Christianity And The Arts

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Christianity And The Arts

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The only artist who is perfect in all forms of creativity . . . is of course God—the God who is Personal.

—Edith Schaeffer, Hidden Art (1971)

 

Come with me to the Alps and look at the snow-covered mountains.

There can be no question. God is interested in beauty.

 —Francis A. Schaeffer, Art and the Bible (1973)

 

The God of Creation

The Bible has a lot to say, both directly and indirectly, about God’s love for beauty.  Even a quick reading of Genesis 1 demonstrates the marvelous wisdom and power of God in creation.  We see light spring out of darkness, vast reservoirs of water lifted into the heavens, massive landforms rise out of the sea.  We see trees and grasses spring instantly from the earth to bud, blossom, and bear fruit in a day.  We see the sun rise over the horizon for the first time, and the moon climb through the night sky pacing the sun.

We see stars set into constellations and galaxies.  We see multi-hued fish and fowl swarm to fill the seas and skies.  We see great dragons navigate the deep.  We see beasts, cattle, and creeping things prowl and crawl and cavort through the meadows, fields, and rain forests of the new Earth.  And, of course, we also see the first man and woman, unstained by the Fall, lift their eyes to heaven to hear the voice of God.  The whole thing must have been staggering to behold. And it’s right here at this point that adjectives can’t live up to what they’re describing.  In fact, philosophers of aesthetics could write long volumes simply on this first chapter of Genesis alone.

But behind Genesis 1, hidden in eternity, is the beauty and majesty of the Triune God Himself … Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  It’s important to know that this God is simple in His essence.  He’s doesn’t have “parts or pieces.”  He isn’t partly this and partly that.  He isn’t mostly this but a little bit of that.  God’s essence is identical with His attributes.  He is both truth and light.  He is also beauty, glory, and joy.

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But here’s the interesting thing:

This one, simple God exists eternally as three distinct Persons.  From eternity, the Father begets the Son who then speaks the divine Word.  From eternity, the Son is the Father’s only Begotten.  This divine Logos is the brightness of the Father’s glory.

Implications

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From this brief summary of Trinitarian theology, we can make some basic observations about the ontological foundations of the arts.  First, God is coherent and rational.  He is light, “and in him is no darkness at all” (1 Jn. 1:5).  There are no dark corners in His being.  He isn’t evolving or on His way to becoming anything new.  He isn’t in process of being.  In fact, there is no room in His mind for surprises.  His attributes aren’t in competition.  This all-wise and perfectly rational God is … at the same time and to the same degree … Joy, Beauty, and Delight.

Second, it is the nature of this God to reveal Himself.  He expresses Himself both by Word and Spirit (He breathes life).  God delights in this self-revelation and self-communication.  He joys in shared beauty, glory, and truth.

We should then expect that this God would pour out His beauty and glory onto and into anything and anywhere He decides.  We should expect then, that His creation would both reflect and declare His glory.  We also should expect that His spoken and written Word would abound in beauty, wisdom, simplicity, and majesty.

Third, God is Trinity.  He is true diversity in perfect unity.  In God, unity and diversity are equally ultimate.  The universals don’t swallow up the particulars.  The particulars don’t destroy the universals.  God’s nature is harmony, balance, perfect integration, complexity, simplicity, true community, and true individuality.

This is the God who chose to create the earth and more.  The God who made the world, the God who speaks both beautifully and powerfully in His Word.  We should expect God’s Word and God’s created world to be characterized by the same attributes.

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It is no wonder, then, that when we open Scripture, we find that God speaks of Himself as a working Artisan or Artist.  Get this:  He’s a singer (Zeph. 3:17), a potter (Isa. 64:8), a gardener (Isa. 5:1-2), an engraver (Zech. 3:9), a jeweler (Isa. 54:11), an architect and builder (Heb. 11:10), and even a metal worker (Mal. 3:3).

God also speaks of Himself as a work of art:  “In that day shall the LORD of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of his people” (Isa. 28:5).  And, of course, in the first lines of Scripture, we read, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen. 1:1).  God is the Artist who makes all things from nothing and who made no two things exactly alike.  Literally everything God has made … speaks of His glory and power (Ps. 19).

Conclusion

Before Scripture ever says in so many words that God is Spirit, it shows us in great detail that God is Creator.  From the very first chapter, Scripture is antithetically “at odds” with any Gnostic, Platonic or Neo-Platonic view of creation or of art.  God made the world in all its wonder, beauty, intricacy, mystery, strangeness, and glory.  In all these dimensions, creation declares God as He truly is.  God made man in His very image.  He also made man to know Him, to commune with Him and to live and work in His world.  My guess is that this is the perfect place to begin any discussion of Christianity and the arts.

For Further Reading:

Herman Bavinck, The Doctrine of God (Edinburgh:  The Banner of Truth Trust, 1977).

Edith Schaeffer, Hidden Art (Wheaton, IL:  Tyndale House Publishers, 1971).

Francis Schaeffer, Art and the Bible (Downers Grove, IL:  InterVarsity Press, 2006).

Gene Edward Veith, State of the Arts, From Bezalel to Mapplethorpe (Wheaton, IL:  Crossway Books, 1991).

H.R. Rookmaker, Art Needs No Justification (Downers Grove, IL:  InterVarsity Press, 1979).

Leland Ryken, The Christian Imagination (Grand Rapids:  Baker Book House, 1981).

Leland Ryken, The Liberated Imagination, Thinking Christianly About the Arts (Wheaton, IL:  Harold Shaw Publishers, 1989).

Adapt your home to survive a wildfire

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Controlled CA blaze creates windbreak against wildfire

Controlled CA blaze creates windbreak

Devastation caused by the recent wildfire outbreak in California reminds those living off grid to maintain awareness of fire safety. Especially those who live in rural or isolated areas of forestry, writes Levon Barkhordarian.

As it stands the wildfires have forced an estimated 90,000 people to move, destroying more than 5,700 business and homes as well as killing over 40 people. The death toll is expected to rise once the inferno comes to an end, allowing emergency crews to navigate the unpredictable terrain and recover victims.

“The emergency is not over, and we continue to work at it, but we are seeing some great progress,” said California emergency operations director, Mark Ghilarducci. More than 9,000 firefighters are currently fighting the blaze with helicopters, air tankers, and 1,000 fire engines. The director of the California Department of forestry and fire protection, Ken Pimlott described the spread of fires as “a serious, critical, catastrophic event”.

