Camp Blades- A CUT Above the Rest

March 21, 2015

Here are some of our favorite camping tools we take with us in the woods. I always appreciate it when companies make excellent products that are also ascetically appealing to my taste. This is my on going collection that has slowly grown throughout the years.




(Top to bottom Knives: No. 7 Opinel // Buck 5th Generation Skinner (154CM) // Bark River Ultra-Lite Bushcrafter with desert wood scales)



The No. 7 Opinel (the skinniest one picture above) was the knife that started my collection. It served me well on my Appalachian Trail journey until I met Emily and decided to gift it to her as her first camping knife.  I was hoping to use it this season to help me bag an Elk, but seeing as that didn’t happen I’m letting Emily hold to it for me. Here’s to hoping for next year!



We usually carry the The Biber Ax and Coghlans Saw, (weighing in at 1.5 lbs and 1 lbs respectively), when we go camping in the colder months with our hot tipi– complete with a wood burning stove inside! Seriously, one of our favorite purchases. Staying warm in the winter has proven to be worth every penny we spent on that tipi!



Occasionally we leave the stoves at home and go out with the ax as our only means to cut firewood and cook around a campfire. Sitting around the campfire with friends and sharing in food and conversation is some of our favorite memories. Here’s to summer being just around the corner.


A little Ballistol keeps all that steel from rusting and the wood handles conditioned. I prefer it over other oils as it’s just mineral oil, alcohol and essential oils. Plus it’s food safe. I carry a small bottle in the field as it has many uses. It smells awesome, but Emily disagrees! hahaha


Fixing a loose ax head

March 17, 2014

In my preparations for our winter camping course I inspected my trusty ax, that had been with me for a few years of service now.

Turns out the head was loose. Probably due to me moving from humid Oklahoma to drier Colorado.

I had read a bit on knife and bushcraft forums and suggestions pointed towards dipping the head and eye into boiled linseed oil. The oils supposedly penetrate into the wood and swell it up, tightening up the wood inside the eye of the ax. Some estimates suggested this would be a week long process, and I have 24 hours so lets see how this goes.

There was also the suggestion to stick a nail into the ax wedge as a quick fix.

Either way, off to the hardware store I went. I ended up with a bottle of boiled linseed, and rather than get nails like Woodtrekker suggested, I found in the odds and ends drawer 6 different types of wedges for axes, hammers, and other wood handled tools. I grabbed 2 of the smaller sizes.

I didn’t want to start putting metal into the ax prematurely, so I dunked the hatchet, and its little brother a Vaughn subzero .5# into a paint pail of boiled linseed.

I put some plastic over the top to keep the flavors down.

48 hours later, the axe head is still very loose. I apply the last ditch efforts from the new wedges. I understand that applying metal wedges instead of re-wedging the wooden wedge damages the shaft and could shatter it preventing future repairs, but I need this axe tomorrow morning for the Snow Orientation course. 

The wedge holds fast and chops just fine for now.

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