Rise early, very early considering how much bourbon was consumed around the campfire last night, and start gathering wood for the fire. The night’s rain has soaked the kindling, even the low, typically dry branches of the pine are wet. Gather your water for coffee, slipping on the mossy shore of the mist covered lake. The loons are stirring but not yet calling out into the white void. A frog stares at you, forlorn but full of anticipation. His name is Liam.
Back at the fire ring, you carefully peel the wet bark from your kindling using your Morakniv Eldris (available in Burnt and Turnt Orange, Mint Julep Green or Dusty Springfield Blue). Bigger sticks are peeled as well. You make your fire nest, and strike your Kupilka fire steel. The fire awakens, the soft crackle masking the sound of the bear approaching your flank. Chaos ensues, and Werner Herzog yells cut from his directors chair. He chastens the bear: kill him after he makes that coffee, I am needing a cup. The bear sighs and the scene repeats.
Can a plastic handle knife be cute, practical and durable? Yes. Morakniv’s short n stubby Eldris knife is perfect for all sorts of camp chores. The short, curved blade can be used for carving, cutting, peeling. It’s a cinch to sharpen, due to the shape of the edge. No weird bevels to trip you up. Made in Sweden in Mora, a town known for steel and knives.
This is about as affordable is a truly good knife gets.
Specs for nerds:
Blade Length: 59 mm
Blade Thickness: 2.0 mm
Knife Length: 145 mm
Total Length: 154 mm
Net Weight: 119 g
Steel Type: Recycled Swedish Stainless Steel
Blade Shape: Straight
Fire Steel Compatible
Blade Flex: Stiff
Handle Material: Rubber
Lefty or Righty compatible
Edge Protection: Polymer Sheath