With this in mind, how can businesses, communities and off-grid inhabitants hope to limit the damage caused by the current wildfires and the inevitable fires of the foreseeable future?

There are relatively simple precautionary steps you and your neighbours can adopt to protect your family’s land and property.

 

Use these examples to protect your property.

 

  • If your property is located near other buildings or you have neighbours close to your land you should discuss plans for collectively tackling fire safety in your area. Creating contingency plans and working together as a team in remote areas can drastically increase your protection.
  • Small trees, dead trees and ground fuels such as pine needles and leaves should be cleared from around your property creating at least a 30 to a 100-meter radius of cleared space. Dry leaf litter and debris will significantly increase the chances of fire spreading. So, it is extremely important that you create a clearing around your property to minimise this effect.
  • Next, you should prune and cut large tree branches to a height of 10 feet. This inhibits a fires ability to crawl up the trunk of a tree to reach its canopy. If you have conifer trees on your property or other species which you don’t want to discard it is at least worthwhile thinning their branches and crowns to create a partition 10 feet or more apart. This stops the fire from migrating from tree to tree.
  • It is a misconception that grassy lawns increase the spread of wildfire, in fact as long as you keep your gardens well-watered and maintain a short length to your grass it should act as a fire breaker. However, it is imperative that you take the time to keep your grass lush and well hydrated.

Extra ways of keeping your property safe from wildfires.

  • A major reason so many houses burn down completely is that emergency services such as fire departments find it difficult to access properties in remote locations. To tackle this issue, it is worth thinking about increasing the width of your driveway and clearing its surrounding area from 12 feet wide to 14 feet high. You should also use gravel, stones or concrete to construct your driveway. This will enable easier access to your property and could potentially save your lives and the integrity of your property.

 

  • Another valuable tactic to restrict the spread is to have at least a 10-foot gap between any structure on the property. This should ideally be considered before the construction of your off-grid home as it is essential in preventing a wildfire advance. Also, consider using non-combustible or fire-resistant materials to upgrade your property. Or if you are planning your nexct build, consider if using sustainable concrete would suit your needs — concrete is cheap and can also provide extra protection from fire.

 

  • Keep your roof and drainage gutters clean as sparks from a wildfire can travel in the wind and ignite any dry material it comes into contact with. So, retain the cleanliness of your roof as it is an elevated and exposed area of your home.

 

  • Flammable items such as solvents, paint, gasoline, and other fuels need to be stored in cool ventilated areas far from your properties main structures. You should keep your firewood and fuel at least 100 feet from other main structures. Combining fuel with a wildfire will only increase the intensity of the blaze and risk yourself and your family’s safety.
  • In addition, you can also protect your property using natural fire buffers such as fire-resistant plants which have evolved to survive the intensity of a wildfire. So, surround your property with fire-resistant plants especially in the areas you might think are at risk of wildfires.

 

Here is a selection of fire resistant plants which could save your property.

 

  • Moss Phlox (Phlox Subulata)
  • Wild Geranium (Geranium Maculatum)
  • California Lilac (Ceanothus Thyrsiflorus)
  • red monkey flower (Mimulus Puniceus)
  • California Redbud (Cercis Occidentalis)
  • Sage Plant (Salvia Officinalis)

For more information regarding fire-resistant plants visit. http://www.readyforwildfire.org/Fire-Safe-Landscaping/

Wildfires in California and around the world are often extremely hard to extinguish. However, by following the simple rules above it is possible to minimise damage and increase your chances of survival.

These are just  examples of the different ways you can prevent the damage of wildfires. I advise you to research what would suit your specific situation for greater understanding of how you can apply these tips to your own property.

It is estimated that U.S. taxpayers are paying around $3 billion a year to fight wildfires, of which some of the larger fires can relate to billions of dollars in property losses.

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Gun Control & Anti-Self Defence Laws in Australia. Why?

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Gun Control & Anti-Self Defence Laws in Australia. Why?

I have a lot of things going through my mind right now, so please excuse me if this post seems a little staggered.

First of all I think we need to establish the fact that the Government does not give a damn about the welfare & safety of its citizens. This is important, because the safety of its citizens is the reason given for the government’s gun control measures & its self defence legislation.


Shockwave

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Go to try one of these today:
thumbnailImpressions? Well…I had been pretty curious to try one. After getting the chance to try it, my enthusiasm has gone from “I need five of these” to “Eh..two will be plenty.”

Now, before you say anything, yes I have seen all the YouTube videos about the ‘proper’ way to shoot this thing. That said, it is still wildly impractical for anything beyond ‘narrow hallway’ venues. Would I feel comfortable with one in the house at 2am? Maybe. But unless you think spending $390 for a gun that, in my opinion, is best used at distances where you can do target identification using the Braille system, I think there are better options.

Recoil? Well, obviously, yes, there’s recoil. The furniture is too slick for my tastes. The forend, especially, was prone to sliding right out of my hand. A Hogue or Pachmyer ‘rubbery’ forend would be my choice. The strap on the forend helped, but my hand still slid around a bunch.

Throw a ‘wrist brace’ on there and I’d be much more pleased. Honestly, I’m not thinking of many circumstances where I would not be better served with a handgun or a carbine. Like a lot of niche guns, nine times out of 10 it isn’t the right tool for the job. But that tenth time….

However, it has a ‘cool’ factor, is fun to play with, and someday they’ll probably legislate it into NFA badness, so I might get one just for the sake of that. As a primary weapon, I cant see any circumstance where it would shine over a handgun or M4. But, as a ‘specialty’ kind of thing it might be useful. Either way, interesting to play with, and I’ll probably get one, but unless it has a stock on it i’m going to relegate it to ‘range toy’. YMMV.

As an autoloader, however, I might be a little more inclined to think that it has a tactical niche.

Las Vegas 28 YO Female Who Reportedly Filmed Multiple Shooters and Posted On FB, Dies

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 stock here–she supposedly died of natural causes.  What are the odds?

her FEcbook is down, just like Marilou’s within minutes of her identity being released.

This one social media is up
http://nl.ink361.com/app/users/ig-4025837665/lularoekymberley/photos

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This was from her Facebook page soon before her death. Here’s the link:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10210907614435016&id=1492389612
 
This is her account of the shooting, copied straight from her post:

” I have been receiving phone calls, messages & texts galore since Sunday night, and I have been providing the same copy & pasted message to each of those who have contacted me. A really quick, vague, account of what happened at the Route 91 Festival in Las Vegas. It has been nearly 72 hours since the nightmare took place, and I am finally able to sit here & put into words my own personal account.

