“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” – Leonardo da Vinci

The frenetic paced 21st century has created the need of instant gratification. One of the ways to come across as an “expert” is to have gadgets, and by gadgets I mean lots of very complicated ones. The more gimmicks you can lash to your day-pack or belt, the more you’ll seem like someone who knows their way around the bush.

Knives, for previous generations of outdoor folk meant something as simple as a single blade staghorn model purchased from a general dealer. Today the advertisement tells you that you will need a multi-tool, one of such proportions that it has a complete set of sockets in both Imperial and Metric sizes. One just never knows when a 11/64th socket is needed when you are out hunting impala. As for blades, twelve is not enough, and in every edge and profile. How else would you cut a piece of biltong but with a scallop-edged timber saw blade.

Another buzz-word creating waves is the use of “tactical”, whether used for torch, belt or shirt it’s immaterial. What it does is create a hype that you are not the type to be messed with. Any self-respecting 50” buffalo is going to steer well away from any hunter wearing his dot-matrix, eucalyptus late autumn pattern shirt with 34 pockets. Let’s face it, there could be anything hidden in one of those pockets. Look at any photographs of early hunters and you have to ask yourself how they actually managed. The average sepia-tinted dog-eared image has a guy with a rifle, generally a threadbare khaki shirt, with at best a skinning knife attached to a cracked leather belt.

You just have to ask yourself how they actually managed.

Until next month.

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