This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com One popular topic around the preparedness community is the “EDC” or every day carry. These are items we keep with us wherever we go. I have a number of items I consider part of my EDC, but today, I’d like to talk about knives. I have two favorites that I keep with me: My Swiss Army knife Gerber Knife Why do I have two knives? It might sound a little redundant, but […]
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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No survivalist’s kit is complete without at least one knife, and there’s always an open space in the collection for just one more perfect specimen. (I know many who refuse to leave the house without theirs: When going hiking or camping, you’ll almost always have a use for one.) A knife is the one thing you’d rather have and not need.
By Alex Coyne, a contributing author of Survival Cache & SHTFBlog
Here’s what you should know about buying, using, maintaining and owning your knives…
1. You should never buy cheap.
Aron Ralston, better known as the subject of ‘127 Hours’, was forced to amputate his own arm after getting trapped in a canyon. After the event, he stated that the knife he had bought was nothing more than a standard cheap gas-station pocket knife – dull, at that. Don’t buy cheap knives. Always buy the best you can possibly afford: Something that’s going to last you a long time, something that’s not going to rust, bend or break. You never know what you’re going to need it for, and that’s a perfect example.
2. Know what to look at for quality.
Just what makes a quality knife, then? Consider brand-name manufacturers rather than something you’ve never heard of that costs half the price – sadly, that is a good rule of thumb if you’re going to need your knife for life-and-death. Generally, buy something that comes recommended: Ask around. Try several in your hand before you buy one. You want to purchase a knife that feels right – something that’s too small or too big for your hands is going to be more of a danger and annoyance to you in the long-run.
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3. Flashy is not always better.
A lot of people pick a flashy blade for their first (or carry-on) for no other reason than… It looks flashy. Don’t do this. Buying a knife because it looks flashy and cool assumes you’re going to have a situation come up where you’re going to want to flash it. (That, if you’ve seen anyone come out of a knife fight recently, is a terrible idea.) Buy a knife for practicality, never for show. (If you want to buy a piece simply for its beauty, that’s fine, but in the case it goes!)
4. Know the laws about knives in your state.
Laws on knives (and the concealment thereof) vary by state and country: Familiarize yourself with what you’re legally allowed to carry (especially in terms of blade length) and how you’re allowed to carry it before you take your knife out on the road. It can land you in far more trouble than it’s worth.
5. Always handle your knife with care.
Knives are sharp; if not, they should be sharpened accordingly. Handle your knife with care (always!) and teach anyone you give a knife to as a gift to do the same. There have been far too many accidents involving knives, and we don’t want to be responsible for any more. (Note: When storing knives in your pocket, make sure that it’s one that won’t fly open and stab you in the leg by accident.)
6. Knives can be an heirloom; consider a customized piece.
Customized pieces are available online from many excellent, specialized knifemakers. Consider this as a long-term goal, especially if you’re a keen collector or would like to pass something like this down.
7. There’s a knife for almost everything.
Ask yourself what you’re going to need from your knife: Is it something exclusively for preparing food when camping? Is it something for taking plant samples? Are you going diving and need a good diving knife to take along? Do you need a knife with a built-in flashlight or compass? (At this point, you might have realized that there’s a knife for almost everything and that you might need to get several to fit your needs.)
8. Learn how to sharpen a knife properly.
Sharpening your own knives is a skill that both comes with time and is best practiced on one of the cheaper knives (trust us on that!). If you don’t yet trust your own hands, have your knives sharpened professionally – it’s not as expensive as you’d imagine and it’s much better than ruining your grandad’s favourite hunting knife. For those who want to learn how to do it themselves, there are great guides on YouTube, like How to Sharpen Kitchen Knives and How to Sharpen a Knife with a Flat Stone, or you can take a look on Amazon.com for knife sharpeners.
9. What knives can and can’t do.
Never over-exert a knife: Know what kind of pressure your knife can handle. I’ve seen people try to do excessively stupid things with their knives, and well, put simply… You really shouldn’t.
10. The danger with knife-fighting.
Knife-fighting is an art unto itself, and not one that should be practiced lightly. Ever. (Open up your search engine and look up “injuries from a knife fight” if you’ve got the stomach for it; your entire perspective on knife-fighting should change right about there). If you want to learn how to fight with a knife (or take a knife off of someone in self-defense), your best bet is to take classes from a professional in the field. (Anything, and we mean anything else is bound to lead to serious injury.)
11. Knife-throwing: The cool stuff.
You might want to learn knife-throwing as a way to show off your skills, improve your dexterity or simply demonstrate that you can be bad-ass with a knife. It goes without saying that safety applies (never practice this near children, animals, other humans; anything you can hit that you shouldn’t, basically), never indoors (no matter what you’ve seen on tv) and always with proper knives (not all knives are throwing knives). There are some great lessons available on YouTube, check out these from Tim Rosanelli for starters.
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12. Using knives in the kitchen, too.
Kitchen knives deserve a special mention, as you’re going to want special knives for food preparation. Chef’s knives can be expensive, but they are guaranteed to last a lifetime if taken care of properly. Again, there are several varieties so you should shop around: From stainless steel to ceramic. There are also paring knives, scaling knives and a range of others, each suiting your individual needs.
Use the comments to tell us about your favourite knife or some handy skills you’ve picked up over the years.
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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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The following are some tips and advice on how to sharpen a dull knife and how to sharpen a knife that’s already pretty sharp – from knifemaker James Wahls. Every prepper has at least one knife. More than likely you have several knives or more, each of them them serving a range of uses and […]
Hi Ferfal, You seem to like folding knives. I live in Germany where it is illegal to carry a folding knive. It is only allowed to carry non-foldable knives with a blade that is less than 12 cm long. I’m looking for an all-purpose knive that I can legally carry. What knive(s) do recommend for Germany?
Hello Karl, thanks for your message and sorry for the long wait.
Yes, I can recommend you a knife and will do so in a minute but before we go there I’d like to talk a bit about having the right mindset. This goes for my friends here in Europe and the ones in US that have to deal with restrictions just as bad or worse depending on where they are living.
Those of us that are law abiding citizens always look to understand the local laws and regulations and stay on their right side. The problem I see is that many times, like-minded honest citizens try to go an extra step away from that line, just to play it safe. This is how I often come across people that truly believe guns are illegal when they are not, or knives or other defensive tools. I had a friend in Argentina that was surprised to know that guns were legal to own in the country. She was in her early twenties, we were in college and she wasn’t a dumb person. It’s just human nature to assume that anything potentially dangerous gives you power, and these days people are brainwashed to believe that power should not be in the hands of common people.
The same happens with guns, ammunition, and knives. Recently I had to explain a gun store owner that buckshot is perfectly legal. He was under the impression that it was banned so he hadn’t been ordering it for years “just in case”.
Now, the thing that sets me apart from most other people is that I know for a fact what happens when SHTF. I know that if someone attacks you on the street or breaks into your house to hurt you and your family, they (its usually more than one) won’t care what you thought or wrongfully assumed. It will just be too damn late and what happens is cold harsh reality. An undeniable fact that can’t be changed and isn’t open to debate. (Yes, people there are no “alternative facts”). If you get killed in your home, or your loved ones hurt. If you’re left on a wheelchair for the rest of your life or your daughter is raped that cannot be changed. It simply is what it is and you can’t go back in time to change it.
So… you may read here and there to just play it safe and go with a Swiss army knife, or maybe a non-locking Opinel. True, it will handle 90% of the cutting tasks you may come across on your day to day routine and even help in some emergencies. But my advice is to plan for the worst and keep that worst case scenario in mind. Don’t take five steps away from the legal limits. Know them and within that limit we law abiding people always respect, carry the best most capable tool you can.
In your case, it seems that you can’t carry a folder that locks and can be opened single handed. You may be able to do so with a lawful use (say you go fishing, hunting or hiking) but it seems that you can carry a fixed blade as long as its under 12 cm (4 3/4inch). That’s actually pretty good and opens up a few interesting options.
SOG Seal Pup
A great option. I believe the blade is exactly within your limit. This would be one of my first choices. If the blade happens to be a couple mm too long, I wouldn’t hesitate to cut the tip down a bit and regrind it. If you’ve done this before you can do it yourself, or find someone more experienced if not. Just be careful not to overheat the thin tip and dip it in water constantly when working on it with a grinder.
ESEE -3 Plain Edge $98.99
This is another solid choice. Definitely within your legal limit yet a super capable little knife. The sheath is pretty much ideal since you can carry it as a neck knife or on your belt. It doesn’t look aggressive or tactical, at least not much, so it may work better if ever stopped by cops and such.
Cudeman MT-5 Survival fixed blade knife
This is a actually a great brand, makes excellent knives in quality BÖHLER N-695 stainless steel, similar to 44C . If you’re in an area that is damp or wet often, this is a great way to go at exactly 11 cm.
If you ever need that knife, and you happen to need it in a life or death situation where a Vicotrinox or other pen knife simply wouldn’t have been enough, you’ll be glad you went with the most capable tool you could lawfully carry.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.
The TEK Survival Knife Hand forged by James Wahls over at Indy Hammered Knives I recently received the official ‘MSB’ Survival Knife 😉 from James. I am so thrilled that I must post about it and show you some ‘delicious’ pictures of the ‘TEK’ Survival Knife masterpiece… I recently took it with me on a […]
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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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Yesterday during an interview with Jim Paris I was asked about survival gear. It’s a massive topic and it can be overwhelming for the uninitiated. It’s safe to recommend stocking up food and at least two weeks worth of bottled water. The same goes for essential emergency supplies, but people want specifics and these lists can be massive, overwhelming.
For those new to modern survival I recommend starting with the core items behind such philosophy: The items you are most likely to use during an emergency, meaning the ones you will have on your person. This is what we call EDC, everyday carry items. Now here too it can get a bit intense but I do have a tip for you.
Just start with your keychain.
Everyone carries one. It’s an item you will have with you no matter what and a few carefully selected items can keep the total volume and weight down while making sure critical tools are always available. I’ve had this setup for years and ended up with it after years of trial and error. I guarantee you will be using all of these more often than you’d think.
These are the items I recommend you have in your keychain.
Few other items are as indispensable during emergencies. Today LED lights are surprisingly bright. Surprisingly durable as well and can run for long periods of time.
Pretty basic right? You gotta have a knife. Better yet have a knife and a bunch of small tools. After years of use I recommend either a Leatherman Squirt PS4 or a Victorinox Minichamp, the Minichamp being my personal favourite although the PS4 is objectively as good, maybe better for certain applications.
3)USB Flash drive.
SanDisk Cruzer Fit $9.78
Keep one with your important work files, copies of documents and other important papers and family photos and videos. The Sandisk is a good way to go given that their encryption software is pretty good and allows for the creation of password protected vaults, meaning you can safely use the Flash drive for everyday use too.
Fire being a quintessential survival tool I believe you should have a lighter or at the very least fire starting tools. A ferrocerium rod is suitable for repeated outdoors use, but a lighter provides a quicker flame when needed. This is the one I have, a titanium peanut lighter. Pretty great and totaly worth it.
Its small, light and compact. A small prybar can spare the relatively fragile blade in your keychain tool. For years I had the Vox bar from Boker. Currently I’m using a tiny Pico bar. Either one will serve you well.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.
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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Knives by L.T. Wright Josh “7 P’s of survival” This show in player below! 7 P’s of Survival Radio Show has the owner and founder of L.T. Wright Knives on the show. Topic? his company, products, knife making process and even the success of some of his employees in knife competitions utilizing his knives. I own three … Continue reading Knives by L.T. Wright
The prepper survivalist can never really have too many knives. And of course, there are more knives to be had than the Clinton Foundation has mysterious dollars in their bank account. By the way, just curious, but where exactly is that bank account? But, then again, your everyday bug in or out blades do not have to bear such names as Loveless, Randall, Dozier, Morseth, Randy Lee or so many other well recognized blade masters with retail pricing to match, not to mention waiting times for their products. Average, good knives can serve you well.
Nope, us everyday folks can obtain and use a slew of good quality, multi-purpose blades and tools at the fraction of the cost of a custom fabricated knife from a named maker. Right now I bet you can search your kitchen drawers, workbench, tool bags, and cases and probably find a dozen decent knives that will serve you well and do all the cutting jobs you need done.
A Blade Goldmine
So, to prove it, I did just that. I started opening drawers around my man cave, plastic storage boxes, and other hidey places just to see what would turn up. Like most preppers, I tend to horde and, from time to time, I have to do a reassessment inventory just to see what I have picked up since the last accounting.
And, yo ho, what a treasure trove. Category wise I found pocket knives, hunting blades, multi-tools with cutting blades, a box cutter, an electricians blade, a kitchen paring knife, a cook prep/garden harvesting knife and a handmade knife I got on a fishing trip to Homer, Alaska.