I have attached some photos of the fun we did have. I would first like to give a huge giant thank you to both Casie Barnard & Ricky Ardito, without them I can guarantee you I wouldn’t have gotten out like I did- I would have dropped to the floor, stunned, and I would not have been able to get up. I owe them both my life. Sunday morning we woke up sore & hungover from the nights before. Friday & Saturday nights were a blast- we drank too much, and fought the crowd to get as close to the stage as possible. We acted like we were in our early 20s and hitting Vegas for the first time; however, when we woke up Sunday we all were in complete agreeance that we would not be doing that again.

 We decided, instead, to bring in a king sized sheet & sit on the astro-turf in the way, way back & just peacefully watch the concert from our spacious sheet. We also decided to drink the morning and afternoon of, but not the evening, as Ricky, Cassie & Mendy had an early day ahead of them, having to leave at 4am to get Ricky to work Monday morning.

When we had full bellies & got our retail fix in-shopping the vendors, we headed to the main stage where we immediately sought out that back sitting area. Unfortunately, we procrastinated getting to our seats for too long, and every spot was taken. We ultimately ended up on the next fake-grass area much closer to the stage- but we still had a decent amount of space & great viewing area, so we spread out our sheet and claimed it our territory. We remember exactly where we were, because most of us (excluding myself) left to go to the bathroom & get water during the concert, so we used landmarks to be able to find each other again. I remember distinctly that one of the bars was to my left and I had to look behind me to see it- thinking maybe I should get one more beer, but I already had a full bladder & I have an irrational fear of porta-potties, so I decided against it.

We are all hanging out on this sheet, dancing our booties off, enjoying ourselves so much that we took off our boots to get even more comfortable. Casie & I were on opposite sides of our little 5-person group. I was on the far right side, and I had so much room to dance that this guy who walked by, who we called “camo man”, actually said to me “taking up a lot of real estate there, eh?” jokingly.

 After about 20 minutes of Jason Aldean’s set, I got this overwhelming feeling to go stand over by Casie. I can’t tell you why, but I did. The entire time I was dancing next to her I kept thinking to myself, “why? Why don’t I go back to my spacious area?? There is no room to dance over here.. I am not having a good time over here… okay, on the next song I will”. But, there wasn’t a next song. From about 50 feet in front of us, and a little to the right, fire crackers were set off. Let me repeat that… FIRE CRACKERS WERE SET OFF.

I verbally stated “some asshole just shot of fire crackers in close proximity to so many people”. I was literally pissed off. You could see Jason Aldean look to his left kind of startled by it, but he was also clearly irritated. I would say about 15 seconds later, the first volley of gunfire was released. It was a shorter volley than any of the others, and the gunfire was not as close together either. EVERYONE looked up, down, around. We thought it was more fire crackers at first, but then Ricky reached over, told us all to put our boots on, quickly. And the volley ended.

Then people started to panic. The gentlemen behind me looked at me as I was putting on my boots, half laying down, and said “calm down crazy, its just fireworks, jeez”. That is when the 2nd volley went off, Ricky yelled at us all to get down, flat, & we immediately knew there was someone shooting at us. I remember getting down, but I didn’t lay flat for some reason, thinking- oh my gosh, I need to get flatter than I am now, but my body just wouldn’t let me. That was the 2nd volley.

At the end of that volley ( I am still struggling to get my boots on), we turned and tried to run, but the people behind us still weren’t moving. I yelled at the lady “RUN! ITS GUNFIRE! RUUUUUUUUUNNNNN!!!” The look on her face was pure terror, but she finally dropped her stuff and turned to begin running…. But then the 3rd volley hit… and it was close. Very, very close to us. I could physically see the impact of the bullets on the astro-turf, I could feel the warmth & the passing of bullets. Once that 3rd volley was over, Casie linked her arm into mine, and we decided at that moment we weren’t stopping- we were getting the Hell out of there. And I do mean Hell.

We were in literal Hell. The gentlemen that mocked me stating it was just fireworks fell to the ground, and he never got back up. The lady behind me (who was now in front of me) who was terrified as I told her to run, never got back up. I actually had to physically step over her body to run (something I am still struggling with, so please don’t attack me. I was absolutely in flight-or-fight mode). There was another person to my right who also wasn’t moving. We ran. I don’t know what direction we ran, I don’t know towards which landmark we ran. We just ran. It was at this time our group got split up. Casie & I were together. Ricky, Cassie & Mendy were together.

We were rounding some sort of corner maybe- and I looked to the right and I saw this large cowboy sitting down with his legs spread, holding a blood-soaked woman. I thought to myself “we NEED to hide”, but as I looked quickly for somewhere to go, the gunfire once again got closer and closer. We couldn’t hide because they (and I do mean THEY) were chasing us.

That exact moment is when I started to really panic. That is the exact moment in which I thought this was it, I was going to die, I was never going to see my family again. So, as we are running, we approach this fence where men are throwing women over, and we ran up to it as they had knocked It down, so we were able to get out. As we crossed the threshold of the venue, my mind went straight to other mass shootings and hearing the victim’s families in my head talk about how they never got to say goodbye. I did not want this for my husband (who was at work) & my grandma (who had my daughter, Scarlett). So, at 10:07pm I called my husband franticly leaving him a voicemail- telling him that I loved him and was in the middle of a shooting & I wasn’t sure if I would make it out alive.

Next, while still running, I called my grandma to tell her the exact same thing. But the gunfire wasn’t stopping this whole time. It wasn’t ceasing. It wasn’t slowing down. And It was directly behind us, following us. Bullets were coming from every direction. Behind us, in front of us, to the side of us. But I know, I just know, that there was someone chasing us. The entire time I felt this way. The farther we got from the venue, the closer the gunfire got. I kept looking back expecting to see the gunmen- and I say MEN because there was more than one person. There was more than one gun firing. 100% more than one. As we were running, we kept changing direction, because it felt like no matter what direction we took, we were being followed.

 So we ended up running in a weird triangular path. The first place I remember getting to was a parking lot, and I told Casie (who was slightly in front of me) we needed to get under one of the trucks. She turned to me and started her way back to me, and that is when the gunfire got even CLOSER than ever before. It was RIGHT THERE. It was within the parking lot. Everyone around us was panicking once again. So we ditched the idea of getting underneath a vehicle, and we continued the run for our lives. If you know me, you know I am a big girl, who is out of shape, and who definitely does not run for any reason. But I can tell you I ran like I have never run before. The 2nd place I remember going by was Hooters- which is where we met back up with the rest of our small group. We ran towards the entrance thinking we could take cover there, but as we got closer, a stampede of people ran out, terrified.

