A Quick Bushcraft Knife Tip For Removing Bark
In the above tips and tricks video I share with you a handy technique for using your bushcraft knife to help remove bark.
The shape of the back of your knife – specifically where the bevel comes up to meet the back – lends itself very well to helping remove tree bark while you are out in the woods.
Removing Tree Bark
Why might you want to remove tree bark?
Well, there are all sorts of reasons.
In particular, you might want to remove birch bark for lighting fires.
Or, you might want to remove willow bark for making cordage.
There are, in fact a whole host of reasons why you might want to remove bark with your bushcraft knife.
How Your Knife Can Help Remove Tree Bark
Start off by scoring the bark with the tip of your knife blade.
Be careful not to cut towards yourself. Bear in mind that carpet fitters have been known to cut themselves badly while cutting in these types of position. Pay particular care to the positioning of your body relative to where you are using the knife. Knife safety is always paramount.
If you are removing a sheet of bark, cut two parallel lines then join them up with cuts around the circumference of the trunk. Again be very careful. Cut away from your body.
Once you have cut through the various layers of bark, you are ready to start lifting the sheet of bark.
This is where your knife comes in useful in a different way. Insert the tip of the blade into the cut that is farthest away from you, with the back of the blade facing the section of bark you want to remove. That is, with the sharp edge of the blade facing away from you and away from the sheet of tree bark you want.
Then, use the width of the knife to start to prise the bark away from the wood and lift the sheet of bark at one edge. Once you have run your knife along once or twice and can get a decent hold of the edge of the sheet of tree bark, then you can use your fingers to pull back the bark and remove the sheet.
Obvious When You Know How
This is a relatively simple trick and obvious when you know how.
But I’ve seen enough people struggle with removing sheets of birch bark for the purposes of fire lighting to know that this tip is worth sharing.
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