Now the UK is Banning Online Knife Sales – Here We Go Again

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Now the UK is Banning Online Knife Sales – Here We Go Again

It’s not enough for Canada to go off the deep end, the UK has to follow in suit. After all, it has to keep its edge in the battle for the most ridiculous ban legislation. In its latest bout of scheduled lunacy, our elected overlords passed a motion to restrict the purchasing of knives to […]

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Gerber MP600 Multi-Plier Bladeless Needle Nose Multitool Review

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Gerber MP600 Multi-Plier Bladeless Needle Nose Multitool Review

Reviewing Leatherman-style multi-tools is always a tricky proposition. They are essentially pliers with extra tools tacked on as an afterthought and in the case of the Gerber MP600, I found myself struggling with the performance of the pliers (wire cutters, specifically) and indifferent to the extra tools provided, which basically guarantees a less than positive […]

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“Hysteria & Hysterical Fits:” First Aid Knowledge & How It Evolves

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“Hysteria & Hysterical Fits:” First Aid Knowledge & How It Evolves

I used to publish articles and guides concerning first aid on a semi-regular basis on this blog, but over time, have found it’s become harder and harder for me to do so. There’s been a pretty massive shift in attitude on MTJS with regards to these articles. Long time readers may have noticed this shift. Originally, we […]

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“Extreme” Weather Conditions: Snowflakes, Hysteria, & the UK

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“Extreme” Weather Conditions: Snowflakes, Hysteria, & the UK

If you are a Brit, you will undoubtedly be aware that we faced a seemingly apocalyptic event over the past week or so. In case you’re unaware and need to be brought up to speed with regards to the cataclysmic event that struck old Blighty, be forewarned: the following photograph will strike fear into your […]

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New Knives in 2018? The Knife World’s Changed & Not For the Better

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New Knives in 2018? The Knife World’s Changed & Not For the Better

When Elise and I started MTJS, I began by reviewing my extensive Spyderco collection. Over the years, due to constant bugging by you lot, I started reviewing knives from brands I never really had much interest in. A good example would be Cold Steel. After much reticence on my part, I finally snapped and bought […]

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We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity

We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity

As some of you may know, Cape Town is running out of water. The local government has quite literally stated that in less than 100 days, they may have to turn off the taps entirely and water will be rationed out at designated outposts. Here’s the thing folks, South Africa is a relatively developed economy […]

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We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity

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We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity

As some of you may know, Cape Town is running out of water. The local government has quite literally stated that in less than 100 days, they may have to turn off the taps entirely and water will be rationed out at designated outposts. Here’s the thing folks, South Africa is a relatively developed economy […]

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We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity

We Need to Talk About the Cape Town Drought & Human Stupidity

As some of you may know, Cape Town is running out of water. The local government has quite literally stated that in less than 100 days, they may have to turn off the taps entirely and water will be rationed out at designated outposts. Here’s the thing folks, South Africa is a relatively developed economy […]

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Canada Essentially Bans the Import of Every Folding Knife In Existence…

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Canada Essentially Bans the Import of Every Folding Knife In Existence…

The insane have taken over the asylum folks. The geniuses over at the Canada Border Services Agency decided that they weren’t going to let the United Kingdom beat them in the Stupid Olympics and have opted to ban the import of basically all folding knives (if the new law is applied indiscriminately). Oh boy. Spyderco Sage […]

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Canada Essentially Bans the Import of Every Folding Knife In Existence…

Canada Essentially Bans the Import of Every Folding Knife In Existence…

The insane have taken over the asylum folks. The geniuses over at the Canada Border Services Agency decided that they weren’t going to let the United Kingdom beat them in the Stupid Olympics and have opted to ban the import of basically all folding knives (if the new law is applied indiscriminately). Oh boy. Spyderco Sage […]

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December 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

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December 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

When it comes to gear, I feel I have settled into a groove. I rarely experiment with tobacco these days (same with the pipes) and just stick to what I know I like. Hope you had a merry Christmas, and we’ll see you in the new year! Everyday Carry Item Breakdown Folding Knife Spyderco Roadie […]

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December 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

December 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

When it comes to gear, I feel I have settled into a groove. I rarely experiment with tobacco these days (same with the pipes) and just stick to what I know I like. Hope you had a merry Christmas, and we’ll see you in the new year! Everyday Carry Item Breakdown Folding Knife Spyderco Roadie […]

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Svord Peasant Friction Folding Bushcraft Knife Review

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Svord Peasant Friction Folding Bushcraft Knife Review

The Svord Peasant knife is a century old design that was brought back to the mainstream by B.W. Baker. This is a knife I have used and owned for a good long while, but have always been on the fence with regards to reviewing it. In practical terms: this is a very, very basic folding […]

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November 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

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November 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

I basically gave up carrying a flashlight due to a lack of pocket space. I recently found this thing on Amazon and since then have been carrying it. It’s freaking amazing (relative to its size). Side note – picked up the Matriarch Wave just in case the UK decides to go full tilt crazy and […]