 We could only conclude that there was another gunman inside of that hotel. This made us even more scared- we had nowhere to go- no one to trust. At some point, we ended up at the airport & even entered the building for safety. Everyone as we entered were screaming at the staff “IS IT SAFE IN HERE?” but we weren’t getting anyone to answer us, so after running about 30 feet into the building, not getting the answers we so desperately needed, we decided it, too, wasn’t a safe spot, so we got out of there quickly and continued running. After all this running, we were tired, sore & having to stop to cough, gag and even vomit.

 We ran across an intersection & us & another group of people pleaded with a limo driver to let us in and get us out of there. He was clearly confused & didn’t understand what was going on, so he didn’t let us in. Next, we ran to a taxi van & she was willing to let us in, but she told us her van only held 4 people & she wasn’t going to let the 5 of us in, so we said screw it and continued running. At one point, we ran passed a small liquor store where they so graciously gave us water bottles. We passed UNLV as well.

Some things I can’t remember exactly where we were or at what time of the night they happened. But we were running along what I am guessing was Tropicana Avenue, and this dark colored sedan drives by, slows a little, and a smaller Hispanic, dark-haired woman leans out the window, and she yells something we couldn’t understand in a clearly taunting manner. It really freaked us out, because again, we didn’t know who we could and could not trust. I don’t remember at which time, but at some point, Ricky was reminded by Cassie that his Uncle Manny lived in Vegas. He called him, and we made a plan to meet him at a grocery store a couple miles away to get picked up. We finally made it to him, he shoved us all in his car, drove us to our hotel (we stayed off the strip), waited for us to pack (this literally took us all of 10 minutes max to do), and escorted us to the freeway to get us home.

 A HUGE thank you to Uncle Manny for his love, generosity & kindness. The what-ifs still kill me. What if we hadn’t decided to be chill that night? What if we went to the same sardine-like spot we were in the two previous nights? What if we had been drinking as much as we had been Saturday night? Would we have had the reaction time to escape? What if I hadn’t had the desire to move next to Casie? Would we have been separated? There are still so many what-ifs from that night. I have bene watching the news non-stop since I arrived back home to my family. And it just doesn’t make sense.

The story that are feeding everyone doesn’t add up to our eyewitness accounts. There is something wrong with what they are saying & the evidence seems fake if you ask me. There are multiple people stating that there was a lady towards the beginning of the evening who had made her way up to the stage warning people that we were all gunna die- her and her boyfriend were escorted off the premises. Why has she not been mentioned by authorities? Every single survivor I have talked to also remembers multiple shooters, and at least one from the ground- why aren’t we being taken more seriously? Tons of things don’t add up.

I know I am forgetting a bunch of what happened, and I will edit this post to include it as I remember. I praise our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, for surviving a horrific incident. People were dropping like flies all around me, and there is absolutely ZERO reason why I wasn’t at least struck with a bullet. I left the Route 91 Festival completely unharmed physically, besides some scrapes and super sore bones & muscles.

Mentally, however, is a different story. I do okay during the day, but as soon as nightfall hits, I get super scared & anxious. I am even typing this up with butterflies in my stomach and a racing heart. I don’t want to be alone. I don’t want to go anywhere, ever. I can no longer be in any place with large crowds- concerts, festivals, theme parks, zoos, etc. I can no longer trust anyone around me. I can no longer close my eyes without seeing those bodies & hearing the sound of gunfire.

I am ruined, as are thousands upon thousands of people. We were given wristbands to wear for the 3-day event. I can’t seem to take mine off. We went to Las Vegas for a super fun, down to Earth country concert featuring our favorite artists. We left scared, scarred, traumatized and broken. And for that, we demand answers.”

Here’s the link to her obituary: http://m.legacy.com/obituaries/vvdailypress/obituary.aspx?n=&pid=186942151&referrer=0&preview=True

Here’s a link to the story:

https://www.inquisitr.com/4553338/las-vegas-shooting-survivor-kymberley-suchomel-who-claimed-multiple-shooters-involved-dies-unexpectedly/amp/

Survival Medicine Hour: Labor and Delivery, Wildfire, More

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off grid labor and delivery

off grid labor and delivery

In any long-term survival situation involving a group or community, eventually the issue of pregnancy and childbirth arises. The medic for the group should know basics about pregnancy and childbirth. Childbirth is a natural process that usually doesn’t require a doctor or even a midwife to manage, as long as some simple steps are followed. Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, take you through a typical labor and delivery process.

Calilfornia wildfires

Calilfornia wildfires

Also, wildfires are raging through Northern California, with 40 killed and hundreds unaccounted for. What should you do to prepare for wildfires from both a personal and a property perspective? Dr. Alton gives you some common sense recommendations that could save life, limb, and location in a conflagration.

All this and more on the latest Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP!

To Listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2017/10/13/survival-medicine-hour-labor-and-delivery-wildfires-more

Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

Joe and Amy Alton

the Altons

the Altons

Find out more about wildfire safety and much more with the Third Edition of the Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way, 2017 winner of the Book Excellence Award in the medical category.

Plus, don’t forget to check out Nurse Amy’s entire line of kits and supplies at store.doomandbloom.net.

Survival Medicine Hour: Labor and Delivery, Wildfire, More

off grid labor and delivery

off grid labor and delivery

In any long-term survival situation involving a group or community, eventually the issue of pregnancy and childbirth arises. The medic for the group should know basics about pregnancy and childbirth. Childbirth is a natural process that usually doesn’t require a doctor or even a midwife to manage, as long as some simple steps are followed. Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy, take you through a typical labor and delivery process.

Calilfornia wildfires

Calilfornia wildfires

Also, wildfires are raging through Northern California, with 40 killed and hundreds unaccounted for. What should you do to prepare for wildfires from both a personal and a property perspective? Dr. Alton gives you some common sense recommendations that could save life, limb, and location in a conflagration.

All this and more on the latest Survival Medicine Hour with Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP!

