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    Grizzly Bushcraft Pocket Buddy - Wood / Leather

    Grizzly Bushcraft Pocket Buddy - Wood / Leather

     

    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:

     

    Final thoughts...

    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.

     

     

     

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    Hammock Basics

    Hammock Basics

    Hammock basics

     When choosing where to set up camp think of the 4 w’s:

    Weather
    Water
    Wood
    Widowmakers

     

    Weather – which direction is the prevailing and current wind blowing from? Shelter against this.

    Water – is there some close by?

    Wood – collect more than you need. Fire is vital for cooking and warmth

    Widowmakers – check for trees above and around your site to make sure they won’t come down on you. If in doubt about how sturdy a tree is, do not hang the hammock from it.

     

    Everyone has their own way to hang a hammock. This guide offers one, basic way, but it’s worth experimenting to find out what works best for you. Below is a diagram showing a basic hammock setup:

     

     Knots

    The diagram above shows the points you need to tie knots. You can get by with just something like a Reef/Square knot but I like to use a Tautline hitch at the peg end of the guy ropes, so they can be adjusted.

    Hammock set up

    • Find 2 trees with at least 4 big footsteps between them.
    • Tie one end to a tree. A good starting point is chest height.
    • Tie the second end to the other tree, aiming to have the hammock central, with a 30 degree hang angle. Some people prefer the feet end higher than the head end.
    • Test that the hammock is about chair height, low enough that you can easily sit in it.
    • Thread your ridge line cord through the central loops of your tarp.
    • Tie the ridge line above the hammock to both trees, ensuring it’s tight.
    • Use at least 4 guy lines to pull the tarp taut and away from the hammock. You can tie them to pegs or other trees.

    You may wish to do steps 5-7 before 1-4 if it’s raining.

    Getting in

    It’s much harder to fall out of a hammock than you’d think (I’ve never managed it and if anyone would, I would!). The main thing is to make sure you get in to the hammock properly:

    • Check the hammock is secure.
    • Use your hands to spread the center of the hammock across the width.
    • Sit back, as if in a chair.
    • Lift your legs and swivel in to the hammock.

    Sleeping

    You will find that at the leg end of the hammock a central ridge is created, which can be uncomfortable to position between your feet. To make this more comfortable, to give yourself the most space, avoid the hammock cocooning you and to get the flattest sleeping position, most people like to lie diagonally across the hammock, feet one side, head the other:

     

     Many problems people encounter are due to having the hammock too tight, but it’s worth taking a little time to experiment and work out how to hang a hammock in the way that is most comfortable for you.

     

    Other hammock accessories:

    Bug net                               

    - Vital to keep creepy crawlies and buzzing beasts away from you while you sleep. Some hammocks have one built in but you can buy stand-alone ones too.
     

    Tarp                                      

    - This should be longer than the hammock. Many hammocks are around 2.8-3m long so I’d recommend at least 3x3. If your tarp is not long enough you may find that putting it up in a diamond configuration creates enough length.

    Under blanket                  

    - When in a hammock your sleeping bag is compressed between it and your body, which stops the warm air from being trapped inside the insulation. With your backside flapping around with cold air all around it, you will need another form of insulation when the temperature starts to drop. The warmest and most comfortable option is an under blanket. This hangs from the underside of the hammock and traps a cushion of warm air to keep you cozy. If the hammock has a double layer you can use this to house a bed roll. This insulates you but it is usually less comfortable and can still move during the night.

    Blanket                                

    - As the underside of sleeping bags provide almost no warmth in a hammock many people prefer to use a blanket. It also avoids the shuffling around that is needed to enter a sleeping bag.

    Tree huggers                    

    - These wrap around the trees and, along with a pair of carabiners, allow the hammock to be hung without having to tie knots each time. Some have multiple loops to allow quick adjustment of the hang.

    Whoopie slings                

    - Another way to improve the ease of hammock hanging, Whoopie slings allow instant adjustment of the hammock hang. They are usually made of Amsteel, so are much lighter than standard webbing and don’t get waterlogged. These should be used with tree huggers as they cut in to bark.

    Hammock sleeve            

    - These are tubes of fabric that cover a hammock when not in use. As they are waterproof you can hang your hammock without it getting wet. Once hung and protected from the elements you can then roll it back to release the hammock. They also makes packing your hammock up much easier. Simply roll the sleeve back over the hammock and pack away. No fiddly folding. Highly recommended.

    Drip lines                            

    - One problem with having webbing tied to a tree is that it’s not protected from the elements. To stop water running down the webbing and onto the hammock, cordage can be tied to the webbing, just before the hammock, to make drip lines. The water will run down the webbing, hit the drop line, run down it and drop to the floor, keeping your hammock dry.

     

    This guide should help get you started as a tree-dweller, but for more advice please see the UKSN Advanced Hammock Techniques guide.

    Paracord - featuring Atwood 550 Paracord and 2,650 Battlecord

    Paracord - featuring Atwood 550 Paracord and 2,650 Battlecord

    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
    • Diameter 4mm
    • Weight 227g per 50 feet
    • 7 braid inner yarn each made of 2 strands
    • Manufactured to U.S Government standards
    • Lightweight & Strong
    • UV resistant
    • Rot & Mildew Resistant
    • Colour Will not run or bleed 

    Atwood battlecord:


    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.



    Specification:

    • 2650 Pound (1,202kg) tensile strength
    • 350 Pound (159kg) per core
    • Diameter 5.6mm
    • Weight 397g per 50 feet
    • 7 braid inner yarn each made of 2 strands
    • Manufactured to exceed U.S Government standards
    • Lightweight & Strong
    • UV resistant
    • 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.

    Biltong: The Weston Biltong Company

    Biltong: The Weston Biltong Company

    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 driedcured 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. 

    The Process

    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