go, this is the bees knees. its super lightweight, uses a standard size blade and the trapezoidal vs a triangular design you see in other pack saws allows for processing of larger diameter logs. I ditched my pruning saw as soon as I got this.

  22. Leatherman Wave - Its heavy, its expensive and a poor choice for woodworking tasks. I use a multi tool every day at work but they dont really have a place for hiking/campcraft.

  23. Opinel no. 8 Carbon - The blade is thin and the lock isn't very sturdy. It handles light carving in softwoods well enough for tent pegs, feather sticks, and pot hangers just not much else. Has a sharp spine for ferro rods and works well for food prep. The handle is bulky in the pocket but since its wood its easily modified. Good foragers knife.

  24. Esee Avispa - Folder EDC. Not really for bushcraft but it's always on me and what I reach for to cut cord.

    Tools are a personal thing and I expect to hear about it in the comments on where others are coming from. r/bushcraft is largely an echo chamber for mora knives and for good reason. They are inexpensive, high quality, and well designed for the jobs you are likely wanting to do with a knife. Mors Kochanski goes in depth on this subject in his book Bushcraft; it's a must read for anyone starting out.
u/toyfj80 · 6 pointsr/Bushcraft

I agree with the comments about fire. Here are a few other thoughts.
Don’t go crazy getting expensive kit. When starting out, a $20 dollar Mora teaches you just as much as a more expensive blade. Same for your pack, axe, and pot.
Buy a few good books. I like Bush Craft by Mors but there are a lot of good ones out there. Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival
Experience is the best teacher. Once you’ve read a chapter, pick a skill and head bush to practice.
Learn about plants. In my view it’s 80% of bushcraft. An aboriginal in a new environment would want to know about edible and medicinal plants. Mammals, fish, insects, and reptiles are ubiquitous.
After a bit, you’ll see the more you know the sorter your knife is and you don’t carry as much in your pack. 😊

u/Vaxper · 6 pointsr/Survival

To add to what Ryan said, there are also a bunch of good books on the subject, most of which can be found for free.

John 'Lofty' Wiseman's SAS Survival Handbook is extremely comprehensive (around 600 pages) and very information-dense.

The US Army Survival Manual is also pretty good, but it's not as comprehensive or detailed as Wiseman's book.

Although it's more of a bushcraft book, Mors Kochanski's Bushcraft is extremely well done. His descriptions are easy to read, but fairly comprehensive, and are paired with detailed sketches and pictures.

Mainly, just go out and practice. You're already a capable outdoorsman, so it shouldn't be too much of a hassle. If you wanna take courses, just search around for courses near where you are, or maybe look at something like NOLS. Hope that's helpful.

u/McDudeston · 5 pointsr/Bushcraft

>-Are there any areas in Wisconsin I could do this? Or would I have to ask someone owning private land?

No idea.

-I have a hatchet, folding saw, 4 inch fixed blade, lighter, and I'm going to get a pot/pan, a small tarp, some twine, and a billy can before I do anything. Is there anything else essential I should get?

Those are the essentials. Actually, those are more than the essentials. What you really need right now is experience.

>-Would it be beneficial to take a buddy as well as telling others that I'm going to be gone?

Bushcrafting is always more enjoyable with a friend. But always tell someone back at home where you're going and what your exit plan is.

>-Should I go out and build the shelter/camp bit by bit before attempting overnighters, or just go at it all at once?

This is really the question I wanted to answer for you, so strap in. It could be a bumpy ride.

You're diving in too hard, I think. You sound a bit inexperienced with outdoorsman activities. Not a problem! But it becomes one when you start getting too ambitious. Running out into the woods to build a shelter and camp/bushcraft without properly preparing yourself is a recipe for spending a cold, miserable night alone in the woods in the absolute best-worst case.

Start small, day hikes maybe. Once you have a billy can you will have all the gear you need to hike out for lunch, and hike back for the night. No worries about setting up for the night. No worries about too much/little gear. No worries about shelter, enough firewood, building, blah blah blah. Keep it simple. You need to acclimate yourself to both your abilities and your surroundings. Learn what you are capable of, how you think, and what you need to learn about your environment. You can watch all the youtube videos you want, read as many books as possible, and own the world's best field guide... But none of that matters until you start logging dirt time. Youtubers find ideal situations and do multiple takes to get it right for their demos, books have a way of simplifying scenarios, and flora never quite looks like it does in the books. Learn what resources you can and can't identify. Learn what resources are abundant, and those that are not once you know waht they are.

