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The Throwback Kit

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Vintage, Yardsale, Junk Store, Surplus Finds make a great kit for the modern bushman
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Joel Braswell (8 days ago)
You made your Felling Axe into a House Axe. I'm not criticizing, just sayin'! :-) . The concept is very legit. In case anyone wants to make one, the typical House Axe is a 2 1/4 lb head on about a 19 inch handle. House Handles, among other handle companies, offers a ready made House Axe Handle. The axe was used primarily around the house (duh!), possibly indoors, and often by women, to spit kindling for the wood stove. In warm climates, cooking was often done on the back porch, or in a detached building to prevent heating the main dwelling. Since the "kitchen" floor was often dirt, wacking away on a log to make kindling in the kitchen next to the stove was not an unreasonable action.
Chad Read (20 days ago)
So weirdly enough I was looking at this pack online earlier and then refreshed YouTube and this video came on my newsfeed. Thanks for all the information on what you carry and the pack. Think I'll get it.
Joseph Lawrence (1 month ago)
Just joined your channel... I really like your simplistic view on bushcraft. I feel a lot of people get hung up on the type and name of gear instead of actually going out and practising there bushcraft skills.
John Roddy (1 month ago)
Thanks for your time making the video
Thomas Nugent (1 month ago)
Very good. Thank you very much
jon louis (1 month ago)
Pretty super video, I liked it a lot.
Paul Wolf (1 month ago)
Good choice of rucksack. Thanks for sharing this with us.
David McDonough (2 months ago)
I love finding youtubers that also love in Pennsylvania. I had a feeling you lived in the northeast because the environment looked a little familiar. Haha definitely a subscriber now
Tony Hollifield (2 months ago)
A good axe is a must for camping/ backpacking. I carry a snow &nealie camp axe. They date back before the Civil War and are great but hard to find. Look for old axe and if you find one with a logo stamp it's old and probably a good one. I love BlueGrass tools and Winchester. But they might be worth to much to use. I've sold them for up to $500. That's a lot to me. Love your videos.
ketcamaro (3 months ago)
I live in PA also.....Tioga Co. You know of any GOOD military surplus stores in Pa.....I havent found to many...there is Lyons Camping Supply in Montoursville,Pa and a place i found in Nichols,NY.....Taylors Military surplus other than that they are few and far between as far as i can find...any recommendations?
Outdoor Dauber (1 month ago)
Check out Coleman's Surplus or Bob's Army Navy in Clearfield. And according to Google, Lyon's is permanently closed.
Russ Chamberlain (3 months ago)
It is called a boys axe handle ; for limbing  and other chors   most are 3 feet
Outdoor Dauber (1 month ago)
A boy's axe handle is closer to 24".
Ross Tapp (3 months ago)
You should exaggerate the cost of these items, it will look better for the IPO.
Ross Tapp (3 months ago)
When are you having a garage sale Dan?
Toby & Jenny (4 months ago)
Where's your gun and traps?
Chaos Reigns (4 months ago)
Are you wearing the Lester River boreal shirt?
Jazz Essential (4 months ago)
Tremendous channel, I absolutely love the aesthetic and overall practicality of your set up. That's an amazing smock you're wearing as well - been looking for one like that for a while! If you don't mind me asking, where about's did you get that and would you recommend it as a outer layer for winter? Sending you thanks you for the wonderful videos from across the pond in the heather moorlands of North England!
Malcolm Smith (4 months ago)
What (or how do you make)"tarred hemp string"?
t bizzle (5 months ago)
Were?
t bizzle (5 months ago)
San marcos italan rough sack
Sis1943 (5 months ago)
Pay no attention to the negative thumbs. Consider the source. We humans are not the only critters with thumbs. I find your videos so interesting that I lose all track of time, & very often forget to go to bed at night. I have heard that you can't go home again. They are wrong, you take me home with every video. Thank you. Kate
Shadow X (5 months ago)
I’ve found MANY axes that I would loved to have carried, but the handles were always either too long/short. I CANNOT BELIEVE I was so stupid that I never considered getting one with a longer handle and just cutting it to my preferred length! LOL Great, practical advice as always. Cheers...
Isaac Allerton (6 months ago)
Hi, I liked the video you made. About the ruck sack, you could put in a plastic office trash can to add more support for your back and to make it easier to store your gear. When you get to your camp site you will also have another container and a seat also. I got the information Dave Canterbury on his Bucket Pack. Keep up the good work, I enjoy your video and the information you give out.
