For all of you who have just gotten into bushcrafting or have to do bushcrafting on a budget (like me) I have a small buildalong today. Among the basic equipment you should always have with you is a knife and something to make fire. A popular choice of a fire-starting tool is a steel fire striker, which is fairly inexpensive. For knives on the other hand, prices vary over orders of magnitude. If you’re on a budget, a good choice is a Mora knife. Personally, I think they offer really good products for the price. I have a Mora Bushcraft Black which come in a plastic sheath. Now that sheath, certainly being not the most beautiful in the world, has one disadvantage to it: there is no convenient way to mount a ferro rod to it.
Well, one might go to some leatherworker and let him make a custom sheath which has the desired features, but then you will end up spending much more money on the sheath than the blade is worth. So my recent idea was to modify the plastic sheath, given one decisive advantage: no matter what I do to it, it won’t look worse afterwards 😉 Since we’re already in the plastic world, let’s use black cable ties! I started out to make some notches into the lower part of the sheath.
At the beginning I was using a round file, in the end I ended up carving the grooves with the Mora itself, which was way faster. They don’t need to be too deep, just deep enough for the cable ties to fit. In total I did eight of those and then laid out the first couple of cable ties:
I continued in this way to the bottom and then started to tighten the ties, weaving three further vertical ties into it, which are to become the loops where the rod goes in:
After that i fitted the ferro rod into it and slowly tightened the cable ties:
Then, cutting off the access plastic ends, I ended up with:
This was almost the finished product. The edges where I cut off the ties were pretty sharp, so I took a lighter and carefully melted the ends. When the plastic hardens again, it will always condense in a round form, thus removing the sharp edges. Physics is your friend here 😉 The fit was tight enough to prevent the striker from falling out when turned upside down. As additional precaution, I also wrapped the cord of the striker such that everything was fail-safe. It also ensured that I am still able to move silently with the setup.
That’s it, guys. What do think? Is that a life hack that is worth its name? Or have I just crossed the line from bushcraft-on-a-budget to bushcrafting-hobo-style?