These few do not even scratch the surface of my odd collection of blades. Any and all of these suit me fine as a prepper. You just have to dig around to see what you have on hand now, then fill in the gaps if something in particular is really needed for specific projects or jobs.
As I hinted early on you don’t really need a $500+ Randall knife to do the majority of prepper work. If you have one or want one, fine, but all it will give you is an elitist edge, which doesn’t really cut cheese. That pun was not intended, but it did work out well.
Common propriety brand knives work well, too, but shop around and make sure they are not the low end, foreign made junk. That stuff is creeping into what was once fine lines of knives, so be careful. Blade brands like Remington, Browning, Kershaw, Ruger, Schrade, Gerber and many others are still selling some decent knives even though they may be made in China. Not everything from China is junk. Remember what Japanese-made used to mean?
All of the blades shown in the accompanying photos cost under $100, most of them well under $50. The most expensive was probably the IISAKKI Puukko knife I bought at a hunting and fishing shop off the main square in Helsinki, Finland years ago on a moose hunt with Sako firearms. The Puukko is a classic Scandinavian blade of high quality, and fine workmanship. That company has been making such knives since 1879.
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The common tools like a box cutter, a very useful and necessary cutting implement, can be bought at any hardware or building supply store for under $10. Buy several of the disposable ones for just a couple bucks apiece. These blades are razor sharp so don’t take them for granted. Same can be said of the electrician’s blade used to trim insulation off wiring. I talked an electrician out of that one at a trade show job fair. It has turned out to be a very handy little knife for many jobs around the house and campsite.
Other Blade Applications
Again, this is just a sampling but a good cross section of what every prepper ought to consider having in their Bug Out Bag, EDC, SHTF tool box, house, camp or escape hideout. A multi-tool like this little Gerber is a must. This one was on sale for $25 at a big box store during hunting season. It has a couple cutting blades, small tools like screwdrivers, and when folded out, it is a set of pliers. I use these all the time for a variety of jobs. Preppers should have several of these in different sizes, and one to carry on their belt at bug out camp.
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The pocket knives are just that. They are useful for cutting nearly anything from gutting small game, to cutting rope, twine, string, tape, rubber tubing, gasket material, you name it. I suppose a good pocketknife is just about the quintessential cutting tool that every prepper must own. In fact, it’s a good idea to own several of different sizes with different blade configurations, shapes, and locking mechanisms. Small ones can easily be carried. After all, one should always be at hand.
The hunting-camp curved skinning blade by garage knife maker Maynard Linder of Homer, Alaska is a multi-use blade. I went to Linder’s house years ago to watch him make knives with his trademark native Alaskan animal bone handles, mostly Caribou but other types as well. He makes all types of hunting, camp, cooking, kitchen and utility knives. They are reasonable in price, durable, and well made. His wife made the leather sheaths. The whole point here is that there are a lot of good, decent quality knives out there for a wide spectrum of uses for preppers, and survivalists. Whether it is for food foraging, repair work, building projects, general cutting and trimming, food preparation, or whatever, you need to assemble a good selection of knives for multi-tasking around your bug in residence, a bug out tent camp, or an SHTF escape domicile. There are plenty of good, cheaper blades available that do not have to slice up your prepper budget. Take care of them and they will take care of you for a long, long, time.
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Since arriving back in the UK, my EDC choices have become quite heavily restricted by British Legislation. Instead of moping around the house clutching my over-sized Cold Steels, however, I took the opportunity to go out and buy some UK legal folders instead. Now, with over a dozen knives that fit this category, I’m no longer as… Read More
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Throughout the past three years blogging here, I have had countless requests to review the SOG Flash II. It’s definitely one of the most popular mainstream EDC knives, and while I normally try to cater to my readers in terms of gear to buy, I admit I have dragged my feet immensely over this review. I… Read More
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The Zero Tolerance 0560/0561 is a knife that combines great materials, American craftsmanship and an outstanding esthetical design (fancy words for pretty).
And pretty it sure is. Maybe the prettiest folder ever made. In my opinion even more so than Rick Hinderers Xm-18 which inspired it. People will say they like the Elmax steel (more on that later) or that they appreciate Rick Hinderer’s design, based on his experiences in both rescue and firefighting. As someone with decades of experience with knives, using them, buying them and yes, even making them and reading books specifically about knives I can tell you this: Looks is what catches the attention of 99.9% of buyers when they first see a knife, and this is particularly true about the ZT0560. Very few folders have such eye-pleasing lines, proportions, colours and texture.
Is it all about looks though? Of course not.
The design is sound. The 3D machined titanium scale is very solid and comfortable, providing a good frame lock. By the way, if its not locking solid and disengages when lightly smacking the spine of the blade then send it back for replacement because its not supposed to do that. They need to tighten the locking bar or maybe address the contact surface of the bar. The Lock Bar Stabilizer prevents the accidental over travel of the lock bar during closing of the knife. The steel insert in the lock bar prevents both the sticking of the lock bar due to titanium-steel contact. It also means it wont wear down nearly as much after years of hard use. If it gets used that much, which is unlikely, its just a matter of replacing the insert. Steel is premium Bohler-Uddeholm ELMAX steel with extremely high wear and corrosion resistance. This super steel is stainless but acts like carbon steel allowing relatively easy sharpening in spite of its outstanding edge retention ability, which sometimes comes at the cost of much more work needed for sharpening. The blade geometry is a wide, drop point shape. Thick, but pretty classic. The bevel angle is pretty steep, which makes sense for a work knife although a more narrow bevel should be put in it to take full advantage of the high quality steel. This will come at a cost though, super steel or not, a more narrow angle means less steel behind the edge. Mess with this only if you know very well what you are doing and intent to use the knife for cutting and carving in softer materials. Otherwise, leave it as it is. There nothing wrong with it.
The blade has thumb studs but its clearly intended to be used as a flipper. My knife came with an unusually strong detent. After flipping it about a thousand times its just now starting to let go enough and feeling comfortable to deploy. So yes, a break in period makes it better. The squeaking sound is also gone now. After that, the knife opens smoothly thanks to the KVT ball-bearing opening system. I’m still using the first interphalangeal joint in my index finger rather than the pad for stronger deployment of the flipper.
The ZT0561/0560 has a four position deep pocket carry clip. Scales are machined titanium on one side and G10 on the other.
The design, while pretty, is not perfect. For example the thumb studs are all but useless for opening the knife. ZT says they aren’t intended to be used, rather worth as a blade stop when the knife is opened, the studs resting on the scales. If you still do use it, the studs easily catch the flesh of your finger pad. This also happens with the jimping on the flipper and the web of your hand between the index and thumb(why put jimping there at all?) Clearly, flipping is the intended method of use. The G10 scales have some sharp edges. These can be easily fixed with some sand paper, same thing for the (again) jimping that is a tad too aggressive in the handle. Although its easy enough to fix, you shouldn’t have to do any of this on a +USD200 knife.
Finally, maybe the thing that bothers me the most but doesn’t seem to be bothering others: The KVT ball-bearing opening system. Yes, its supposed to be super smooth but with the strong locking bar that slows it anyway I just don’t see the point vs traditional washers. You don’t really gain anything over correctly worn in phosphor bronze washers, while being less abuse resistant. Don’t get me wrong, it will work for cutting your entire life if you look after it. But washers are stronger if you even need to pry with your ZT. Can you pry with your ZT0560 if you need it? Yes you can, you can pry the hell out of it. If it wasn’t the case I wouldn’t have bought the knife and I wouldn’t be writing this. Its just that with the ball-bearing system you are more likely to deform the titanium contact surface. Washers are simply tougher and I always prefer tougher.
But I read that this knife sucked…
I always do a lot of research before buying anything, especially when I’m spending this kind of money on a knife.
As good as the ZT0560/0561 may be, its not perfect. Many users have reported problems with the steel being too soft, rolling or chipping. After researching some more it seems the problem was with the heat treatment of the earlier version around 2012 or so. In some cases, sharpening the knife fixed the problem (soft metal on the outside, but ok on the inside) in others the heat treatment itself was the problem and the knife needed to be sent back for replacing the blade. Even in the early models, this was very rare and most people were extremely happy with the performance of Elmax steel. These last few years such a problem is unheard of as far as I know.
If you want something similar, a bit smaller, a lot cheaper and without the KVT system, check out the ZT0566.
You have a knife that have the same great built quality, ELMAX steel, but a 3.25 inch blade rather than 3.75 with Speed Safe assisted opening system.
Fernando “FerFAL” Aguirre is the author of “The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse” and “Bugging Out and Relocating: When Staying is not an Option”.
Water purification tablets are a great back up form of water treatment. They are excellent Bug Out Bags and survival kits because they are light weight and inexpensive. Water purification tablets are also great to store in your vehicle or your bug out location to disinfect water on demand. If the water supply I am drawing from is extremely shady I combine both a filter and the tablets to ensure my safety. Also, be aware that water purification tablets have a shelf life. Check the expiration dates on your tablets and replace any that are expired.
Water purification can come in tablet or droplet form. The tablet form is better because it is a lighter weight that droplets and easy to use when in a stressful situation.
Two water born pathogens that commonly found in untreated water- Cryptosporidium and Giardia.
Cryptosporidium is a genus of apicomplexan protozoans that can cause gastrointestinal illness with diarrhea in humans. According to the CDC it is one of the most frequent causes of waterborne disease among humans in the United States. In a disaster situation where government maintained services are effected, it is highly likely that this protozoa parasite will find its way into our water supply.
Giardia attached to the wall of the small intestines. Giardia is also an infectious protozoa and it is a big deal in emergency preparedness because it can have such a dramatic effect on your health. The symptoms of Giardia, may begin to appear 2 days after infection, include violent diarrhea, excess gas, stomach or abdominal cramps, upset stomach, and nausea.
The typical infection within an individual can be slight, resolve without treatment in about 2–6 weeks, although sometimes longer and sometimes the infection is more severe requiring immediate medical attention.
There are three main types of water purification tablets on the market (Chlorine (NaDCC), Iodine and Chlorine Dioxide) . Not all are equal as each one has its strengths and weaknesses. Choose the purification tablet that works the best with your situation and location.
Chlorine Dioxide Tablets (Potable Aqua, Katadyn and Aquamira Brands). Even though the word “chlorine” is in the name, chlorine dioxide is neither iodine nor chlorine. It uses a highly active form of oxygen to purify water so it leaves absolutely zero taste. As a nice bonus the action of chlorine dioxide causes a lot of sediment to drop out of suspension (fall to the bottom) leaving the container of water more clear and further improving flavor. Chlorine dioxide tablets are a good choice for those allergic to iodine, with thyroid problems, or on lithium. Always follow product usage instructions.
Chlorine NaDCC Tablets (Potable Aqua, Oasis Plus, Aquatabsand Rothco’s Military “Chlor-Floc“ Brands). NaDCC, also known as sodium dichloroisocyanurate or sodium troclosene, is a form of chlorine used for disinfection. NaDCC tablets are different and improved over the older chlorine based (halazone) tablets. When added to water, NaDCC releases hydrochloric acid which reacts through oxidization with microorganisms and kills them. Many tablets advertise no chlorine after taste. Unopened NaDCC tablets have a shelf life of 3-5 years, if opened they should be discarded after 3 months. Always follow product usage instructions.
Iodine Tablets (Potable Aqua,Coleman, and Coghlans brands). Iodine Tablets use iodine to purify contaminated water. Most iodine purification tablets tend to leave a funny taste to the water and some discoloration, however vitamin C or ascorbic acid can be added after the treatment time to improve the taste and remove the color. This often comes in the form of two bottles with two separate tablets. Iodine water treatment has been proven to be somewhat effective against Giardia and not effective against Crytosporidium. Always follow product usage instructions.
The Cold Steel Finn Wolf has, by a considerable margin, been my most requested knife to review. If you’ve ever checked out this bad boy – this makes perfect sense. I have owned this folder for nearly a year now, and have been mulling what to scribble about it since day one. I’ll start by saying… Read More
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Cold Steel Finn Wolf Scandi Outdoor Folding Knife Review, written by Thomas Xavier, was created exclusively for readers of the survival blog More Than Just Surviving.
A lot of people watch shows like Doomsday Preppers or T.V. series such as The Walking Dead and reach the inevitable conclusion that preppers are crazy and that emergencies and disasters are things that never happen in real life, not to them at least.
The fact of the matter is, preparedness goes well beyond Doomsday scenarios. In fact, “little things” such as getting ready for burglaries, having a well-equipped car and taking care of personal security are common sense, and they have nothing to do with asteroids, zombies or World War III.
