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I've been doing a lot of thinking about survival weapons and searching on the Internet... typically I like the bow, it's easy to use & repair and you can make arrows just about anywhere and from anything, but they can be a little bulky. So this brings me to what I think is one of the best survival tools when it comes to getting food for your bug out bag, a slingshot.Add a comment
The Tangle is a new offering from SOG. This blade is designed to be a low profile lightweight knife, so they have done away with the handle scales and traded out for an open look with a fully wrapped paracord handle. The Tangle is not necessarily a survival knife; I would say more on the defense side, as the blade is shaped ideally for slashing. I will say the knife holds up well to field use, but with a large belly and short blade, you're getting a knife that's not ideal for things such as batoning wood or cutting large trees. But then again as the old saying goes, the only true survival knife is the one you have on you at the time, so since this is an EDC (every day carry), it's probably going to be more of a survival knife than others you own!Add a comment
The Backcountry is an offering from SOG and is made just the way I’ve been saying Gerber and Fiskars should have done years ago. They all had hollow handles and you should put something up there, like survival tools or something, as it feels like a waste of space.Add a comment
The Leatherman OHT ("One Hand Tool") is a similar design to some Gerber tools but that is where the similarities stop! This tool is like Gerber in the way that it deploys from the center of the tool rather than having to fold it open. This is one of the features I like about Gerber but Leatherman has taken this style to a whole new level.Add a comment
The Helinox Chair One caught my eye after doing the review of the Walkstool. I like a chair in the woods, or for things like sporting events and outings. I will admit 90% of the time I don't carry a chair for one reason, weight, they can be heavy and for the weight I like to carry tools so I can make anything I may need. But you don't always have time to make everything; maybe you just want to fish that day.Add a comment
I recently had the chance to try out a new product from Fiskars, it's one of their new Loppers with PowerGear, and is 27 inches long. The PowerGear system is a vast improvement over old loppers I've used, it allows you to apply a compound system to your cut similar to what would be found in a ratchet like system. They claim that it's 3 times easier to cut with this new 27 inch lopper and I would have to agree.Add a comment
After losing my Gerber 06 I was in need of an everyday folder, I wanted something that would not break the bank but I needed something that was good quality. I will admit what made me think twice was the look of the ICON - it looked similar to an EMERSON knife I saw one day. I almost didn't get the knife because of its low cost. Like most people I see that low cost and think junk! So I took the chance and got one in for a review, I was shocked when I first took it out of the package to find it was very similar to a Kershaw knife I had called the BLUR.Add a comment
Normally I'm not big on lanterns because of the weight and space they take up, so for me to find one I like is something to talk about. I've used many lanterns over the years, and the butane gas versions were not worth the weight... I had a Coleman storm lantern, and it weighed quite a bit and the gas only lasted three one-day trips before I had to get a new gas canister. The irony is it was made for backpacking!Add a comment
Like survival knives, the items you use almost every day will be the same items you will most likely use in a survival situation, as most people know survival situations are not planned and often the items you have on your person will be the ones you will have to survive with.
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I've always been a fan of Robert Young Pelton, a man who some would say is either crazy or extremely brave! He has traveled to parts of the world and wars where few would come back, and has always returned, so I always found this to be a real testimony to his ability to survive. After all it's not all about tools... often it's what's in your head, as well as knowledge you have accumulated which keeps you alive!
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