Nice Start to the Hunting Season - Fox Hunting in Bogesund

Place: BogesundVaxhoms kommun, Sweden
Coordinates: Lat: 59.41233, Lon: 18.23497
Time: 1 day in August

Had a beautiful start to my hunting season this year; a peaceful evening of still hunting fox out in Bogesund. With less than a week to go before the Bushcraftfestivalen 2016 starts it feels great to take some time off from all the planning to just sit in the woods, listen to the quiet and look for wildlife. Although no foxes showed this evening I had great company; two nice roe deer bucks gave good indications of what's to come at the buck premiere the 16th of August. Also four beautiful female deer visited my hunting tower of the evening (tower No.82). 

I want to send a big thanks to Bogesunds Jakt and the hunting leader Joachim for a well arranged hunt. Feels nice that hunting season finally are here.

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Victorinox Hiker - Vapentidningen No.5 - 2016

When getting home after The Ludvika Knife Week the Postman had delivered a steaming hot new issue of the Vapentidningen (No.5 - 2016). Soon the magazine also will be available in stores. I hope you'll be able to read all the interesting articles inside this issue. My contribution this time is an article on our dearly red little everyday hero; The Swiss Army Knife. In the article you can see one of my favorite EDC's; the Victorinox Hiker No.14613.

Victorinox produce a wide range of models and variations of these. All to be able to offer a tailored set up of features in each product. I pick the Hiker as I want a slim folder/multitool equipped with a saw and I also prefer a cross head screwdriver instead of a corkscrew.

Some of the other interesting articles inside this issue of Vapentidningen are; Henrik Kalling's Sig Sauer P226 MK25 test, Tobias Hassel's Beretta 692 Sporting test and Erland Gunnarsson's & Elso Olsson's lovely "summer place air gun" test.

As always; I appreciate any feedback on my magazine article. What are your experiences of Victorinox, and  do you have any adventurous stories to share about the Hiker? Keep up the Summer mode with help of this new issue of the magazine. Inside the issue after that (No.6 - 2016) you'll be able to read my longed for article about the project The Swedish Axe.

To see my other articles published inside the magazine Vapentidningen; click HERE.

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Knivveckan i Ludvika - The Ludvika Knife Week 2016

Place: KnivveckanAkvariet Naturum, Ludvika, Sweden
Coordinates: 60.154898, 15.186152 (lat, lon)
Time: 2 days in July

History and Future
Since 1988 the event Knivveckan (The Knife Week) has been arranged in the peaceful little town of Ludvika Sweden. As a knife collector I've always heard good things of this knife festival but unfortunately I've never had the chance of visiting. So this year it was about time I got myself there. The passionate project leaders of the event; Mr. Anders and Mrs. Ingegerd Höök have earlier announced that they are stepping down as key persons in the coordination of the Knife Week. Therefore the future of the event is unknown at this moment. Later this evening (2016-07-15) The Svensk Knivförening's (The Swedish Knife Guild) yearly meeting will be held where the subject of them picking up the flag of the knife festival. either way I'm guessing the event will go on, but perhaps in another context and place. A motivated knife festival friend page has been created on Facebook and there are actors in the business that have been shoving their interest in arranging the event in the future. It will be interesting to see what will happen.

A beautiful view of the bay of Ludvika to wake up to

After a peaceful drive up to Ludvika and a good nights sleep on the back of my pick-up truck; I dived into the event area. Exhibitors, knife makers and salesmen of materials like; wood, steel and leather were mingling and networking in a pleasant way. For the fresh knife collector there are a lot of old price worthy knives to find (not the least the old and faithful Moras) and for the more advanced collector there were a big number of amazing piece of work to admire and invest in.

Some of the masterpieces on display in the Nordic Championship in Knife Making.
One of my favorites was Alf Thorsen's knife No.B14 (second knife in the lower row)

Inspiring Meetings
Some of the nice people I got to hang out with during my visit was; Seved Hjelm (also now ready for the Bushcraftfestivalen), Sven Thunberg (Njutånger), Mikael Hansen (Denmark) and Carl Michael (Gävle). Göran Enocksson and GEN-Smide was for me a new acquaintance with some impressive products, not the least his great looking axes.

Seved Hjelm warming up for the Bushcraftfestivalen

Göran Enocksson with his interesting gutters

Göran Enocksson's beautiful axes

I had to hold on to my valet and control myself not to empty it when seeing all the beautiful knives at the festival. I succeeded in staying disciplined; as I only invested in one new knife. My trophy from this years event got to be a nice little neck knife from Pentti Pirttioja (Smedjebacken). A sweet little new friend that I will come back to later on here on the blog.

Pentti Pittioja; knife maker from Smedjebacken Sweden

My new little friend from Pentti Pirttioja

Besides networking, market, exhibition, and the Nordic Championship in Knife Making the Knife Week 2016 offered a number of speakers. I listened to Krister Pettersson from the company Uddeholm Svenska AB manufacturing steel. Krister presented the company's different products and their co operations with a number of well known knife manufacturers such as; BenchmadeSpydercoLionsteelKershaw and FirstEdge. Especially interesting was to hear about the company's development of the new nitrogen laminated steel Vanax SuperClean. My guess is; we'll be hearing a lot about it in the future.

