Wetterling's Axe Night 2018

The Christmas holiday spirit is here as well as the snow. Feels great that Winter finally is here!
We want to let you know about an inspiring event coming up Wednesday next week. It's time for Wetterlings Yxnatta (Axe Night) at the forge in Storvik Sweden. Jonas Vildmark is happy to be invited as one of the contributors at this event scheduled for December 19th 18.00-22.00. I see our participation as a part of our pleasant little project The Swedish Axe that started for some years ago.


Photo: @wetterlingsaxes on Instagram


We hope you'll stop by to check out the blacksmiths at work, taste some glögg and have a Bushcraft chat with me. Last time I participated in an event at the forge in Storvik was at Yxans Dag 2015 (Axe Day 2015) and it feels great to be there next week.




I'm planning to keep a warming fire going so we can sit down and talk wilderness skills while I'm doing some field carving prior to upcoming hide preparations. Of-course you also have the opportunity to buy some Christmas gifts; how about a gift card on one of our courses or a Doer?




Take care in the snow and I'll hope to see you next week!
Kind regards
Jonas

You can find more information about the event by clicking HERE.


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Budget Fixed Blade Knives Under 50 SEK & Ruike Trekker LD43 - Vapentidningen No.9 - 2018

This year's last issue of Vapentidningen is on it's way out in stores at this moment. No.9 - 2018 contains two articles from yours truly about; budget fixed blade knives with price tags under 50 Swedish Korna (about 5 Euros) and also a smaller article on the Ruike Trekker LD43 Rescue Knife. Inside the same mag we also recommend you take a look at interesting articles like; Sauer 100 Fieldshoot (Fredrik Odebring), Glock 19x (Henrik Kalling) and a big test of rifle bags (Johan Ljungné).




The budget knife review is 3 pages long and cover 11 different knives. Basically I just got all fixed blades I could find in stores under 50 SEK and put them to the test. Of-course you can make really nice bargains also on the used market, but in this test we focus on new knives found in Sweden. In this group of test knives we could find highs and lows, and it's great to see that you don't need a thick wallet to be able to carve, hunt and explore in a nice manor.




In the smaller article on the Ruike Trekker LD43 Rescue Knife you get to meet a nice and robust EDC made in China.




We want to take this opportunity to thank for yet another nice magazine year with Vapentidningen. A big warm Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to all readers and also to the editorial office of Vapentidningen. We look forward to an inspiring Spring covering for-instance; Hultafor's Premium Axes, Casström Lars Fält Knife and much more.

Nice reading dear friends!


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ESEE Knives Camp-Lore - Vapentidningen No.8 - 2018

Inside the latest issue of the mag Vapentidningen (No.8 - 2018) you can read my 4-page article on the Camp-Lore series. This is four nice knives specially made for us Bushcraft Geeks. I think the guys at ESEE really made a nice job developing these knife models. I especially like the RB3 that fits my hands nicely and of-course I'm a sucker for the Scandi Grind. The quartet of; PR4, RB3, JG3 and CR2.5 are good tools for getting the job done both when building camp as well as when field dressing game.







Other interesting articles inside the same mag are for instance; Browning Maral SF Composite Nordic HC (Erland Gunnarsson), Ruger LCRx (Henrik Kalling) and Bow hunting & Arrow making (Ulf Backman).

See more I've written about ESEE Knives by clicking HERE.
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See more articles I've written for the Vapentidningen by clicking HERE.


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This Summer's Beaver & Moose Safaris with Wild Sweden - 2018

I want to send out a big and warm Thank You to all the inspiring guest I had the pleasure of meeting during the Wild Sweden safaris I managed this Summer.
This was the second season I had the honor of putting on the Wild Sweden cap and give guided tours for this high quality outdoor experience provider. Wild Sweden offer trips trough the whole year, but I mainly guide during the high season and mainly the Beaver safari and the Moose safari. The tours have blessed me with fantastic moments in the magic outdoors of Bergslagen, and to be able to share these moments together with curious and friendly guests from all over the world are truly a treat. I'm so happy to be able to contribute spreading knowledge about our Nature and the beautiful Wildlife.




Below I've punched in a well written review, found on TripAdvisor, from one of our Moose safari guests this Summer. I think the text gives a good example on how nice the tours with Wild Sweden are. Thanks for the kind words, take care and hope to see you again next Summer!

