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


Hunting Jacket: Pennsylvania Tuxedo

November 13, 2014



“To deer hunters in Pennsylvania and beyond, it introduced the Classic Hunt Coat. Combined with matching snow pants—in open black-on-deep-cherry-red ‘Heritage Plaid’—it was the uniform of the day for those pursuing whitetails. The ‘Pennsylvania Tuxedo’ debuted in the deer woods in 1925.” -Pennsylvania Department of Wildlife.

I love old style clothing. It puts me into the right mindset. If I’m dressed a bit in the old ways I get into the same epic mindset of being a trophy hunter of old.

I am going to hunt Elk here in the Rockies in a classic style hunting outfit. It’s not that the plaid hunting outfit was particularly traditional here in the West, but the little time I spent in the New England states in fall and winter made an impact on me. From such places as the Alleghenies of Pennsylvania, the  Green Mountains of Vermont and the Maine North Woods, this uniform is ubiquitous in the fall.

The plaid can be effective at breaking up the human profile just as camouflage can be. In fact, the square patterns are the basis of modern military fatigues. The red is not visible to game animals, and yet at the same time it provides with the blaze orange an additional visual indicator to human shooters for increased safety.

Everyone has a red buffalo check pattern in their closet, while the British have their own classy tweedy way of dressing, and the Germans have their rustic loden. There is nothing more free of class and preconception as the American hunting outfit, which is why it works so well for all of us.

Some people say to never put plaid on plaid, or that there is such a thing as WAYYYY too much of it. I say rules are meant to be broken.

Here’s some of my inspiration.

1922 Catalog 1 (1) backcover  pendleton-vintage-canoe-poster




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