Why the Swedish Army LK 35 Rucksack?
I’d read about these rucksacks a while ago and the Swedish Army Lk 35 Rucksack appealed to me. I liked the old school metal frame and thought this would be a great bag for bushcraft and more importantly I wanted something I could use for hammock camping.
Like most things Swedish the items has been built and designed for harsh wear in harsh conditions, hence the reason a lot of my outdoor gear is Swedish or Scandinavian made.
It’s built to last but here you don’t have the ‘Scandinavian Price’ with it as its ex military.
Another item that is Swedish Ex-military I use a lot is the Swedish Army M40 stove.
This is another piece of kit that is bomb proof and really versatile (although its not a light weight option).
I purchased one of these bags from militarymart.co.uk and when it arrived I tool the whole thing apart and started to restore it.
Swedish Army LK 35 Bag Details.
- Olive Green
- 1000 Denier PU coated Cordura / Cotton canvas
- Identity tag on hood
- Durable external metal frame
- fully adjustable low impact shoulder straps
- External loading shelf
- Removable pack – allows you to carry firewood, radio, water / fuel can, accesories etc
- Adjustable metal ‘ladderlock’ strap system
- easy access field tool carrying loop – Carry field tools/accessories
- ‘Freefloating’ back system – allows air to circulate between your pack & you back for improved breathability
- Broad webbing buffer pads for ultimate comfort!
- Authentic classic bag
- Exclusively designed for the Swedish army
- Manufactured by Haglofs
- Pack size: 35 L
So I took the bag of the frame and sanded frame down and repainted with green hammerite then re-threaded cordage with paracord as cordage was failing.
The lid of the bag is PU coated but main canvas isn’t so I thought I would wax the bag to make it waterproof.
I made a mix of linseed oil and beeswax, heated the canvas up near a fire to make it easier to apply wax then painted the warm wax/oil mix onto canvas.
I had to let the canvas hang outside for a while to lose the smell of the linseed oil but now it has settled down it is a great bushcraft bag which i can fit my hammock camping kit into easily.
Inside I can fit hammock, tarp, underblanket and quilt, camping candle, fire kit etc and either Swedish trangia will fit inside or the Swiss Army stove will lash on the top of the bag and blanket for the dog on the front.
The Swedish Army LK35 is a very versatile rucksack on I will use for ever.
If you are interested in modifying one of these bags then have a look at the post ‘LK-35 Modification’ for further details and youtube video of the mods done.