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Kershaw Shuffle II Blackwash Multi-Function EDC Knife Review

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Kershaw Shuffle II Blackwash Multi-Function EDC Knife Review

Back in 2015, I reviewed the original Kershaw Shuffle. I don’t normally review newer models because usually the differences are so slight (Paramilitary 2 vs Paramilitary 3 for example), but in the case of the Shuffle II, it might as well be a different knife. It would be easy to over simplify the Shuffle II […]

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How to Treat a Burn: From Soothing to Healing

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How to Treat a Burn: From Soothing to Healing

Being burned is a modern world reality. Not all of us have had a dislocated shoulder or severe lacerations, but I can almost guarantee that everyone reading this has been burned at least once. I find it interesting that there’s typically so much advice/discussion within the scope of first aid revolving around cuts and fractures, […]

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Helle Mandra Les Stroud Small Bushcraft Knife Review

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Helle Mandra Les Stroud Small Bushcraft Knife Review

Reviewing the Helle Mandra offers insight into my (honest) bias. In a lot of ways, I have to compare my feelings for this little “neck knife” to the conclusion I reached in my review of the Buck 110. It’s a non-optimal knife that I can’t help but love. It’s surprising to me after reviewing the […]

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October 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

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October 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

Similar to another EDC of mine from earlier this year, but hey, it’s what I’m using. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Frankly, with how grim the weather has been here in the UK, I’m quite happy to just stay at home puffing my pipe. Everyday Carry Item Breakdown Coffee Tin Nescafe Azera Used […]

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Left-Handed? Get Your Hands on These Lefty-Friendly EDC Knives

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Left-Handed? Get Your Hands on These Lefty-Friendly EDC Knives

Wrong-handed folks have long being stigmatized in the knife industry. There are a number of pocket knives designed with left-handed support, don’t get me wrong, but most of these seem to me to be more of an afterthought, rather than being true ambidextrous folding EDCs. After years of fielding questions about “the best left-hand friendly […]

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Asthma Attacks: Symptoms, Treatment, & When to Seek Help

Asthma Attacks: Symptoms, Treatment, & When to Seek Help

A couple of weeks ago, I woke up to a feeling I hadn’t experienced in over a decade. As a kid I had mild asthma, and to suddenly feel my breathing become constrained – the start of a very mild asthma attack – was a real wake up call for me. I had almost forgotten […]

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Asthma Attacks: Symptoms, Treatment, & When to Seek Help

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Asthma Attacks: Symptoms, Treatment, & When to Seek Help

A couple of weeks ago, I woke up to a feeling I hadn’t experienced in over a decade. As a kid I had mild asthma, and to suddenly feel my breathing become constrained – the start of a very mild asthma attack – was a real wake up call for me. I had almost forgotten […]

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September 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

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September 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

A minimalist EDC update for doing things around my grandmother’s garden. This, of course, does not include all the things in my pocket that can be seen here. The Mandra is a super nifty little knife. I would define it broadly as a neck knife, but you can just about get a full three-finger grip, […]

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5.11 Tactical Stryke Pants Flex-Tac Ripstop Apparel Review

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5.11 Tactical Stryke Pants Flex-Tac Ripstop Apparel Review

I’ve had these 5.11 Stryke Pants for a while now, have tried and tested them and worn them every day for over a month, and yet still have found myself really struggle with formatting this review. See, reviewing clothes and apparel on this blog is always difficult for me. In terms of reviewing apparel, I’m […]

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Kershaw Pub Sinkevich Multi-Function Keychain Knife Review

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Kershaw Pub Sinkevich Multi-Function Keychain Knife Review

I think many of you will have seen this review coming. When Kershaw announced the “Pub” by Dmitry Sinkevich, I was beyond excited. It seems to me that Spyderco was always the de facto “weird ‘lil knives” company, but recently I have found myself straying and loving these new quirky offerings from other mainstream brands. […]

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Kershaw Emerson CQC-10K Folding EDC Knife Review

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Kershaw Emerson CQC-10K Folding EDC Knife Review

Ever since Kershaw announced their collaboration with Ernie Emerson, I have been waiting for a knife like the CQC-10K to arrive. The first Emerson collabs were in the same vein as the previously reviewed CQC-6K, a true-blue Emerson design, but in a smaller-than-Emerson package. I figured Ernie would want to keep the full size “proper” Emersons […]

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August 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

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August 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

Minimalist EDC in my grandmother’s garden. Nope, the CQC-10K is definitely not UK legal, but private property = I get to carry it anyway. Review coming soon, but spoiler alert – it’s freaking amazing. As a side note, I removed a lot of my “extra” mini-tools that were on my key chain. It just got […]

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Helle Temagami Les Stroud Survival Knife Review

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Helle Temagami Les Stroud Survival Knife Review

TV personality knives have always gotten a bad rap from the bushcraft community. Far too often companies overplay their hands and throw in marketing crap into a tool that is supposed to be practical in nature. This pessimism isn’t helped with products like the first “Survivorman” knife I reviewed, which if you remember didn’t go […]

