Thursday, February 4, 2016

Mora Garberg Knife UPDATE!

(photo credit: Rocky Mountain Bushcraft ©2016)

Hey friends!

Just wanted to give you an update on Morakniv's new "Garberg" knife. It is Mora's first full tang knife, and features a Mora Black Carbon-style blade, upgraded 14C28N Sandvik Stainless, and a redesigned, ultra-tough synthetic Delrin handle, complete with a Fallkniven-esque style exposed pommel. It will come with two sheath options. One is a synthetic sheath with multiple attachment options, and the other is a traditional flap-style leather sheath. To see photos of the Garberg's new sheaths, check out our SHOT Show report here.

Industrial Revolution, Mora's US Distributor, gave out advanced test samples to three media outlets at SHOT Show. The great news is that Rocky Mountain Bushcraft was one of the outlets chosen to test and review this knife ahead of consumer release. Special thanks to Industrial Revolution for selecting RMB. We're excited to get the chance to put the "Garberg" through it's paces.

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(photo credits: Rocky Mountain Bushcraft ©2016)

Since Mora's announcement of this knife at SHOT Show 2016, the Garberg has generated huge excitement. Why? It is the first time in Mora's 125 year history that they've produced a full-tang knife.

Fans of the popular Swedish knife company have been clamoring for years for Mora to offer a full-tang option over their traditional stick-tang or 3/4 tang blades. Most people thought it would never happen (including yours truly, to be perfectly honest). Then, just 2 weeks ago, Mora completely surprised the knife world with the announcement of the Garberg. Since then, the internet has been abuzz with talk about this exciting new offering.

Although Mora's current stick-tang and 3/4 tang knives are well built and very tough, for survival use a full tang is stronger. Plus, when the tang is exposed on the back of the handle as shown below, it allows batoning directly on the back of the handle without damaging it, and it can be used as a crude hammer.

The Garberg's exposed tang, also known as a "pommel." 

The knife in the photos is the sample we received at SHOT Show, and it is so new that we have not yet received the sheath. 

(photo credits: Rocky Mountain Bushcraft ©2016)

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About the author
Jason Schwartz is the founder and senior editor of Rocky Mountain Bushcraft. He is a former Red Cross certified Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor, and has taught bushcraft and wilderness survival techniques to the Boy Scouts of America, interned with the US Forest Service, and studied wilderness survival, forestry and wildland firefighting at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado. Jason has also written for the The New Pioneer and Backpacker, including writing the "Tinder Finder" portion of Backpacker's "Complete Guide to Fire," which won a 2015 National Magazine Award (NMA). Email him at rockymountainbushcraft @ hotmail.com (without spaces)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New for 2016: Cold Steel to release SRK in premium CPM-3V Steel

(photo credit: Cold Steel)

Longtime fans of Cold Steel's classic SRK (Survival Rescue Knife), take note! The Ventura, California based knife company is planning to release a CPM-3V high carbon steel version of the SRK sometime in the next few weeks.

This is great news. Cold Steel's original SRK, built with Camillus Cutlery Company's Carbon V High Carbon Steel (a high quality carbon steel similar to 1095 steel) was widely praised for its edge holding, toughness and ease of sharpening.

Sadly, Cold Steel was forced to stop using Carbon V after Camillus's bankruptcy in 2007. Since then, the SRK has been built with AUS8 Stainless, a serviceable but slightly inferior Japanese stainless that is roughly equivalent to American 440B Stainless.

Having owned several Carbon V and AUS8 SRK's over the years, I've found the AUS8 versions to be inferior in edge-holding and ease of sharpening compared to their Carbon V predecessors. If you check around the knife forums, you'll find that most longtime fans of the SRK tend to agree with this sentiment.

One of my original Carbon V SRK's:

The move to release the SRK in CPM-3V, a semi-stainless, high-carbon "super steel" that is extremely tough and resistant to chipping and breaking, is an excellent decision by Cold Steel and should generate lots of excitement among longtime fans of the SRK.

I should note that Cold Steel also offers the SRK in their laminated San Mai III VG-1 stainless, which has received great overall reviews since its release a couple of years ago. But for most of us who owned the original Carbon V version, an SRK milled from a solid block of ultra-tough CPM-3V steel is music to our ears, and what the SRK was meant to be.

I definitely plan to get my hands on this knife sometime this year and give it a test run. Now, if only Cold Steel would give the SRK a factory convexed edge, an exposed pommel, and a firesteel loop on the sheath, it would be survival knife heaven.