In what follows I want to tackle the issue of personal security. If your spouse isn’t interested in preparedness, this is one of the issues you could mention without making yourself look crazy. Good people are victims of bad people each and every day… and this happens in first, second and third world countries alike.
Personal Security Tips for Preppers:
Step #1: Taking Care of the Little Things
I’m not going to bore you with stats about assaults, rape and street fights. You can find those online if you’re looking for a good scare, or if you need them to convince your spouse to listen to you. We all know that people are attacked every day and they don’t have to go to Afghanistan for it.
Everyone should have at least one self-defense item on them at all times. Now, I don’t know the laws where you live, so I’m just going to give you a list of things to choose from. I trust you will do your due diligence on what you can and cannot get:
- a handgun
- a folding knife
- a stun gun
- pepper/wasp spray
- a tactical pen
- a slingshot
- a credit card knife
In Australia and Europe you’ll even have a hard time with pepper spray… but don’t let this discourage you from finding alternatives.
Step #2: Taking it To the Next Level. Your Car
Once you have at least one item with you at all times, it’s time you consider your transportation vehicle. Even if you don’t use it that often, what will you do if you’re going someplace out of town and you’re suddenly ambushed by a group of people. It happened to me onceand luckily they were kids who started hitting the car with their fists, so driving off fast was enough.
Keeping the law in mind, let’s see what some of the things you could fit in your car’s trunk are:
- a rifle or a shotgun
- a snow shovel (hint: this is practically mandatory for emergency situations, no one can accuse you that it’s a weapon)
- a large knife
- an axe
- a machete
- baseball bats
- walking sticks
One of the things I bought for my car was a snow shovel. It can’t be considered a self-defense weapon because its purpose is to use it to get your vehicle out of snow and mud… but it can make a good back-up self-defense weapon in case I get attacked.
Step #3: Get a Dog
I’ve had dogs for the past 15 years and loved each and every one of them. All very loyal, though they didn’t get many chances to show it by defending me. There are plenty of breeds to choose from: German Shepherds, Dobermans, Rottweilers and even smaller ones such as beagles.
Step #4: Take Self-Defense Lessons
I should have put this at the top of the list but I realize a lot of people are lazy, and self-defense lessons take time, effort, patience and focus. Now, I’m no martial arts instructor but one thing I know is that if you don’t practice, you’re not going to get any results just by watching YouTube videos.
If you don’t have the time, consider ditching the gym for a month to try them. You’re going to get one heck of a cardio workout every time. Finding a self-defense class in your area is something that requires research, such as:
- talking to people who’ve already taken one
- watching YouTube videos with demos of each martial art to see what they look like and researching which ones are best for you
- not assuming that a more expensive class has a better instructor
- keeping in mind any medical issues you may have such as a bad back or bad knees
- and, last but not least, finding an instructor who’s passionate about what he does
Step #5: Convincing Your Family to Do It
If your family isn’t receptive to prepping or their own personal security and well-being, if you feel they might be reluctant to the above suggestions, you should probably think and plan beforehand what to say.
Let me help you out by giving you some suggestions on how you can approach them:
- Dig up old news of people being attacked in your town or city. This is very powerful proof that they can’t argue about.
- Read the stats I was talking about in the beginning of the article and let them know that, even if the odds are small, it’s still important to be prepared.
- Think what they are going to say and have comebacks. Some of their objections might be: “Oh, this will never happen to me!” or “Don’t worry, we live in a safe neighborhood!” or “I’m not going alone in unknown places at night so I don’t need this”.
- Lead and they might follow. If they see you taking action, they might be inspired and follow your lead.
Dan F. Sullivan
The knife is the quintessential survival tool. For the modern survivalist that doesn’t specifically carry a fixed blade as part of his daily required equipment the folder is the kind of knife he’s more likely to carry.
Now pocket knives and folders come in all kinds. Any good knife is a useful tool. Some are particularly well made and designed, making them a pleasure to use and handy in a number of situations.
And then there’s the hard-use folding knife. Yes, it folds. Yes, it fits into your pocket and yes it will open all the mail you get, cut strings and even help you prepare a sandwich. But it will also cut through dry wall. It will chop and stab through a 2×4 and pry open a door if needed or cut through metal to get you out of a car wreck. Yes, it will not break or otherwise fail if ever used in the art of putting two-legged predators down.
Many handy, outstanding folders and pocket knives simply aren’t made for that sort of situation. But the Zero Tolerance 0550 is.
The titanium frame lock holds the blade in place, the thumb stud rests against the frame for additional support. The steel is outstanding S35VN, meaning it will hold an edge considerably longer, take more abuse without chipping, rolling or breaking.
At 3.5” the blade isn’t too big but it is big enough. “built like a tank” is read often when researching the ZT0550 although it really is a comfortable, medium size knife.
Check out this torture test video of the ZT0550.
It’s no secret to those who have stumbled even for a moment on this blog before that I have long been a Spyderco fanboy. Regardless of the sometimes undeserved high price or sporadic quality issues that Spydercos at times have, I maintain that Spyderco’s product line is a breath of fresh air in what is otherwise… Read More
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1. Brass shot shells (size for weapon system being used, 12 gauge, etc.)
3. Pyrodex Rifle and shotgun powder (or preferred brand)
4. 209 shotgun primers
5. Large pistol primers
6. Wadding material
7. Over shot card material
8. Lighter and glue stick
9. Primer crimp tool or “C” clamp setup with deep well socket
10. Primer removal tool
11. Powder tamper tool
12. Powder and shot measuring tool
13. Container for brass shells
14. Container to store kit
15. 15/64 inch drill bit
16. 23/64 inch drill bit
17. Wad and over shot cutter tool
19. Flat piece metal stock
20. Rubber hammer or similar
21. Flat piece of wood stock
Converting brass shell to accept the 209 primer:
1. First use the 15/64 drill bit and drill out the primer hole.
2. Using a 23/64 drill bit, drill a slight recess in the primer hole deep enough to allow the primer rim to seat flush with the bottom of the shell. See photo above.
3. Seat the 209 primer like you would a regular 12 gauge shell when reloading.
Note: Shotgun firing these types of reloads need to be cleaned more often than factory loaded ammo.
|Tools used for field expedient reloading|
|Items needed to reload 209 primer|
|Removing 209 primer components|
|209 primer assembly|
“Urban Man” My survival buddy sent me another post in a series of reloading shotgun ammo. This video shows how to reload the primer as well when you have no primer replacements.”
Suggested tools used:
1. Antique hand primer crimp tool
2. Wood dowel for powder, wad and shot compressing
3. Primer removal tool with socket base (5/8 inch socket)
4. Rubber hammer
5. Wad cutter tool (for what ever size shell you are loading)
6. Flat punch that fits inside primer cup to flatten out dimple
7. Flat piece of metal stock
8. Flat piece of wood
9. Strike anywhere matches
10. Powder and shot measuring cups
11. Wad material (paper, plastic, wool, etc)
12. Over shot card material (cardboard, playing cards, etc)
13. 5.5 mm socket (used to remove primer cup)
14. Pin or finishing nail used to pound out primer cup.
15. Lighter or similar flame source
16. Glue stick
17. Rifle and shotgun powder with container (I used Pyrodex RS)
18. Bird shot with container (I used #7 1/2 in the video)
Note: Do not allow the ammo to get wet. Do not jar the ammo around by throwing into an ammo can or something of that nature. Protect the ammo until it is needed. It is best to shoot this ammo from a single shot or double barrel shotgun rather than a pump action. A pump action can be used if you load and fire one round at a time rather than using the pump action.
One drawback from reloading spent primers is the chance that the match head powder or what ever other ignition source was used may not ignite and you get a dude fire.
In the event the primer does not ignite, wait about 60 seconds with the end of the barrel pointed on target in the event there is a cook off. A cook off is when the powder could be smoldering but has not yet ignited. If it ignites and the end of the barrel is pointed toward someone, there may be a chance of an accidental shooting.
Always inspect the shells for damage and cracks. Do not reuse or shoot damaged ammo. Use safety glasses when loading your ammo and keep open flames away from your powder.
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“Urban Man~ Here is an interesting lesson from a survival buddy of mine.”
Caution: This lesson is for educational purposes only. Gun powder is dangerous. Firing damaged or incorrectly loaded ammo is dangerous as well.
There may be a time in ones life when it may become necessary to have to reload ammo in the field, especially in a wilderness survival situation or the collapse of society.
We are comfortable in knowing that at the moment we have access to ready made store bought ammo. But, what if that luxury was some how taken away? What if there were no stores left or available to purchase our ammo?
In such as situation, ammo can still be available if one knew how to obtain what was needed to reload their own. Spent ammo shells, especially shotgun shells can be found laying around all over the desert. Primers can be reconditioned and reloaded. Black powder can be homemade. Lead shot can be made from scrape lead.
You really do not need fancy reloading equipment in order to reload ammo in an emergency or self reliant situation.
Learn now to start saving your spent ammo hulls and shells. Set them aside to be reloaded at a later date when the time is needed.
Here are the steps that were covered in the video to reload a 12 gauge shell: (if this is the first time a plastic shotgun shell is being used, cut the top crimp fingers off the shell where the crimp line meets the star crimp.)
1. Remove primer
2. Install a new primer
3. Measure powder and add to shell
4. Using dowel rod, gently compress the powder in the shell
5. Add correct amount of wading (plastic, paper, animal hair, leather, etc.)
6. Using dowel rod again, gently compress the wad into the shell
7. Add correct amount of shot. (insure that there is enough room at the opening of the shell to add the over-shot card)
8. Add over-shot card and compress gently with dowel rod
9. Add glue over top of shot card ensuring that the inside walls of the shell receive glue as well
10. Immediately add another shot card over the top of the first one and apply gentle pressure to allow glue to spread out
Note: Do not allow the ammo to get wet. Do not jar the ammo around by throwing into an ammo can or something of that nature. Protect the ammo until it is needed. It is best to shoot this ammo from a single shot or double barrel shotgun rather than a pump action. A pump action can be used if you load and fire one round at a time rather than using the pump action.
Always inspect the shells for damage and cracks. Do not reuse or shoot damaged ammo. Use safety glasses when loading your ammo and keep open flames away from your powder.
(image: Dave Canterbury) Some knives are better than others for batoning wood. Batoning wood is to split or cut small diameter wood while using a baton and a knife. A baton is a makeshift heavy ‘stick’ (se below). There’s a technique to batoning wood, but it essentially is the process of holding the knife […]
The Cold Steel Hold Out II is what happens when the sick minds over at Cold Steel HQ look at a classic Scottish Sgian Dubh dirk knife and think to themselves, “What happens if we drenched it in tactical sauce and made it folding?” – well, wonder no more. This is one of the oddest yet totally practical… Read More
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This is a review of a Bud K Neck Knife that I’ve owned for a few years. I mostly wear it when walking my dog along the trails in the woods beside my neighborhood, as well as when I go jogging. But it could be used for numerous other purposes, too. In addition to the knife, the sheath has a built-in whistle, which could be very useful in certian circumstances.
This knife is surprisingly inexpensive (less than $10) for its quality. Here are the details: total length of the tanto-style knife itself is 6.75 inches. The cutting edge is 3 inches. In its sheath, it checks in at 7.5 inches. It is designed to be quite light weight, with the knife, sheath, and cord combined weighing less than 3 ounces. The full-tang knife is a black anodized 440 stainless steel. It came out-of-the-box relatively sharp. Overall, both the knife and the sheath & whistle seem well-made.
The knife snaps in place upside-down in the ABS sheath, which hangs by a cord from your neck. You can adjust the cord so that the knife hangs at the desired level on your chest. You could also easily replace the cord with different cordage or even a ball-chain if you wished. The sheath has a built-in whistle, which is quite loud.
The snap-in system works quite well. I’ve had this knife for almost four years, and have never had it fall out of its sheath, even when I’m being quite active. It still seems to hold as firmly and securely as when I first got it.
This shouldn’t be your primary fixed-blade knife, of course, but it works great for my purposes. Use it for when you don’t won’t to wear a belt knife (such as I do when walking my dog or jogging), or to have as a back-up. It is light enough to throw into a backpack, book bag, pocket book, or brief case without adding a lot of weight. It would also fit nicely into the glove compartment or door pocket of a vehicle. For these purposes, I give this neck knife a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
It is currently available on Amazon for less than $10, which I consider a good buy for this neck knife.
I have had a passion for cutlery since I was about 8 years old, and have endeavored to learn as much as I possibly can about them ever since. In fact, my passion has resulted in me writing quite a lot about knives over the years.