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Helle Temagami Les Stroud Survival Knife Review

Helle Temagami Les Stroud Survival Knife Review

TV personality knives have always gotten a bad rap from the bushcraft community. Far too often companies overplay their hands and throw in marketing crap into a tool that is supposed to be practical in nature. This pessimism isn’t helped with products like the first “Survivorman” knife I reviewed, which if you remember didn’t go […]

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goTenna Mesh Off-Grid Communication Device Review

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goTenna Mesh Off-Grid Communication Device Review

In late 2015, I reviewed the original goTenna. It’s fair to say that, right off the bat, I was pretty smitten with the concept of this tech, but back then, I felt the goTenna was too far ahead of its time due to the inherent range issues. Communication platforms only work on a mass scale […]

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What Are Some High Value Knives? What Makes a Knife Good Value?

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What Are Some High Value Knives? What Makes a Knife Good Value?

I scribble a lot about knives (and other gear) on MTJS. After so many years and so much steel accumulated, this “hobby” has brought forth some interesting conundrums. We talk a lot about value, us gear aficionados. We have this idea that value is the perfect balance between performance and price, but I found after […]

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Best Lock Picking Practice Locks for Each Experience Level

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Best Lock Picking Practice Locks for Each Experience Level

Lock picking is one of the few hobbies I have that is truly useful in my everyday life. Sure, knowing how to sharpen knives to a mirror edge or start a fire using raw materials is (in my opinion) important, but in my day to day 21st century life, knowing how to bypass locks has […]

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Best Lock Picking Practice Locks for Each Experience Level

Best Lock Picking Practice Locks for Each Experience Level

Lock picking is one of the few hobbies I have that is truly useful in my everyday life. Sure, knowing how to sharpen knives to a mirror edge or start a fire using raw materials is (in my opinion) important, but in my day to day 21st century life, knowing how to bypass locks has […]

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First, Second, or Third Degree Burns? The 3 Degrees Of Ouch

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First, Second, or Third Degree Burns? The 3 Degrees Of Ouch

Do I have third degree burns? Growing up as a curious child, I found myself a victim to the nasty side of heat on a few occasions, something I am sure most reading this will be able to relate to. Whenever dealing with these heat-related accidents, the term “third degree burn” always stuck in my […]

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July 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

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July 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

Elise missed me pipe smoking. Not a fan of the vaping, so here I go. Everyday Carry Pocket Dump Pipe Tool Generic Czech I know that the IM Corona Old Boy has its own tools built in, but honestly, I never use them unless I’m walking around. Just too damn fiddly. Ash Tray This was […]

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Review Roundup: Quartermaster, Baladeo, Boker, & Tops Knives

Review Roundup: Quartermaster, Baladeo, Boker, & Tops Knives

After I published my process for reviewing knives, some of you wanted me to do some quick reviews on the blades I own, but for various reasons, are undeserving of a full review. These are quick and dirty overviews and I 100% gloss over some of the aspects. I picked four blades out at random […]

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Review Roundup: Quartermaster, Baladeo, Boker, & Tops Knives

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Review Roundup: Quartermaster, Baladeo, Boker, & Tops Knives

After I published my process for reviewing knives, some of you wanted me to do some quick reviews on the blades I own, but for various reasons, are undeserving of a full review. These are quick and dirty overviews and I 100% gloss over some of the aspects. I picked four blades out at random […]

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Review Roundup: Quartermaster, Baladeo, Boker, & Tops Knives

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Review Roundup: Quartermaster, Baladeo, Boker, & Tops Knives

After I published my process for reviewing knives, some of you wanted me to do some quick reviews on the blades I own, but for various reasons, are undeserving of a full review. These are quick and dirty overviews and I 100% gloss over some of the aspects. I picked four blades out at random […]

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Review Roundup: Quartermaster, Baladeo, Boker, & Tops Knives

Review Roundup: Quartermaster, Baladeo, Boker, & Tops Knives

After I published my process for reviewing knives, some of you wanted me to do some quick reviews on the blades I own, but for various reasons, are undeserving of a full review. These are quick and dirty overviews and I 100% gloss over some of the aspects. I picked four blades out at random […]

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June 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

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June 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

Snapped up the Boker a while back. I wanted a modern version of the Case Sodbuster and this fit the bill. Really impressed with the fit and finish, except for the stupid glass breaker on the butt. Thankfully, I am resourceful and took a hacksaw to that nonsense and got rid of it. Also worthy […]

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June 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

June 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

Snapped up the Boker a while back. I wanted a modern version of the Case Sodbuster and this fit the bill. Really impressed with the fit and finish, except for the stupid glass breaker on the butt. Thankfully, I am resourceful and took a hacksaw to that nonsense and got rid of it. Also worthy […]

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Top Budget Pocket Knives: 30 Best Folding EDCs Under $30

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Top Budget Pocket Knives: 30 Best Folding EDCs Under $30

Over the years, I’m finding it harder and harder to justify the purchase of expensive knives besides those that really stand out from the crowd – knives like the Benchmade Osborne and the Spyderco Paramilitary 2. The explanation for why comes down to the fact that it’s gotten absurdly easy to find knives with excellent […]

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The Act of Killing: Not So Easy; Is It Something You Can Live With?

