Monday, December 22, 2014

Back to Back Episode 4: Knives for Lightweight Backpacking

Hey all, in case you haven't seen it yet, just a quick announcement to let everyone know that Back to Back Episode 4 is complete and up on Youtube.  The topic is one that I find fascinating, as do many outdoor enthusiasts, which is knives.  However this discussion is from the perspectives of two lightweight backpackers, with one having the unique (and very cool) distinction of happening to also be a knife maker.  

I kicked things off with Part 1 

And Jason recently responded with Part 2.  

You can also check out Jason's wonderful text on the subject in question here, which he wrote at the same time as we were doing the planning of this episode.  The knives you see in his video are the ones he documents in the text.  It's a great companion to this episode, and I highly recommend reading it if you are at all interested in knives and especially the finer details of how they are made.  The passion he has for this craft really comes out in the text (and video too), and as I mentioned to Jason via email after reading it, to me it almost reads like a short story.  Readers get to closely follow a narrative of a dedicated craftsman transform a piece of metal into a knife, and Jason makes some bold choices in his unique version of a knife to have while out in the wild.

Thanks again to Jason, it's been a pleasure working with him, and hope that we can collaborate again in the future.

That's about it, go check out another episode of the Back to Back series, and I hope that you find it helpful and/or enjoyable.  As always, please feel free to give feedback via email, comments below, or on the Youtube comments.  And let me know if there are any subjects related to backpacking that you would want to see explored in a Back to Back episode.

Peace out and happy holidays!