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Mors Kochanski Try stick practice

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After cooking my lunch in the woods today, I brought the stick I used back and decided to get in a little practice.  I've had the Mora for a while and do like it.

 

Starting from the left on the longer stick is a circular diameter reduction, then a knife tip mortise (square hole through the stick), a latch notch (on the back side of the stick), a bow notch (also on the back), 90 degree planes (for a deadfall trigger), dovetail notch, butterfly cut and then a spear notch on the end. 

 

On the shorter stick, from the left - a matching butterfly cut, square diameter reduction and then a saddle notch (this one needs some work).

 

I have done "neatly rounded end" on three of the four ends.

 

I like how the matching butterfly cuts can be put together. These could then be lashed together, for making a pack frame, for example.

 

I did this all without batoning.

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Those butterfly's are brilliant.  Lashing is one of my weaknesses and that would make lashing much more sturdy and stable.  GREAT work.

 

Thanks

 

 

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I have a .pdf with instructions for making each cut.  Let me know if you would like a copy.

 

I was amazed at how solidly the two butterfly cuts connected the two sticks, even without any lashing.

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I'd love a copy.  THANKS!!!!  :thumbsup:

 

I've done some rabbet joints and half lap joints making a box and a kids chair, and I've seen plenty of dovetail joints used, but never thought about doing it in the wild.  Sure, it takes a little more effort than just lashing, but  the results are worth it.

 

Thanks  :woot:

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Nicely done. I have read a bit of Mors' work, the man knows his stuff. The craft part of bushcraft is definitely where the thinner lighter blades of Mora knives excel...I still prefer a minimum of 1/8-inch or 3mm thick and would rather have 5/32-inch or 4mm and though I like the scandis I have ok, I still like a flat or mostly flat grind for my uses these days.

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Looks great OFG! Kinda like playin with Lincoln logs :)

 

OMG...I LOVED Lincoln Logs!  :thumbsup:

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With some practice, you can start making your own.

 

With lots of practice, I can live in my own Lincoln Log home!  :woot:

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With lots of practice, I can live in my own Lincoln Log home!  :woot:

Might want to consider scaling it up and using a hatchet.

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Nice looking try stick.

Thanks.  It is great practice and really gives you a feel for the knife you are using.  After you get on to some of the cuts, it is also fun to try some variations, like making a triangular reduction instead of a square or round one.

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Playing around a bit and make a couple of fuzz sticks, spiraling them the full length of the stick.

 

Next I took the diameter reduction cut and spiraled this the length of the stick. A little tricky working through the knots, but my Roach Belly did it well.

 

Next, made a fid. This is pretty much just a pointed stick.  You use it to part rope when doing various splices.

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That is just Awesome work OFG.  The wood sprites remind me so much of some things my father used to draw.  Just love it.

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I have a .pdf with instructions for making each cut.  Let me know if you would like a copy.

 

Very nice exercise and one I should practice myself.  If your offer of sending that those .pdf instructions still holds, I'd welcome a copy.

 

Thanks for posting this.

- Martin

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