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The Act of Killing: Not So Easy; Is It Something You Can Live With?

This is going to be a different kind of article. No gear or techniques to aid in survival, but nonetheless – it’s a topic I want to discuss because it relates to something that is often brought up, though rarely do we discuss its consequences. I have been musing about this topic for a while […]

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Which Knives Make The Cut? My Review Process

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Which Knives Make The Cut? My Review Process

I get a lot of questions from readers about my knife review methodology, how I pick the knives I review and why I won’t review x, y, and z. Elise has responded to a number of these questions in our FAQ, but there were plenty more asked that needed to be answered, so I figured […]

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Which Knives Make The Cut? My Review Process

Which Knives Make The Cut? My Review Process

I get a lot of questions from readers about my knife review methodology, how I pick the knives I review and why I won’t review x, y, and z. Elise has responded to a number of these questions in our FAQ, but there were plenty more asked that needed to be answered, so I figured […]

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Fear Matters to Security: Control & Use It to Your Advantage

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Fear Matters to Security: Control & Use It to Your Advantage

If aliens exist and by happenstance were to glance down on our tiny planet, I think they would be shocked by the order of things. We humans are the dominant species on this little blue planet. Not lions, tigers, or bears, but us. Relatively small with inferior muscle mass compared to other predators and generally […]

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5 Things You Should Never Do During a Home Invasion

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5 Things You Should Never Do During a Home Invasion

Home security is serious business. Every day we see new articles circulated, tips, tricks, and the latest security hardware that can give you an edge against would-be home invaders. Seldom, however, do I see the mindset – ways you should be thinking about home invasion and how you should behave if it happens to you – […]

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Boker Plus Exskelibur I Titanium Framelock Knife Review

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Boker Plus Exskelibur I Titanium Framelock Knife Review

The Boker Plus Exskelibur line of knives has been a mainstay of the Boker catalogue, and for good reason. This Burger/Skellern custom design features unique quirks that no other production knife has (more on this later) with solid ergonomics and way, way above average cutting performance. The variant I have of the Exskelibur I happens to be in […]

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May 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

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May 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

Mega minimal ’round-the-house EDC today. Gotta say I love that Boker. Didn’t think I would get used to the deployment mechanism, but after one day of EDC, it became second nature. Review of it coming soon! Everyday Carry Item Breakdown Fountain Pen Pilot Vanishing Point Pocket Knife Boker Plus Exskelibur I Wallet Paul Smith Leather […]

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Spyderco Roadie Little Big EDC Slipjoint Knife Review

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Spyderco Roadie Little Big EDC Slipjoint Knife Review

Over the past few years, the amount of Spydercos I’ve reviewed has dwindled. A lot of this is due to the relative high cost of the new stuff (Mamba anyone?) or what I would define as thoroughly uninspired designs (Polestar… what where you thinking Sal?!), but every once in a while Spyderco releases something that screams […]

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How to Use a Japanese Water Stone (Whetstone) to Sharpen a Knife

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How to Use a Japanese Water Stone (Whetstone) to Sharpen a Knife

Considering all the knife reviews published on this blog, it’ll be no surprise to anyone that I get asked a lot of questions about knife sharpening. Whilst I have reviewed a couple of systems in the past (the Hapstone Pro & Smith’s PP1 sharpeners) I admittedly always go back to simple Japanese Water Stones for sharpening. […]

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SouthOrd PXS-14 USA-Made 14 Piece Lock Pick Set Review

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SouthOrd PXS-14 USA-Made 14 Piece Lock Pick Set Review

When I think of lock picking, SouthOrd is the brand that immediately springs to mind. A few days ago I scribbled about a lock pick adventure on Survival Threads and decided to test out the waters and do a review of my favourite (thus so far) lock picking set, the SouthOrd PXS-14. I understand that… Read More

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April 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

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April 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

Back to multi-tool + small knife combo. Technically I also have a Swiss Army Knife, but that’s more of a back up, don’t actually use it. Same with the True Utility Key Tool. Everyday Carry Item Breakdown Multi-Tool True Utility MultiPlier Mini Flashlight NiteCore Tube Keychain Multi-Tool Wenger-Made Buck Branded Swiss Army Knife Similar to: Victorinox… Read More

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Leatherman Signal Wilderness Survival EDC Multi-Tool Review

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Leatherman Signal Wilderness Survival EDC Multi-Tool Review

When the Leatherman Signal was announced, it was billed the ideal preparedness tool to have if you ever find yourself stranded. The literature even uses the example of being stuck at base camp and thus having to rely on this badboy alone – a tall order for what is on paper a folding pair of pliers… Read More

