29 July 2007

What Knife Is Bear Using in the Rocky Mountains Episode?

In the ninth and last episode of the first season, Bear took on the Rockies somewhere near the Canadian border with just his clothes, backpack, and wits. He had no knife at his disposal. However, that's not to say he didn't get himself equipped with a sharp pointy thing in a hurry. He just clubbed two rocks together and made a knife out of a chipped fragment. He called it a "disk knife". We couldn't find out too much information on that name, but the rock was sharp enough to help make kindling and cut off a snake head. Not too shabby. You can probably find a "disk knife" of your own anywhere that Fred and Barney do their survival shopping.

Aside from being resourceful, Bear displayed his fear of bears again in this episode. Something went bump in the night outside his makeshift, enclosed lean-to and had him running down a mountainside in the middle of the night and even inspired him to leap off a cliff into unknown waters below. Personally, we would have found another way down, but you can't deny that Bear seemed genuinely relieved when he reached the other side of the river with the bear behind him. Was it all for show, or was he sincerely spooked? We don't know, but it made for great TV.

Our favorite part of the episode was the section dealing with cattails. With all the things we did with those things as kids, we're sure our mothers are glad we never thought to start fires with them, make arrows with them, or eat them.

This was a good, personal show with lots of confession time in front of the camera as well as sound tips on how to survive in the Rockies. Try to catch it if you can.


John Thomas "Kooz" Kuczmarski said...

these blog entries are informative and helpful. bear's a hero and it's great seeing this footage. i like the idea of more coverage and people whom are actually doing the filming and surviving as well.

John Thomas "Kooz" Kuczmarski said...

maybe you could do an entry on the Tom brown tracker knife? Surprised bear hasn't used tha tas it seems like an ultimate survival knife of sorts. I've been looking at a nifty combo flint, flashlight knife that looks good. But I have had my Benchmade pre-production, osbourne locking knife for the past 8 years and it's sharp as hell still and I sharpen it regularly. It's a simply, strong lightweight knife that doesn't blunt.