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by Kortoso
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:36 am
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: good flint source?
Replies: 8
Views: 2500

Re: good flint source?

Hey all! Just an update. I was out for a hike and brought my steel striker to test rocks. Quartz can be found, so thats what I was looking for. No luck. I had just about given up when I spied a flat-ish, angular, grey-tan rock about the size of my palm. I expected it to crumble when I hit it , but ...
by Kortoso
Thu Sep 13, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: good flint source?
Replies: 8
Views: 2500

Re: good flint source?

Dixie Gun Works works for me.
They sell English flints for flintlock guns, and in that same section, lovely flint chips (#FA0465) from Ol' Blighty.
They also sell a flint nodule (#FA3000) which is like a 3 pound boulder for your chipping and sparking pleasure.
Best firestones I've ever found.
by Kortoso
Sat Sep 01, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: WoodCraft
Topic: Video/Youtube Bushcraft Resources
Replies: 57
Views: 17220

Re: Video/Youtube Bushcraft Resources

Dave Canterbury has an interesting bushcraft YouTube channel. In this video, he talks about some firemaking tricks he says he picked up at a bushcraft gathering in Italy. Now, I'm always interested in how bushcraft in Europe might differ from that which we learn and practice in North America. He's s...
by Kortoso
Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:50 am
Forum: The Town Square
Topic: An Adventure in Dwarven Summer Kit – Pic Heavy
Replies: 9
Views: 3072

Re: An Adventure in Dwarven Summer Kit – Pic Heavy

Excellent adventure!
Stay safe, and have fun!
by Kortoso
Sun Jul 22, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: WMA / NMA
Topic: Ranger patrol tactics
Replies: 16
Views: 4536

Re: Ranger patrol tactics

I realized that I was thinking at the problem in a myopic and self-oriented way. As do we all, brother. :) Haldir interrupted Gollum's attempt, causing Gollum to flee, after which Haldir explained to Frodo that he couldn't fire at Gollum and raise a cry, because they couldn't risk battle. That bit'...
by Kortoso
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:08 am
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: Dunedain snapsack
Replies: 16
Views: 4807

Re: Dunedain snapsack

Hey, everyone, I was watching the old silent vampire movie, Nosferatu, and I was watching the hero packing his bag for a trip. He's using some sort of snapsack! Now the movie was made in Germany in 1922 and intends to illustrate events occurring in 1838. The costumes look pretty accurate as far as I...
by Kortoso
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: WMA / NMA
Topic: Ranger patrol tactics
Replies: 16
Views: 4536

Re: Ranger patrol tactics

Thank you, Grimholt! This is exactly the "on the ground" background I was fishing for. I'm eager to hear more. I think that Elleth's point is well-taken that if a total of 30 Grey Company men is all that can be gathered in haste (mind you, this is not just for a random muster, but to save ...
by Kortoso
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:21 am
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: knife sheath attatchments - what's your favorite?
Replies: 15
Views: 3702

Re: knife sheath attatchments - what's your favorite?

My bush knife is a leuku, and true to the Saami way, it has a thong by which its supposed to hang.
I prefer to shove it under my belt, so it doesn't dangle and swing and so I know it's always there (at least the sheath is).
by Kortoso
Sat Jul 14, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: What are the contents of Aragorn's belt pouch?
Replies: 29
Views: 4134

Re: What are the contents of Aragorn's belt pouch?

I wrap the flint and steel with a cloth to keep them from rattling about, so the lens is safe from being scratched.
by Kortoso
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:06 am
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: New waterskin- finally!
Replies: 27
Views: 6349

Re: New waterskin- finally!

Ursus - awesome! I'm looking forward to hearing your results! Greg - thank you! I'd looked into that option late last year. Sadly that product is fit only for hardsided canteens and bottles. As their rep told me - ... we are sorry to disappoint you; however, our pitch becomes more stiff and brittle...
by Kortoso
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:03 am
Forum: Hard Kit
Topic: What are the contents of Aragorn's belt pouch?
Replies: 29
Views: 4134

Re: What are the contents of Aragorn's belt pouch?

I wouldn't assume that in an ancient context, the lens was glass; natural quartz was indeed used, and we might satisfy ourselves (usually) with common glass cast or ground to shape. The Hudson's Bay Company fire kit (copied from an original antique) apparently originally had a quartz crystal lens, a...
by Kortoso
Fri Jun 29, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What should one eat on the Road?
Replies: 44
Views: 9030

Re: What should one eat on the Road?

Greg wrote:Any types you'd recommend trying it out on? Might work on green lentils or kidney beans.

It''s something that is done the Mediterranean area with wheat. They call it bulgur. Is there any evidence that this was used in Northern Europe?
by Kortoso
Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Weapons & Armour
Topic: A Ranger's falchion?
Replies: 10
Views: 2118

Re: A Ranger's falchion?

It may or may not be appropriate to your interpretation of your Ranger persona, or any medieval woodsman, but this messer has been acclaimed by many who know their blades: http://www.coldsteel.com/maa-messer.html https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT5qGufFAhT1gQWQ_UMVDdy2wQn0ZYg8Dv...
by Kortoso
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: The Town Square
Topic: Rider of Rohan (or Foot Soldier of Rohan)
Replies: 6
Views: 2457

Re: Rider of Rohan (or Foot Soldier of Rohan)

Kudos! Full marks on acquiring a horse, there, lad! Good on you. The coif, or biggins, worn as a regular hat rather than something under a helmet, is something from a later period than Anglo-Saxon/Viking era, from what I recall. I know this is a fantasy world, but the Rohan are based on early Anglo-...
by Kortoso
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Tolkien Movie Talk
Topic: Amazon Series
Replies: 10
Views: 7166

Re: Amazon Series

Brethren, I do indeed remember many decades ago the grouchy talk surrounding announcements that someone named Peter Jackson was filming the legend.
That didn't turn out too badly did it now? :mrgreen:

Anyway, here is more news and speculation:

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