Thanks for Now
I wish to say thank you to the town of Ludvika and to the event Ludvika Knife Week for a couple of really great days. I'd like to send a special warm thanks to the Höök family for contributing so much to the knife culture of Sweden through the years arranging this event. I'm looking forward to follow and participate in the future of The Knife Week.

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Combined Hike and Survival Training

Place: Along stage 12 on Sörmlandsleden, Järna, Sweden
Time: 1 day in June

This day I got the pleasure of guiding and training a group of 12 from the 125 year old Swedish company Scania AB. It got to be a beautiful day; perfect for hiking, team building and bushcrafting. I'd like to give the group a warm thanks for their curiosity and enthusiasm thorough the whole day. I let the below pics speak for themselves...

 Photo: M. Brodersen

 Photo: M. Brodersen

Photo: M. Brodersen

To see more examples of my courses; click HERE.

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Schrade Frontier SCHF36 - Vapentidningen No.4 - 2016

New number out; Vapentidningen No.4 - 2016. Inside you find my article on the Schrade Fronier SCHF36. This knife is also one of the participants in my Bushcraft Knife Field Test 2015. I've gotten a surprisingly warm relation to this knife. By now you probably know I have a big fondness for small knives with scandi grind edges. The SCHF36 is somewhat the opposite with it's tick heavy hollow grind blade. I think Schrade has managed to create a smooth giant in this knife and now you can read about it in the latest issue of Vapentidningen.

Besides the Schrade article you'll find a lot of interesting reading. For instance Erland Gunnarsson's tips on how to create better friction on different handles by strippling. Also two articles about two different 1911's; STI-Euro-Guns Spartan (Henrik Kalling) and the Star B (Olle Fornehed).

Pleasant reading my friend and have a nice weekend!

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Bushcraftfestivalen 2016

Place: Gottröra hembygdsgårdRoslagen, Sweden
Coordinates: 59.741023, 18.157791 (lat, lon)
Time: 3 days in August (12th-14th)

By now you probably already have heard about whats coming up in Gottröra this Summer; finally a big international bushcraft festival in Sweden!

Need, wishes, dreams and ideas about a bigger bushcraft event in Sweden has been circling for some time now. Therefore it was a honor for me to last Fall gather a group of Swedish bushcraft personalities to start planning what we call; Bushcraftfestivalen (The Bushcraft Festival in Swedish).

Inspired by other international bushcraft events abroad we want to create the Swedish version of a including festival focusing on bushcraft, survival and forest culture. As many guests and participants will be international the festival grounds are located close to the Arlanda airport at the rural community center of Gottröra. It'll be a field like outdoor weekend for the whole family with possibilities to sleep under the stars of the August night sky.

The Program
It's great to see the big interest for this upcoming event, both from participants and visitors. You can see the complete Swedish version of the program by clicking HERE.
The English version is coming up within shortly. Below you can see some of the participants to be meet at the Bushcraftfestivalen 2016 (in alphabetical order).

Almunge Smide (workshop, exhibitor)
Babek Toloe (speaker)
Bo Weslien (speaker)
Bushcraft Sverige (exhibitor)
Casström (exhibitor)
Gränsfors Bruk (workshop, exhibitor)
Grönyte-Konsult (exhibitor)
Harry Sepp (speaker)
Hultafors (exhibitor)
Jonas Vildmark (exhibitor)
Karesuandokniven (exhibitor)
Lars Fält (speaker)
Morakniv (sponsor)
Naturliv (workshop, exhibitor)
Nicklas Lautakoski (speaker)
Nordic Bushcraft (workshop, exhibitor)
Nytt, Nött och Sött (exhibitor)
Paul Kirtley (speaker)
Seveds Knivar (exhibitor)
Spyderco Sweden (sponsor)
The Swedish Survival Guild (speaker)
Överlevnadsbutiken (sponsor)

Also in the program you'll see; the Swedish Championship in Friction Fire, kid's survival class, music entertainment and a restaurant tent.

If you have any questions about Bushcraftfestivalen; please feel free to contact us. The best way to reach the project group is via Bushcraftfestivalen's main information channel; the Facebook page . There you also can find more detailed information about the festival under "About". Please also let us know if you would like to contribute in any way; speak, workshop, exhibit, sponsorship or volunteer.

Help us to make Bushcraftfestivalen a yearly event by following, sharing and tagging using  #bushcraftfestivalen  and  #gottrora  prior, under and after we meet at this Summer's festival, thanks.

You're kindly and deeply welcome to Gottröra in August 12th-14th this Summer!

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Survival Workshop on the Savanna of Kolmården

Place: Safari CampKolmården's Wildlife Park, Sweden
Coordinates: 58.66476, 16.444302 (lat, lon)
Time: 1 day in May

The exotic scenery of Kolmården's Safari Camp and the animals of the savanna inspires to creative thinking in the sun. Today I had the big pleasure of speaking to the interesting company of Samhall. Today's theme was Survival; the psychological aspects of extreme survival in the wilderness can also be applicable to the everyday life at work. Nature is a fantastic tool for clarification and training regarding self-awareness and team building.

Photo: A. Gustafsson

Warm thanks to all the dedicated and inspiring participants. Also a big thanks to the staff of Kolmården for their professional service.
Hope to see you all again soon.

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