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Home Security 101: Last Ditch Plans Are Not Enough – What to Do Instead

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Home Security 101: Last Ditch Plans Are Not Enough – What to Do Instead

Last month I wrote about my own experiences with home invasion and how the whole deal played out (spoiler alert: Good Guy 1 – Bad Guy 0), but I wanted to write some more on the topic with a focus on home security and the reality of intruder deterrents. There’s no one-stop solution to protecting your home. From… Read More

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Spyderco Pingo Slip Joint Everyday Carry Knife Review

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Spyderco Pingo Slip Joint Everyday Carry Knife Review

When I heard that Jens Anso and Jesper Voxnaes were the designers behind the Spyderco Pingo, I was ecstatic. I always loved the unique minimalism that Anso and Vox brought to the table and this guaranteed that I would end up snapping this fella’ up. Sadly (for me) the Pingo fell short of the mark, but… Read More

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Don’t Tread on Me: The Meaning & History Behind the Gadsden Flag

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Don’t Tread on Me: The Meaning & History Behind the Gadsden Flag

We’ve all seen it before – the sharp yellow flag featuring a rattlesnake and the words “Don’t Tread On Me.” Chances are if you’re here, it’s because you got curious enough to Google the meaning of the flag, and want to know at least a little bit about its historical significance. Chances are you have… Read More

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Don’t Tread on Me: The Meaning & History Behind the Gasden Flag

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Don’t Tread on Me: The Meaning & History Behind the Gasden Flag

We’ve all seen it before – the sharp yellow flag featuring a rattlesnake and the words “Don’t Tread On Me.” Chances are if you’re here, it’s because you got curious enough to Google the meaning of the flag, and want to know at least a little bit about its historical significance. Chances are you have… Read More

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Top American Knives: Best Folders & Fixed Blades Made in the USA

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Top American Knives: Best Folders & Fixed Blades Made in the USA

The USA will always have a legendary status in the knife world. As a relatively new country (speaking as a European), the bulk of modern designs stem from the States due to a positive legislative and cultural environment. Other countries manufacture knives too, naturally, but the reality is that 99% of people who would EDC… Read More

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Schrade SCH304 Heavy Duty Folding Knife Review

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Schrade SCH304 Heavy Duty Folding Knife Review

Schrade has had a rocky history with a lot of us, from its traditional American beginnings to the rebadged “New Schrade” owned by Taylor Brands LLC (of reformed mall ninja fame). I have always had a slightly kneejerk negative reaction to the whole thing, but after many years of seeing these inexpensive slabs of steel… Read More

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March 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

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March 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

Bit of a mess this week. My keychain is getting really out of hand. Any thoughts on how to trim down? Downside of living in an apartment building with multiple entry points – way too many keys. Added the keychain light back into rotation, and keeping the Olight ST25-XML2 at home. Just don’t seem to use… Read More

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March 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

March 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

Bit of a mess this week. My keychain is getting really out of hand. Any thoughts on how to trim down? Downside of living in an apartment building with multiple entry points – way too many keys. Added the keychain light back into rotation, and keeping the Olight ST25-XML2 at home. Just don’t seem to use… Read More

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MY HOME INVASION STORY: BREAK IN & ROBBERY ATTEMPT – WHILE I WAS HOME

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When I was 16 or 17,  I was home whilst someone attempted to break in.

The experience ended well for me (not so much for the perp), but I figured it would be interesting to discuss, since enough years have passed and I can look back on the situation critically. Before I get into the meat of this story, I would like to preemptively point out that I had little to no tactical training back when it happened, and frankly didn’t really think about home security very much.

MY STORY

Prior to breaking down my reaction to the threat, let’s discuss the parameters.

My home at the time was my grandmother’s home here in the UK, which is basically a 2 bedroom flat that consists of a top floor of a house (downstairs was one flat, upstairs was another). To get to me you have to open a creaky gate, break down my front door, and climb a long set of stairs. The gate isn’t locked; it faces onto a main street and the front door is plain wood with a very basic Yale lock (not the most secure) and a privacy chain. There’s no secondary door, nothing else to get through once you get through the front door.

Now onto the story. It’s around 4 in the afternoon, I am typing away at my desk much like I am now, and I hear scratching by the door. I ignore it for 1 minute, assuming it’s the postman (in hindsight, I should have remembered the postman already came in the morning), but the scratching becomes more aggressive, and so I decide to take a peek from the top of the stairs. I can see through the privacy glass on the top of the door; it’s this huge bloke. We are talking 6 foot 3+ and all muscle. At this point I figure out he was attempting to lock pick his way in. I sort of freeze.

The strange thing is, I don’t panic or run, but rather just stand there observing him. I’m so unprepared for this event that my mind doesn’t really know how to react – so I sorta just stand there. Staring.

After 10 seconds of standing still and doing nothing, I feel a wave of panic wash over me and retreat to my bedroom. I breath in and out a few times and look around for a weapon. Now some of you reading this are probably thinking… “Bro…Why didn’t you call the cops yet?”