Get a tarp or a tent, and go do an overnight. There are tons of ways to go about doing this. Sleeping bag? Blankets? Pack extra clothes? Worry not about bulk, miles logged, or even wonderful scenery. Any of these things would be a bonus, but not the goal of the trip. You need to spend your first night in your woodlands of choice with some extra preparations, because you don't know what you're up against. You see some youtubers going out into unknown woods spending nights, weekends, even weeks alone out there. They are far beyond where you are right now. They have the experience of countless dirt time in other forests, some similar and some not. They are comfortable with their skills and are confident they can respond to whatever situation is thrown at them. Can you say the same? Until you can, you shouldn't be running out into the bush planning to spend a weekend, or even just a night.

Now, you're ready for a real bushcraft weekend. To build ahead of time, or to not? This is up to you. But since I am advising you to go out into your chosen forest several times before sleeping in a crafted shelter, I would suggest you spend some of your days during these precursor trips practicing some of those crafting skills you want to to utilize. Build, at least, most of your shelter ahead of time. Youtubers have a way of making it look like it takes no time at all to build a decent shelter. You don't want to be out in the middle of nowhere when reality hits you that it isn't as easy as you saw. The secret to success in bushcrafting, like so many other life skills, is preparation. Then preparing some more. And then preparing even more.

You'll know when it's time to challenge yourself and to have a go at building/sleeping in your shelter all at once. You'll start itching for it. You'll want to prove to yourself that you can do it.

>-Are there any other things I should be aware of?

There are so many things. So, so many other things. In fact, there are so many other things for you to be aware of, I could write a book on it. But I won't! People already have! Because I'm partial to the Bushcraft Godfather himself, I'll recommend this one. But there are many, many more.

>E.G. Making sure the fire pit isn't in an area where it will ignite roots or start a first fire.

Yes. That. Also, whenever you're not sure, line your fire pit with rocks. Lots and lots of rocks. On the ground, around your fire pit. Then around you. Build up a giant pit of rocks surrounding you, so that you are unable to climb out and start a fire. That's the best way to avoid starting forest fires.

Not ^^^^actual ^^^^advice

u/cardboard-kansio · 5 pointsr/Bushcraft

The comments are split into two camps: the "get out and do it" bunch, and those actually listing books. While of course there's no replacement for practice and experience, it isn't always possible to get outdoors the practice, and reading is a good way to correct your perceptions, learn new tricks, or find new ideas and inspirations.

The internet is a great place to start. There are a ton of excellent websites and forums in a variety of topics, and of course the inevitable YouTube channels, although I'm not so much a fan of videos. Be careful about online advice though; try and check reputations first, and validate things they are saying against your own experience (and, often, against common sense). That's the bad side of a place where anybody can say anything - lots of bad advice, and conflicting opinions.

Here's my book list though:

  • Finding Your Way Without A Map Or Compass (Harold Gatty), a great guide on observing the world around you, by a guy who was a navigator during WW2
  • Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival (Mors Kochanski), one of the classical texts on bushcraft
  • Essential Bushcraft (Ray Mears), although Ray has allowed his name to be slapped onto a load of sub-par stuff, this one is actually a good and well-rounded reference
  • The Ultimate Hang 2 (Derek Hansen), a packed and illustrated reference to hammock camping, which is an environmentally-friendly and space-efficient way to camp (also check out his website)
  • Mountaincraft and Leadership (Eric Langmuir), one of the classical texts on mountaineering, but covers a load of great leadership topics on many subject areas, as well as basics like navigation and first aid
  • Food For Free (Richard Mabey), great book about foraging, covering trees, plants and mushrooms - fairly specific to the UK but works for most temperate regions and contains a lot of interesting information
  • Canoeing (Ray Goodwin), a fantastic reference for canoeists - basically, a canoe is a pack mule for the water, and a great way to explore new places
  • Scouting For Boys (Baden-Powell), the original Scouting handbook, an old 1956 copy I picked up somewhere, but will prime you with the basics on camping, tracking, and many other skills

    I also have a bunch of guidebooks on recognising trees, wild flowers, insects, birds, and so on, which are always useful skills to have. As with Gatty's book, watching the world around you and understanding the patterns of weather, animals, birds, and insects will give you lots of valuable clues about what's happening and how to predict changes in the environment. Trust the birds and the insects; they've been doing it a lot longer than you have!
u/Gullex · 2 pointsr/Bushcraft

Ten years old? Don't need to dumb it down for him. This stuff isn't complicated, it just takes practice.

Start here.

When he's in his 20's I want to hear he cut his bushcraft teeth on Kochanski.

u/ryanmercer · 1 pointr/collapse
u/Urbandruid · 1 pointr/preppers

Deep survival


These are the two that come to mind. Deep survival focuses on frame of mind, and bushcraft focuses on skills. It's a good balance.

Edit: the art of the rifle if this doesn't motivate you to learn about shooting, nothing will.