Hi Jason,I'll be happy to send you the Wetterlings Universal Axe for review. Send me an email at email@example.com to confirm.Best regards,PetraGarrett Wade Co.
Hey guys! I think you have a great site here and I really enjoy reading it. I have a request to make. I was perusing the ether in search of a new multi-tool for EDC and I came across the Victorinox Hunter XT swiss army knife. I searched for a couple of reviews but none of the ones I found were very thorough. I was wondering if you could assist me here. Keep up the good work. Jay Downunder
Thanks for reaching out to us Jay and we appreciate the kind words. I guess it would depend on what you want out of your multi-tool. I EDC a Leatherman Charge AL because it has an excellent pocket clip and has a wide assortment of tools, but love my Victorinox's just as much. If you could provide more information we could probably better answer your question.Cheers,RMB
Sorry guys I guess I should have been more specific in the first place. I really want a tool that has a good and strong knife blade with a good saw that's reasonably cheap. I was considering the Hunter XT because it has a very good saw and a nice looking blade however I am open to all suggestions. I really just want a good knife for EDC. I really can't be more specific than that.Thank you for responding so rapidlyJay.
Hi Jay,No problem, glad to help. The Hunter XT looks nice, but unless you're a hunter and need the gut hook, I would go with the One-Hand Trekker Non-Serrated.Cheers,RMB
Wanted to check in to see if you have had a chance to review the Whetterlings Forester's Fine Axe? I'm interested in this design but find very little written about "real-world" use. Thanks for your work as your site is a must read for info on edged tools. Regards,Alan
Hi Alan,You're welcome and we really appreciate your comment.Our original intent was to publish the Forester's Fine Axe Review late last year, but Wetterlings was having issues with the sheath and advised us that they would be revising the handle slightly. We were told to expect this revised version within 60 days, but have never heard from Wetterlings since. Another issue is that Wetterlings has been having issues with their steel and/or heat treatement- http://rockymountainbushcraft.blogspot.com/2013/02/les-stroud-bushman-axe.html , and I did see some edge issues with the Forester's Fine Axe under more extreme testing, testing that left a similar Hultafors Axe unaffected.Aside from these issues, it is a fantastic bush axe. We still plan to release the review soon, but until then, I would still recommend it now that Wetterlings is backing up their axes with a lifetime warranty.Hope this helps,RMB
Sorry for the lateness of this comment when you've been so efficient in responding. I love the look of the one hander. I have been looking into the Leatherman thing since you posted the thing on the Charge Al. I was looking at the Surge. Is it worth buying? Thankyou for the amazing job yoiu do with this site,Jay
Hi Jay,No problem and thank you for the comment. If you're looking for an EDC, weight is a killer, so I wouldn't recommend the heavier Surge. For me at least, the Charge AL is as heavy as I'd want to go. The pocket clip on the Charge makes it superior as full-option EDC multi-tool in my opinion. In fact, I think it would be your best option if you don't mind the higher price. If you do buy one, please consider buying it from our sponsor LifeView Outdoors (you'll see the link at the bottom of the Charge AL review). LifeView believes in/supports this site and we like to send them as much business as we can (thanks).Regards,RMB
Hey thanks for the advice. If I were to purchase the Charge From LifeView do they have a store in Western Australia?
No, but they might ship to you in Aussie Land.
Thank you for the reply. Is the Charge TTi better than the Al or are they just the same but with different scales?
Basically the same, except that the TTI has an upgraded S30V blade along with the titanium scales.
Thank you so much for your advice/help/knowledge. I know that it may be considered a small thing but what you've done , helping me, has really meant a lot to me. I am very grateful for your ready help and assistance.It has meant a lot to me.Jay.
Glad we could help Jay and please us let us know how everything works out for you.Cheers,RMB
Hi guys. Due to unexpected budgetary restrictions I was unable to purchase a leatherman :( However when I was waling through my local outdoors store searching for a completely unrelated item I came across the afore mentioned Victorinox Hunter XT going really cheap. I bought it and I can recommend it to anyone. The serrated blade slices through rope faster than a hot knife through butter and the saw came sharper than my wood working ones. Really happy.
