Thursday, March 29, 2007

Bushcraft Knives ~ Nordic Survival Knives




Bushcraft and survival based activities provide an excellent basis for helping people to understand social skills; team and personal development; as well as environmental issues. There are various ways to describe the differences between ‘bushcraft’ and ‘survival’, but what really sets true bushcraft apart is attitude. One needs to understand that in wild nature it is vital to harness natural resources and work with them rather than against them. For example, successful use of the bow drill set is not about how fast and infuriated you can work it. It’s about care and efficiency which takes so much less energy and is actually quicker. Across all extremes of climate and environment indigenous people have been able to adapt and utilize the natural resources around them in order to live. Sadly the traditional knowledge and living skills of these peoples is slowly disappearing as the modern world intrudes on their way of life. Climate change and the introduction of modern tools and equipment have seen a quick change in the way each generation has had to adapt to the intensifying world.

Scandinavians have developed perfect bushcraft knives for thousands of years. Few environments evoke the image of pristine nature and adventure quite like the frozen radiance of the Arctic north! In this harsh environment a good knife is a necessity you cannot afford to overlook. Without a good bushcraft knife you might not survive in tundra. Most people in the Arctic carry two knives that are called bushcraft combo. They carry big leuku knife (stuorra niiba) to use as an axe for cutting trees for fire and the puukko knife (unna niiba) as their utility knife. This type of bushcraft knife combo design has long traditions in Finland and all around Scandinavia.

I would recommend taking a part of a trip with one of the professional adventure travel companies. They will immerse you into the culture and bushcraft skills of the Nordic peoples of the northern forests. You can learn the skills necessary to become comfortable in this gorgeous environment, mastering age old skills that have enabled nomadic hunters such as the Sámi people to call this home. You can be taught the details of dog sledding and reindeer husbandry and have the opportunity to put these skills to practice in the breath taking mountains of Lapland. Driving your own dog team or a reindeer up through immaculate spruce and birch forest you will emerge above the tree line to the magnificent vistas of this incredibly striking mountain range before returning to the base for a well earned sauna and celebration meal…
What kind of survival or bushcraft experiences you have?

3 comments:

sam_acw said...

I've my own blog of my bushcrafting experiences. I found your site though google and I'm enjoying reading it.

American Finn said...

Hi there! Thanks for visiting! I also checked your page and found it very interesting! Would you care to add my page to your links? I would like to do the same with yours.

Marin Dan said...

I also have become very interested in the culture of the Laps/Finn and the bushcraft they know. The knife are both rustic and refined at the same time.