Helle Temagami Les Stroud Survival Knife Review

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Helle Temagami Les Stroud Survival Knife Review

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

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goTenna Mesh Off-Grid Communication Device Review

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goTenna Mesh Off-Grid Communication Device Review

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

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

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

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

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Boker Plus Exskelibur I Titanium Framelock Knife Review

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Boker Plus Exskelibur I Titanium Framelock Knife Review

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

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Spyderco Roadie Little Big EDC Slipjoint Knife Review

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Spyderco Roadie Little Big EDC Slipjoint Knife Review

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

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Survival Hax Tactical Pen {Review}

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Survival Hax Tactical Pen

This Survival Pen from Survival Hax is not your father’s pen.

Here are the Specs:
Length: 6”
Thickness: .5”
Exterior: Aviation aircraft aluminum
Blade Material: 3CR13 steel
Weight: .1 lbs

  • The Principal was excited when this came. He immediately opened it and started to see what it could do.
  • It has a knife (cut clothes off or maybe make kindling)
  • It can break glass (which is handy if you find yourself in your car in water)
  • It has an LED light (need to find your car keys?)

The only thing that The Principal (I really need to find him a new nickname, our homeschool days are over next month) thought needed improving was making the pen a ‘clicky’ pen vs having to remove the lid. 

 
Here is a short video about this Tactical Pens uses.

Love the pen and we recommend it!

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

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

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

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Leatherman Signal Wilderness Survival EDC Multi-Tool Review

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Leatherman Signal Wilderness Survival EDC Multi-Tool Review

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

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Spyderco Pingo Slip Joint Everyday Carry Knife Review

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Spyderco Pingo Slip Joint Everyday Carry Knife Review

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

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Ham-O-Can Redux: The Operator G1 from Hardened Power Systems

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Call it a radio go box or Ham-O-Can, the Operator G1 by Hardened Power Systems IS the Ham-O-Can…only better.  The original Ham-O-Can video is here.  This comms box is one awesome piece of kit.  Check it out: Products in the video: HPS Operator G1 Midland MXT 105 Operator Magnetic Kickstands New 15 Watt Midland MXT …

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Product Review: Valley Food Storage

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Valley Food Storage recently  asked if I would be willing to review some of their products. I said “send me what you want me to review, and I will give it an honest review on my website.” The following is that review. Please note that Valley Food Storage did not pay me to do this review. 

Valley Food Storage (website: https://valleyfoodstorage.com) provides healthy long-term food storage (freeze-dried foods, powdered foods, and related items). By healthy, they mean:

  • No GMOs
  • No Artifical Preservatives or Chemicals
  • No Fillers
  • No Hydrogenated Oils
  • No MSG
  • Many Gluten-Free Options
  • Many Dairy-Free Options 

Overall, I was extremely impressed with the quality and taste of the products they sent me to review. I also really appreciate the emphasis they place on providing healthy options. A quick look at their website revealed that their prices seem to be among the most affordable in the industry (several other similar companies are extremely expensive by comparison). Here are the individual reviews of the five products they sent me:

Pasta Primavera – Simple to make. Just add water and heat. The pasta primavera has a good taste, and was not at all powdery (which is my experience with another company’s pasta). I’m not much of  pasta person, but my mother is, so I had her try this also. She really liked it, too. 

Freeze-Dried Coconut Milk Bites – WOW!! You eat this straight out of the bag as a snack. I loved it, and will likely order some just to eat as a snack.  Tastes great. I also added  some to my coffee, which both sweetened my coffee and gave it a coconut flavor. Excellent. 

Freeze-Dried Vanilla Greek Yogurt – Tastes exactly like vanilla Greek yogurt, which it is, of course, just freeze dried. You can eat this straight out of the bag, too. It is quite sweet, so it will satisfy any sugar craving you might have.

Freeze-Dried Strawberry Slices – You can reconstitute the strawberries, or eat them straight out of the package. I tried them both ways, and they tasted like strawberries. Very good.

Pineapple Chunks – Like the strawberries, you can either eat the pineapple chunks straight out of the bag or reconstitute them with water. Either way, they taste like pineapples! 

If you are looking for long-term food storage options, check out Valley Food Storage. Their list of products is extensive, and not just food items, but also water storage & purification, and other emergency supplies. 