To Listen in, click below:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/survivalmedicine/2017/10/13/survival-medicine-hour-labor-and-delivery-wildfires-more

Wishing you the best of health in good times or bad,

Joe and Amy Alton

the Altons

the Altons

Find out more about wildfire safety and much more with the Third Edition of the Survival Medicine Handbook: The Essential Guide for When Medical Help is Not on the Way, 2017 winner of the Book Excellence Award in the medical category.

Plus, don’t forget to check out Nurse Amy’s entire line of kits and supplies at store.doomandbloom.net.

What Disaster Scenarios Are You Preparing For?

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The idea of preparedness goes many ways– from people who will hide under their beds when disaster strikes all the way to people who are able to be almost entirely self sufficient for many years.
If you are reading this blog then you’re probably somewhere in between.
 A good way to help you focus on your preparedness needs and to get really prepared is to know what types of disasters could happen to you and then to decide which ones could truly happen to you. A good way to get those ideas is to grab a notebook and make a list! Once you have that list in front of you, preparing is easy because you are focused on a specific event rather than just the vague concept of preparedness. Let’s take a look at the range of disasters for you to consider.
Personal disasters – These include things like losing your job, getting told that your hours are being cut, getting injured on work and going on disability , having a change in your family 
Natural disasters – These can include any of the following events: hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, forest fires, earthquakes, tsunamis, crippling ice/ snow storm, etc.
Extreme weather events – These events include both mega storms like Hurricane Sandy as well as long term weather events – like extreme drought that brings on really severe water restrictions and affects food crops/ prices as farmland wilts.
 Nuclear events –  From the reactor disaster in Japan recently to the possibility of a rogue nation launching a nuclear weapon, possible EMP attacks, dirty bombs, etc., the idea of a nuclear event is again on peoples minds.
 Terrorist attacks – These can happen anywhere as their purpose is to instill terror. If terrorism grows, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the targets change from high value ones like NYC to anyplace they can cause a terror event where a large number of people congregate – shopping, sporting events, schools, etc. – just to spread the idea of fear and lack of safety no matter where you live.
Biological events – Whether natural or man made, the is always a chance of an epidemic or pandemic occurring. A particular virulent flu variant or a manufactured biological weapon are both very real possibilities.
Economic collapse –  Will it cause hyperinflation, wiping out your savings overnight? Will it cause the stock market to crash, wiping out your 401K? A bank run? Supply shortages as no one wants to trade with us because of the instability of our currency? Runaway fuel prices? You get the idea.
 Collapse of civilization – This is the mega event that could be caused by a new world war or massive natural event like a super volcanic eruption or large asteroid impact event. As you can see, there are many types of events that could potentially affect your future. By taking a look at the list, you can decide which are likely and make definite preparedness plans for them.
Other events that we see as more remote but possible include an economic collapse on a larger scale, a long term drought (which happens fairly frequently here – but never super severe), and a potential nuclear event as there are nuclear reactors within 100 miles and if they ever get damaged and the wind blows the right way… it would not be optimal.
So for us, we are fully prepared income interruptions by having a secure (and fully rotated) food and water supply to last the duration. We also have an emergency cash reserve to make sure we can make up any shortfalls for a long period of time.
Make your own list of events that you believe could impact your lives. Then prioritize them in terms of duration. Once you have them prioritized, figure out what you would need to survive the shortest duration event and then gather that set of supplies. Once you feel you are prepared for this event, you can start working on longer term preparedness.
Preparedness is a process and a journey that is best started by taking baby steps. Develop that small preparedness plan and then execute it. Then build on that for the next level of preparedness, etc. and soon you will be able to make it to the far side of just about any disaster than can hit your family.

Fall Foraging: 4 Favorite Wild Edible Plants of Autumn

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For most people, the coming of autumn brings thoughts of orange and red leaves twirling to the ground, crisp weather, pumpkins, harvest festivals, and Thanksgiving. But for foragers, it means that root season has arrived, and it’s time to get digging! Some of autumn’s best edible wild plants also happen to be the most common. . . Read More

6 Questions About the Vegas Massacre That Will Make You Wonder What They’re Hiding

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Survival Saturday is a round-up of the week’s news and resources for folks who are interested in being prepared.

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Are You Prepared to Heal This Nation?

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You got your food storage?

CHECK

You got your water?

CHECK

You have plenty ammo so you can kill all your friends and neighbors?

WHAT!!!??

In this age of powerful hurricanes, firestorms, terrorism, earthquakes and civil unrest the prepper is doing it right, mostly. We have to fight our base of isolationism and get back to being people. We have to take a hold of our communities and get the cogwheels turning again. We prep because we want control of our uncertain future on this planet. Well, there is power in numbers and you will be able to accomplish so much more with your neighbors and your community.

Who is Tired of Riots and Division?

This same isolation is the cause of our issues with division and race relations. Its the truth! We have to come out from behind the protection of our devices and start meeting those who live around us. In my new book, Come Unity; Community out October 13th,  you will find that we are making Great Dividing Assumptions about one another that are affecting how we interact. If you think you know someone based on their bumper stickers or their political affiliation you are terribly mistaken.

Preppers come in all shapes and sizes. Since Donald Trump took office they also come in all political affiliations as well. I was contacted by The Daily Show to discuss the emergence of left wing preppers. Its a thing. Its good news. The more people are prepared the better it is for everyone. Are you ready to be part of the coalition to unite this nation.

Simple Community Steps

There are three core steps any community can take to become more cohesive. These steps are dual purpose and any attempt will yield great benefits.

  • Community Gardening
  • Neighborhood Communication
  • Neighborhood Watch

Each one of these will bring neighbors together while also putting your community on the fast track towards preparedness. In a disaster, if you have a small community garden its a little more food around. It also gives you the ability to expand and most importantly you have access to seeds. The precious seeds in that garden give you the option to seed your whole neighborhood.

The communication in your neighborhood is vital. It will pay dividends following a disaster and will also allow you to converse and plan fun activities

The watch keeps your community safe while establishing a base for what it may take to stay safe after a disaster.

Love Thy Neighbor

Lets take some of the best advice in history. Lets stop seeking out our grievances with one another and instead find common ground. We have plenty of enemies to face in this world. We needn’t create more through assuming we hate each other over things as trivial as politics or skin color.

You have the power to save this nation. The battle plan is in my book Come Unity: Community which is out Friday October 13h.

This is the next step in the evolution of the prepper. We started out providing for ourselves and assuring we have what we need to take care of our family. If we are the Sheppard’s of the future and prophets then we must get outside and get our arms around the it. In the same way that we have developed an incredible community of preppers that share information, we can do the same in our own communities.  You can do this.

