UKSN Stocks a wide variety of products but one brand we do love in particular is Grizzly Buchcraft. They produce some really nice quality products - Whether you are buying for yourself or a friend you can rest assured no one will be left disappointed.
One of the latest products we have decided to stock is the Grizzly Bushcraft Pocket Buddy - In particular the model which comes with a wooden handle and a leather sheath. Its simply stunning!
The knife itself features a heavy duty construction and a 3 inch stainless steel, non locking, folding blade which actually makes it legal in the UK. It has a real wooden side grips for that premium feel and to finish off a beautifully crafted leather sheath.
Our friends at Survival Dads reviewed this amazing knife - Check it out below:
The Grizzly Bushcraft Pocket Buddy is the perfect EDC companion and easily one of the most affordable choices on the market. If you want a good quality, UK legal knife, which is a good general all rounder - Look no further!
To view more information about the Grizzly Bushcraft range and to purchase please CLICK HERE to view.
As the name suggests, Paracord was originally developed for use in parachute lines and its light but strong nature quickly made it a favourite cordage in the military. However, not all paracord is the same and much of what we’re sold doesn’t meet the US military MIL-C-5040H technical spec.
MIL-C-5040H specifies 6 different strength paracords, but the Type III (550) is what most people identify as “paracord”. This requires a strong outer sheath, protecting 7-9 inner yarn cores, each made of 2 or 3 fiber twists. Think of it as 7-9 ropes each made up of a 2/3 strand rope, all surrounded by a strong sheath. A rope within a rope within a rope! The 550 figure refers to the minimum strength in lbs (249 kg). However, much of the paracord on the market is not designed to this specification.
Paracord survival hints:
Use as boot laces so you always have some handy.
Make paracord wrist bands, monkey fists and holders for emergency use, or wrap it around a knife handle for additional grip.
Melt ends to avoid fraying.
The inner yarn can be used as smaller thread for fishing line, sewing thread etc.
Who are Atwood?
Atwood Rope MFG is one of the largest Paracord and rope manufactures in the USA, located in the heart of Ohio. It is designed to meet, or exceed, the military spec and, unlike many paracord manufacturers, doesn’t use fake polypropylene sheath or cheap filler cores. All of Atwood ropes are tested in their government approved labs using state of the art digital testing equipment and guarantee strength and performance. This high standard matches UKSN’s ethos of providing the best quality items. Everything we sell is tested to confirm quality and performance - we will never sell anything we wouldn't use ourselves and that is a promise.
Atwood 550 Paracord:
This 550 Paracord is manufactured with 7 cores of high strength yarn to ensure it meets the 550 pound tensile test.
The photo below shows a well-known brand paracord on the left, and the 550 Paracord on the right. The internal yarn of the other paracord had no discernible structure, and only contained a few threads. The 550 Paracord had 7 inner yarns, each made up of 2 fiber twists. It’s clear to see which is better.
Atwood 550 Paracord specification:
550 Pound (249kg) tensile strength
Weight 227g per 50 feet
7 braid inner yarn each made of 2 strands
Manufactured to U.S Government standards
Lightweight & Strong
Rot & Mildew Resistant
Colour Will not run or bleed
This Battlecord is manufactured with 7 cores of high strength yarn and exceeds a 2,650 pound (1,202kg) tensile test. Each core has an individual tensile strength of 350lbs (159kg)!!!
The photo below shows the huge number of strands housed inside the sheath.
2650 Pound (1,202kg) tensile strength
350 Pound (159kg) per core
Weight 397g per 50 feet
7 braid inner yarn each made of 2 strands
Manufactured to exceed U.S Government standards
Lightweight & Strong
Rot & Mildew Resistant
Colour Will not run or bleed
Cordage is such a vital part of bushcraft and survival and crucial in so many ways. It makes sense to rely on the best.
UKSN only sells the very best products and our Biltong is no exception! it is lovingly made by a small family company based in the heart of Cheshire. The Weston Biltong Company combines passion with vast experience creating a product unlike anything you have ever tasted before. This stuff is seriously special!!!!
Made with nothing but Red Tractor Assured British Beef and dried over approx 5 days, The Weston Biltong Company have full tractability on all there Beef. With over 14 flavors to choose from we have something for everyone.
What is Biltong ?