Cheers,

Jason

For more information, visit Cold Steel's website at:
www.coldsteel.com/search.aspx?Keyword=3v

About the author
Jason Schwartz is the founder and senior editor of Rocky Mountain Bushcraft. He is a former Red Cross certified Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor, and has taught bushcraft and wilderness survival techniques to the Boy Scouts of America, interned with the US Forest Service, and studied wilderness survival, forestry and wildland firefighting at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado. Jason has also written for the The New Pioneer and Backpacker, including writing the "Tinder Finder" portion of Backpacker's "Complete Guide to Fire," which won a 2015 National Magazine Award (NMA). Email him at rockymountainbushcraft @ hotmail.com (without spaces)

Friday, January 22, 2016

SHOT Show 2016: Hoppe's new Gun Medic Cleaner & Lube


Got to see this stuff in action at Media Day at the Range. Savage Arms had a semi-automatic rimfire test rifle that began to malfunction after being shot thousands of times plus having dust and sand from the Nevada desert get into its internals due to high wind conditions. A few squirts of this stuff brought the gun back to 100% reliability without having to break it down. I was impressed. Might be a good tool to store in your off-the-grid cabin for quick fix emergencies.


Information from Hoppes:

Hoppe’s, the best-known name in gun care products, releases a new state-of-the-art formula called Gun Medic to help shooters of all disciplines clean and lubricate dirty firearms. Developed for quick use when a deep clean isn’t in the cards, Hoppe’s Gun Medic Cleaner & Lube is a fast-acting, all-in-one product that will clean and lubricate a firearm in one application to quickly get the gun back in action. It’s like having a first aid kit for dirty firearms, eliminating malfunctions caused by buildup of dirt and grime.

When seconds count, Gun Medic products will clean and lubricate a dirty firearm quickly and effortlessly to provide unrivaled performance. The revolutionary formula combines a bio-based lubricant developed for jet turbines with an amazing cleaning agent that scrubs away powder residue and then evaporates in 60 seconds, leaving only the thin coat of the high-performance lube. The lubricant tolerance is an astounding -65°F to 500°F. This cleaner and lubricant combination is loaded into a new high-pressure bottle to blast out dirt and crud. It comes in 4-ounce and 10-ounce sizes.


For more information visit www.hoppes.com/gun-doctor/gun-medic-lube

Check out Range365.com's SHOT Show video- http://www.range365.com/shot-show-video-gun-medic

SHOT Show 2016: Buck Knives new "Kinetic" Wilderness Survival Spear

(Photo credit: Jason Schwartz/Rocky Mountain Bushcraft ©2016)


(Description from Buck Knives)

Introducing Buck Knives’ first set of spears! As a leader in sports cutlery, it only makes sense that we provide one of the most basic and primitive hunting and survival tools known to man, but we offer them with our 100 plus years expertise on edged tools. The Kinetic Spear Series contains three spears that can easily be lashed onto the haft. The Hunting Spear, two tine Gig Spear and the four tine Fishing Spear are each made from 420HC stain- less steel. The Fishing Spear is designed to break down for easy transport and carry. Each spear includes polypropylene covers for safe carry and transport.

FEATURES • Chisel edge to remove bark from the haft (haft not included) • Multi-configuration paracord attachment system included • Fishing Spear can be taken apart for easy and flat transport • Spear tang is slightly sharpened to secure into spear poles • Lashing points included in the design of each spear • Multi-configuration heavy duty polypropylene tip covers • Sold individually • Advanced Edge2x™ Technology • Made in the USA • Forever Warranty

Overall Length: • 071: 9 1/8" (23.1 cm) • 072: 9 1/2" (24.1 cm) • 074: 9" (22.8 cm)

Weight: • 071: 5.8 oz. (165 g) • 072: 6 oz. (170 g) • 073: 12.6 oz. (357 g)



(Photo credit: Jason Schwartz/Rocky Mountain Bushcraft ©2016)





(Photo credit: Jason Schwartz/Rocky Mountain Bushcraft ©2016)

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

SHOT Show 2016: Mora's new full tang Garberg Knife

(Screenshot courtesy of Wilderness Outfitters)

For Mora fans who've been waiting for years for a full tang version of one their popular bush knives to be released, the wait is finally over! Meet the Mora "Garberg," Mora's new full tang bushcraft knife.

The Garberg features a Mora Black Carbon-style blade with upgraded 14C28N Sandvik Stainless and a redesigned, ultra-tough synthetic Delrin handle, complete with a Fallkniven-esque style exposed pommel. The Garberg's sheath is constructed of 100% leather. Stay tuned for live SHOT Show photos as well as updated information, which will be posted here as well as on the RMB Facebook Page!







PRESS RELEASE FROM INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION:


Seattle, WA – January 19, 2015 - Morakniv®, Swedish maker of knives that uses a unique heating treatment for the steel that increases durability, is proud to introduce the Garberg, a long-awaited full-tang knife from their outdoor series. The scandi grinded Garberg is heavy duty, packed with thoughtful details and ready for the next mission.

After much research and development, Morakniv has released the knife that Mora fans have been begging for,” said Graeme Esarey, President of Industrial Revolution. “The full-tang Garberg is packed with useful details, even more rugged construction, and yet maintains the essence of a true Mora. It’s an amazing knife.