Schrade SCH304 Heavy Duty Folding Knife Review

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Schrade SCH304 Heavy Duty Folding Knife Review

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

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Benchmade Osborne 940 EDC Pocket Knife Review

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Benchmade Osborne 940 EDC Pocket Knife Review

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

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The COMPLETE How To Build The Ultimate Bug Out Vehicle

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We’ve been on this series for some time and here it is, the COMPLETE How To Build The Ultimate Bug Out Vehicle.  Bug Out Vehicles, they can mean different things to different people.  Not all “bug outs” may be permanent, some could be.  In this video we talk about the fundamentals of building a bug …

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Cold Steel Finn Wolf

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Here is my You Tube review of the Cold Steel Finn Wolf. I am very impressed with this excellent folder, which may well become my EDC folder.

On Amazon: Cold Steel Finn Wolf

Overall Length: 7.75 inches
Blade Length:  3.5 inches
Blade Thickness: 3 millimeters
Weight: 3.4  oz.
Steel Type: Japanese AUS 8A
Features: Scandi grind; Ambidextrous clip can be moved to opposite side for choice of right-hand or left-hand carry; Tri-Ad locking mechanism. 

RattlerStrap Titan Series 550 Paracord Survival EDC Belt Review

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RattlerStrap Titan Series 550 Paracord Survival EDC Belt Review

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

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Lansky World Legal UK-Friendly EDC Folding Knife Review

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Lansky World Legal UK-Friendly EDC Folding Knife Review

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

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Brushfire Plague Retribution Review

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Brushfire Plague Retribution is volume 3 of the Brushfire Plague series.  We reviewed the first book and found it to be riveting.  The third book does not disappoint; it continues to deliver as much, if not more action as the previous books. What is it about? The Brushfire Plague series is about a world falling apart as a result of a widespread plague.  Millions of people have died and violence is rampant. Cooper […]

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Spyderco UK Penknife UKPK Slipjoint EDC Knife Review

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Spyderco UK Penknife UKPK Slipjoint EDC Knife Review

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

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Douk-Douk Traditional Slip Joint Pocket Knife Review

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Douk-Douk Traditional Slip Joint Pocket Knife Review

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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How To Build The Ultimate Bug Out Vehicle- Tires: A Critical Component

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I’ll bet that a lot of you are trying to decide between attending your dentist appointment or watching this video. Watch the video. Tires are a critical choice when building a bug out vehicle. Overlook or buy the wrong tires and it your day at some point in the future might head very south. Choosing …

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How To Build The Ultimate Bug Out Vehicle- Foundations- What Vehicles Are Good Foundations?

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If you missed PART 1, click here. So, you’ve decided that you want to build yourself a bug out vehicle to get yourself out of Dodge if the fecal matter hits the rotary oscillator. What vehicle do you start with? Well, certain vehicles are definitely better than others, but why? In the second part of …

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SOG Flash II Lightweight EDC Folding Pocket Knife Review

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SOG Flash II Lightweight EDC Folding Pocket Knife Review

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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How To Build The Ultimate Bug Out Vehicle- What Is A Bug Out Vehicle?

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What is a bug out vehicle? Let’s face it, search for information on bug out vehicles. What you will find is crap.   Lots of folks out there want to know the how/what/when/where’s of creating their own bug out vehicle. You found the right place. Welcome to the Tin Hat Ranch’s series on how to …

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Tessemae’s All Natural {Review}

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Review of Tessemae's by @MamaKautz

I know you may be thinking what the heck? A review for salad dressing? This doesn’t have anything to do with preparedness. It kind of does. Healthy eating, in our house, is considered part of our preparedness plan. We need to be in the best shape possible, not a round shape, but physically fit to be ready for the SHTF. That said, I am also getting away from writing about prepping and moving towards wellness. (Find more goodness at WholesomeFamilies.org soon)

On to the review.

I LOVE THIS BRAND!

End of review.

Kidding!!

Can I tell you why I love it?
I can? Cool!

#1 All Natural
The story goes that Tesse was a mom to 3 boys (so am I) She was tired of the ingredients in your run of the mill dressings. (so am I) So Tesse created her own, all natural line of dressings and marinades. I don’t what I love more. That she is a mom like I am going after her dreams, or that I can fell COMPLETELY at ease with my sons using these products on their food. I could pronounce all of the ingredients!