Sorry But its all on You

If you don’t fix this nation, who will? How many years are you gonna complain about the politicians? We have pointed fingers long enough. Now its time to get started. In my opinion, its the preppers that are more capable of pulling this off than any other group. We know whats at risk and we have the knowledge to help plan for a more cohesive community.

You have your water and your food storage but are you prepared to be a neighbor? 

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Are You Prepared to Heal This Nation?

You got your food storage?

CHECK

You got your water?

CHECK

You have plenty ammo so you can kill all your friends and neighbors?

WHAT!!!??

In this age of powerful hurricanes, firestorms, terrorism, earthquakes and civil unrest the prepper is doing it right, mostly. We have to fight our base of isolationism and get back to being people. We have to take a hold of our communities and get the cogwheels turning again. We prep because we want control of our uncertain future on this planet. Well, there is power in numbers and you will be able to accomplish so much more with your neighbors and your community.

Who is Tired of Riots and Division?

This same isolation is the cause of our issues with division and race relations. Its the truth! We have to come out from behind the protection of our devices and start meeting those who live around us. In my new book, Come Unity; Community out October 13th,  you will find that we are making Great Dividing Assumptions about one another that are affecting how we interact. If you think you know someone based on their bumper stickers or their political affiliation you are terribly mistaken.

Preppers come in all shapes and sizes. Since Donald Trump took office they also come in all political affiliations as well. I was contacted by The Daily Show to discuss the emergence of left wing preppers. Its a thing. Its good news. The more people are prepared the better it is for everyone. Are you ready to be part of the coalition to unite this nation.

Simple Community Steps

There are three core steps any community can take to become more cohesive. These steps are dual purpose and any attempt will yield great benefits.

  • Community Gardening
  • Neighborhood Communication
  • Neighborhood Watch

Each one of these will bring neighbors together while also putting your community on the fast track towards preparedness. In a disaster, if you have a small community garden its a little more food around. It also gives you the ability to expand and most importantly you have access to seeds. The precious seeds in that garden give you the option to seed your whole neighborhood.

The communication in your neighborhood is vital. It will pay dividends following a disaster and will also allow you to converse and plan fun activities

The watch keeps your community safe while establishing a base for what it may take to stay safe after a disaster.

Love Thy Neighbor

Lets take some of the best advice in history. Lets stop seeking out our grievances with one another and instead find common ground. We have plenty of enemies to face in this world. We needn’t create more through assuming we hate each other over things as trivial as politics or skin color.

You have the power to save this nation. The battle plan is in my book Come Unity: Community which is out Friday October 13h.

This is the next step in the evolution of the prepper. We started out providing for ourselves and assuring we have what we need to take care of our family. If we are the Sheppard’s of the future and prophets then we must get outside and get our arms around the it. In the same way that we have developed an incredible community of preppers that share information, we can do the same in our own communities.  You can do this.

Sorry But its all on You

If you don’t fix this nation, who will? How many years are you gonna complain about the politicians? We have pointed fingers long enough. Now its time to get started. In my opinion, its the preppers that are more capable of pulling this off than any other group. We know whats at risk and we have the knowledge to help plan for a more cohesive community.

You have your water and your food storage but are you prepared to be a neighbor? 

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Are You Prepared to Heal This Nation?

You got your food storage?

CHECK

You got your water?

CHECK

You have plenty ammo so you can kill all your friends and neighbors?

WHAT!!!??

In this age of powerful hurricanes, firestorms, terrorism, earthquakes and civil unrest the prepper is doing it right, mostly. We have to fight our base of isolationism and get back to being people. We have to take a hold of our communities and get the cogwheels turning again. We prep because we want control of our uncertain future on this planet. Well, there is power in numbers and you will be able to accomplish so much more with your neighbors and your community.

Who is Tired of Riots and Division?

This same isolation is the cause of our issues with division and race relations. Its the truth! We have to come out from behind the protection of our devices and start meeting those who live around us. In my new book, Come Unity; Community out October 13th,  you will find that we are making Great Dividing Assumptions about one another that are affecting how we interact. If you think you know someone based on their bumper stickers or their political affiliation you are terribly mistaken.

Preppers come in all shapes and sizes. Since Donald Trump took office they also come in all political affiliations as well. I was contacted by The Daily Show to discuss the emergence of left wing preppers. Its a thing. Its good news. The more people are prepared the better it is for everyone. Are you ready to be part of the coalition to unite this nation.

Simple Community Steps

There are three core steps any community can take to become more cohesive. These steps are dual purpose and any attempt will yield great benefits.

  • Community Gardening
  • Neighborhood Communication
  • Neighborhood Watch

Each one of these will bring neighbors together while also putting your community on the fast track towards preparedness. In a disaster, if you have a small community garden its a little more food around. It also gives you the ability to expand and most importantly you have access to seeds. The precious seeds in that garden give you the option to seed your whole neighborhood.

The communication in your neighborhood is vital. It will pay dividends following a disaster and will also allow you to converse and plan fun activities

The watch keeps your community safe while establishing a base for what it may take to stay safe after a disaster.

Love Thy Neighbor

Lets take some of the best advice in history. Lets stop seeking out our grievances with one another and instead find common ground. We have plenty of enemies to face in this world. We needn’t create more through assuming we hate each other over things as trivial as politics or skin color.

You have the power to save this nation. The battle plan is in my book Come Unity: Community which is out Friday October 13h.

This is the next step in the evolution of the prepper. We started out providing for ourselves and assuring we have what we need to take care of our family. If we are the Sheppard’s of the future and prophets then we must get outside and get our arms around the it. In the same way that we have developed an incredible community of preppers that share information, we can do the same in our own communities.  You can do this.

Sorry But its all on You

If you don’t fix this nation, who will? How many years are you gonna complain about the politicians? We have pointed fingers long enough. Now its time to get started. In my opinion, its the preppers that are more capable of pulling this off than any other group. We know whats at risk and we have the knowledge to help plan for a more cohesive community.

You have your water and your food storage but are you prepared to be a neighbor? 