The Blade & Spine
The 3.2 mm thick and 4.25" (108 mm) long blade fills the length of the entire handle and has a pommel at the rear. Made of high-quality Swedish stainless steel with a semi-matte finish and a spine that is ground to make the edge perfect for use with a fire starter, this blade will be appreciated among outdoor enthusiasts.

The Handle
Morakniv employed a symmetrical, extra-rugged and nearly unbreakable polyamide handle that is extremely stress resistant and allows flexible use of the knife. The rhombus pattern on the barrel of the knife is strongly related to the heritage of Morakniv and results in a significantly improved grip. For those who use lanyards or attach other gadgets to the knife, there is a hole in the rear part of the handle.

The Sheath
The sheath, made of thick black leather, has a sturdy and generous cover. The sheath design has multiple functions including knife security plus quick and easy access when in a serious survival situation. At the back of the sheath is a sturdy belt loop made of the same high-quality leather as the rest of the sheath.

Morakniv’s full-tang Garberg knife will be on display at SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV on January 19-22 at the Industrial Revolution booth. The knife is due to hit retail shelves this spring. MSRP: $99 with multi sheath, $109 with leather sheath.

SHOT Show 2016 photos!

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The Mora Garberg (top) compared to the Mora 2000 (bottom). Note the handle similarities. 


A synthetic sheath with multiple attachment options will also be available for the Garberg:






About the author
Jason Schwartz is the founder and senior editor of Rocky Mountain Bushcraft. He is a former Red Cross certified Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor, and has taught bushcraft and wilderness survival techniques to the Boy Scouts of America, interned with the US Forest Service, and studied wilderness survival, forestry and wildland firefighting at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado. Jason has also written for the The New Pioneer and Backpacker, including writing the "Tinder Finder" portion of Backpacker's "Complete Guide to Fire," which won a 2015 National Magazine Award (NMA). Email him at rockymountainbushcraft @ hotmail.com (without spaces)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

RMB UPDATE!: Edible and Medicinal Survival Plants of the Rocky Mountains


Hey friends!

It's now official. My "secret" outside project is finally finished. Due to a non-disclosure agreement, I had to keep this under wraps until it was completed. Last April, I was lucky enough to be signed to Waterford Press, the largest seller of outdoor pocket guides in North America. Waterford has previously produced guides for Jeff Corwin, Dave Canterbury and National Geographic, so it is indeed a huge honor to be working with them. The guides are finally finished, and are slated to be released come April!


My philosophy for creating these was simple -- provide a set of handy, yet realistic reference guides that will help hikers and backpackers lost in the Rocky Mountains forage for food, or treat injuries and ailments using wild plants and trees.

The plants were selected because they are widespread, easy to identify, and cover a wide range of seasons, environments, and life zones (Plains to Alpine Zones, etc).





Understanding that most survival situations are short term (usually 3-7 days), I wrote these with the philosophy that even though most wild edibles provide only limited calories, what they provide, most importantly, is a sense of hope when all hope seems lost. As many of you know, the psychological game is the most important factor in a survival situation. Possessing the knowledge to forage or to treat injuries would be an excellent morale booster in such a situation. These plants can also provide a small but critical energy boost if you need to crest a ridge in order to signal a helicopter or flag down a search and rescue team, for instance.

Aside from using the guides for survival purposes, they are great to take along if you want to learn to identify edible and medicinal plants. The guides are also helpful for practicing bushcraft or for emergency preparedness (I added little tidbits of information to many of the plant descriptions on how to use them for these purposes).

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If you would like to order a copy, the guides are $7.95 a piece, and are scheduled to ship in April. I am taking pre-orders right now through our Paypal account, which accepts Debit and Credit Cards, Paypal, and eChecks. Shipping within the US is a flat $3.95 for up to four guides, and $5.95 for shipping to Canada.

To buy the Edibles guide click HERE, to buy the Medicinals guide click HEREOr, send a check or money order, made payable to Rocky Mountain Bushcraft, to Rocky Mountain Bushcraft, PO BOX 294, Saguache, CO 81149.

If you're outside the US or Canada and you'd like to order, or would like to order a larger number of guides and need a shipping quote, email me at rockymountainbushcraft @ hotmail.com (without the spaces) for more details.

Thanks again to Waterford Press for making this happen, and to our readers, who've stuck by us over the past four years.

Cheers!

Jason

About the author
Jason Schwartz is the founder and senior editor of Rocky Mountain Bushcraft. He is a former Red Cross certified Wilderness & Remote First Aid Instructor, and has taught bushcraft and wilderness survival techniques to the Boy Scouts of America, interned with the US Forest Service, and studied wilderness survival, forestry and wildland firefighting at Colorado Mountain College in Leadville, Colorado. Jason has also written for magazines such as The New Pioneer and Backpacker, including writing the "Tinder Finder" portion of Backpacker's "Complete Guide to Fire," which won a 2015 National Magazine Award (NMA). Email him at rockymountainbushcraft @ hotmail.com (without spaces)