SHAGNASTY8 (6 months ago)
check out girl in the woods Alaska Solo Peak & Overnight- Cowboy Style, with Brooke Whipple
Don Natureboy (7 months ago)
Good vid man, loved that you used all natural materals for everthing
ed swede (7 months ago)
that axe is really awesome!
ed swede (7 months ago)
I still have two of these Italian Nato packs, not much modification, just attached a sternum strap.   Been using it for hunting since the early 90's!.  I have always thought about trying to rubberize the top lid and bottom of the pack,
Adventures with Frodo (7 months ago)
People thought the trappers, i.e long hunters in the east and mountain men in the West, wondered around hauling their possession around in a bed room and haversack. Wrong the all used horses and worked in groups of 30+. But that said if you want look up Dave Westcott, golden age of camping.
Elo Hansen (7 months ago)
Beware, to many things. To hevy.
Coalcracker Bushcraft (7 months ago)
I carried this bag for 3 months the weight was fine for me
Steve Hixson (8 months ago)
Picked one of those rucks. Thanks Man
roger komula (8 months ago)
Throw it all back and get real gear.
Vihor Vetrov (8 months ago)
Agree with everything you said about axe 101%. I carry mine in my hand usually or over the shoulder. It is also a touch smaller.
GMT Bushcraft (9 months ago)
Thanks for the info. I like your equipment. I recently bought such a backpack, it has a chain closure inside and I want to ask if you've removed it. I ask because it is a military backpack and I do not like to change the equipment that also has historical value.
GMT Bushcraft (9 months ago)
Thanks for the reply.
Coalcracker Bushcraft (9 months ago)
I kept the chain in mine
jelkel25 (9 months ago)
It's good not to throw the baby out with the bath water and have a mix of old and modern kit and nothing is ''cheap'' if it does the job well.
Kurt Baier (9 months ago)
Nice. If you hand sew a ice axe loop at the bottom, front, you can slip your axe through and flip the handle up and secure it by tying the handle to the pack or draw cord with leather strap or nylon and buckle. Fold the blanket as a back pad, or better yet trim a foam pad to about 4-4.5 feet and line the inside of the pack.
Howard Pearcey (9 months ago)
I always have a whetstone or sharpening system. Keep axe and knife sharp in the field for tiny weight gain. My stove is a 1 gallon paint can hobo stove.
Stu Morrison (10 months ago)
Where'd ya get that sweater?
Coalcracker Bushcraft (10 months ago)
Called a boreal shirt google it
maritimespook (10 months ago)
Dan found you from Alone and Fowlers channel lol ! I have a pretty cool add on to my Italian Alpini pack like yours and ill do a vid and mention u in the vid as well...its a great pack and i made it a little better with an option i use in the front double pockets
Randall Flagg (8 months ago)
Kuska? Isn't it a kuksa nice set up
dylan tomlin (10 months ago)
im looking forward to binge watch this channel because i can't hardly find anyone who lives in pennsylvania that does this stuff, because most i find are nowhere near here and i would live to learn more for boy scouts when camping
Hisnameis IAM (10 months ago)
What was cracking branches?! Spooky! Lol
ibcatchin1 (10 months ago)
Enjoyed this video ...post links to other social media..cheers mate
travulpes (10 months ago)
Hi, Im curious about lenght and weight of the axe. I would like to know it. :) Nice day for you.
Coalcracker Bushcraft (10 months ago)
23 inch handle and 3lb head
White Page (11 months ago)
its Kuksa not Kuska
Rob Nance (11 months ago)
You have a great kit with used quality gear. My parents were frugal or cheap and taught me to find deals when I was young lol I either make my gear or get it cheap. I made my haversack and all my blade sheathes. I got a lot of my gear at military surplus, yard sales and flea marks for cheap. My Old American made old hickory 13in butcher carry knife was 50¢, my Est-wing hammer hatchet was $5.00, my small 3 blade folder case whittling pocket knife was $2.00 and my swiss army fisherman multi tool kinife was $5.00, my clean 32 oz steel canteen was $1.00, a od green 3 day assault Alice backpack cost only $3.00 and my heavy us Army wool blanket and Gi poncho was $5.00 together. If I got all that new quality gear it would of cost me a lot of Cash. I bought all that gear for $21.50 and that ain't bad. One of my old military friends I hunt and track with spent $250.00 on just his hunting knife and $50.00 on the kydex sheath. Keep doing the good work and Semper Fi.
Tomek_PL (11 months ago)
I wanna meet those 10 unlikers some day. Im so curious, what kind of nerds are those. Its not a hate. Im really curious. GOD BLESS
Whiskey Leaks (9 days ago)
All i can think is it was probably some type of people that do not do work for themselves and want it now now right now and were expecting a kit that they can buy that has an iphone app atached and bluetooth speakers
Dario Benavides (1 year ago)
not sure if it just me but the audio of your video seems to be gone. I only hear the intro music
danhold1 Holdcroftski (1 year ago)
Nice kit
Kyler Mcdaniel (1 year ago)
Where did you get that hoodie?
