3 safety tips for using a knife when camping

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Blog provided by 3f UL Gear apologies for any Chinglish and poor translation. We will aim to redo this in our own words in the future. 

Many people asked me whether seam-seal the Lanshan tent with silicone glue is a must. My answer is that it depends on the situation. If you buy a non-PRO version, you don’t need to apply glue, because it has been taped in the factory and has the high-performance waterproof ability. If you buy the PRO version which is made by 2 side silicone coated Nylon, Congratulations, you will get a new skill!

This method works for any silicone ultralight tent. Not limited to Lanshan tent.

You can find something like a syringe in the package go from the Lanshan Pro, which is the best gluing tool for ordinary people we can find. Although it does not necessarily have the simplest operation, but the result must be the nicest looking.

 

This is a reliable glue. Although it doesn’t dry fast, it’s easy to buy. If you have a better choice, please tell us and we will recommend it to other hikers.

 

In this official instruction of glue, the way they apply glue is to use a small brush to smear the seam, which is also done by most people, but we do not recommend this method because it is very difficult to operate, in the end your beautiful tent will become like this:

believe it will ruin your good mood all day and curse our tent.

 

Our suggestion is to use the syringe we sent with the tent. The specific operation method is shown in the video below:

 

Sorry its chinese! but you will get the drift. English Version just below.

 

 

In English

First of all, you should set up the tent in your backyard. It must be full pitched and tighten.

After that, squeeze the glue into the syringe. According to experience, if your handicraft is good, half a tube of glue is enough. We don’t recommend applying a lot of glue, because it will increase the tent weight.

Before sealing, firstly is to make sure where need sealing. The positions that must be sealing marked with red, the optional sealing area marked with yellow, and the area that no need seam sealing showing as black. We do not recommend seal all seams, because that will increase the weight.

The operation can be carried out from top to bottom. Hold the syringe in one hand, the other hand hold waist for stability. Apply the glue evenly along the seam. In the black UHMWPE patch area, apply it with your fingers after coating to form a thin layer of glue. Remember wipe your finger with papers after that.

If you are a DIYer, it not a big thing! If not, this DIY experience will open up a new world for you.

 

After all seams are sealed, don’t hurry to package the tent. According to the performance of different glue, you need to let it dry for 1-12 hours.

 

In conclusion, If you feel that you are not good at DIY or a perfectionist, you can choose to seal only the red area, so that Lanshan Pro can also withstand in the storm.

 

Finally, if you have a better seam sealing method, please tell us to benefit more people.

More and more people are beginning to head out into the great outdoors on camping trips now. Whether this is to immerse yourself in nature, test your bushcraft skills or enjoy time with family, it is a great thing to do. Having the right kit is important though so you stay safe, warm and fed. A good quality knife is one of the really vital pieces of gear. This is because it comes in handy for a wide range of tasks such as whittling, cutting cord and more. Before you head out with your knife, you should take on-board the below safety tips.

Always store them safely

This is a very important tip for using any knife safely when wild camping. When the knife itself is not being used, you must store it safely and away from others. If you have a fixed blade knife, make sure you put it back in its sheath. If the knife blade folds up or is retractable, make sure it is closed and put somewhere secure. Doing this will not only protect everyone in the vicinity, but also stop you losing your knife when out trekking.

Keep the blade sharp

Many people think that sharper knives are more dangerous but the opposite is true. Keeping the blade sharp means you have to put less pressure on it to cut things and therefore have less chance of the knife slipping. Wounds from sharper knives are also more precise which usually makes them simpler to stitch. It is not only key to sharpen your knife before you leave but also take something to sharpen it with when camping.

Be aware of your surroundings

This is common sense but something that people can sometimes forget about. When you are using your knife, you must always be aware of who and what is around you. While you need to focus on the task in hand, being aware of your surroundings is also crucial. This not only stops you from tripping over things with the tool in your hand but also from accidentally cutting people who may wander into where you are working.

A good knife is a wild camping essential

Although you do need to take care when using a knife, do not let this put you off from taking one on your next camping trip. If you need the best quality knives around at great value prices, why not browse the choice we have at Wood to Water today? We also stock sharpening stones as well to keep your knife at its best while in the great outdoors.

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