Of course, writing about them is not the same as using them! Thus, as an avid wilderness survivalist, I have come to the conclusion that, contrary to popular belief, there is simply no such thing as a single, do-it-all, survival knife. I now view my survival knives as a system. I now carry:
- A large, heavy duty, chopper meant to replace a hatchet.
- A somewhat smaller field knife.
- A significantly smaller fixed-blade utility knife to enable me to perform all of the jobs that I find necessary in the field.
(Stay tuned for specific suggestions.)
Large, Heavy Duty Chopper
For instance, to an experienced wilderness survivalist, saplings are the single most important building material available because they are used for building shelters, traps, snares and hunting tools such as an atlatl and darts or a self bow and arrows. The ability to cut down and shape saplings is of major importance, but it has also been my experience that the average survival knife is woefully inadequate for this task, and the indigenous peoples of Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines have apparently discovered this as well — since they have a number of different knife designs meant specifically for chopping woody plants. They have different designs such as the enep, the parang, the parang changdong, the barong, the bolo and the Golok that are made for cutting the woody plants that inhabit the jungles where they live, as opposed to the machete, which is a cutting tool designed to cut the soft plants of the South American jungles. Thus, for cutting woody plants, you need a knife with a very thick spine instead of a thin one — and you need a weight-forward blade design. Although any such design could range from 8 to 24 inches in length, for the purpose of wilderness survival, knives with blades in the 10- to 14-inch range tend to work best with the shorter blades, providing a little more control and the longer blades providing more power for deeper cuts.
After looking at numerous American versions of various ethnic knife designs, I have chosen a version of the Thai enep made by Kershaw Knives called the “Camp 10″ that features a 10-inch blade made from 65Mn high carbon steel, which I find is capable of performing any job that a hatchet is, as well as some that it’s not. There are several other knives, such as the Entrek Destroyer, the Fox Knives Parang XL, the Bark River Knives Grasso Bolo III, the Ontario Knife Company Bolo, the SOG Jungle Bolo, and the Cold Steel Smatchet, that will also fill this niche quite well.
Smaller Field Knife
But there are some jobs for which my Camp 10 is simply too large and thus, I also find it useful to carry a large camp knife. For this purpose, I prefer a large, heavy duty knife with a thick spine and a blade with a length that ranges 6-9 inches — with 8 inches being my ideal length — either a clip point or a drop point design with a flat grind for superior sharpness or a saber grind with a high primary bevel line for a tough edge. My personal choice in a camp knife is a knife designed by A.G. Russell that that features an 8-inch recurved blade design made from AUS-8 stainless steel with a Rockwell hardness of 57 to 59. Therefore, I use this knife as my general purpose knife to handle most of my cutting tasks but, once again, there are several other knives that will serve this purpose well, such as the Fallkniven Odin, the Cold Steel Recon Scout, the Cold Steel Survival Rescue Knife, the Bark River Knives Bravo II, the Randall’s Adventure Training ESEE-6 and the KA-BAR/Becker Combat Bowie.
But once again, there are some jobs for which even that knife is simply too large. So I also find it useful to carry either a smaller fixed blade knife with a blade length of 3 1/2 inches to 4 inches, or a large folding knife with the same length blade, because I use this knife for any small cutting jobs that require that I maintain extra fine control over the blade as well as using it as a hunting knife for removing the hide from the game animals I catch in my traps and snares — and for gutting and removing the heads from the fish that I catch. It performs exceptionally well when cutting the notches in the sticks that I use to make traps and snares as well as when making a DIY spear or atlatls and darts. I also carry an A.G. Russell Laplander, which features a 3 7/8 fixed blade made from A-2 high carbon tool steel with a Rockwell hardness of 59 to 61 which will take and hold an exceptionally fine edge. But, some other knives that would also serve well in this capacity are the Fallkniven Pilot Survival Knife, the Entrek Javelina, SOG Field Pup, the Kershaw Diskin Hunter, the Randall’s Adventure Training ESSE-4 and the Tops Tennessee Tickler.
By carrying three different survival knives on a military surplus utility belt instead of just a single one along with my survival kit and canteens, I find that I am extremely well-prepared to handle nearly anything the wilderness can pit against me, because my three-part survival knife system gives me the ability to build shelters, make hunting tools, and obtain and process food. The concept of a single, do-it-all survival knife simply does not work for me because I find that survival knives are like golf clubs: You simply must have more than one!
Do you agree or disagree? What would be your three knives? Share your thoughts in the section below:
The secret to sharpening a knife to its sharpest possible edge is to maintain consistency of angle while drawing the blade across an abrasive surface. It’s all about the proper angle (degrees) and keeping it the same while sharpening (and of course, the materials of the abrasive sharpening surface). An important prep item for the […]
The Gerber Gator Machete has been on my radar for quite a few years now. Not in a “I want to test it” kind of way, but rather, the reviews I’ve read of this tool have been so piss poor that with any sort of common sense, I should really avoid this one. Nonetheless, for… Read More
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Cutting Tools and How to Use Them for Survival
By Frank Bates
Show me a bug-out bag that does not include a survival knife and I’ll show you a basically useless bug-out bag. A good survival knife is not a luxury – it’s an absolute necessity. The only way you’d be able to get along without one in an emergency that forces you to leave home is if you’re checking into a five-star hotel. This is an item that might save your life on more than one occasion.
But your survival knife will get lonely if it is your bag’s only cutting tool. You will probably have some problems if you don’t include others, and they can go a long way toward making your bug-out experience more tolerable and ultimately successful… especially if a crisis situation lingers longer than anticipated.
Let’s first examine the types of survival knives that are most appropriate for bugging out, as well as their features, then we’ll discuss reasons for including additional cutting tools with a variety of uses. You won’t require each one I’ll include in this article, but this will provide you with a few choices. Then you can decide which ones are right for you.
Some folks refer to a quality survival knife as the most important item in a bug-out bag that you can’t eat. I’d suggest spending a minimum of $40 and a maximum of $100 on this. Make sure it has a single-edge, fixed blade, six to eight inches long and made of quality steel. Choose one in which the heel of the knife is flat.
The handle should be comfortable in your hand. This is considerably more important than creative ridges, fancy designs and other ornamentation. Remember – a survival knife is for survival, not for show. The protruding guard between the blade and the grip, called the hilt, needs to be solid due to the fact that it is what prevents your hand from sliding down the blade when you’re applying cutting pressure. Keep your knife in a leather, web or composite sheath so you can wear it on a belt and have quick access.
What types of survival knives don’t you need? Overly large knives that are impressive looking but are difficult to maneuver, and knives with double-edged blades and no heels that you might need for splitting wood. Whatever kind of knife you own, don’t use it as a pry bar because once that blade breaks off, it will be useless.
Other Cutting Tools
Now let’s take a look at other cutting tools that could come in very handy when you’re in the wild. Include a medium-size lock blade folding knife with a blade of 2½ to four inches with a leather holster, web belt pouch or external belt clip in your bag. This knife is convenient for smaller jobs. You can probably acquire a good one for about $20.
Another item that should be included in your bug-out bag is a multi-tool. You can get one for $20, but you’re better off spending $40 to $80 for this tool because the quality of steel will be better. Find a model with all of its blades and tools locked, as this will prevent them from folding back on your knuckles while using it.
Some features to look for with this item are a folding set of needle-nose pliers with wire cutters, a can opener, screwdriver blades, a small saw or fish-scaling blade, a course-tooth file, a boring awl, ruler markings and a fold-out lithium LED flashlight. All models should include at least one pocket knife-sized blade, some of which are serrated or partially serrated and others that are straight. Multi-tools are highly convenient, but they can’t replace your main survival knife.
With both a quality survival knife and a multi-tool, a pocket knife or pen knife is not crucial, but it can’t hurt to include one. For about $10 to $15, you can buy a small or medium Swiss Army knife to handle finer tasks, including removing splinters.
And speaking of “minor surgery,” include a couple of sterile-packed disposal scalpels in your first-aid kit.
If you think there is any chance you might have to construct a wilderness shelter and/or cut firewood for more than a couple days, it might be a good idea to include an ax or hatchet in your bug-out bag. It could come in handy and will be worth the extra weight. This one-piece item with a steel blade should be at least 12 inches long, and you can probably acquire a suitable one for $25 to $30.
There are a couple alternatives for axes, but they have their drawbacks. A lightweight, compact camp ax with a synthetic material handle and titanium blade that won’t break or corrode is easy to handle, but requires considerably more effort to get the job done properly. A modern tactical ax looks like a tomahawk with a pickax on the rear of the cutting head. This item, which tends to be expensive, cannot be used as a hammer.
Regardless of your ax choice, make sure it comes with a complete head scabbard or reliable blade guard. Otherwise, it will move around in your bag and could cut other gear or the bag itself. An option if you prefer not to carry an ax is a folding camp saw. Some of them look like giant lock blade knifes (12-18 inches when closed). They run about $20.
Remember to keep your cutting tools sharp. This is imperative both for their usefulness and your safety. Dull blades require you to work harder and increase your injury risk. A pocket sharpening stone or sharpening steel device can be found at sporting goods or cutlery stores.
If you’re fortunate, your bug-out experience will be short. But it could last a long time, so it’s best to error on the side of caution and include a wide variety of cutting devices in your bag. You will be grateful that you did.
Frank Bates, founder of 4Patriots LLC, is a contributing writer to Patriot Headquarters, a website featuring hundreds of articles on how to be more independent and self-reliant. He also offers Food4Patriots, a supplier of emergency food suitable for long-term storage, survival and emergency preparedness.
The Cold Steel Bushman has been in my possession for quite some time now. Publishing the review has been delayed over and over again, in most part due to my own mixed feelings over this iconic knife. Traditionally, I tend to pick up a knife and I can have a general idea of how it will perform,… Read More
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Knife Depot & Schrade Knives
Highlander “Survival & Tech Preps”
NOTE: If you purchase any knife from Knife-Depot use the code “prepper 10” at check out and receive an additional 10% discount.
On this episode we will talkwith Andrew from Schrade Knives, which are available from our new sponsor www.knife-depot.com. We talk about their new line of 2016 knives, if you have watched shot show coverage you might have seen a few. A neat little bush crafting style knife the 2016 SCHF55 which is a Brian Griffin Design could be yours.
This is a great knife for general bush crafting duties. If anyone knows me they know I love my knives and I can say this one is a winner. Tune in and come to our chat for a chance to win! I will also talk about a few other things regarding Schrade that I love and a little history I have of my own with their products. The company really stands behind their products, I have dealt with them in the past and they do not disappoint. They offer great quality knives at an affordable price. I have many of their blades, some new some old, and I like them all.
We will have a great time with Andrew who is very knowledgeable in the blade arena. Andrew also wants to discuss SCHF55 designed by Brian Griffin, the SCHF56L and SCHF56, as well as the SCH111 and SCH112 which are karambit styled blades. If you follow Schrade lately they are coming out with some exciting stuff, and always skirt the edge of design, they have some interesting makers and all around something for everyone.
I personally own a few of their large fixed blades, a few small ones, a few of the old uncle henry styles, which I still carry today. So whether you like old style or new there is one out there for you, so listen to the show and I guarantee it will be a good time!
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Buck has always been a fascinating company to me. They very rarely jump aboard new trends, and rather tend to trudge along doing their own thing. I don’t say this as a criticism at all, because clearly it works. A Buck knife is unapologetically a Buck knife. It’s curious (because it’s so rare) to handle a fixed… Read More
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The belt knife!
Josh “7P’s of Survival”
I have talked about knives on this show probably more than any other subject and yet it is almost always about a specific brand of knives. On this episode I decided to go in a different direction with a familiar topic and talk about how to go about selecting your belt knife. I have written several articles on this topic and one in particular I talk about the ten elements that I ensure a belt knife will have if it is going to be a one tool option.
For a long-term Survival/Self-Reliance Knife I look for the following options:
1) Fits your hand comfortably in all positions;
2) Manageable and effective blade length;
3) Solid/Flat Pommel;
4) One Cutting Edge with no serrations;
5) 90 degree edge on spine;
6) High Carbon Steel;
7) Sharp/Spear Point;
8) Heavy duty sheath with ferro rod loop;
9) Thick enough to withstand prolonged abuse;
10) Fixed blade with full or nearly full tang blade.
Now let’s take a step back from that…. The first step in selecting a knife is making the determination of #1 how much you’re willing to spend and #2 what functions you plan to use the knife. So you only want to spend a small amount but want an all-around utility knife? Well, there are many options out there and we will talk about some of those. So what if you want a do it all knife but could care less about batoning you can always go for a leatherman, if you want a fighting knife they make a knife for that… So knowing exactly what your tool to do and do well is essential to getting the most out of your purchase regardless of how much you want to spend.
