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The Try Stick - by CP Outdoor Life

It’s not hard looking at a picture of a Mors Kochanski try stick to figure out what the notches are for . As the name may suggest it is a practice stick for trying various different notches and cuts that are useful in traps or for various different camp crafts.


There are various other try sticks which include different notches some of which include joining two pieces but this one is my preferred method of try stick.

For your first try stick use a straight grained knot free piece, the length of your arm from armpit to finger tips and around 2-3cms in diameter.


After you get the hang of it you can vary the size the one in the picture above is only a couple of inches bigger than my mora companion knife.

I will explain from my diagram what each notch or cut is used for.





1. A rounded off end is used to finish a piece off by reducing the edges. This also prevents the splitting and mushrooming of anything that will be knocked into the ground. This is a great way to finish your tent pegs.


2. The reduction is used for toggles and also in some more decorative wood carving.


3. The pot hanger notch. This one is used when making your pot hanger to hang over a fire. This can also be used to hang other items around camp.


4. The saddle notch is used in the construction of wood cabins and is a great notch to use when making camp furniture. Like a raised bed.


5. The dovetail joint is used in the joining of corner in cabinet making.


6. The latch notch is used in the construction of some traps like the figure four trap.


7. 90 degree planes. These are used in the making of various traps.


8. The bow notch is used in the making of bows.


9. The v-notch. These are used when making some traps.


10. Root stripper. The root stripper is used various roots to turn them into more pliable lashings or bindings. It is also used while hafting arrow and spear points.


The try stick is a great way to test your knife skills. Give it ago today.




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