Well, I don’t know. Honestly the thought didn’t even cross my mind.

So here I am in my bedroom frantically trying to come up with a plan. I decide to confront this person because I am 17 and invincible (or so 17 year olds tend to think – I for one did), but first I want to be “ready.”

This is the UK so firearms and ranged weapons are not an option, and even in my quasi-panicked state I realized that if this invader made his way into the house, it wouldn’t end well for me. The idea of standing on the top of the stairs with a bowie staring down this moron menacingly just didn’t feel viable, so in my head, the only option I had was to dissuade him from entering the property. Bare in mind that as I am thinking about this, this guy is still picking away at my door; you can imagine my mental state.

Oddly enough, even though I have been a knife nut since I was a kid, I didn’t grab a knife. Instead, the first thing I grabbed (instinctively) was my tomahawk.

I think to this day I would still grab a hawk for home defence if all I had were edged tools. If I got to choose, either the SOG F06P-N FastHawk or the CRKT Chogan T-Hawk. Can’t decide which.

Anyway, I grab the hawk, slip it in my belt loop, put on a pair of Doc Martens, and stomp my way out of my bedroom. Once I reach the top of the stairs, I still see the top of this bloke’s head through the privacy glass and decide to head over to the living room to get a better look at him from the front windows.

Big bloke.

Meathead.

Looks like an asshole.

Alone.

Right, Meathead is alone.

I go back to the top of the stairs, shout out, “OI, What the f– do you think you’re doing mate?!” (yes, yes, how very Brit of me).

The meathead obviously heard me, though instead of running away like I expected, he instead… I shit you not… tries to ram the door down.

Think about this: house is facing a main road, he has been picking away at the lock for a solid 3 minutes by now and he hears a guy confront him from behind the door…. so he tries to ram it down? Most important lesson I learned that day is that criminals are generally complete idiots.

Back to the story. Meathead is really going at the door, slamming his shoulder in and I can see the frame flexing, so I stomp down the stairs and brace the door.

Here is where it all gets very interesting for me and quite anti-climactic for you, dear reader. At some point, as I am bracing the door and feel this parasite slam his shoulder into it, something inside me just snapped. I felt a sense of fury wash over me to the point that I did something so incredibly stupid that I am surprised I am still here typing this to you today.

I swung the door wide open.

Yep.

I was so f—-ing pissed that I thought, this guy is gonna get a tomahawk to the face and what did this genius criminal mastermind do when he saw me?

Took one look at me and ran away down the street.

That’s the end of that story folks.

3-6 months later (I don’t recall precisely) the Crown Prosecution Service sent me a letter saying the idiot had been prosecuted. I called 20 minutes after the incident ended – needed some time to calm down. Turns out he robbed quite a few places in the area, but they of course eventually caught him, and he went straight to the slammer (prison).

WHAT I LEARNED

Looking back, things that surprised me about the situation & the way I reacted:

  • I am a giant knife nerd and have been for decades and yet, when push came to shove, I grabbed, and still would grab, a hawk. Like I said, this mindset hasn’t changed, and I might write an article on the matter if any of you are interested (let me know in the comments).
  • At no point did calling the police, or anyone else for that matter, cross my mind. To this day I am still more of a do it yourself kinda guy, but honestly – that was pretty dumb of me.
  • The amount of rage I felt when I saw someone try to break into my home can’t be quantified. The idiot criminal outweighed me by 3 of me (easily) and I just didn’t care – I just saw red and went for it with zero tactical foresight. The medieval ages made sense to me for the first time in my life.
  • That a criminal would try to pick a lock in broad daylight and when that failed, ram it down. Brazen is an understatement.

In hindsight, I should have called the police first, shouted out that I knew what he was doing and that the police were on their way, then braced the door.

I would have been fine with little to no risk.

We can anticipate how we will react to stressful events; I’d like to think that I learned from this experience and I would be more cautious if this happened again, but I know myself well enough to know that if someone was trying to break into my home, my gut reaction wouldn’t be to hide out and wait for backup.

When it comes to my family and my home – frankly if you are breaking in: expect war.

At some point, despite pragmatic rationalism, we have to be honest with each other and accept that deep down we are still animals with very basic and very violent core instincts. When you feel like your home is under attack and your family could be in danger it’s very difficult to walk away and be calm. I wager that most people, especially in this day and age of tolerance to the point of stupidity, would argue that in such a situation they would be calm and rational, but straight up – I wouldn’t count on it.

I have learned from this experience. I have 2 front doors now and have both a hawk and a tactical flashlight next to my bed. I 100% would call the cops first and report a robbery in progress, or rather, get Elise to do so, but with the way our current home is laid out, I can open one door and close it behind me whilst forcing a confrontation with the potential assailant without putting my family in danger.

I think when it comes to advice, the best I can do is to say; “Know thyself.” Cheesy I know, but true. Going through life disregarding your own personality when it comes to conflict is frankly silly. I would say that it’s much better to understand how you will react to a stressful, combative situation and plan accordingly for the safety of both yourself and your family.