Coalcracker Bushcraft (1 year ago)
Kyler Mcdaniel Lester river bushcraft boreal shirt. I made some Minor alterations but that's what it is. He is a great guy. Tell him I sent you his way!
Great video Dan, and nice tradition kit!
Brain Wash (1 year ago)
That pot ain't a old coffe pot, that looks like the Mors Kochanski pot.. Nice kit.
Yankee (1 year ago)
Short handled 3lb axes are also known as "Miner's Axes". I'm going to re-haft a vintage Connecticut head I have with a 26" handle myself.
Patrick Germond (1 year ago)
Thanks for going on Alone! I love rewatching it.
Keith Chamberlain (2 months ago)
He's not alone. Can't you hear the other guy crashing round behind the camera?
Tom Ritter (1 year ago)
nice compact kit just what you need and no more my granddad had 3 short handled axes he used them for mostly 3 jobs big one was for barking and like you said splitting house wood he had a 2lb short for kindling and this tiny like a mouse head for hunting for chopping leg bones sternums old ones knew what they were doing and what kind of camera is that dang resolution is great stay safe brother
Osmotar ᛉ (1 year ago)
this video quality is better than when i turned away to see birds fly outside the window
Paul'ie 4X (1 year ago)
Say Heah Coak, Yeah, They call those Axes "House Axes". Infact I had a Iltis Oxhead German 2 1/2lbs Head Hafted on a 19" White Hickory Handle. Yeah, Miner's/Fireman used them in close quarter's. But mine is heavy enough to still fell reasonable size wood because it's a European Thin cheeck face and edge,, But the weight also makes short work out of processing firewood. Oh yeah it split's too. I made a Leather Sling and got a nice Leather Sheath fir it, I like it. I recently got a Ochencopf Axe 620 H-157 with the Rotband Pro, But it's even heavier than my custom house Axe, So this year I use my house Axe mire.,,.
Nice video brother! Very nice kit
Kyle Chamberlain (1 year ago)
hey man, love your videos. I like how your into gear but don't have anything very expensive with you. keep up the great work. subbed and liked
Bela Krenner (1 year ago)
Nice, only about a 2-3 hour drive from here
outlaw Bushcraft (1 year ago)
I loved the video man I'm glad I'm not the only bushcrafter in PA I just started my channel too I'm in pottercounty PA I loved the axe idea too I use machetes might have to switch back
John Davis (1 year ago)
in many areas, you have to either carry a gallon of water, 8 lbs, or waste a lot of time seeking and making side trips to get water.
John Davis (1 year ago)
before cooking is an issue, you gotta have food. I prefer food that doesn't require cooking. I use teriyaki jerky, almond butter, Tang, powdered gatorade and instant oatmeal. If you're going far, especially in rough terrain/climatic conditions, 15 lbs is about the limit, before a pack frame becomes noticably helpful in the gear-carrying. 15 lbs aint much.
Paul Buikema (1 year ago)
Nice basic kit, to each their own for supplies though, based on sound practice and experience.
Stacy Cornett (1 year ago)
thanks for taking the time to do the vid. I'm hoping to get out soon and do some cooking and camping. haha.
Stacy Cornett (1 year ago)
nice kit, just what you need. I lean heavy on the cooking gear also. take care.
Coalcracker Bushcraft (1 year ago)
Stacy Cornett yep gotta eat and eat good! Thanks for watching
Woodsmans Finest (1 year ago)
Sweet! great mindset!
Bela Krenner (1 year ago)
Starting to really like your channel!! What part of PA are you in? I'm just across the border in Tioga County,NY
outlaw Bushcraft (1 year ago)
Brokeman Outdoors/Bushcraft I'm in Potter county haha
Georgie Ocasio (1 year ago)
I just subscribe, like the video and the ax!
infoguerrero (1 year ago)
that's pretty heavy bushcraft kit
Coalcracker Bushcraft (1 year ago)
infoguerrero do you mean weight? It's. not intended for super long treks
мне будто ранец не весьма удачный!топор роскошный!
если можно, сбросьте ссылку где приобрести топор
MTwoodsrunner (1 year ago)
an Italian wool blanket...luv em!...goes well with your Italian rucksack...atb...woods
Kanzee (1 year ago)
Loving the homemade stuff. awesome
CZECHMATE9591 (1 year ago)
Great video , great kit man, I love these videos cheers happy new year man
Tom Gold (1 year ago)
If there's one thing better than having the best kit money can buy its NOT having it and still being better than the guy who does! Some nice looking kit there and a lovely piece of woodland to use it in. Thanks for sharing mate, T
Bushcraft North of 60 (1 year ago)
Hard to beat the basics sometimes. Nice setup. Looks like I found another great channel. Take care!
