Show your Feathersticks

Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by Switchblade61, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. Switchblade61


    Nov 11, 2009
    Yes, you are! Definitely. :thumbup:
  2. JeffP93


    Mar 11, 2014
    All thanks to the tips in this thread! Much appreciated
    Last edited: May 12, 2014
  3. c.t.smith


    Oct 19, 2009
    gotta keep this one going. Im loving all the pics of cool knives
  4. Switchblade61


    Nov 11, 2009
    Bamboo toothpick.

  5. GooberBoober


    Dec 30, 2012
    Nice knife you got there [​IMG]

    Cool thread you got going too.

    I still suck at these, I find it the most difficult thing that one can do with a knife that I can think of, so I put the knife in the foreground in my pic :p

  6. lightleak


    Jun 11, 2009
    Just to revive this great thread!

  7. upnorth

    upnorth Basic Member Basic Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    I respect this skill as being very useful and important. But after a while it passes from utility to the primped show dog stage. I could care less about someone fuzzing up the super easy stuff like green branches, cedar etc. I always saw this as a practical real world applicable skill that should be used on local dead\gathered materials. And around here the dead wood like choke cherry is classified as ''hard'' hardwood. I worked on some purpose dried choke cherry last year and got to were I was comfortable, in regard to actually using it to start a fire. I believe that the point is to be able to start a fire with local materials, and if that is achieved, I could care less how fancy the work is\looks.
  8. shrapnelwound


    Sep 26, 2011
    Silver Maple Feathers with a new knife. It took me 34 seconds to carve these:


  9. Le Seb

    Le Seb

    Apr 21, 2006
    Testing out blades :




  10. trevitrace

    trevitrace Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2013
  11. MrFixIt


    Jul 28, 2014
    I have never tried this before mainly because of the abundance of fatwood in my area.
    I tried a few this past weekend using a piece of oak, hickory and a piece of fatwood.
    I need to practice ALOT more...
  12. mountainmist


    Jun 12, 2013
    Are you a lefty? :D
  13. shrapnelwound


    Sep 26, 2011
    Nope, those were done "tip down" with my right hand. A lefty doing "tip up" technique would get very similar results though.
  14. kamagong

    kamagong Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 13, 2001
    I need more practice.

  15. tek77

    tek77 Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 9, 2009
    Ahhh.... feather sticks. They grow wildly where I live. Sort of an invasive species in my back yard.
    I pick-em up and save them in big jars for the winter.
  16. pjackst


    Jun 5, 2014
    I got a kick outta this. Sorry for being 12 ;)
  17. neeman


    Apr 5, 2007
    I am teaching my lady knife skills so she is able to start a fire with local materials

    Opinel saw for 1 1/2" rounds
    Mora Companion, batton them into sticks
    And cut a pile of feathers (not yet attached to the sticks)

    Feathers or shaving are giving her the fine cutting skill she needs to learn
  18. dbltap45acp


    Dec 19, 2008
    Do you guys find that a Scandi, Convexed, or standard V grind works better for feather sticks? Thinner stock blades over thick?
  19. shrapnelwound


    Sep 26, 2011

    I'm my experience, and I do have lots of experience with feathering wood, none of this matters at all.
    I would say wood choice is more a factor (soft woods being easier) but that is also just a matter of getting used to the way the wood is reacting. Soft or hard wood will both work.

    The type of grind (asymmetric is easy) and the stock thickness (thinner being easier) might be factors when you are just starting out, but once you gain some skill, anything will work just fine.

    With that said, this is an individual skill and trial and error will largely inform your personal technique. Try out different grinds and woods and find what works for you :thumbup:
  20. mountainmist


    Jun 12, 2013
    What Shrapnel said, however, I think that the grind choice can be very helpful for beginers. I like a thicker scandi for feathers, and be sure to use strait-grained soft wood, like Maple or White pine. Be sure that it is dry. Pick up a more robust, that should help. Once you get good at that, move on to your choice Woods blade.

    Try just carving shavings, lots and lots of shavings, but don't even worry about them staying on the stick. don't go fast, just pay attention to how your blade reacts to different positions. When you can control which way the wood curls if you hold the knife a particular way (see above post) then you are ready to try making them stay, at that point you should be able to manipulate them to stay on the stick.

    :D Worked for me!

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