The EKA Viking Combi Saw (or ‘EKA Viking Wilderness Multi Blade Folding Combi Saw‘ if you have an affinity for long terms…) is a lightweight, but very capable saw for outdoor use. It is manufactured by EKA-knivar in Sweden in both a 17″ (43cm) or 21″ (53cm) variants.
The ZT8-24h40M – Zenica (ЗТ8-24х40М – Зеница) is a decent little spotting scope that dates back to the days of the Soviet Union.
But how does it compare to more modern scopes?
Commonly refereed to as the ‘Spetsnaz Machete‘, the UVSR Tajga (УВСР Тайга) is a somewhat rare tool issued to Spetsnaz and Pilots/Crews right before the fall of the Soviet Union in the early ’90s.
When I first got the Kizlyar Supreme Prime some years ago, I did not expect I would be writing a review about it at all.
Not that the knife was bad, but I usually refrain from doing reviews on ‘just knifes’ – unless they are something special like the Spetsnaz Machete.
But as time passed, I began to realize that the Prime is actually somewhat special in its own way. Why?
Did you ever wonder what russian Soldiers eats on the battlefield? Well, then you are welcome to take a culinary tour with me through the Daily Raition of the russian Military.
This review is about the Primus OmniFuel, which is considered to be one of the best go to stoves, if not the best. It is manufactured by Primus in Sweden and also used in military service (in a slight variation though). I used this stove for the past 5 years now and have therefore some experience to share.
After my crappy trekking poles broke, I finally had an excuse to buy new ones. I was looking for lightweight and compact / multi section poles. At them time (and possible still) the Ultralite Compact Trekking Poles were the lightest on the market and also pretty cheap with a price of only 75€. They are made by Fizan in Italy. Fizan, have been making ski and trekking poles in Italy since 1947 and were supposedly the first company to use aluminum in their products.
Mora knifes (Morakniv in Swedish) are very popular knifes all around Scandinavia, which were made by KJ Eriksson and the Forsts Knivfabrik. A couple of years ago they merged to the now known ‘Mora of Sweden‘ company.
Since Mora knifes are generally very robust, simple and fairly low priced they are also well-known among hikers and in the bushcraft community.
This Gorka-1 from Kondor (кондор) resembles the original Soviet Gorka, which was used during the Afghan War in the 80’s. Today it is still used by modern Russian Special Forces because of its comfortable fit and robustness.
Gorka means “Hill” or “Mountain” and exactly for that matter this 100% Cotton Suit is meant for. Since the Afghani Desert has hot day and freezing cold nighttime conditions, the need of an all around rugged Suit was obvious. Not to forget that the manufacturing cost are really low for a Gorka!
After waiting month after month and dying in excitement, I finally got my hands of one of these fine Russian SSO/SPOSN (ССО – Союз Спец Оснащение) made assault backpacks.
First of all the dry facts about this versatile backpack:
- Medium sized assault backpack with a capacity of 45 liters
- One large chamber (accessible from the top and bottom)
- Two side pockets and two back pockets
- Wide shoulder straps with quick release
- Sturdy and comfortable main belt
- Backpack made of waterproof cordura
- Extra straps on top, bottom and both sides for attaching additional equipment