01 February 2015

Some arrow slinging, some fire making and a Gossman Polaris

Nothing but woods bumming really, no objectives, no mission, just plain old bumming with the exception using a new Gossman Polaris to build a fire. I never get tired of split wood fires, and the first thing I do with any new knife is build a fire with it.

Scott Gossman with design input from Kevin Estela created the Polaris, which is a smallish to medium sized knife. If you're unfamiliar with Kevin, he runs Estela Wilderness Education.

In Kevin's words...

Also known as the North Star, Polaris is a celestial body representing direction in the Northern Hemisphere. Always constant, it provides the outdoorsman with an unfailing reminder of relative location in the field. It is an unwavering aide that can also symbolize the destination one treks towards in life or how a person travels on that path.
 I agree with his meanings, and his thoughts that went into the design of this knife.

I've wanted one of these for a while and finally got off my butt to do something about it, I contacted Scott and in a short period of time this one was on the way. When I got back from my last road trip it was waiting for me. Can't find fault with anything about it or the sheath it came with. I enjoyed using it, stayed comfortable throughout and did what I asked it to do. I was particularly pleased with the curls in was capable of during fire prep, visible in the video.

I'm back on the road again tomorrow, and the week after for that matter, but today was a good day and helped recharge the batteries as it were. It was good to breathe some subzero air, listen to and see arrows sing their way to their targets, to smell wood smoke and feel the fire chase the cold away.

Therapy, free therapy and actually enjoyable!