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Reality Check Bugging In or Bugging Out Pt 2

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Bugging In or Bugging Out Pt 2 Micheal Kline “Reality Check” Audio player below! In this show, we continue the discussion, part 2 of the hardest question many of us contend with. On this episode of Reality Check I will be discussing some of the pros and cons of bugging out as well as the … Continue reading Reality Check Bugging In or Bugging Out Pt 2

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Reality Check Bugging In or Bugging Out Pt 2

Bugging In or Bugging Out Pt 2 Micheal Kline “Reality Check” Audio player below! In this show, we continue the discussion, part 2 of the hardest question many of us contend with. On this episode of Reality Check I will be discussing some of the pros and cons of bugging out as well as the … Continue reading Reality Check Bugging In or Bugging Out Pt 2

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Neighborhood Watch: What You Can Learn By Listening To Your Neighbors

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Our metro area already exceeded last year’s murder rate by mid-year. Three of those deaths were in the neighborhood just one over from mine. While the numbers aren’t high compared to big cities, the percentage increase is staggering. So when our neighborhood began observing strange vehicles and odd behavior on our street, neighbors started to compare notes and make a plan.

As I talked with people on my street in small groups or individually I was struck by the varied reactions of my immediate neighbors, some of whom I’ve known for years. Now, this is a situation we are facing in an intact society, but these responses could also be indicative of how people would react in a disaster situation. While I’ve paraphrased their words and changed names, there are actual people behind each of these reactions, so it was a very valuable insight of what my particular neighbors might be like in a crisis. Maybe yours, too.

“Put up Security Signs”

Jesse suggested we all put security signs in our front yards whether or not we had security systems. In our locale, this wasn’t a bad idea. Would-be criminals might pause before committing crimes where they would potentially be recorded and give us the appearance, of active security.  While in a survival situation the less attention you can draw to your group, probably the better. Jesse is at least willing to take immediate action of some kind. So perhaps in an emergency, he could be in charge of some aspect of organizing or providing security.

“Contact the Police”

Margaret suggested we immediately contact the police and let them handle it. In our circumstance, this is also an appropriate response, even though it had already been pointed out that we had virtually no solid information to give them yet.  A few years ago, this neighborhood had a rash of car break-ins, most of which were reported to the police. Without a description of any related vehicles or persons, the police were unable to solve these crimes. They just sent a letter out to those affected essentially closing the case.  With this as history for our area, most of the neighbors felt it was unlikely the police could or would be able to do much at this stage. In a survival situation, it’s also highly unlikely that the authorities would be available. They might not be able to get to an area or may be overwhelmed, or communications would be affected. Our neighborhood may be essentially responsible for itself. So Margaret has shown that she would rather let someone else be in charge. In a survival situation, the leader might simply assign her to the necessary tasks.

“Wait and See”

Steve and Addie each suggested collecting more information, with the goal of being able to contact the authorities with concrete information in the near future. Extra vigilance was definitely called for. In fact, this is ultimately what our neighborhood decided to do. These neighbors are concerned, but not quite ready to take action. In a survival situation, as well, extra vigilance is vital. But an action plan may have to be more hands-on, involving people in the neighborhood group.

Ready Personal Firearms

Both Cliff and Austin reminded their wives and daughters on the location of their personal firearms. In our situation, this is a very good precaution. After all, there have been actual murders just one neighborhood over! This type of defense would be invaluable. These neighbors understand that the potential is there for something serious to happen. They have obviously thought through some worse-case scenarios. Austin and Cliff will probably need the least convincing to take action and could be considered for leadership roles in an actual emergency.

No interest or action

Alan and Esther just said, “I’ll keep an eye out,” and Carol only said “Thanks.”  And that’s probably fine. Most other neighbors were at least mildly concerned and several were ready to take some action. In a survival situation, though, these neighbors may be good helpers who just need some direction. But they may also turn out to be free-loaders. Your group may need to make very clear that everyone has to participate in order to receive the benefits of a group, such as increased security or shared food.

“Whatever”

But the response that disheartened me the most was from Paula, who said something like, “Oh yeah that’s been going on for a while now.” She had apparently observed the odd behavior longer than anyone else, but hadn’t done or said anything about it!  This probably increased the odds of something bad happening before anyone else was aware there was a problem. In a survival situation, however, this person could mean disaster for the safety of your group!  If I was at all in charge of assigning roles, I would have Paula doing physical labor or any other repetitive tasks with plenty of oversight. I wouldn’t let her take a single overnight watch shift, or do anything remotely related to the security or possibly decision-making of the group. That may sound harsh, but this type of person has already shown themselves to be uninterested in the safety or welfare of others. There will be many other lives riding on such security and decisions in a survival situation.

Take Charge and Make a Plan

There’s a natural leader in every group. For our situation, it was merely convenient to make Steve the point person and put Beth in charge of future neighborhood communications. In a survival situation,  making decisions and quickly implementing a plan could the difference between life and death. This neighbor might have to be… YOU. Are you prepared to take charge? You may be the only one in a disaster situation that has thought through the implications of the grid going down or looters after a natural disaster. Your mental preparation may mean that you see what’s coming next while others are still coming to terms with whatever’s just happened.

 

Keep in mind is that you will have a diverse group of personalities, experiences, and political beliefs. It is very unlikely that everyone will regard the level of danger with the same gravity. It is also unlikely that everyone will agree to the necessity for certain actions. Maintaining a good neighborly relationship now will go a long way if we have to navigate a frightening situation together in the future.

Another other thing that these responses made clear to me is that it’s important to develop a group or network of other preppers in your immediate area. I’m not talking about online, or in your state, or even your metro area. Find people who actually live within 6 blocks of you that share your preparedness mindset. People that you could walk to, transfer supplies from or share watch duties within the case of local emergency. Consider inviting everyone to your place for a potluck, or rent a park shelter for a cookout, and start building this community now.

TIP- Here are 7 scenarios that kids of all ages should be aware of and should know how to respond.

Take a few moments to sketch out your immediate neighborhood. What might various reactions be? What might be a good role for each of them in a local emergency? What can you do today to maintain good neighborly relations? Who is physically nearby that would make your go-to prepper group?

What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-10-14)

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On our daily walk with Sampson…   This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Voice your thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions for others to comment on general topics of preparedness. Because the more who comment, the more who will benefit from the discussion… Are you a first timer? Let’s hear from you too!   ———————————– Note: For articles posted during the week we appreciate that you stay on-topic with your comments. For off-topic comments, post them in the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do

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What did you do for your preparedness this week? (2017-10-14)

On our daily walk with Sampson…   This weekly post is an open-forum, though preferably focusing on what we all did this week for our prepping & preparedness. Voice your thoughts, opinions, concerns, or questions for others to comment on general topics of preparedness. Because the more who comment, the more who will benefit from the discussion… Are you a first timer? Let’s hear from you too!   ———————————– Note: For articles posted during the week we appreciate that you stay on-topic with your comments. For off-topic comments, post them in the most recent Saturday open-forum: What did you do

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What Makes a Good Hunting Knife?