Oh joy of joys, financial pressure released, bought a charge tti with a windfall from a relative. Super happy thanks for the help, Jay.
Excellent Jay, glad it worked out for you!
Hey quick question on the Bushcrafter knife. Would you take it over the Gerber Ultimate Pro?Cheers Jay.
I noticed in your EXCELLENT review of the Puma Stag Bowie you stated that the guard was made of nickel silver. However in researching this product I can only find the guard in aluminum. The original/gold series states aluminum....Im confused.
Hi Pete,Thank you for your comment and for the kind words. I apologize for the delay in responding, but Rocky Mountain Bushcraft's hometown (Estes Park/Big Thompson Canyon) was in the middle of the Colorado flood disaster, so communication has been difficult as you could imagine. You are correct. The guard is in fact made of aluminum. I have corrected the review, and thank you for bringing this to our attention. Cheers,Jason
I am a newbie to survival and bushcrafting. Any suggestions on a nice, easy place to start out for a weekend near Denver? I think most of the USFS lands prohibit collection of firewood now and (sad as it may be for a Denver resident) I have no clue where to go to give this a shot. Also, can drinking beer be considered "Busch-crafting"? :)
Hello and thanks for the comment. Due to the floods, many areas of National Forest have been cut off because of road damage. Your best bet is to buy a Colorado Topo/Recreational map and look for National Forest trail heads around Morrison, Evergreen and Bailey. Or, just take a drive that way and look for pull offs in National Forest areas and you'll find places to bushcraft. Regarding firewood collection in the National forest-- you might be confused with the National Parks policy. Totally legal in the National Forest to collect firewood for campfires as long as you don't take the firewood home with you. Beer-- even the Founding Fathers enjoyed a brew now and then, so have at it! Just be a good steward and pick up your empty bottles or cans when your finished. Best of luck,RMB
Saw your site reviewing Wintergreen Anoraks. When I purchased mine they advertised (and charged for) custom work. HA! Discussions with them were pretty fruitless - they seemed to think they knew more about my body type than I did! ALSO - paid BIG $$$ for what was supposed to be a serious ruff - big joke (on me) is what it is - not even an inch wide. Will never order or recommend them to anyone! Mushergirl
Thank you for doing an excellent review on the Benchmade Bushcrafter and taking that much field time with it. This is probably the best one yet! Usually, on youtube people just hold knives toward the camera and talk about them for awhile or maybe chop a log. The review you did was great! Thanks Rick from GA
Thank ya kindly Rick. We do try our best to be thorough. Happy New Years!RMB
Just discovered this website on accident but I really like your edged tool reviews. My only complaint? There aren't enough of them! I would love to see more reviews, especially reviews of some cheaper knives and axes. How about doing a review on an Mtech?