Biltong is a form of dried, cured meat that originated in South Africa. Various types of meat are used to produce it, ranging from beef and game meats to fillets of ostrich from commercial farms. It is typically made from raw fillets of meat cut into strips following the grain of the muscle, or flat pieces sliced across the grain. It is related to beef jerky in that they are both spiced, dried meats, however the typical ingredients, taste and production processes differ; in particular the main difference is that Biltong is typically much less sweet than jerky. Biltong is mainly made using coriander and salt mix and can take upto 7 days to dry.
Biltong is very high in Protein in our last tests we were at 50.3g of Protein per 100g of Biltong.
Firstly the meat is bathed in Vinegar to help cleanse and tenderize the meat.
The meat is then marinaded in our special blend of herbs and spices and left in the fridge for 24 hours.
Once marinaded the meat is hung in a drier which dries the meat through a constant air flow and very low heat (Too high or too quickly would cook the meat; (not quite the outcome we want!) This can take anything from 3 -7 days depending on the thickness of the meat and the fat content levels.
The meat is then sliced and flavored with natural herbs and spices to the taste variations of original Biltong.
The Weston Biltong Company Story
We are Ryan, Sheryl, Jake and Charlotte Walker, living in Cheshire but with hearts in South Africa.
Having been born and raised within a fourth generation British farming family and both having attended Agricultural Colleges in the UK, it is of up most importance to us that we only use British Meat in all our products. This combined with our own knowledge and hands on Farming experience ensures we only source the best local produce to support British Farming.
After our first visit to South Africa in 2008 not only did we fall in love with the beautiful landscapes but also the culture and way of life of the South African people.
Biltong and Droewors holds a massive place in the South African culture and is a long held tradition going back to the pioneering South African forefathers.
Its from this new found holiday delicacy and a hobby Biltong drier Birthday present that The Weston Biltong Company was born, initially for our own delight but which has since grown to delight others, especially across Cheshire,Staffordshire and now many parts of the UK.
Having started making only about 3kg a week for personal use and for family and friends we have expanded to drying well over 250Kg a week (Now nearer 400kg and still growing) in a little under a year combined with even more plans for expansion to keep up with demand the future is looking very bright for us.
If you would like to try some yourself please CLICK HERE to take a look at the glorious selection! We currently sell both sliced and steaks and can even do custom orders and sizes. Please email us if you require a special order - Support@uksn.org.uk
1983: A six-year-old London boy, Alex, saw the destruction of the Amazonian rainforest on the BBC news. A few weeks later, his grandmother took him to seeReturn of the Jedi.The Ewok tree village on Endor planted an idea - our forests would only survive if trees had a value to us humans, he thought, other than a monetary one. If we used trees as living accommodation, that might just save them! The seed of treehouse architecture had been sown.
Many years later, after training as an architect, Alex conceives 'Tentsile' as a usable space created through pure tension. The lightweight, portable treehouse would use three anchor points to create a "living space" suspended between the trees ...and so began the process of designing and prototyping affordable, habitable, tensioned tree structures.
March 2012: A leading green design forum, Inhabitat, features the Tentsile Giant prototype, praising the concept's unique advantages over ground-based tents and contemporary hammocks. The review held Alex's concept up as a flagship of 21st Century innovation and zero-impact architectural design. Overnight, the design goes viral, with 40,000 website visitors, and a month later, Tentsile's first creation gets featured on prime-time British television. The public reaction was phenomenal, and just like that, the market place had opened up for a new kid on the block.
April 2012: Alex Shirley-Smith teams up with designer and co-inventor, Kirk Kirchev. Together, they redesign the concept into a consumer product - a simpler, lighter, leaner, more affordable model that could be mass produced. This was to become Tentsile's flagship model - the Stingray.
March 2013: After a year of prototyping, testing and many failed attempts, they sold their first Stingray, the money from which they used to make another two. Which they sold. From that two, they made four. And so on. And by September, Alex and Kirk could now pay their own (meagre) salaries and give up their day jobs. Phew!
December 2013: Tentsile was offered land in Fiji to create the first tree-top eco settlement in a unique rainforest, featuring an organic farm and a secluded sandy beach. Many thanks to Max Cross, Gavin De Becker and everyone from Fiji Charity for the opportunity.