Throughout this show I walk through a potential knife purchases for various tasks and at different price points and what I would most likely purchase in that scenario. As always I welcome your questions and comments and would be glad to provide a little advice if you’re in the middle of a knife selection.
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Zero tolerance run amok almost destroyed the lives of two high school students in Escondido, California. Brandon Cappelletti, 18, and Sam Serrato, 16, faced expulsion from school and criminal charges because security guards found knives used for fishing and other chores in their vehicles.
“Sometimes I can’t sleep and I wake up in the middle of the night,” Serrato, a junior, told The San Diego Union-Tribune. “If I end up getting expelled, I’d have to go to a community college. It’s not what I really want to do. My whole life would change.”
Security guards found a pocketknife with a blade more than two and a half inches long – the maximum allowed length under state law — in the glove compartment of his SUV while it was in the parking lot at San Pasqual High School. The knife didn’t even belong to Serrato; it belonged to his dad, who had put it there after purchasing it weeks earlier.
For that transgression, Serrato could have faced up to a year in jail and expulsion from school, which would have made him ineligible to play football. Serrato is an honor student who is hoping for a football scholarship to a four-year school.
Cappelletti almost saw his dream of serving in the Marine Corps disappear. The branch’s high standards make even a misdemeanor a disqualification for service. Cappelletti had left three knives in his pickup truck following a fishing trip in January and forgot about them; the knives were used for cutting fishing line and fileting the fish. Like Serrato, he never actually took a knife into the school.
State Law Mandates Zero Tolerance
The two ran afoul of a California state law that makes it a misdemeanor to bring a knife with a blade longer than two and a half inches on school property. Security guards found the weapons while searching for drugs with drug-sniffing dogs, although the guards found no drugs.
School officials tried to expel the two, but that provoked a backlash which prompted a large crowd to fill a school board meeting. Even some school officials turned out to support the two.
“I’m willing to stick my neck out for these kids because they are the kind we want representing us in society,” football coach Tony Corley told a reporter. “They made an honest mistake. They will learn from it and I hope their lives won’t change because of an innocent mistake.”
Officials apparently listened, and on February 13, The Union-Tribune reported that no criminal charges would be filed and the two will be able to return to school. That will enable Cappelletti to report to Marine boot camp this summer.
“Following the review, and based on the totality of the circumstances, the Escondido Police Department has decided to not submit the cases to the District Attorney’s Office, or to the Juvenile Diversion Program,” Lt. Ed Varso of the Escondido Police Department said in a statement. “No charges will be pursued in the case.”
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19 Ways to Use a Knife in a Survival Scenario Every prepper has at least one survival knife in their supplies (good preppers have two or three). Buy why? What makes knives so important? Someone once asked me what I expect to do with my knife other than sharpen sticks and skin animals. The answer: …
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How to Pick the Perfect Survival Knife
By Tim Martinez of “The Knife Depot”
Even though a survival knife is a matter of preference, there are some general guidelines to picking the perfect survival knife.
Fixed Blade vs. Folding Blade
A few knife novices will debate whether a fixed blade or folding blade is more useful as a survival knife. Fixed blades offer more strength, but folders are more convenient. I’m here to declare the fixed blade the final and conclusive winner of the debate.
If your life depends on a tool, you want something that will not fail. While folders can be strong and dependable, the simple fact that there are more moving parts means there’s more possibility of failure. If you can only have one survival knife, make it a fixed blade. But I do recommend carrying a folder for less strenuous tasks.
Take a look through some of the survival knives on that market and you’re bound to notice a few with massive serrations along the length of the blade. These serrations look intimidating and cool, but they will hinder the usefulness of your knife. If you’re insistent, a partially serrated blade is fine, but I highly recommend a plain edge on your survival knife.
The most obvious reason is that it’s easier to sharpen. Sharpening a serrated knife when you’re in the middle of nowhere is nearly impossible. With a plain edge, you can get a keen edge with the aid of some rocks. Not only that but plain edges are more versatile. The main use of a serrated blade is for cutting thicker, more fibrous materials. With a little more effort a plain edge will cut that type of material, but a serrated edge will falter at doing push cuts or gutting an animal.
In its most simplistic form, you can boil the blade steel debate down to one thing: carbon steel vs. stainless steel. The problem is that all steels are technically carbon steels and stainless steels aren’t truly stainless (unless you’re talking about the newer H1 steel). The reality is that there are tons of steels on each side of the spectrum with tons of variation in performance and maintenance.
If you’re curious about learning more, I recommend reading a longer guide to blade steel. These days, there are not really any junk steels, so any steel that is within your budget will work as long as you understand its properties and what you need to maintain it.
The tang is the piece of metal from the blade that extends into the handle. Knives can have full tangs, partial tangs, push tangs, hidden tangs, rat-tail tangs, and others. For a survival knife, you should focus mainly on full tangs. This is when the steel extends the entire length of the handle to the butt. A full tang offers the greatest strength and is the least likely of all to break under duress.
You’ll often see survival knives with blade lengths of 10 inches or more. That’s overkill. A reasonable blade length on a survival knife is somewhere around 5 or 6 inches. That’s the sweet spot. Any larger and the knife becomes unwieldy when doing woodwork. Any smaller and the knife will underperform at tasks like cutting branches.
Like a blade’s steel, a knife’s handle material is mostly a matter of preference. Some enjoy Grivory handle scales while others prefer Zytel. Your best bet is to try out different materials and see which ones are the most comfortable in your hand. After you’ve made your purchase, it’s important to look up how to take care of it.
Heaviness doesn’t always mean quality and it’s certainly not always better. A survival knife should ideally weigh somewhere around 11 inches, give or take. You’re less likely to carry a knife if it’s too heavy, and the best survival knife is the one you actually carry.
Speaking of carrying the knife, the sheath is another important factor to consider. Sheaths come in different materials, from leather and nylon to Zytel and Kydex. Each material has its own pros and cons, but comfort is the main thing you should look for. A knife that moves around or rattles when you’re navigating the root-ridden forest floor will impact your movement and survival.
The Perfect Survival Knife
I just laid out a laundry list of things you should look for in a good survival knife. But do any knives actually meet all these criteria? Yes! Just some of the knives that fit these seemingly narrow specifications include the Schrade SCHF42D, Fallkniven A1, ESEE 5, KA-BAR BK2 Becker, Ontario Bushcraft Field Knife, Buck Selkirk, and many more. In the end, you should pick the survival knife that you’re the most comfortable with, even if it only meets a few of the things I listed above. But since this is something your life may depend on in survival situations, you’d better make sure it’s a darn good knife.
Choosing a knife is a very personal thing. A lot depends on why you want it. Even through a knife is very versatile, the design and size of a knife can affect its performance. One of the most experience hunters I know, field dresses out all his game from elk to birds with a small inexpensive 2 ½ inch bladed pocket knife. He claims larger knives are too cumbersome.
Personal if I am going out in the woods for any period of time I will carry a larger sheath knife (normally an old Marine Corp K-bar) and a folding knife at the very least.
- Fixed blade or folder, a fixed blade is normally bigger and stronger. A folder is lighter and easier to carry concealed in many situations. In some states, a fixed blade may be illegal to carry concealed.
- What do you plan to use the knife for? This will help you to determine the size that is required. It has been my experience that many people choose a larger knife than they need. You can clean and skin an elk with a 4-inch folding blade. A large knife is better if you are clearing brush, batoning, cutting firewood or defending yourself.
- Stay away from the cheap Rambo knives with the hollow handle. It is best if your sheath knife has a solid one-piece tang.
- Check the grip it should not be made of a material that will become slippery when wet or bloody.
- A straight blade knife works better for chopping wood and is easier to sharpen. A good smooth stone can even be used to sharpen a straight blade, whereas a serrated edge almost always takes a special sharpener.
- A strong blade has good edge retention, is resistant to rust and sharpens well. I like carbon steel, because while it is more subject to rust, it is much easier to sharpen in the field and with a bit of care can be kept rust free.
- If you choose a folding knife, be sure you can open it one handed.
- Buy a good US brand if possible. There are some good foreign knifes, but beware of the cheap Chinese and Pakistani ones.
- You don’t need to spend a million dollars to get a good knife, but don’t go to cheap. Good serviceable knifes can be found for under $75.00. If you are broke you can’t go wrong with a Mora, Your Best Choice For a Reasonably Price Knife
- It should be either a fixed blade or locked in the open position.
- It should serve the intended purpose
Now that I have given you my guidelines, I am going to say that I have never found one knife that is perfect for everything. In my bug out bag, I have an old issue Ka-bar. In my pocket I always have at least two knifes. Whatever knife you chose, take it out and use it. Be sure it will do what you want. It is like any other piece of gear it needs to be well tested.
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One thing you’re guaranteed to find on any decent list of survival supplies is a knife. It’s easily one of the most versatile pieces of equipment. So much so, in fact, that many survival experts believe it’s the most important tool you can have with you. To the […]
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Knife Choice, Care, sheaths, more. pt 2
Highlander “Survival &Tech Preps”
On last week’s show (see here) we talked about types of steel, chemical makeup of steel, alloys, additives and how it is made. We also went over the most common steels and what is a good choice for you in your particular area and use. Also discussed was handle types, and what may or may not fit you, also various ways to sharpen, and I recommended a few sharpeners that are most common and easy to use. I touched a bit on sheaths.
This episode I discuss sheaths, what is a good choice, various grinds on knives and what may best suite you for your needs. I will also go over how to maintain your knife as far as oiling, what oils to choose, how to get rid of rust, and maintain your blades luster. I will also go over how to carry a knife, and what may apply to you for your situation.
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One of the most common yet misunderstood survival items is the survival knife. When I first started prepping, I thought all knives were basically the same and that it didn’t matter what kind I got. But the more I learned about knives, the more I realized there are […]
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If we’re talking preparedness and prepper conduit, we have to agree on one thing: there’s no such thing as being too prepared! And this is because so many things can go wrong at any time. It’s extremely important to be both physically and mentally prepared for when it really hits the fan; and it will hit the fan hard. You’ll need to counteract everything life throws at you, and it won’t be easy. But you have only so much time to do it, your resources are finite and there’s only so many things you can keep around the house or on you. Owning any sort of multipurpose blades is the way to go; the more you can get done with a single object that you can easily store in a small space is the key to surviving in a hostile environment. When it comes to pocket blades, the sky’s the limit. There are many companies that have followed in the footsteps of Victorinox (the producer of the Swiss Army Knife) and have released many competitive products, which are equipped with a lot of useful gadgets alongside a well sharpened blade. Owning such a tool will get you out of many tight spots; it’s only a matter of finding the right one for you. Let’s have a look at some of the finest multipurpose blades on the market.
It’s only fair that we start with the most renowned name in the business, with the brand that started it all. The Swiss Army Knife is the most common product that Victorinox has to offer. And its reputation is well deserved. This tiny gadget is so much more than just a “blade-in-a-box”, it comes equipped with many tools and gadgets to help the wielder’s cause in so many situations. There are various models with a different combinations of features. The most multifunctional model comes with a can opener, a screwdriver, a compass, a pair of pliers, a nail file, a pair of scissors, magnifying glass, a toothpick and more. More recent models also offer a USB flash drive, a small digital clock and even an LED flashlight. The economic design makes it easy to fit in a small pocket and easy to use in any situation. The price will vary, depending on the model and the amount of features it has.
Leatherman have taken the idea forwarded by Victorinox and are trying their best to take it even further. This company have released a very serious model that’s giving the Swiss Army Knife a run for their money. Their “flagship” blade is called the Skeletool, and what’s sets it aside and makes it shine is the carbon fiber version. Not only is it small, compact and easy to use, but it’s also light and very durable at the same time, thanks to the carbon frame. In the tools and gadgets department, the Skeletool has all the necessary appliances you could need in a SHTF situation: a bottle opener/ carabiner, a bit driver, a pocket clip, a screwdriver, a pair of pliers and of course, a sturdy and sharpened blade. Based on the model, you’ll spend somewhere in the range of $80 – $100 if you decide to go with the Skeletool.
The Guppie Multi-Tool is a device released by Columbia River that can also be attached to your belt, in case your pockets are full The clip gate makes it easy to attach to any sort of belt or D-ring. The gadget is made up of very durable 3Cr13 steel. The knife blade is made from high-carbon stainless steel and it can be opened with one hand. It also has a powerful enough LED light, a wrench, a bottle opener, a jar opener. The wrench jaws are adjustable and open half an inch, making it very efficient for small assembly or repair jobs. This tool is so much more than just a blade, and it will be very useful in case you’ll find yourself in a pickle.