THOUGHTS ABOUT HOME ROBBERIES?

How about you? Please chime in with your own experiences and thoughts on the matter – what would you have done differently?

 

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About the author : Knife aficionado and lifelong tinkerer. Into bushcraft, hiking, and gear.
Coauthor of survival blog More Than Just Surviving.

 

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Let’s Talk Kershaw: Top EDCs, Flippers, & Fixed Blades by Kershaw Knives

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I was asked if we’ve got a top Kershaw knives round up by a reader the other day, and since we haven’t yet gotten one up, here we are. Kershaw is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of knives, and frankly, if you are reading this, I very much doubt you haven’t owned one –… Read More

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Benchmade Osborne 940 EDC Pocket Knife Review

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Benchmade Osborne 940 EDC Pocket Knife Review

The Benchmade 940  (also referred to as the Benchmade Osborne) is one of the few knives that has truly achieved iconic status. I don’t often review Benchmade products due to the relatively high entry costs, but this has been on my list for many, many years. On paper, it’s easy to gloss over the appeal of Benchmade… Read More

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My Home Invasion Story: Break In & Robbery Attempt – While I Was Home

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My Home Invasion Story: Break In & Robbery Attempt – While I Was Home

When I was 16 or 17,  I was home whilst someone attempted to break in. The experience ended well for me (not so much for the perp), but I figured it would be interesting to discuss, since enough years have passed and I can look back on the situation critically. Before I get into the meat of this… Read More

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How to Properly Clean a Cut, Scrape, or Wound to Prevent Infection

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How to Properly Clean a Cut, Scrape, or Wound to Prevent Infection

I have discussed how to seal a wound in the past, and whether to use stitches, bandages, or super glue. I’ve even done a comprehensive guide about sealing cuts with super glue, but as of yet, haven’t fully covered the process of preparing your wound prior to actually sealing it. This article may seem a bit… Read More

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February 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

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February 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

Couldn’t resist and snapped up a Benchmade 940 Osborne. Can’t wait to review it. After only two Benchmade reviews, I reckon it’s about time I did another one. Also I have been indulging my nicotine habit using snuff as of late. Cigar taxes are just too high here in the UK sadly. Everyday Carry Item… Read More

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Affordable, Accessible, & Discreet: Best Neck Knives You Can EDC

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Affordable, Accessible, & Discreet: Best Neck Knives You Can EDC

Carrying your knife around your neck is not a new phenomenon, nor is it a fad. It’s a concept that’s been around forever. Whilst the practice of wearing a neck knife has garnered traction for situations, sad to say, neck knives have never enjoyed mainstream success. Survivalists like Cody Lundin famously wore their knives around… Read More

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Affordable, Accessable, & Discreet: Best Neck Knives You Can EDC

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Affordable, Accessable, & Discreet: Best Neck Knives You Can EDC

Carrying your knife around your neck is not a new phenomenon, nor is it a fad. It’s a concept that’s been around forever. Whilst the practice of wearing a neck knife has garnered traction for situations, sad to say, neck knives have never enjoyed mainstream success. Survivalists like Cody Lundin famously wore their knives around… Read More

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Hypothermia: Life Threatening, Yet Simple to Treat – Do You Know How?

Hypothermia is one of those conditions that is often discussed and yet rarely described as anything more than simply being out in the cold for too long. The reality is quite a bit more complex and the consequences of ignoring the symptoms often lead to extreme end results, sometimes even death. What Is Hypothermia? Hypothermia… Read More

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UK Knife Laws: Restrictions, Prohibitions, & What’s Legal to Carry

UK knife laws are a minefield of conjecture and hearsay. It seems everyone has an idea of what they can and can’t carry, but in reality, the situation here is both very simple and extremely nuanced depending on the application of the law as per what law enforcement “feels” the law should be. This is… Read More

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Drooling Over 2017’s New Knife Releases at SHOT Show (No Photos, Sorry!)

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Drooling Over 2017’s New Knife Releases at SHOT Show (No Photos, Sorry!)

SHOT Show just came around so figured I would chime in and reassure you all that I haven’t forgotten about the knife reviews. As a matter of fact, I have 20-ish odd knives lying around that I still have to review. As an early disclaimer (though it’s in the title) – if you’re looking for pictures… Read More

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UK Legal Knives: Best UK Friendly Folders to EDC in Old Blighty

When I returned to the UK in May of last year, I found the transition to be quite jarring in terms of legally permissible EDC knives. In Canada I quite happily carried anything I damn well pleased, as the legislation is so vague (knives are legal, weapons are not – the cop gets to decide… Read More

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January 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

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January 2017 EDC Pocket Dump

1. Moleskine 2017 Weekly Pocket-Sized Planner in Red 2. Lamy Safari Black Fountain Pen 3. Boker Tech Tool 1 Folding Slip Joing Knife  – Heinnie Haynes Limited Edition Red 4. Kanger Subox Mini + Joytech Cubis Pro – Reviewed here.