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Fit, form, function sprinkled generously with a little experience!

Before setting out to buy a hunting knife, there is a lot of information that you need to gather. I know hunting knives tend to look the same, but don’t let this be the basis of your selection, especially if it is your first, as you will most likely make a mistake. With hunting knives, there’s more than meets the eye.

First of all, the variety of knives available in the market can definitely leave you a bit confused. This is why you need to know what you are looking for in a hunting knife.

To further emphasize on the difference of hunting knives, there is a huge range when it comes to prices. Anywhere from $50 to over $900. That being the reality let us consider some of the things you need to keep in mind when choosing the right type of hunting knife for you.

Uses of A Hunting Knife

The main reason why hunters carry hunting knives is to cut the prey up into manageable sizes for transporting back to the cabin, or base. This includes skinning and cutting through cartilage as well as bone.

 

To be able to perform its required task, the hunting knife thus needs to be both sturdy and sharp. A lot of fisherman live and die by their fillet knives and while one might work in some cases, it won’t as an effective hunting knife. And let me bring home the point that having a knife we ONLY use to field dress game is okay, even for those people who abhor carrying a tool that can only serve a single purpose. A hunting knife must be sharp, comfortable to handle and easy to use as, in some cases, your time to dress a fresh kill may be somewhat “constrained” if large bears also occupy the area, as they can smell a kill up to 20 miles away downwind. Using it to cut tree branches to form a lean-to, chop wood into kindling, open canned foods etc. are tempting, but will have you spending a lot of time with your sharpening stone. Single use has it’s good points in this situation.

Size of the Animal

This definitely forms the basis of selecting the size of the hunting knife. If you are a hunter who goes after deer, you will need a bigger knife than a hunter who goes after rabbits.

Using a big knife on small prey increases your risk of injury as you could easily cut yourself. Likewise, using a small knife on big prey is inefficient. You will not be able to cut through bone and it will take a long time to get things done, and, as noted above, you may not be in control of how much time you have, or even aware of it.

Hunting Knife Types

The right type of hunting knife is also determined by how often you go out to hunt. Regular hunters need something sturdy and the best choice is a fixed blade.

If you are an occasional hunter, this means you will not need to use the knife often. A folding knife will serve you just fine.

Fixed blade knives tend to be more popular among hunters with good reason.  They are large, strong such that they don’t bend and they tend to be more reliable than folding blades. Folding knives however, are simple to carry.

The folding knife is normally not as durable as a fixed blade knife. So how can you get around this if you still prefer to carry just one? Well, first, ensure that you avoid cheap blades. Also pick a reputable manufacturer. The folding mechanism is of paramount importance as this is where most folding knives tend to have issues, and the issues could be life-changing. Sometimes going from 10 of something to nine of that something really is a BIG deal. The knife should also have a thick blade.

Blade Types

When talking about the blade, they come in three varieties. The skinning blade, drop pointed and clip pointed blades.

Skinning blades are simply for that, skinning the animal. They are excellent for this and poor for the other functions of dressing out a kill (cutting meat, cartridge or bone.) People who carry these for just this purpose usually also pack in Grey Poupon! This is a purely a matter of personal preference through experience.

Drop-point blades feature a back that gradually slopes the further you move to the tip. They have the benefit of preventing the user from puncturing organs while slicing. Another advantage is that they provide greater surface area for cutting. The downside is that drop-point knives do not have a very sharp tip compared to other types of blades.

Clip-point blades have a special design that provides for a sharp tip. They generally have a straight spine that runs all the way to the middle, then slopes and curves to the tip. The slicing part is long making the clip-point knife ideal for taking the skin off the animal.

Picking the most suitable blade really depends on the individual hunter. Clip point hunting knives however are the most popular thanks to their versatility. They can be used for all the functions of dressing out an animal.

With this information you are well on your way to making the right decision when buying a hunting knife. Let’s now look at the qualities of a good hunting knife.

Features of a Good Hunting Knife

As we have seen there are many factors to consider when selecting the right type of hunting knife. Now we wish to go deeper into the construction of the hunting knife and see what makes the best blade from the inside out.

Full Tang Construction

This means that the entire length of the blade is made up of one single piece of metal. The advantage to this type of design is the sturdiness that comes with it. It makes it hard to bend or break the knife. Some knives come with a partial tang design. These will not provide the service you need as they are more prone to breaking.

Type of Material

There are three main types of materials used in the construction of hunting knives – stainless steel, carbon steel and carbon stainless steel.

Carbon steel is the cheapest type of hunting knife, it is easy to sharpen but the downside is that it can rust when exposed to the elements. Stainless steel is a bit harder to sharpen. However, once sharpened, it does not need regular attention. Just sheath it for the next time you need to use it. To provide the benefits of both types of materials, carbon stainless steel will offer hybrid features.

No one should eat meat this knife has dressed, EVER!

Some hunters will opt for the carbon steel blade. If you do, to prevent the knife from rusting, a good option is to apply a silicon based special wax, or coating. This is not a bad option for any blade that will not be in constant use, or used on food being prepared right now. The coating wipes off on any absorbent cloth.

The Handle

A good hunting knife needs to have a strong handle that is comfortable on your hand. It is easy to go for certain materials such as wood or leather, but these are not very weather resistant. A handle made out of bone might be pleasant to look at but could break easily. The best materials are synthetic or a hard rubber.

It’s important to carry out measures to ensure that your hunting knife is in the best condition for use. Once you are done dressing a kill, clean the blade and handle and wipe it dry. In case your knife is made of carbon steel, remember to apply a silicon wax. This will prevent it from rusting.

A final note, stainless steel knives are not 100% resistant to rust. They are just better than carbon steel.

 

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Prepare For 2018 (Part 1)

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– Guest Posting Curtosy of Kyle @ The Hard Truth Revelation 6:5-6 NLT When the Lamb broke the third seal, I heard the third living being say, “Come!”…

Medical Kit On A $50 Budget

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This video actually several years old, but I just came across it recently and I thought it was worth sharing. There are basic first aid kits out there for $10 or $20, but you get what you pay for with kits that cheap. If you really want a quality kit that will cover a wide […]

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