The Buck 301 BKS Stockman is one of the most elegant pocket blades on the market. This folding knife is not exactly what you’d call “small”, as it reaches an overall length of 4 inches. This all-American pocketknife has 3 very durable blades, made out of 420HC stainless steel, which will stay sharp for a very long time. It has a sheepsfoot blade, a Spey and a 3-inch clip point. To attest to the product’s quality, the Buck 301 BKS Stockman comes with a lifetime warranty. The handles are made of plastic, but they’re made in good taste and out of a strong plastic, that will last forever.
There are so many products to choose from, so making the right choice won’t be an easy task. The beautiful thing is that you don’t have to settle for just one multipurpose folding knife. You can get as many as you like, just make sure that the tools you decide to equip yourself with are complementary. No use in carrying too many identical knives on you. The more diverse their features are, the more options you’ll have in a survival scenario.
By Alec Deacon
Knives with Battle Horse Knives!
Josh “7P’s of Survival”
This Show is all about knives! We will have Dan Coppins the owner of Battle HorseKnives on the show to talk about some of his great knives and outdoor gear. We will be covering how he got into knife making, A company history and explanation of the makers marks you may see, the knife making process, how you can witness and learn the process first hand, The Pathfinder Series of Knives, The brand new and highly innovative tree frog knife, spotlight several products that I love but you may not have heard of and then close the night learning about some of the future plans for Battle Horse Knives!
For those who may not know Battle Horse Knives (formerly Blind Horse Knives when Dan and L.T. Wright were partners) is based out of Ohio and offers 100% made in the USA products that are among the best quality in the world. BHK is without a doubt one of my favorite knife makers and I often carry their PLSK1 for hunting season and their Short Trail neck knife is with me regardless of where I’m at in the world. BHK is a family owned business, if not by blood, then by Christ. They have enjoyed serving their customers since 2007 by building high quality, handcrafted knives at a fair price. BHK is so sure you will love their knives that they back it with a lifetime repair, replacement or refund policy. Their replacement policy will cover any manufacturer defect or normal wear and tear (Blind Horse Knives can be returned to L.T. Wright Knives or BHK for Warranty Service).
So what are some of those great products that Battle Horse Knives puts out that I love so much?
The Pathfinder Series of Knives: This series of knives is without a doubt among the best on the market for long-term self-reliance. The PLSK1 paired with the PLSK2 are a tandem that are very hard to beat for a long-term kit.
Tree Frog: This new folding knife is one of the most innovative knives to come to the outdoor knife market in a very long time, A folding backup knife that can be used to baton wood with if needed. This knife is the monthly special and is on sale for $170.00 right now. If you haven’t seen it in action you can find a review by Dave Canterbury on his YouTube channel where he makes a bow drill set and batons some poplar with this knife.
Spear Point: I haven’t got to use this product yet but have a friend who has one and spears by it as a backup strapped to the back of his PLSK1. I love the utility of the design, its many uses and the fact that it can sit behind your primary knife and you will barley know it’s there until you need it.
Annual Renegade Program:BHK offers this unique program in which for $25.00 annually you get 10% off each regular priced project, a collectors badge, entered into a monthly drawing to win knives and gear, option to test out knives in pass-a-round program, buy knives not offered to the public, invitation to outings and free admission to The Battle of the Blades Knife Show.
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Knife Choice, Care and Maintenance in SHTF
Highlander “Survival & Tech Preps”
The need to protect your tools in shtf is key, you might not be able to just go to the store and buy new ones or order one on ebay or amazon. So the question we will answer on this show is how do we maintain our knives in a situation where resources are at a minimum?
First we have to look at what you are maintaining, whether it is carbon steel, stainless, or a hybrid of both. During the show I explain what all of these terms mean and how they would apply to your environment you are in or plan to be. I also touch on what type of knife would be best during shtf, what to look for and what to avoid. I go over the uses of the knife in a wilderness or everyday shtf situation. I discuss what accessories you should carry with a knife, what kind of carry system you should look for and the types and the various uses for each type.
There will also come a time in a shtf that may require you to have to defend yourself with a knife, I recommend a good knife for this and some good instructional videos that will help in the aid of learning how to defend yourself if the time arises. I also recommend a few classes you can take for defense and survival for the use of knives so that you may want to consider this if you have no experience with a true survival situation.
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The SOG Vulcan is my first SOG knife to review, I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to it seeing as I have owned this particular knife for nearly 2 years, but better late than never, eh? The Vulcan is one of the better made/higher end SOG folding knives that… Read More
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Do you like Winter?
Folks ask me often the same question since I’ve been here, “Do you like winter?” It may sound surprising but I do! I like the change of atmosphere, the crisp of the snow and the fresh air. I like the smell of wood burning from the woodstove. I consider myself blessed to be able to experience the four seasons of this beautiful country, Canada.
During my first year in Quebec, Mike & I lived in a country where we used to get a lot of snow. It was a beautiful place from the Lord. Back then I saw many wild animals that passed by our road and that was amazing!
During the winter time, we would suit up and go outside and have fun. Even the simple task of shovelling was fun & exercise at the same time. I think my favorite was sliding on a crazy carpet ending up on the frozen pond; that was great!
A few years later when the house was sold we moved to a new location and sure enough we still had to do outdoor stuff. Mike initiated me to Snowshoeing. I personally like it better than skating.
Yesterday was an amazing day, a full perfection of everything; thank you Lord. The sun was beautiful, not too cold. Perfect weather, not windy at all; it was a very mild winter day.
THINGS THAT WE ENJOY ABOUT WINTER
SNOWSHOEING & MAKING A TRAIL
WINTER SCENERY, BIRDS SINGING, WATCH ANIMAL ACTIVITIES, RELAX & LISTEN TO THE RUNNING WATER FROM THE RIVER
SETTING UP CAMP
TESTING SOME NEW GEARS
OUTDOOR COOKING AFTER A HARD DAY’S WORK
A NICE FIRE, RELAX & SOME PICTURE TAKING
I know that it’s WORK! But after doing it you will be glad that you have done something in the forest and breath some fresh air, change your mind a little (refresh), have something to eat, play around with your gear and gadgets, and finish it with a good bonfire enjoying the good company of your friends or family.
It was a perfect beautiful day for Mike & I! I hope that you can enjoy the great outdoors & have fun even in the winter!
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The Spyderco Des Horn was one of the most interesting designs Spyderco produced in a long time when it came out. Unfortunately, as I scribble down this review, it did get discontinued. I mention this because it is still available in a few places (like on Amazon for now), and as such, if you are… Read More
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I like knives and have way too many of them including some very high quality ones. Now with all these knives you would probably be surprised at what gets used the most. My Mora Companion, which cost me just a bit over $15 on Amazon. This is a great little knife.
Now Mora is a town in Sweden that is famous for making knives. Originally there were two major knife manufacturers in Mora: Frosts of Mora and KJ Eriksson. Several years ago these two companies merged into a company called Mora of Sweden or more commonly Morakniv.
Occasionally you will still see knives under the Frosts or Eriksson names for sale. It doesn’t matter what name is stamped on the knife. The quality has been good for decades.
Mora knives are available in several styles and with both carbon steel and stainless steel blades. The one I carry has the carbon steel blade. It is easier to sharpen than the stainless and holds a better edge. The downside to the carbon steel blade is that it will rust if not taken care off. Mora knives come with a Scandinavian grind is very easy to sharpen and holds an edge extremely well.
The Mora Companion comes in both a normal and heavy-duty model. While at a first glance they look alike the heavy-duty blade is thicker and will hold up better if used for batoning.
The sheath is ok, not my favorite but accomplishes its primary job of holding the knife securely in place. The knife snaps into the sheath with a little click, and I would actually be comfortable carrying it upside down. However, when carrying it on your belt, be careful when you sit down. The tip can hit the chair first and cause your knife to slip of your belt.
The one downside to the Mora Knife is that they only have three quarter tang so you cannot use the pommel as a hammer to drive stakes into the ground.
Over all these are great knives and at the inexpensive price you can afford to buy several. Instead of one $150 knife you can buy 10 of these and they hold up well.
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Very few knives have been requested to be reviewed on this blog quite as much as the Cold Steel XL series of Voyager knives. I was always apprehensive with regards to reviewing them as they can be perceived (whether justly or unjustly, I will leave that up to you) as more of a gimmick or party… Read More
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Cold Steel Voyager XL Tanto Combo Edge Knife Review, written by Thomas Xavier, was created exclusively for readers of the survival blog More Than Just Surviving.
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Duration: 7 min 29 sec
ESEE 3 Long Term Review
Manny: “I’ve got a lot of knives. You might have seen the 30 minute video I did on YouTube a couple years ago that shows pocket knives and survival knives and all kind of cutting tools, but one thing I didn’t have was a knife that I could deploy horizontally off the belt. So, now I’ve got one of those and I’ve had it for several months and using it. I am going to review it for you today.”
“Whenever I had a knife on my hip it was always getting tangled up in my seat belt when I sat down or poking into the chair or somebodies leather couch or the seat of the car. I wanted to find something horizontally at the belt. So what I got is the ESEE 3. I’ve had it for six or eight months now and been using it really hard. It’s my go to knife now. I wear it all the time, every wear I go because it is so handy. Yes, it’s short but you can get it longer if you want.”
“The ESEE 3 is 3.88 inches from tip to the handle and its got a 3.38 inch cutting edge. The four is longer. The five is longer than that and the six is the longest. If you want to wear it horizontally I think a three or a four is as long as I would want to wear comfortably at the belt. If you’ve got to much stuff in your pocket or your belt it’s gonna pull your pants down and be uncomfortable, but this is not bad at all.”
“So I can take it out one handed like this, but then when I put it back I can hold the sheath and as long as I can I do it visually to make sure the tip is going into the sheath and not gonna cut into my hand. So I watch the blade go in there and then I pop it in.”
“You can do it one handed okay. Put it in like this and then grip up here on this grip and squeeze it in. So now it’s in there.”
“When you get the knife you get the knife and this ABS plastic sheath. Now I have read on the forums that there are people complaining about the fact that it’s not Kydex but ABS is perfectly adequate for what this needs to do. You don’t get this clip that is a separate item you have to buy separately. You just get this clip that closes down over your belt. These things you can adjust up or down narrower for a smaller belt or wider for a bigger belt like mine. To open it you just pull this and then squeeze these open.”
“The sheath has this drainage groove in case you get water in the sheath which is important because the blade is made of 1095 Carbon Steele which does rust. As you can see I’ve already got some rust on the cutting edge. On top where this protective coating has worn off from all the batoning I’ve been doing. So there you see a little patina.”
“So is it a problem for it to rust? Well, yes. You don’t want your carbon steel blade rusting. But you can prevent it by using rust inhibitors or like you can buy a cloth you rub on the blade and it prevents rust or you can oil it.”
“So why carbon steel? Why not get stainless steel and not deal with the rust? For me, it’s a practical issue. I have had a lot of 1095 knives all my life and I know how to sharpen them and that really is the issue because when I go for my knife I am not reaching for an ax, or a hammer, or a screwdriver or a pry bar. What I need is this thing to cut. I’ve pretty much got it down as to how I can get a good cutting edge on it.”
“I like it relatively for the factor of the whole thing. Just because of the way I carry it, horizontally. When you first get the knife the mycarta smells. It’s got kind of an offensive burnt plastic smell to it that is pretty unpleasant, but it wears off after a time and no it has no odor whatsoever.”
“It’s a one eighth inch thick blade. If you get the mill model it is gonna come with a sharpened spine and a partly serrated edge right here. A sharpened glass breaker pommel. It also comes in another model that has a rounded pommel. This one comes with a good coating on it, but it’s wearing with all the batoning I’ve done on it.”
“This finger toil is good if you ever need to do any very close carving work right here near the end of the blade. It always makes me nervous to do that because I’m afraid I am going to cut myself so I’ve just learned to grip it like this and keep my index finger on the grip and then get what leverage I can like this.”
“The blade is wide and instead of cutting off this belly and going straight to a point right here you have this big rounded piece of metal. Now what does that do? Well. Let me demonstrate. Okay, because of this belly, if I wanted to feather out a fire stick carving it like this. I can work using the belly near the tip of the blade and use all this longitude force and what that does is it doesn’t tire out my wrist so much. Here is what I mean, I am feathering out here using the big fat belly on the blade.”
“An interesting thing for you guys is it actually comes with more of a belly than you see here, but I’ve used it so much I’ve sharpened it down so now it is flattening out a little bit.”
“If you do break it, these guys guarantee it for life. So if you break it, send it, they will replace it. About this coating wearing off, I would say that is probably normal wear and would not be covered by a warranty. I don’t know if they would charge you to resurface it but I don’t think it would be a problem to put a new surface on this. The thing is, it is kind of pointless because as soon as I get it I will wear it off again. So, I’m just gonna live with it like this.”