Thanks for the kind words, and your request is duly noted. We'll be covering SHOT Show this year, so we'll make sure to stop and say hello to the Mtech people and check out their product line. Cheers, RMB
Hi Jason et al.I recently came across your website and wanted to tell you how much it I enjoy it. I especially like the educational information that you have in your various sections. I am a little concerned because I haven't seen any recent comments. Are you still up and running??? I hope so and will refer lots of friends to your site.From a Coloradoan now living in the Midwest,Jim
Hi Jim,Thanks for your concern and I appreciate the kind words about the site. Everything is good. I was away in Utah covering the Summer Outdoor Retailer show and doing field research in the Uinta Mountains. I also needed a little time away from RMB to recharge my batteries and take care of some personal obligations. I'll be posting lots more material over the coming days and weeks.Cheers,Jason
HEY RMB,THANKS FOR ALL OF THE GREAT REVIEWS AND ARTICLES. I LIVE IN ILL AND KEEP TRYING TO RELOCATE, THRU MY JOB, TO A MTN STATE. JUST GOT BACK FROM A TRIP TO THE BWCA IN MN (BUCKET LIST). HAD A GREAT TIME. HEARD SOME WOLVES ONE NITE AND HAD NO TROUBLE WITH BEARS GETTING INTO OUR SUPPLIES. USED SOME OF THE KNOWLEDGE I LEARNED FROM YOUR SITE ALONG WITH SOME OF THE GREAT PRODUCTS FROM YOUR SPONSORS. OUR FIRST PADDLING TRIP. AMAZING HOW MUCH WATER YOU CAN TRAVEL ON IN A CANOE. A MUST TRIP FOR ANYONE WHO LIKES SPENDING TIME IN THE WILDERNESS. NEXT TRIP WILL BE THE GRAND CANYON, RIM TO RIM (3 NIGHTS). KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK RMB. WE FEEL LIKE WE ARE OUT THERE WITH YA
Hi Bob,I apologize but somehow your comment slipped by our radar. Thank you kindly for your nice words about RMB and glad it's helped you. I love to hear this kind of feedback! That sounds like one awesome trip too! Please stay in touch and happy bushcrafting.-Jason
Hello Jason (And the rest of RMB),I am looking to upgrade my current Fiskar X7 hatchet to a non synthetic handled axe for my camping / bushcraft gear. based on reading your reviews (LOVE your guys' work by the way) I feel I have narrowed it down to either the Husqvarna Carpenter's Axe (19") or the Husqvarna Forester's Axe (26"). As you can tell, price is a big factor for me. To give you some background, I currently live in the Dallas, TX area (Princeton, TX; very rural). I live in a new subdivision, however my brother-in-law has 10 acres of land about 5 miles down the road and is always needing help with maintenance. So the axe will not only suit me for when my brother's and I go on our 3+ day trips to Lake Texoma but also for practical use at home.Thanks in advance for your response,Dain Preston
Hi Dain,Thank you for the kind words! I'm not sure what kind of wood you'll be chopping down there (Mesquite, Pine?), but I would suggest the 26" Husky Forester's Axe. Cheers,Jason
We get a ton of Cedar / Juniper and Oak as well as Walnut.I was leaning towards the 26" already (we like everything bigger in Texas!) and you have just solidified my choice.Thanks!
That's awesome Dain and you're very welcome. Sounds like you have some excellent trees to play around with down there! Happy chopping,Jason
Hi, our websites great. I have a kickstarter project at http://kck.st/1btPtah aimed at the bushcraft / wilderness survival market. I was wondering whether you could help me? By either reviewing the project, giving me a shout out etc...ideas down to you. In return I'd be very happy to put your URL onto one of the cards to advertise your website? Could you, or your readers, help me?
Hi RMB,I just wanted to let you know that your link for the Wintergreen Northern Wear (for your plunge mitt review) has expired. The original founders of Wintergreen are now back in business under a new name. I used to live in Ely, MN and this company provides excellent gear and excellent customer service (and made in USA!). We own several pieces of their gear, and it's all fantastic. The new link is here: http://www.susanschurkenorthwoodsapparel.com/
Thanks for the update Northern. I will go ahead and change the link. Cheers,Jason
Hi Jason,I'd love to chat with you about a survival series on the discovery channel that we're currently casting for. Please shoot me an email and let me know how to best get in contact with you. Thank you! firstname.lastname@example.org
HI Jason,Tried the online store to purchase a Gransfors Bruk Wilderness Hatchet and seems your guy Ben no longer sells them? Please help me find a source. Thanks
Yeah, sadly, Ben no longer carries Gransfors because of a change Gransfors did with the way they distribute their axes. Smaller stores got cut out in favor of bigger ones. Not a cool thing to do, because Ben is probably the best axe seller on the internet. As far as an alternative, not really sure what to tell you. I only bought from Ben's, so I can't vouch for anyone else. I'll have to look into some new stores and see if there is one I can recommend. Also, sorry for the delayed response. This is my busiest time of the year and I tend to be a little slow answering comments around this time. Best of luck,Jason
Hi Jason want to buy GB Wilderness Hatchet. The online store no carries. Where should I go