Originally posted by ImaginaryReality1984
Got to disagree on your choice of knife for a few reasons. Firstly the handle has those nobbly fits.
Also if you hold the knife a different way, say to draw towards you on something (and yes somtimes that is necessary) then they get in the way.
The serrations are pointless,
VERY valid points
Choosing a knife is like choosing your underpants..very personal.
The finger grooves are VERY slight.
No where near enough to be a burden and when drawing toward you the pressure is against the inside of your fingers anyway.You don't feel them against
the heel of your thumb.
I find the serrations useful.
When you have delicate work,it's much safer using the point of a serration than the point of the knife as it IS a large blade.
( nice pun on 'pointless' too..they are blummin sharp.
reply to post by snowen20
You are a perfect example of what people should try..It takes the fear out of getting used to life without all the home luxuries..
Just the smallest of trips on non-commercialised camping parks will get you in a routine..
Washing in fresh running water feels so natural.
(I would try not to use soap/detergent though.
Just rubbing the skin by hand is enough to clear the dead layer.)
Fish blowing soap bubbles is just plain wrong,and makes them taste funny..
We have very modest winters here I admit, but I prefer the cold to the heat.. You can build fires/add layers/take shelter to kill the cold..but when
your hot..once to strip down to nothing,you're kinda stuck to cool off without LOTS of water..AND when it's humid too..ouch..
The M.E had it all dry heat,wet heat,freezing at night..even the sea doesn't cool you off as it's like a hot bath in the gulf.
(Was worth it for the midnight dip with two Samoan belly dancers
Emily was the one that taught me that Stingrays "DO sting yeah"
reply to post by MidnightDStroyer
Aaahh books yeah.. The lost art form..
This will come under my 'knowledge' section
Currently I have books on..
wild plants as medicine/food
Food for free.
Animal tracks and trails.
and of course the ultimate.. Lofty Wisemans survival guide (in two sizes)
Buying a book is a weird feeling considering the huge amount of info on the net.. but when that's gone..
Little tip.. Remembering all that info is mind boggling.. so buy a concise 'collins gem' style to take with you for each of the essential topics.
they're about £5 each but totally priceless.
Your 'plant use' guide will not necessarily be a good 'field guide' though.
I've yet to find that perfect 'all in one' book for the UK.
WARNING.. Mushrooms are a SCARY topic..
Unless you are 100% positive of what you are picking.DON'T ..
A mistake can be fatal.. then all your camping stuff will be kinda useless.
Edit to add..
Would a MOD please also verify that this isn't breaking any t&c's ..
Thinking further on Snowen20's initiative and an opportunity to put into practise some of your skills in a controlled environment..
UK's best natural info resource..
PFAF (Plants For A Future) have some land in Cornwall and they always require volunteers to work the land.
They had to sell the Devon site recently due to financial problems(to a nature reserve)
It's a registered charity so it's not a 'scam' for free labour.
It's a good way to glean some farming/crop rotation/plantation info for free and practise your skills if you are not tied to work etc..
There's not many free things left in this world today.
There is water on tap, cooking facilities and a compost toilet, but no warm water showers, no electricity and no flush toilet.
You will also need to be self-catering in food. Cooking facilities are available and there is usually salad stuff and fruit available from the land. I
also provide basic foodstuffs such as oats, rice, lentils etc. However, if you want anything fancy, you may need to bring it yourself.
I won't post the contact details as I don't want to look like I'm 'recruiting'
If you want them ..they're on the site/link.
[edit on 22-6-2008 by AGENT_T]