Kind regards
Jonas Landolsi




"What makes Wild Sweden's Moose Safari so special are the people. Sure, the Moose are definitely cool, and the Swedish forest is undeniably beautiful. But when you travel you want to feel immersed in another entirely separate and distinct place, and in the central to northern parts of Sweden, you need a guide. Fortunately, there are special people like those at Wild Sweden who are thoughtful, expressive, and motivated to share their special place.

There were two guides, two vans, and two families, but we all shared one experience. The lead guide was Jonas, a gentle man with great integrity and strong beliefs, a man with life experience beyond his years, an ambassador for the forest. We felt lucky that Jonas was with us. It was like being with John Muir.

The evening started when the van picked us up at our Air BnB - what service! It just so happened that our host was also the chef who prepared the evening meal. More on that later. We met the other van and drove for a bit to a fire circle at the shore of a lake. It was silent and perfectly still (except for the sprinkles of rain that came about halfway through our talk). We sat in a circle and shared a little bit about ourselves. The other family was from Holland. The evening was warm, so we didn't start a fire, but I'd imagine they'd provide a nice fire if necessary. After introductions, Jonas spoke about the forest, forest management, then wildlife and wildlife management, including moose, deer and bear. About halfway through the talk it started to sprinkle, and Jonas passed out ponchos. We continued the talk in the light rain. Jonas spoke of how quiet it was and how you could walk for days and never see anyone.

We then split into two groups and went on a hike. This was no ordinary hike. The forest was a pristine wilderness, a moss covered wonderland with no trails. We followed Jonas step by step through and over the moss and small bushes. We looked at the tree bark, spotted and tried some blueberries, and found some moose scat. Jonas picked up the scat and told us it was from yesterday. He showed us the outlines of where a moose and one or two calves slept for the night. I reveled in stepping on the soft sponginess of the moss - it was unlike anything I'd ever done, and I've hike hundreds of miles of trail in the U.S.

After the hike we gathered back at the vans. If the weather was better, we'd gather back at the fire circle for a meal. Instead, we stayed near the vans in our ponchos and ate from the back of the vans. Normally this kind of improvisation would be a setback, but in this case, we were all cheerful. The food, including some cheeses, sausages, and lamb wraps, was delicious. The adults had some local beer, and the kids had water and juice. We continued to talk all through dinner, with discussions touching on the Scandinavian and Dutch educational systems (free college!) versus the U.S. The Dutch family was very nice, and we realized that things like this Moose Safari attract folks with some common values: respect for the land and our natural resources, and a genuine interest in wildlife.

After dinner we split up into our vans again and began the safari. It was past 9pm but the sun was barely setting. The two vans each go their own way to cover as much ground as possible. Jonas drove our van over the dirt and gravel roads and scanned the forest for movement. We were all given binoculars to aid in the search. After about twenty minutes we spotted our first moose very close to the road. Jonas quietly stopped the van and peered out at the moose, who stared back at us for a minute or so before backing away.

We eventually saw 10 moose and one deer, and each time Jonas was very careful, quiet and respectful of the wildlife. He never lingered or made any sounds to startle the moose. One time we stopped the van, exited and used his high-power scope to view a moose in the distance. The scope was amazing, bringing the moose into full frame. Surprising to us, Jonas drove about until past 11pm. We were all pretty tired by about 10pm, but it was a joy every time we saw another moose.

We met up with the other van at the end of the tour to discuss our sightings and share final thoughts. We were all tired, but grateful for our time with Jonas. He passed out some photos and wrapped up the night with a short talk about the importance of protecting and preserving our wildlife and wilderness."

Karesuandokniven Nallo & Singi - Vapentidningen No.5 - 2018

Now the July issue of the Vapentidning has landed inside Swedish stores. This time you can read my article on the updated versions of Karesuandokniven's folders Nallo & Singi.




This Spring Karesuandokniven revealed the 2018 versions of the folders. Some of the new features are; Scandi grind, liner lock and a more sturdy design. In the mag article you can see and read more about the Nallo & Singi 2018 compared to the older versions.





Other interesting articles inside the same mag are for instance; Testing distance meter inside binoculars (Erland Gunnarsson), Ruger GP100 .22LR (Henrik Kalling) and The Swedish K-pisten m/45B (Henrik Jansson).

To see more I've written about Karesuandokniven; click HERE.

To see more of my articles inside the Vapentidningen; click HERE.


