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Survival Gear Review: Fällkniven A1 Pro

Being a restless survivalist, I find the endless pursuit of the best single knife to be both a noble one and and endless one.  Or so I thought.  The Fällkniven A1 Pro may have brought an end to my quest for the perfect survival knife, and become the life-long quest of other like minds.  Could… Read More

Movie Review: Edge of Winter

One of my good friends is currently going through a nasty divorce and trying to adjust to life as a single dad with only limited time with his kids.  So when I saw the trailer for the movie Edge of Winter, it immediately struck a nerve with me and decided to watch it.  Joel Kinnaman… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Cold Steel Pocket Bushman Knife

It seems that everyone’s favorite piece of gear to carry and discuss are knives. With the variety of styles, shapes, sizes and the jobs they can perform, it is easy to see why they are a favorite piece of gear. When it comes to folding knives, I am very particular and will not carry an… Read More

Neck Knives For The Masses

The definition of a neck knife pretty much begins and ends with it being a blade worn on a lanyard around one’s neck.  Rather than in a belt sheath, pocket, pack clipped anywhere else, the neck knife offers a deployment option and carry strategy that opens some doors especially during specific activities and positions.  Neck… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Fallkniven A2

Peter, the head of Fällkniven knives told me that a big blade can do everything a small blade can do, but a small blade cannot do everything a big blade can do.  Or thereabouts.  In theory, I agree with him. But in practice...well, that would take field testing.  Big is not a measurement, it is… Read More

More Tips For Your Bug Out Bag

If you read my post on 7 Tips For Your Bug Out Bag, considered this part II.  Many posts on Bug Out Bags out there in the blogosphere talk about specific items being better than others.  I prefer comparing ideas instead of whether a Mora is better than a Bushman for low budget survival, boy… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Gransfors Bruks Outdoor Axe

One of the amazing things about the world these days is that small artisan companies like Gransfors Bruks will put considerable effort into a unique handmade axe with an excruciatingly limited user base and an extraordinary high price.  But in the big picture the Gransfors Bruks Outdoor Axe is an excellent compliment to the traditional… Read More

Choosing The Best Shelter For Your Bug Out Bag – Part 1

Yea! Another backpack post.  Well, I wish I could apologize, but I love this stuff.  If your packs are like mine, they are constantly evolving and being scrutinized.  My G.H.B. that has been in service for about a year, is about to be pushed aside for a bigger and more adaptable unit that can be… Read More

Wilderness Survival: Part 2 – Desert

Having just returned home from teaching a survival course in the deserts of Nevada, and given the parts of the U.S. currently stricken with drought, it felt appropriate to put together a piece addressing survival in one of the most unique types of ecosystems in existence: the desert.  The desert is amongst the most daunting… Read More

Survival Gear Review: Benchmade Bushcrafter

Up until recently, the quiet corner of outdoor activity known as bushcraft was a niche market for those who make knives and other wilderness survival equipment targeting extreme survivalists.  But when Benchmade and Spyderco launched their own bushcraft knife contributions into the very small circle of blade makers who target a specific product to those… Read More

Survival Gear Review: SOF Tactical Tourniquet (SOFTT)

Before we dive in, let’s take some reality pills.  First, this tourniquet is for you, not for your good samaritan fantasy where you save the beautiful princess/prince with the severed artery (although I’m not saying it wouldn’t work for that as well).  Second, the mere fact of not carrying a tourniquet does not decrease your… Read More