Our recent vacation to the US (final report coming soon) allowed me to become reunited with a few pieces of gear I had not used/seen in several years. I also had the opportunity to visit a few stores and pick up something new.
The “old” items are of such length that it would have cost an arm and a leg to mail them over (“oversize package” fees). This is what prevented me from getting them earlier. Fortunately, I was able to check these items as a piece of luggage on our flight back to Finland at no extra cost. One of the items I brought back was a 50 pound-draw longbow I bought in the States years ago. It is about 6 feet/180 cm long. I don’t even remember what wood it’s made out of (hickory?). I haven’t actually shot this bow yet, but getting into archery/bow-hunting is on my to-do list.
The other old item is about 20 years old. It is a simple walking stick I made as a teenager. This thing accompanied me on many a trip in my youth. As for the wood, I believe it was either Atlantic white cedar (which is actually a cypress) or red cedar (which is actually a juniper). I am looking forward to taking this old walking stick for a spin again, this time in the forests of Finland.
The new item I brought back is a small, thin folding knife from Buck. It’s a slip-joint, a model 379 Solo, featuring a single clip-point blade. It’s nothing amazing, but I’ve wanted a classic-style knife for some time, not having had one since my youth. Its slim profile means that it disappears into a pocket. It’s not going to butcher a moose (maybe?), but for the few-and-far-between cutting tasks I need a small EDC knife for, it would be perfect. I should mention that, somewhat bizarrely, carrying any kind of knife on your belt or in your pocket in public is illegal in Finland (unless it’s work-related), so I would never carry an EDC knife (perish the thought…). But if I were to carry one, it would be this one. 🙂
Now all that’s left is to get back out into the field and put these things to use!
(Sorry about the picture quality. It’s not always easy to get good lighting indoors!)