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Knife Forging: How Forged Knives Are Made & Are They Stronger?

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Knife Forging: How Forged Knives Are Made & Are They Stronger?

Knife forging is a hot topic amongst knife aficionados and collectors. I feel it’s safe to say that there isn’t a single aficionado or collector in the knife industry who hasn’t formed an opinion on “forged knives.” There’s a reason I’m putting that in quotes – and that’s because what people mean when they say… Read More

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Breaking Down Martial Law: What It Is & How It’s Abused

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Breaking Down Martial Law: What It Is & How It’s Abused

Martial law is a topic that comes up time and time again in even the mainstream media, and yet very few understand what it is from a legal sense and what the implications are for everyday citizens and those of us more serious about preparing for the worst if it is ever enacted again (yes,… Read More

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December 2016 EDC Pocket Dump

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December 2016 EDC Pocket Dump

1. Baladeo Papagayo Lime Green Handle Folding Knife 2. Motorola Moto X Play Cell Phone + Misc Cell Case from eBay 3. Olight ST25-XML2 Cree LED Tactical Flashlight 4. Fidget Cube in Green & Black – Bought this recently. Very addictive and great when you are stuck in queues or otherwise stressful situations as a way of taking your mind off… Read More

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The Ultimate First Aid Supplies List: Be Ready for Anything

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The Ultimate First Aid Supplies List: Be Ready for Anything

When we talk about first aid kits, we often think in terms of emergency supplies we’ll carry on ourselves everyday should we have a medical emergency when hiking, backpacking, flying on a plane, or doing any other potentially risky activities. Today, however, we won’t be talking in terms of specific emergencies to have particular first aid… Read More

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RattlerStrap Titan Series 550 Paracord Survival EDC Belt Review

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RattlerStrap Titan Series 550 Paracord Survival EDC Belt Review

Paracord accessories have been swamping the marketplace for some time, especially over the past few years. I get e-mails on a weekly basis about the latest survival bracelet or lanyard to the point where I can’t even keep up with most of them. When RattlerStrap reached out to me about their Titan Series Paracord Belt,… Read More

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Alt-Right Censorship: We All Know It’s Happening, Here’s What We Do

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Alt-Right Censorship: We All Know It’s Happening, Here’s What We Do

I don’t often get political on this blog. There are plenty of websites one can visit for a daily dose of rage and disappointment; I even e-mail pertinent prepper news (political or otherwise) on a daily basis if you are so inclined to keep up with pressing issues at home and around the world, but here –… Read More

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November 2016 EDC Pocket Dump

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November 2016 EDC Pocket Dump

In-the-garden EDC for spending time in Sue’s garden. 1. IM Corona Old Boy Black/Chrome Pipe Lighter 2. Missouri Meerschaum Corn Cob Pipe 3. Homemade Pipe Tobacco (from raw leaf) – Kept in an Ikea ziplock bag; still working on finding the perfect tobacco can! 4. Tops Lite Trekker Survival Green Fixed Blade Outdoor Knife 5. Rattlerstrap Paracord Survival… Read More

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Lansky World Legal UK-Friendly EDC Folding Knife Review

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Lansky World Legal UK-Friendly EDC Folding Knife Review

The Lansky World Legal is one of the more interesting knives in my newly started “slipjoint” collection. The name “World Legal” implies a sense of legislative submission or social neutering, as if to say, “It’s so harmless, it’s world legal!” As you can see quite clearly with your own two eyes, this is world legal based… Read More

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Spyderco UK Penknife UKPK Slipjoint EDC Knife Review

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Spyderco UK Penknife UKPK Slipjoint EDC Knife Review

In 2004, Spyderco took a huge risk and introduced the UK friendly UK Pen Knife (UKPK) for the first time. It was G-10 with a premium blade steel and in all ways but one, it fit the Spyderco line up. The primary difference being of course its lack of a lock. Historically (even though I am… Read More

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A Massive List of the Best EDC Knives on the Market

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A Massive List of the Best EDC Knives on the Market

If you got here by typing something like “best EDC knife” into Google, you probably already have a little history with knives. Likely, you already have at least some indication of what you do and do not like in a knife, owning at least a few yourself already. But chances are, you are also looking to… Read More

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A Massive List of the Best EDC Knives on the Market

A Massive List of the Best EDC Knives on the Market

If you got here by typing something like “best EDC knife” into Google, you probably already have a little history with knives. Likely, you already have at least some indication of what you do and do not like in a knife, owning at least a few yourself already. But chances are, you are also looking to… Read More

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History Buff? 15 Historical Knives Still in Production Today

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History Buff? 15 Historical Knives Still in Production Today

If you’re a history buff as well as an individual who also happens to be into knives, this article is for you. As should be apparent by the title, it’s my goal to reveal many of the modern day instances where these two passions intersect. There are actually a considerable amount of knives, still in production,… Read More

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