“Well, that is my long term review of the ESEE 3. I am really pleased with ESEE knives. I have found nothing about it that I don’t like. I have no hesitation recommending it to you. If you don’t like this kind of knife, if you don’t like 1095 steel just leave a nasty comment OR go find a knife you do like.”
“Hey, thanks for watching and go to the blog. I have a write up on this knife. See you there.”
I strongly believe in the unalienable right of self-defense, including the defense of others. It is a biblical concept, which can be proved with numerous passages from both the Old and New Testaments. (see footnotes 1, 2, 3, 4)
I strongly support the Second Amendment. We have the right to possess the tools of self-defense, including guns and knives. (see footnotes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
I reject retaliation, revenge, and vengeance, because God’s Word makes it clear that such belongs to the Lord, not man. (see footnotes 1, 6)
I reject unwise and inappropriate use of force in self-defense. This includes being too quick to anger, and lacking self-control. Defensive force should only be used as a last resort. “Employing potentially lethal force out of anger, hatred, jealously, or revenge is always wrong and is condemned by Scripture.” (see footnote 7)
I reject unprovoked aggression (the initiation of force without just cause). Aggression (force) is necessary, and ethical, in some circumstances to protect ourselves (or others) from actions or threats against our lives, freedoms, rights, or property.
I reject the concept of absolute pacifism (the idea that force should never be used in all circumstances, even in self-defense). In fact, I consider refusing to help defend those in legitimate need, when you have the ability to do so, to be a potentially immoral and cowardly act.
1) See the website Biblical Self-Defense for a lengthy examination of dozens of Old and New Testament passages on self-defense.
2) See my article Jesus, Self-Defense, and the Pajama Boy for a study of Luke 22 in relation to self-defense.
3) Two books on the subject of biblical self-defense that may be of interest are Stand Your Ground: The Biblical Foundation For Self-Defense, by Steve Jones, and A Time to Kill: The Myth of Christian Pacifism, by Greg Hopkins.
4) The article The Six Things Americans Should Know About the Second Amendment, by Richard W. Stevens, contains an examination of self-defense within a Judeo-Christian framework.
6) See this page of the Knowing Jesus website for 34 verses on retaliation, revenge, and vengeance belonging to the Lord, not people.
7) Quote is from The Biblical View of Self-Defense, on the Biblical Self-Defense website.
I ALWAYS have a pocket knife in my front right pocket, and although I have a variety of folding knives to choose from, the best one is the one I happen to slip in my pocket each morning. You may be surprised to find out which one that is… Now don’t laugh… it’s not […]
Is it possible to live fully and completely off the grid? This is a complicated question with a few different answers. Some people, of course, will jump immediately to a “yes” for an answer. They will be the first to point out how the Native Americans did it, the settlers and mountain men did it, and their grandparents did it. And they would certainly be right. Many people have truly lived off the grid to the truest and purist definition of the term.
You could purchase a good knife, a fine rifle, ammunition, a metal pot, and a few other odds and ends and then go out to where the road ends, ditch your car, and live like the North Pond Hermit. However I’m willing to bet not too many of us want to live like that. I certainly don’t, unless I must.
But let’s come back around to reality, and talk about the modern definition of living off the grid. For most, it’s owning a few acres somewhere, not paying a dime in electricity or water bills, growing your food, and only purchasing a few supplies here and there. But the question is: Can you live fully off the grid?
To answer that question, let’s examine a few key points.
Water. Can you find a safe, clean water source on your land? If there is no water source, can you collect water? Can you purify the water you collect? If you cannot find a way to have fresh water without having to hook up to city water, you cannot live off the grid. If you have property that has a stream or spring, you are off to a very good start.
A well is a great way to get clean drinking water, too, although the upfront cost of digging it can be expensive. If you do not have a water source nearby, there are a few possible alternatives. Do you live in an area with a good amount of rainfall? If so, you can develop a rain water catchment system. Is there a stream or fresh water spring nearby that you can collect water from? This is another option, although extremely inconvenient and not really an option if you desire crops or animals.
Bottom line: If you want to live off grid, buy land with a water source.
Food. Are you going to keep buying most of your food? Or are you going to dive in and go off grid? To start, you must decide how you are going to provide nutrition for you and your family. You will need to provide protein, vitamins, calcium and the calories necessary to live. You will need to store food for the offseason. You will need to educate yourself on animal husbandry, gardening, tree care, etc. You will need to carefully plan your homestead or mini-farm to make the most of you valuable resources and space. Food is the next step to going off the grid, and without growing your own, you might as well stay in the suburbs.
Electricity. Unless you are going to burn oil lamps (and buy oil), heat only with wood and rely solely on canned and preserved foods, you will need electricity. And unless you want to pay an electric bill every month, you will need to figure out a way to make power. Solar energy or a water-powered electrical system are your only real options here – and millions of off-gridders are living just like this. After all, I doubt you’ll be able to build a nuclear reactor in your basement.
These are the three main things that you must have to live off the grid. The extras that come afterwards – such as firearms, medical supplies and even salt – are all individual choices.
Yes, it is possible to go off the grid. Sure, you may have to go into town a couple times a year for bullets, band-aids and seed. But even mountain men met up a couple times a year to trade fur for gold, powder, lead and other supplies. And they definitely were living off the grid.
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The homestead lifestyle is generally one centered on frugality, self-reliance and going back to basics. These characteristics can all apply to the kitchen. Just visit any cookware or kitchen supply aisle in a store and you will see a huge array of gadgets all promising to make cooking easier.
More often than not, though, these gadgets or “must-have” appliances don’t work as well as marketed or they end up living in the back of a drawer or cabinet because you really never use them. Perhaps you do enjoy them but find that they break easily or that nifty non-stick coating on your favorite pan is already chipping. You can save a lot of money in the long-run and improve your cooking experience by investing in simpler, basic cookware and kitchen utensils – some of which your grandparents or great-grandparents used.
Everyone has their own way of cooking or preferences for certain types of cookware. But in general the following kitchen equipment will be used quite often in the homestead kitchen.
1. Cast iron cookware
Cast iron definitely has its place in the homestead kitchen and honestly, even just cooking with cast iron makes you feel a bit like you’ve gone back in time. It also has a lot of benefits, such as:
- It isn’t expensive and will easily last many generations.
- It is naturally non-stick (when properly seasoned).
- It retains warmth very well.
- It is extremely versatile (on stovetop, in oven, over campfire, etc.).
Cast iron doesn’t really have any disadvantages, but there are some things to keep in mind. First off, most basic cast iron pans aren’t going to have some type of handle to prevent you from burning your hand like other pans. Even I have made the mistake of grabbing the handle while I was busy cooking and not paying attention.
Secondly, some novice cooks complain they don’t like cooking with cast iron because the food sticks badly, it’s difficult to clean, or their pots/pans started to rust. This is unfortunate because all of those issues are solely due to improper care. Simply put, cast iron cannot be treated like other metal cookware. These pans must be seasoned and cleaned in a specific way. If you care for your cast iron cookware properly you will find they are great cooking tools.
2. Stainless steel cookware
Aluminum pans are cheap but stainless steel pots and pans are what you should invest in. Stainless steel is more expensive but you will get a heavier pan that is better at holding in heat. A well-made stainless steel pan is thicker and will sit much better on a stovetop. Stainless steel is also non-reactive, so you don’t need to worry about pitting from salts or acids if you use common sense.
3. High-quality knives
A dull knife isn’t just a pain to use but also can reduce the quality of your food by crushing while cutting. A dull knife is also more dangerous than a sharp one – the reason being is that you have to apply more force with a dull knife and if you slip, you are more apt to cut yourself.
If you enjoy cooking, you really need a good set of knives and a knife sharpener. There are a lot of different kitchen knife brands out there, so I recommend doing your homework before buying. Good kitchen knives are an investment. They aren’t cheap, but they will easily pay for themselves. Good knives should outlast your lifetime easily. You don’t need to break the bank to get new knives. I recommend replacing your underperforming knives with new ones over time, starting with whichever style of knife you use the most.
4. Glass or ceramic bakeware
If you are someone who loves baking your experience in the kitchen will be much more pleasant with high-quality bakeware. Although you can find really great bakeware that isn’t a brand name, there are two name brands that are exceptionally impressive – Pyrex glass bakeware and Corningware. You can often find Corningware that is still in great shape at thrift stores or garage sales. Heavy, thick and well-made glass or ceramic bakeware is going to last for many generations.
Finally, I like wooden cooking utensils. The sound of a wooden spoon stirring around a pan is quite lovely, plus you don’t need to worry about scratching metal or non-stick cookware. Wood won’t react with acidic foods while cooking, either.
Some people do worry about bacteria in the wood grain, but the same can happen in plastic or metal utensils. Just wash your wooden utensils after use and be sure they are dried immediately. Wood spoons can easily last a lifetime when cared for properly.
What are some of the most-used pieces of cookware in your kitchen? Please share in the comment section below!
“There never was a good knife made of bad steel.” – Benjamin Franklin
After having indulged in my own love affair with knife making, this was perhaps the single most important lesson I learned about the art: A knife’s steel will define its application and determine its quality.
Not all knife steels are created equally, because different types of steel will come with different advantages, weaknesses, quirks and nuances. Whether you’d like to get into the art of knife making, or you’re simply shopping around for a survival/bushcraft knife, the metal that makes your knife is going to have a major influence on your expectations and your experiences with it in the field.
With that said, here are three of the most common types of steel that you’ll find when in search of a good knife to have with you at camp.
1. 440C: stainless and cheap, but always faithful
It’s been called “no-name steel” due to the fact that most of your cheaper survival application knives will be made of this stainless variant. Usually, if you find a blade that was made overseas (and I’m not talking about Sweden), then there’s a chance that you won’t even find any markings or indications on what kind of steel this thing is — but quite frankly, nine times out of 10, it will be 440C.
However, it’s not because it’s necessarily a bad type of steel. 440C has quite a great deal of advantages to offer. If anything, 440C is just extremely common, thereby driving down its price point, making it the best option for overseas manufacturers. This gives the blade an additional advantage in a way because it provides an excellent choice if you aren’t looking to purchase that really, really good one on your shopping list just yet. At the same time, you’ll be able to expect your knife to be …
- Super easy to sharpen
- Relatively resistant to corrosion
- Capable of holding its own in the field (provided you’re not trying to chop limbs off an oak tree).
At the same time, you shouldn’t expect the knife itself to do what a Ka-Bar might be capable of, especially if you only purchased it for $15 at a gun show. The steel itself will most likely hold, but the el-cheapo plastic handle could potentially give you problems.
2. 154CM: the do-it-all (fairly well) knife steel
It’s one of the reasons why I decided on purchasing my Leatherman Rebar in the first place. It’s made of 154CM steel alloy. If anything, I’ve been nothing but impressed by the multi-tool, not only because of its functionality but also because I’ve come to the conclusion that I have to sharpen it twice a year … whether it needs it or not.
154CM is an alloy that’s achieved a fairly prestigious reputation among knife lovers. The only reason why craft knife makers aren’t usually too fond of it is because the stuff is just too darn difficult to work with. However, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, because its metallurgical properties keep its edge extremely sharp for a very, very long time. Simply put, 154CM does not wear down easily.
It’s likely for that reason why the American-made Ontario SK-5 Blackbird is made of 154CM specifically for survival applications, because not only will it hold an edge through unforgiving conditions, but it’s also more corrosion-resistant than its high carbon steel alloy counterparts. So in summary, here are its three basic strengths …
- Holds its edge EXTREMELY well
- Relatively corrosion-resistant
- Fairly durable overall
Aside from being somewhat tough to sharpen, 154CM makes for a great knife. But that now leaves us with the granddaddy of popular manufactured survival knife steels …
3. 1095 High Carbon: the knife steel that never quits
This particular type of knife steel is, perhaps, the most loved by the survival/bushcraft community, as it’s basically the workhorse of knife steel alloys. This type of steel is just not going to give up its edge or structural integrity without taking a massive beating in the process.
It’s the reason why knife companies, such as ESEE, TOPS, Schrade and Ontario have used 1095-HC in their manufacturing process for a huge number of their knife product lines. Also, this is going to be your most common steel alloy that is found in your high-grade/price “tactical” knives as well.
However, the only reason why I might not select a high-carbon 10-series alloy knife would be due to the fact that its corrosion resistance is … well … not so good. This is the reason why most knives made of 1095-HC (or even the metallurgically reinforced 1095-Cro Van) are going to come with some type of coating, whether Duracoat or something else. These suckers will rust if they’re exposed to the elements for even a relatively short period of time.