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Read about our life journey inside the Utemagasinet

Inside the latest issue of Utemagasinet (No.6 - 2018) you can read a well made article by Mr Roger Borgelid about our family's and Jonas Vildmark's journey from the big city life to the homesteading country life.


Utemagasinet & Roger Borgelid


Today it's exactly 18 months since our truck pulled in onto the land of our new home here in Riddarhyttan. Back then we had; quit our posts in the Automotive Business and the Pharmaceutical Business, sold our apartment i Stockholm and chosen a new life inside the beautiful woods of Bergslagen and to go all in running our dear family business Jonas Vildmark.

We are deeply grateful to be able to make this change together as a family and for how well everything has turned out. We want to take this opportunity to thank our new home village for your generosity, supporting family and friends and also say thank you to all new and old business partners for all the fantastic time we spend outdoors living and learning off the land.


Photo: Roger Borgelid


Inside this six pages long mag article you get to hear a bit about all the laughter and the challenges of this life journey and we hope Roger's nice words and beautiful pics will inspire you to follow your dream as well. We say Thank you to the Utemagasinet and Roger for taking the time to visit us and telling our story so warm-hearted.



Photo: Sabina Olsson


The magazine is now available in a store near you and please don't hesitate contacting us if you have any thoughts about Roger's article on us.

The article can also be downloaded as a pdf by clicking HERE.


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Edge Tool Maintenance - Vapentidningen No.4 - 2018

A subject close to my heart is edge tool maintenance and I hope more people will learn about taking care of their edge tools. When maintaining your knife and axe you build a nice bond between yourself and the tool. It's a nice feeling when your tool becomes an extension of your hand, and the hand an extension of your knowledge. To get this connection you need to spend lots of time together with your tool of choice. To enable this time spent you need to maintain your tool for it to last. With maintenance I mean; sharpening, cleaning and oiling. Just like the Musician an his instrument; you get better with your tool the more time you spend practicing. And if maintained correctly; the tool will produce better results. Another nice thing about taking care of your tools is the pleasant effects on the environment when enabling a long term ownership of the tool.




Inside the latest issue of Vapentidningen, No.4 - 2018, you can read my latest mag article on edge tool maintenance, focusing on sharpening your knife using a bench stone. I hope you'll find the article interesting and useful. Please don't hesitate contacting us if you have any questions regarding edge tools or their maintenance.





Other nice articles inside the same mag; Testing 8 different rifle kits (Johan Ljungné), CZ P-10 C (Henrik Kalling) and CZ 550 Safari Classics II (Johan Ljungné).




To see my other articles published inside the Vapentidningen; click HERE.
You can also order old mags or articles via the Vapentidningen website; click HERE.

If you want to learn more about edge tools and maintenance; please check out Jonas Vildmark's courses on the subject by clicking HERE.


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Sparrowhawk strikes Jackdaw

Today I got to witness a powerful yet natural incident when a Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) hunted down a Jackdaw (Coloeus monedula).

I was sitting in my kitchen and all off a sudden I hear the birds outside getting real upset. Looking out the window I could see a male Sparrowhawk just hit a big Jackdaw. Both the fellow Jackdaws and the fellow Magpies (Pica pica) tried to scare the raptor off to help their friend. But after a couple of minutes the Jackdaw was dead and the Sparrowhawk flew of with his prey. Impressive to see a small Sparrowhawk taking on such a big Jackdaw as it's more common for the Sparrowhawk to catch smaller birds.







The Sparrowhawk usually leave Sweden for warmer countries during Winter, to be back in March-April to lay their eggs around May-June. Today there is about 15 000 - 20 000 nesting Sparrowhawk couples in Sweden. This hawk together with his partner is probably preparing for laying their eggs in the nest.

Below you can see my footage. I grabbed my phone to record the event and all is happening in real time. Sensitive viewers be warned; contains graphic but natural footage.




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Fällkniven F1 Pro - Vapentidningen No.3 - 2018

Inside the latest issue of the Vapentidningen you'll find my mag article on the Fällkniven F1 Pro.
The Pro series is a additional development of the manufacturer's so called Survival Knife models; F1, S1 and A1. The Pro versions of the knives are even more sturdy built featuring; a thicker blade made of laminate cobalt steel, a stainless steel finger guard and a new zytel sheath. And all the above is delivered in a shock-resistant and water-proof box also containing a  DC4 whetstone.





