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The Bush Knife: Sharpening & Safe Use in the Woods

Leave the Rambo Knife at home! The best survival knife is a simple one and the blade should fit across the palm of your hand. With a knife this size you can do fine carving and jobs big enough for an ax.

There is an Art to using a bush knife. It's a fundamental skill and in this class we'll cover...

  • Sharpening
  • Light & Easy Sharpening Tools
  • Safe use
  • Quick notches
  • Using a baton for big jobs
  • Quickly harvest a Willow
  • Using the knife as a draw knife

Dress warmly but bring what you would on a regular day hike. If it's raining I'll put up a big tarp so we're not all standing around in the rain. Also bring a pen/pencil and notepad. If you have a clipboard or something firm to write on that will help, too.

Clothing: Rain gear, boots and wool socks, several layers, hat, & gloves.

You may want to bring something to snack on during the day as well.

***Important***

Be careful about using GPS. It usually leads people past the Lewis & Clark parking lot.

Also, please note the cancellation and refund policy. Members must drop from the course, Friday March 15th before 8pm to receive a refund. Thank you.

We'll meet in the Lewis and Clark parking lot at 10:00 am then do a quick shuttle down to the Sandy River.



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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great class to learn new skills, especially how to make knife work easier and therefore safer. Alex is a highly knowledgeable instructor and very patient.

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Alex’s bush knife class was informative and entertaining as are all of his classes that I have attended. I learned so many different knife skills it was mind boggling. I loved getting to practice with the smaller Mora that I already have and then test out the newer, bigger one I haven’t used before. Moras are wonderful IMO. My bush knife confidence has grown quite a bit from this experience. This class is definitely hands-on but Alex is patient and supportive if you find very very sharp blades a little scary at first. Everyone there was helpful and fun, and we had some good laughs (yea wit). Marcella brought her new ax (shiny!) so at the end as a special treat we got to practice wielding that baby. It made me nervous right away since I haven’t used an ax before but it handled beautifully. A memorable experience for sure. Good times!

    1 · March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks so much everybody. That was so fun for me! What a great group! :)

    March 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Death by triangulation ;)

    March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great, learned so much and lots of fun! Thanks Alex, I'll be working on that triangle notch (-:

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Here's my number for tomorrow. [masked]-1568. Call or text if anything comes up. Also, I'll have some mora knives to sell after the class: $12 for a red mora, $15 for green. :)

    March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to go out of town. Please reschedule me.

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ale, I sent you a note requesting to reschedule. I have to go out of town. Can you please contact me? Sorry for the inconvenience.

    March 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do I bring a knife?

    February 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      If you have one yes. No need to buy one, though. I'll have extras.

      February 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you, I don't have a knife. I would rather get one after the class when I know more about what I need.

      February 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    never a "dull" moment I assume ;)

    February 25, 2013

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Your organizer's refund policy for The Bush Knife: Sharpening & Safe Use in the Woods

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled
  • you can cancel at least 2 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: To receive are refund members must drop from the class before 8pm on Friday March 15th. Thank you.

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