Ant Chung (1 year ago)
That's a massive fire kit,, looks like a my lunch box..lol One ferro rod is enough for me,,dont want to carry all that gear,, giant bag..
swedish_woodsman (1 year ago)
Very nice pack and kit 👍🌲
the mi woodsman (1 year ago)
Great kit that works for you ! Like you said alway go back to the basics I feel the same way , ATB john
The Wooded Beardsman (1 year ago)
Would you give up a knife on ALONE and instead take just an axe? Would you ever leave an axe behind if you did something like ALONE again?
Danny Curtis (17 days ago)
Just found your channel, great info. I like a minimal kit. I used to participate in ACW re-enactments, with a group known as "Mudsills" that were hardcore, super authentic, with many scholars in Civil War accoutrements, and they REALLY scrutinized your gear, some even were called "stitch counters", as in stitch per inch, lol. My haversack contained(in winter)a wool blanket in each side of the main pocket which resembles a large bi-fold wallet tarred(palnted)on the outside for WP purposes, a tarred rubber ground pad o poncho as needed extra shirt and socks Another blanket rolled on top, and an authentic wool uniform and my pride and joy a hand sewn overcoat. A haversack with period correct possibles. And food(usually just hard tack, a block of salt pork, homemade dried beef(jerky),and the occasional apple, small potatoes and maybe an onion. Everything else, standard US leather and armaments. It was hard to imagine these men living day in day out, in this fashion for months, some even years, when just 3 days and 2 night . Was torture. No tents, no sleeping pads, just you, the ground, and your blanket. When it was all over, the local convenience store, were packed with a bunch of woolen, beast with 3 days stench on them. A Big Mac never tasted so good!! I'm going through you articles, and enjoying every one!A year late, and a few dollars short , but I hope you see it. Cheers🍻
The Wooded Beardsman (1 year ago)
Thanks, makes sense to me. They seem redundant, at least when you have a 10 item limit. I'm surprised that only 1 person brought a gill net though. Seems like an obvious choice to me. Looking forward to this week, we'll finally see what you got going!
Coalcracker Bushcraft (1 year ago)
Hard to say! If I would have taken a smaller axe rather than a felling axe I am confident enough in my skills to use that as my primary cutting cut and forgo the knife. If I was doing it again...a smaller axe and no knife would be a good possibility
AG Survival (1 year ago)
awesome video and gear man!
Humble Trekker (1 year ago)
Awesome
bushcraftOHIO (1 year ago)
good vid. thx for sharing the kit. where bouts are you In PA?  im your neighbor in n.e. ohio , about 45 miles from Erie. you ever interested in a meet & greet for some bushcraft give me a shout.  have a good 1
Always enjoy seeing the throwback stuff. Nicely done.
Mike Reed Outdoors (1 year ago)
HEY DAN NICE VID I SUBBED THE SHORT AX HANDEL HAS BEEN AROUND A WHILE I WENT TO WORK IN THE EARLY 70S AND WAS WORKING AT A CONSTRUCTION COMPANY HELPING BUILD WOODEN FORMS FOR CONCERT WE HAD 3POUND AXES WITH 24 INCH HANDLES THEY WERE CALLED FRAMING AXES . THAT SAID SCOTTY KINDER LED ME TO YOUR FINE WORK SO KEEP IT UP YOU WILL GO FAR MY FRIEND
A Headsup (1 year ago)
Hey new subscriber so new i do believe this was my first video and i really dig it. Your very down to earth and practical and keep things easy to understand. I will be seeing more of you, peace.
THE GUY (1 year ago)
The used pans you find grosses me out. When I was young I worked at a funeral home as a helper, well the autopsy opgans had to be accounted for and they used old pans to place them in while working on the inside of the body sooo EHHHHHH I dont mess with used cook wear
Coalcracker Bushcraft (1 year ago)
Happy you enjoyed it. Thanks for subscribing
m1cajah (1 year ago)
Who the heck would give this a thumbs down? Sigh. Regardless, Merry Christmas to All!
Bruce Nitroxpro (1 month ago)
I'd complain about them only when the person giving you a thumbs down has not stated their reasons... most people forget what you use the pack for and where you are using it. No compass? Not needed because... (fill in the blank)... etc.
m1cajah (1 year ago)
A Headsup LOL so true!
A Headsup (1 year ago)
If not your not doing it right.
Coalcracker Bushcraft (1 year ago)
You always get someone who doesn't like you
krb762 (1 year ago)
Great video Dan!
Adam Whitlach (1 year ago)
Cant wait to see you on upcoming episodes of Alone! #TeamDan
ben terwellen (1 year ago)
nice kit.....
cnawan (1 year ago)
If you wanted to add an external frame but keep the vintage theme, perhaps a wooden Otzi style or Siberian frame like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg5OIH5KLG0 would suit this kit
Thanasis Z (1 year ago)
nice gear thank you brother.

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