Other interesting articles inside the same magazine is for instance; Colt Gold Cup Trophy (Henrik Kalling), Big silencer test (Arild Støen, Erlend Gravningsmyhr) and Browning X-Bolt SF MDT HS3 Chassis FDE (Erland Gunnarsson).

We wish you pleasant reading.




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Bushcraft & Survival in Kolarbyn

In a collaboration between Kolarbyn Eco-Lodge and Jonas Vildmark we offer you a 3-day experience and a course in Bushcraft and Survival. These are two different subjects that may well go hand in hand when you find yourself in an unexpected survival situation. Bushcraft skills can help you in a extreme survival situation in the woods. In this course, besides defining these two subjects, we also cover the basics of; fire, water and shelter, together with the psychological and physical factors of Survival.


Photo: Marcus Jonson, kolarbyn.se


Program
Day 1 - Check in at the reception of Kolarbyn 14.00. A host will meet and greet to show you around the lodge site. The night will be spent inside one of the charcoal huts in Kolarbyn
Day 2 - 24 hours of theory and practice out in the deep woods of Bergslagen, together with an experienced Instructor. You have the possibility to spend the night inside the emergency shelter you will build during the day
Day 3 - Breakfast, summarizing and finish inside the Kolarbyn





Course Dates
May 10th-12th 2019
June 26th-28th 2019
July 12th-14th 2019
September 27th-29th 2019


Price
From 3480 SEK (including VAT)

More info and booking
We recommend you bring; sturdy and warm clothes for all weather, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, head lamp with extra batteries, filled water bottle, steel container to boil water over open fire, note materials and snacks. When the mosquitoes are active it's also wise to use long sleeves and bring repellent or/and net.

You decide the level of this training. If you choose to not eat and drink during the course, or part of the course, you have a interesting opportunity to test your limits together with an experienced Instructor. Any fasting is ended together with the breakfast Day 3.

For more detailed information and booking your spot; please visit the Kolarbyn website by clicking HERE.

You can also follow each course via Facebook; click HERE.

Welcome to the magic forests of Bergslagen Sweden!


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Family Bushcraft



Bushcraft, the old-school skills of being outdoors using basic knowledge about fire-making, whittling your own tools, building your camp, reading nature and much more. Bushcrafting is a memorable way to experience the Swedish outdoors together with your family. Join us around the campfire, relax and learn the basics of making fire and using edge tools properly. This package gives you two nights' stay in Baggå skola B&B and a five-hour experience/course that takes place at Jonas Vildmark Bushcraft Center in Riddarhyttan, Sweden. This is a family-friendly adventure with cozy lodging as well as an opportunity to learn fire-lighting techniques and take home your self carved item from green wood.




About Jonas Vildmark & Baggå skola
Since 2009 Jonas Vildmark (Jonas Wilderness) has offered training, skills courses and events in the arts of Bushcraft and Survival. Jonas Landolsi has inspired many with his knowledge and experience of living in the wild. Together with his wife Therese, Jonas leads courses throughout Sweden focusing on basic outdoor skills like Woodcraft, Hunting and Forest Living.
Baggå skola was built in 1884 as a school house for the village children. Today it's a bustling farm-to-table café and rustic Bed & Breakfast operated by Swedish-American duo Amy & Tomas. Stay in their unique and charming rooms (with shared bath) in the heart of the Swedish countryside. Nature, wildlife and creativity meet on this lively organic farm.




Family Buschcraft schedule (changes may occur)
•  Thursday afternoon/evening: Arrival & check in at Baggå skola
•  Thursday evening: Hearty soup with homemade bread is served with a choice of beverages in cozy Baggå skola
•  Friday 8.00-10.00: Buffet breakfast in Baggå skola café (homemade yoghurt, granola & bread, coffee, tea, juice)
•  Friday 11.00: Arrival at Jonas Vildmark Bushcraft Center, Riddarhyttan
•  Learn about the history and techniques of fire-making
•  Friday 12.00-13.00 Lunch: Vegetarian burrito, homemade chocolate chip cookie & juice box
•  Practice you fire making skills
•  Fika
•  Learn about whittling and how to use a knife, an axe and a saw in an efficient and safe way
•  Start creating your own item; perhaps a spoon or chop sticks carved from green wood
•  Friday 16.00: We wrap up the day by looking at the different carved objects we've created. If you're not finished yet; no worries - you can continue carving at home.
•  Friday Dinner: This one's up to you; check what's available at Baggå skola or ask us for suggestions in the region for other tasty options. (Why not join a moose safari in the evening where a meal is included?)
•  Saturday 11.00 Baggå skola check out