April 2014: REI take on Tentsile and start selling their tree tents online. Tentsile also unveil their newest creation, the Connect - an even more lightweight, flexible - and this time, modular - creation. By now, things were really growing fast; production had stepped up to making 100 units every 3 months, and Robert Shirley-Smith was brought in to help Alex and Kirk cope with enquiries and customer service!
June 2014: Tentsile opens its own factory!. A week later, however, the factory gets shut down by the Chinese government. An old supplier had pulled strings to have the factory sealed off, citing that Tentsile had stolen the tent design from them! Tentsile was facing a hostile takeover by a much larger, better connected and more powerful local firm. Alex and Kirk would have to fight for Tentsile's survival. They teamed up with a top lawyer and they brought evidence that their designs had been produced in the UK long before they entered China. After three weeks, they convinced the government to reopen the factory. Now standing on their own two feet, albeit with shaky knees, they continue to produce and develop Tentsile products on their terms. November 2014: Stingray won the Summer Hardware category of ISPO Brand New 2015. With this prestigious exposure, production flourished evermore, enabling Tentsile to fully stock warehouses across four continents, ready to fulfill orders from around the world. The days of trying to work a sewing machine themselves were numbered; they could pass this over to the experts and begin focusing on an ever-blossoming business.
January 2015: The launch of Tentsile Vista and the Trillium super-hammocks. Aimed at people who want to camp on the side of mountains, who want more out of their experiences in the wild, or who just want to hang out in the park, Tentsile's range of tree tents has made a big impression across the globe. One Australian newspaper said they were 'taking the camping world by storm!' September 2015: The Tentsile team grows to almost twenty people. Kirk and Alex continue researching and developing new ideas, and as a team, Tentsile remain committed to working with and supporting organisations around the world, donating tents to flood relief efforts, sending tents to orangutan sanctuaries in Asia, campaigning against deforestation in the Amazon and partnering with WeForest.org to help replant vast swathes of Africa to stop the desertification of Southern Saharan countries. And in the summer of 2016, Tentsile broadened its tree planting efforts by teaming up with EdenProjects.org, which aims to reduce extreme poverty and restore healthy forests in Haiti, Madagascar and Nepal by employing local villagers to plant millions of trees.
Why Tentsile? Because the World is not flat... Tentsile combines the comfort and versatility of a hammock with the security and multi-person-occupancy of a tent. Tensiles range of suspended shelters are unimpeded by wet, rocky or uneven ground conditions and will literally take your camping experience to a new level!
What is Tentsile? At Tentsile, they create some of the world's most versatile tents. All of the tree tents are made to be suspended over the ground, but in dry conditions can also be pitched on the ground like a conventional tent. Whether you are looking for an all-terrain camping solution, a safari safe house, a mountain or beach retreat, or a portable treehouse that avoids all planning restrictions, with the Tentsile tree tent the sky really is the only limit.
What are the benefits? The unique design provides comfortable and spacious accommodation in any environment. The Tentsile Stingray and Connect tree tents both come with a fully enclosed insect mesh roof (with opening doors) and removable rainfly sheets so you can enjoy the stars on a clear night! As Tentsile tents are designed to be suspended in tension, the tents are unaffected by topography or water, and they also provide increased separation from bugs, snakes and other, larger predators.
How's it made? The elegant structure comprises an adjustable frame of 2.5 tonne webbing straps, a micro insect mesh roof, and a UV resistant, PU-coated and waterproof polyester fabric fly. The webbing frame is held in tension at each of the three anchor points by being ratcheted tight while internal floor straps divide the space into individual hammocks.
How can you use it? All Tentsile tree tents provide shelter with no ecological footprint or environmental impact. We recommend that the tent is set up no higher than 1.2m/4 feet off the ground for ease of access and to minimise risk of injury. The Tentsile tree tents come with all the elements needed for instant set-up including an instruction manual.
Tentsile tree tents are adaptable for uses such as:
Humanitarian disaster relief
Tentsile are passionate about trees! They love them and are doing there part in conserving and helping to raise awareness so that others might also do their part. Tentsile invented tree tents that allow people to hang out in complete comfort; after all, if we're all hanging out in trees, they can’t be chopped down!
Tentsile plant 3 trees for every tent that you buy - in association with:
UKSN distribute Tensile products in the UK - To checkout the range please CLICK HERE