Bushcraft Equipment Reviews.

boxed bear bladeA while ago I was asked to be part of the test team for Bear Blades. I was asked to test a new knife set to hit the market. My brief from the guys at Bear Blades……Put it though its paces, use it, abuse it and let us know what you think. Simple really!

This is our Bear Blades Forest 3 review.

The knife has been tested over 4 months and used by all our instructors at Wildway Bushcraft. It has been used most days and on all of our Bushcraft courses.

The knife is made from D2 Steel and as the name suggests it is 3 inches long. The blade is 4mm thick, for me thats a nice blade thickness its strong enough to inspire confidence when using it to batten with yet not so thick that it feels clumsy when carving. It has a Scandi grind which is perfect for bushcraft use. All my other knifes have been Scandi ground and its become the norm for blade grinds as it is nice and simple to sharpen. The Forest 3 is no exception mine came super sharp and held its edge really nicely, when it did need sharpening, after 3 days of heavy use, 10 minutes on a water stone and hey presto super sharp once more.

The handle is made from Burl Walnut and looks and feels very nice in the hand. The Forest 3 boasts a full tang which is a must for a knife designed to be used day in day out in the woods. Bushcraft Knife

The knife comes with a lovely 3mm leather sheath with the Bear Blade logo stamped in to it. The sheath itself is well made and is very sturdy. Add to this a Lifetime guarantee and a very reasonable price tag of £72, so it appears to tick all the right boxes.

So how does it cope with daily tasks in the woods? Short answer, very well!

It is well balanced in the hand, and makes performing simple cuts a joy. It is just as at home when being used to batten wood for the fire, as long as the rounds of wood are less then 2 and a half inches in diameter, much bigger than that or for more hard core splitting I would recommend going for the Classic 4.

The Forest 3 is great for skinning large game such as deer and the knife is shaped so you are able to choke up on the blade and gently use the tip and sharpness of the blade to do the finer jobs on your animal.

Bushcraft knifeI carved several items with the Forest 3 (spoons mostly) and it handled that job really well. It is hard to believe that its possible to produce a great all round Bushcraft Knife for this price but the guys at Bearblades have managed it. You can just tell that lots of thought has gone into its design, so well done guys!

Over all you wont go far wrong with the Forest 3 its a great little knife and has replaced my Timber wolf as my everyday go to blade.

Well done Bear Blades. See you in the woods!

 

I often get asked about what kit I use when running bushcraft courses for Wildway, so here is a little review on the 3×3 DD Tarp.

The guys at Wildway Bushcraft have been using the DD 3×3 Tarp for a while now and I thought I would let you know our thoughts. The tarp has been used in all weather conditions through out the year for all of our bushcraft courses in Dorset and Hampshire and we are very impressed.DD 3x3 Tarp

The DD Tarp replaced a standard issue British Forces one which I had been using for the past few years. The first thing I noticed was how light it was in comparison, which is always a nice thing when you have to carry it around all the time! All packed up with the ridge line and guy cord attached ours weighed in at 900g The standard issue one weighed in at 978g on its own!

Made from 190T polyester with PU 3,000mm coating with taped seams,the DD 3×3 Tarp, as you would expect, is completely waterproof. I have used the tarp in some horrendous down pours and hand on heart it has held up to everything the weather can throw at it.

DD Tarp LoopThe tarp comes with 16 attachment points which are reinforced, these have proven to be quite strong and have not shown any wear issues at all. It also comes with 3 attachment loops on the centre line of the tarp, on my set up these just hold the ridge line but you can use these in many different ways.

On our weekend bushcraft course I use this tarp with a hammock set up. It has ample room to provide complete protection for my hammock and I am 6 foot 4! I also have loads of room left over to sit and make a brew, cover my kit and keep everything nice and dry.

Selling at £35 I think its great value when you compare it to other tarps for sale.

Its hard to see how this could be improved to be fair. The tarp comes with pegs and a couple of guy lines which is a bonus, however I have never used them, but they would come in handy if you were setting it up for ground use.
Overall I think this is a great bit of kit, versatile, cost effective and great quality. The guys at DD Hammocks have always provided me and Wildway Bushcraft with great customer service and are always happy to give advice and answer any questions about their products.

Simply put, its now a firm favourite here at Wildway Bushcraft!

Great work DD!

Bushcraft in dorset