It was a fun and exciting time at this year's Summer Outdoor Retailer Show. Technology just keeps pushing backpacking/camping products farther into the stratosphere, and edged tool manufacturers continue to vie for a piece of the expanding bushcraft and survival/prepper market.
Unlike my last trip to Salt Lake City during the Winter Outdoor Retailer Show, when I had to slip and slide my way to the Salt Palace Convention Center during a nasty, multi-day ice storm, the weather this time was quite beautiful. Warm, sunny days dominated, and the view outside the convention center was vibrant and colorful.
The view outside of the Salt Palace Convention Center
Gerber Gear's cool "Black Boar" 4x4 van:
Inside the show:
An owl handler giving an informational talk at the Clifbar Exhibit. Apparently, his owl spotted a ProBar rep walking by and tried to bite him!
What's new in Edged Tools!
Mora of Sweden to release larger Black Carbon Bushcraft model in December
Come December, Mora of Sweden is planning to release a larger version of its popular Black Carbon Bushcraft Knife called the "Pathfinder." The blade will be 6 5/8" long, and the thickness will be increased to a very robust 3.5mm. This is definitely looking to be the stoutest Mora ever, and it appears that they are taking aim at the large-bladed survival knife market.
Aside from the longer blade, the sheath is a new style cordura nylon sheath with loops to attach extra survival gear, etc. Hopefully Mora will still offer a plastic survival sheath as an option, since the cordura sheath, though seemingly well-made, didn't impress me like the well-executed dangler sheath on the existing Black Carbon.
Here is a sneak preview of the larger Black Carbon Knife and Sheath (second from top):
Steve Lorente of Industrial Revolution/Mora Knives USA:
"Made in the USA" Bear Grylls folding knife
Me with the Benchmade Knives Team:
Made in the USA Gear!
Woolrich has a limited edition wool poncho that might be of interest to bushcrafters, or for those wanting to fend off banditos ala' Clint Eastwood's "Fist Full of Dollars!"
Other cool stuff!
Rocky Mountain Bushcraft edition Liberty Bottles!
Liberty Bottleworks completely surprised me with a set of Rocky Mountain Bushcraft edition Liberty Bottles, complete with tips from our "Tips and Trips" section! Ryan Clark, co-president of Liberty Bottles, is a fan of RMB, and also wanted to thank us for our commitment to reviewing/bringing attention to made in the USA outdoor products.