Course Dates
TBA

Price (including VAT)
Adults 13 years and older : 1500 SEK per person
Children 6-12 years: 1200 SEK per person
Children 2-5 years: 900 SEK per person
Children 0-1 years: Free 

The price includes 
•  A family-oriented Bushcraft course focusing on fire-making, edge tools and whittling, led by an experienced Instructor
•  Rental tools for fire making and wood carving
•  Carving material
•  Fire material
•  Two night's lodging at Baggå skola (sheets & towels included)
•  Two buffet breakfasts at Baggå skola
•  One two-course meal & one to-go meal, including beverages 

Book your spot at Family Bushcraft by contacting Baggå skola; click HERE




Other 
We recommend that you bring warm and robust clothing and shoes for all kinds of weather. There is a distance of 15 km between your lodging in Baggå and the bushcraft activities in Riddarhyttan – we recommend a rental car or taxi. You'll find Taxi Skinnsberg by clicking HERE. f you wish to combine this activity with others in the area, check in with our partner WildSweden's schedules by clicking HERE.

Welcome to Bergslagen Sweden!


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3 Favorites - Vapentidningen No.2 - 2018

 The Swedish weapons magazine Vapentidningen is running a nice article series where their writers get to present their three favorites when it comes to shooting and hunting. In the latest issue of the mag, on it's way out in stores as I write, I give you three of my absolute favorites to bring out to the shooting range and into the woods.




Para-Ordnance P-14 (The fat guy)
This is a happy piece from the 90's. A double stack 1911 holding up to 15 45ACPs gets your hands full when running the P-14. Great for when running dynamic shooting in the standard class. The mag article gives you some history of the manufacturer Para together with some nice pics of the original pistol from late late 90's.

Remington 660 (The 2nd class guy)
This is the sibling of the perhaps more well known model Mohawk. The 600 series was in production
from 1964 to 2004 and I really appreciate the rifles compact design and accuracy. They were chambered for a number of calibers but my favorite is the .222 Rem. that falls into the 2nd class when talking about game classes here in Sweden. Inside the mag article you can read about the modifications made to my rifle.




Victorinox Swiss Soldier's Knife 08 (The SAK)
The knife geek in me had to choose at least one knife for this article. One really good friend of mine is the Swiss Soldier's Knife 08 helping me out when out in the woods as well as out on the homestead. This is the current official folding knife of the Swiss military and it's truly a trooper. I see this as a multi tool for my dirty work cutting and poking. A nice tool helping me save the edge of my other knife the Doer that I use for carving and food prepping (remember to clean your knife in-between). Inside this mag article you get some info about the 08's development.




Some of the other interesting articles inside the same magazine is; Mauser M18 (Anders Pettersson), Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 (Henrik Kalling) and Barrett M82 (Henrik Jansson).




I hope you'll enjoy the article and the mag!

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


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How to Choose a Knife - Vapentidningen No.1 - 2018

This years first issue of Vapentidningen offer some very nice reading for all interested in Hunting, Target Practice, Weapon History and Outdoor Life. When it comes to blades my contribution in this issue is an article about what to think about when choosing a knife. The question; How to Choose a Knife, is a constantly returning theme that is always a pleasure to write about. And when out speaking or workshopping; I also often get this interesting question from different knife users.




This time I've narrowed down the menu of knife types to three different knife segments; the EDC Knife, the Forest Knife and the Game Knife. I write about what I look for in a knife I'm planning to use for these different tasks. And at the same time I give seven quick examples of suitable knife models in each segment.

The EDC Knife; is the knife that is probably used the most when solving my every day tasks. Tasks that can widely vary.
The Forest Knife; is the more robust knife that comes in handy when setting up camp out in the wild.
The Game Knife; is the blade only to be used when field dressing your game and start processing the meat.





I hope this mag article can be of assistance for you when planning to purchase you next knife.




Other nice articles inside the same magazine are for instance; ATA Arms NEO (Tobias Hassel), Browning Buck Mark Challenge Rosewood (Henrik Kalling) and The Beretta Story (Tobias Hassel).

Enjoy!


To see other articles on the same theme; How to Choose a Knife; click HERE.

To see all my earlier articles inside Vapentidningen; click HERE.


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