However, this happens to be one of the most well-loved alloys for knife making — at least, if you’re cutting it from barstock. In addition, it’s got another interesting advantage: Because it’s a high-carbon alloy, you can use it to start a fire as you would with a flint-steel striker kit. If you’ve sanded off the coating near the blade’s point on the spine, you can take a piece of flint rock or churt to it … and viola … you’ve got sparks to light your charcloth. So to break it down for 1095-HC:
- Incredibly tough (making it ideal for survival applications)
- Holds its edge … like a boss
- Can double as a flint striker
So, if you’re looking for a high-end survival/bushcraft/tactical knife, which comes paired with a sheath that will protect it from the elements, then 1095-HC steel would be a fantastic choice that won’t give you problems. Let’s face it: All knives need love, so just keep it oiled and happily in its sheath, and it will love you back.
Different Steel, Different Applications
While the knife you decide to purchase might have a design that triggers your interest, it’s important to identify its steel beforehand (if possible). The steel alloy that makes up the knife is going to determine how it behaves in the field, and this should influence your expectations of what the blade will and will not offer.
With that being said, you should also consider that a blade’s toughness can also be affected by how it was made, so keep that in mind.
The point is (pun intended), with different steels, you will have different applications. It’s why a search-and-rescue operator won’t carry a chef’s knife, and a chef wouldn’t be caught dead with a Cold Steel SRK either.
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Amazon has dropped the price of the Zero Tolerance 0630 and 0560. I recently reviewed the 0630 (which I highly recommend by the way) which was already reasonably priced (around $200) given the materials used, overall quality and that it’s made in USA. Right now it’s going for $184.74, so it’s a good time to get one if you were thinking about doing so.
The 0561 is also on sale, going for $213.99. The 0630 is a tougher knife, but it’s hard to argue with the classic lines of the 0561. Either way, both are top quality folders.
How to make a knife!
Josh “The 7 P’s of Survival”
Want To learn How to Make A Knife? Listen in as I speak with James Whales (Founder and proprietor of Indy Hammered Knives) about his upcoming knife making classes and what the process students will learn in the class. We will also talk about a few of his exciting new products (one of which is the perfect present for someone who is striving to become self reliant) and possibly a sneak peak at a Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Christmas Deal from IHK!
We will start off the show talking about his brand new Complete Knife Kit- IHK Skinner (find out more information Here), which I believe is the perfect gift for anyone who wants to learn about knife making or is interested in becoming more self reliant. The kit comes with the following items: 1) 8” IHK Skinner blade (pre shaped, sharpened and ready to go)- the blade is 4” and 8” overall; 2) Book Matched scales (handle material) of your choice- I personally love the ironwood that came on my IHK Bush Clever; 3) Brass Mosaic Pin and Brass Lanyard Tube cut to length; 4) Two ton two part epoxy in corked glass tubes; 5) Custom skinner sheath by Samson Leather; 6) Step-By-Step Instructions- Illustrated; 7) Letter of Authenticity; 8) Care Card Instructions on maintaining your high carbon steel blade; and 9) Beautiful Wooden Gift Box with brass hardware and latch. James has taken care of all the tricky parts of the process and has essentially left you the ability to craft a the scales to your liking.
We will then turn to the Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) Survival Knife. The TEK has two sheath options currently: 1) the coyote tactical sheath with front pouch large enough for an Altoids sized tin complete with ferro rod w/ bungee cordage, four waterproof fire starters and jute twine or 2) A leather hip sheath with IHK logo. This knife and kit look to be an excellent combination for self reliance and I look forward to testing it out in the very near future (be sure to keep an eye out for that review within a week or two.
After the break we will come back and talk about the brad new Indy Hammered Knives Knife Making Class. The class will be taught using the same materials and process James uses to produce his one of a kind hammer forged knives. We will walk our way through the entire knife making class process, talk about what you will need to bring and what you can expect to learn while you are there.
Before we close I will be giving James a chance to tell you about a few Black Friday/Cyber Monday/Christmas/Gift Ideas that are must haves for everyone’s Christmas shopping list! If you haven’t had a chance to check out the IHK Bush Clever (see my review here)or the 18th century blanket roll (see it here) I hope you will check them out as I’m sure they would be a great give for anyone that enjoys the outdoors on your Christmas list.
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I can not put words in my buddy’s mouth. Don’t know him that well and really knowing what someone is thinking is an iffy proposition at best.
To close at least as far as this discussion goes the revolver vs semi auto discussion. While the difference in capacity is huge in a service sized pistol it is less so in a sub compact carry piece. A G17 with one in the pipe holds as much as a wheel gun with 2 reloads. They are to modern gun fighting what the Henry repeater was to the civil war AKA a game changer. When we narrow it down to sub compact CCW type guns the real capabilities are a lot closer. If we go to single stack auto’s, which probably carry closer to a J frame, the capacity is darn near the same though the auto still has a reload edge. A Kahr CW9, S&W Shield, etc all holds 7-8 and a typical J holds 5. Sure 2-3 rounds is something but it’s not the game changing 3x advantage a Glock 17 has on a standard wheel gun.
Finding a scenario where a J frame falls short but a single stack like a Shield/ CW9/ etc comes through is iffy. A round or two more and a faster reload to lose the contact shot and easy button failure drill (squeeze trigger again) might not be a great trade off. Make it a Glock 26 or the M&P equivalent which hold about double the bullets at 10ish and it could well matter.
Still at the end of the day for a normal guy doing normal guy stuff facing normal guy problems a J frame is probably plenty. The cliche 3 rounds in 3 seconds at 3 yards thing comes to mind here.
This brings us to a larger point. Being sentimental is part of what makes us human. Often survivalists and gun types are sentimental about kind of odd things like revolvers or old case folding knives or ALICE packs. I think we gun types and survivalists can get so focused on making the right rational decision that we try to justify things that way. Instead of just saying that we like X, in this case wheel guns, and that we prefer it to another option which might actually have some rational advantages.
I think being honest about this has value. Why? First and foremost being real and honest is just plain useful. Second and more significantly being honest with ourselves lets us make decisions more rationally. Say item A has 85% of the overall capabilities of item B but I really like it for whatever reason? Well instead of trying to justify why A is as good as B I can look at whether A can do enough of the job to be good enough for me. Maybe item A only has 50% of the capability of item B and even though you love it you should put it up on the mantle above the fireplace and carry B instead.
So be honest with yourself and accept when you are being emotional about stuff. It will actually let you make better decisions in the end.
It is common knowledge among outdoorsmen that experienced backpackers will tend to carry less gear. I believe the same holds true for the modern survivor. As time goes by we tend to understand what works, what doesn’t and settle for a more minimalistic setup. We also tend to appreciate quality. This is all especially true when it comes EDC, the small everyday carry items we are supposed to have with us daily. In my book, that would be keys, cellphone and wallet, knife, CCW where legal to do so, multitool, flashlight and lighter. A well rounded EDC is essential given that its not only useful for daily, more mundane tasks, but also for more serious emergencies. I am writing this just days after the terrorist attacks in Paris where over a hundred people were killed. Had one of the victims been armed and capable of defending himself, maybe things would have turned out different. It wasn’t that long ago that France saw another terrorist attack, also using an AK carbine, but this time the massacre was avoided thanks to three brave passengers that stopped the attacker.
Titanium is strong, light and durable, great for EDC. Sure, looks pretty good too.
When it comes to using a humble folding knife against a terrorist armed with an AK we have to honestly assess such unfavourable odds. After all, every gun nut will tell you not to bring a knife to a gunfight, right? Well, this gun nut actually tried the old knife vs gun exercise, and I would agree that you don’t want to bring a knife to a gunfight, as long as it’s out of the 0-7 feet range, because at that range and all other factors being equal, the guy with the knife is more likely to win the fight. It would take an extremely well trained and fit shooter to move away backwards or sideways faster than the attacker moving forwards, all while bringing up the muzzle of the gun yet avoiding getting stabbed. When there’s not enough distance, it’s more about hand to hand combat than shooting and you never want to wrestle the guy with the knife. This is why the Tueller Drills puts the minimum engagement range for a defensive shooter against a knife attacker at 21 feet.
Even at very close range, attacking any armed attacker is a last, desperate resort option but I at least would gladly take those odds over certain death.
Zero Tolerance 0630
Hopefully our EDC folder will spend its days opening mail, peeling fruit and occasionally doing some whittling. That’s why Victorinox knives are so popular, they handle 99% of the tasks a pocket knife was really intended for. But then we have that 1%. That 1% is where the “overbuilt” tactical folder comes into play.
My first reaction to the ZT0630 was literally “Oh crap!”. I had just received the knife, changed the pocket clip and slipped it into my left front pocket. I was chatting with my wife as I pulled out the knife, completely caught by surprise by how strongly the blade snapped open. My wife stopped talking “What the hell? What is that?”. “Oh, it’s a knife that opens as you pull it out of the pocket…”. Why is it that men don’t know when to shut up? She went into a rant about how its always something with me, how everything around me cuts (knives), explodes (li-ion batteries) shoots (guns) or shoots ammo that also explodes on impact(shouldn’t have bought those…).
Anyway, I admit that although I knew about the Emerson “Wave Feature”, I didn’t expect it to be so efficient. Its not perfect though. Of course there is a bit of a learning curve and although you learn how to use it with a few deployments, it’s the kind of thing that will take some time until it becomes second nature. The “wave feature” is simply that small hook on the spine of the blade. As you pull the folder from the pocket it catches the fabric of the edge of your pocket and forces the blade open. With a bit of speed it does so strongly enough to fully deply with a loud snap. Ernest Emerson originally designed this feature as a blade guard/catcher, a request from some SEAL team members. It was only in actual use that the feature was discovered by accident.
Excellent Design, Excellent Execution.
Next to Cold Steel Voyager Large Tanto
The ZT0630 is an outstanding knife because it combines an excellent design by Emerson Knives with excellent execution by Zero Tolerance. Emerson knives are quality, well-thought blades intended for tactical use. “Tactical” does not always equate to ideal EDC. A tactical folder may prioritize being light, because an operator has several pounds of other critical gear to carry. The average person has no such concerns. Steels may be softer prioritizing toughness and blade integrity over edge retention. A knife enthusiast may be willing to pay considerably more for a premium steel which is both strong and holds and edge well. Emerson traditionally uses a chisel grind, which is very sharp and easy to sharpen. It is also off center and more suited for utility rather than detail cutting. The ZT0630 uses a traditional saber grind with double bevel. This requires skilled sharpening on both sides of the blade rather than just one side, but the edge is right in the middle and cuts straight. This is the kind of grind you find in some Swedish hard-use Puukko knives.
Emerson uses a liner lock mechanism. These are somewhat controversial in the knife world given that at times they have failed when hitting the spine of the blade or when a moderate amount of lateral pressure is applied. An Emerson knife in proper form should not fail like this. It is designed so as to bend and jam the liner into place if excessive force is applied. The ZT0630 uses a stronger (and heavier) titanium framelock mechanism. For extra durability and toughness, the ZT0630 lock bar has a steel insert where it contacts the blade. After a few decades of hard use your grandkids may have the insert replaced for a new one so as to keep the knife locking tight. All locks fail when enough force is applied, but the ZT0630 is clearly stronger than its Emerson counterparts. The steel insert in the lock bar extends under the titanium scale, working as a stop to prevent the lock bar from overextending. Clever design.
The blade shape is an upswept clip point similar to the CQC-8. The tip is strong, yet acute and capable of penetrating tissue with ease. The long belly is designed to slash well within the limitations of a 3.6 inch blade. The blade steel is S35VN, which is tougher and holds an edge longer than CPM154. Without getting too technical, S35VN is overall considered an improvement over the already excellent S30V. It is easier to sharpen, 25% tougher than S30V and the edge rolls instead of chipping. The frame lock handle is made of titanium with a matte finish. The black scale is made of textured G10, which provides good traction without being too aggressive. Although the wave inevitably deploys the knife, there’s also a thumb disk which for opening the knife the traditional way. I found it to be comfortable and fast.
While Zero Tolerance uses Kershaw Velocity Technology (KTV) in some of their other premium knives, they went for traditional washers with the ZT0630. I’m glad they did. KTV uses small ball bearings in a plastic carrier which makes for a very fast opening, but it simply isnt as strong as traditional washer construction.The knife still opens smoothly and fast and it only gets better after a short break in period.
The handle is comfortable, well suited for medium or large hands although given the flat profile smallish hands should be ok as well. A deep forefinger groove achieves two important objectives: First, it keeps your hand in place and stops it from slipping forward if used forcefully. Second, it wraps the index finger tightly against the lock bar, pushing it deeper and applying more pressure to the locking mechanism the harder your grip it.
Overall the Zero Tolerance #0630 is an outstanding tactical folder and I highly recommend it. I love the design, the materials used and the careful execution.