#2 Labeling
I love that their labels are so easy to read. Want Paleo? It’s on there. Dairy, Gluten, or Sugar free? It’s on there. Kosher? Yep, it’s on there. Doing a Whole30? Some of these are even on the approved food list for Whole30!

Honey Balsamic Marinade by Tessemae's

#3 Delicious!
I took some of our Zaycon Foods chicken breast and marinaded it in the Honey Balsamic marinade overnight. Grilled it the next evening and oh my gosh!! SO GOOD!
I did enough chicken to eat throughout the week and it was great tasting every time!

Tessemae's All Natural Dressing and Marinades

You can find Tessemae’s on Facebook and Twitter

You can purchase your own Tessemae’s on Amazon. If you are in the NW you can find it at Fred Meyer, QFC, or Target.

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Solo Stove Review

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Solo Stove review by a MSB reader:   I came across a backpacking stove on the internet that burns twigs and sticks. The stove is made and sold by Solo Stove. I have several backpacking stoves, but they all need some kind of packed in fuel such as white gas, IsoButane, alcohol, etc. I have […]

Hapstone Pro Manual Knife Sharpener Review

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Hapstone Pro Manual Knife Sharpener Review

In the knife aficionado and fanatic circles, we talk a lot about knives, but seldom do we delve deeply into discussion of knife sharpeners. This has always struck me as quite odd. We’ll spend thousands of dollars on cutlery (sometimes only on one knife!), but rarely go into what is required to upkeep said knives. When it… Read More

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Prepper Alert! Defective Product Design

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The defective Ozark Trail water jug

I want to make my fellow preppers aware of a serious design flaw in the Ozark Trail 6-gal water jugs sold at Wal-mart stores (and perhaps elsewhere). This design flaw lead to 100% of my Ozark Trail jugs leaking within two years. These green water storage jugs have an X-design stamped on two sides. This X-design apparently creates weak spots in the material, eventually leading to leaks along the edges of the X. 

About two years ago, I bought four of the Ozark Trail water hugs at Wal-mart to use as part of my water storage. I filled them up and put them in a spare bedroom that I use for storage. About six-months later, I noticed that on of the jugs had developed a leak along the X on one side. I had to throw out the leaking jug. 

Over the next year-and-a-half, all three of the remaining jugs started leaking, all along the same spot – the edges of the X stamped in their sides. This X is a serious design flaw that apparently will eventually cause all these water storage jugs to start leaking. If you have these jugs, you may want to check to see if they are leaking yet. I suggest feeling along the edges of each X for moisture. 

I also have several of the 7-gallon Aqua-Tainers by Reliance. These water storage jugs are actually a couple of years older than my defective Ozark Trail jugs, yet none of them are leaking. I plan on replacing the Ozark Trail jugs with Aqua-Tainer jugs. 

My older Aqua-Tainer water jugs are still not leaking.

Making Cave Ketchup (includes recipe)

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I recently picked up a copy of Paleo Comfort Foods, at the recommendation of my doctor (he follows a “mostly” paleo diet himself). It is a cookbook full of recipes that fit the Paleo Diet. I’m not on a strict Paleo diet, but because if my diabetes I avoid grains, including bread, cereals, rice, and pasta, as well as white potatoes, and added sugar in my foods, as part of eating a healthy diet. Paleo foods fit my requirements nicely.

For those not familiar with the Paleo Diet, it rejects industrialized (highly processed) foods, and most Agricultural Age foods (such as grains, and most legumes). Folks following a Paleo Diet eat lots of meat, fish, fowl, eggs, most veggies, mushrooms, fruits, herbs & spices, honey, and most nuts & seeds. They avoid bread, cereal, rice, and grains of all sorts, white potatoes, most beans, added sugars (they sweeten with honey or fruit), and the artificial flavors, coloring, & preservatives so common in modern foods. That is an over-simplification of the Paleo Diet, of course, but it gives you the basic idea. 

One of the recipes in Paleo Comfort Foods is for a Paleo version of ketchup. Since I can’t eat regular ketchup, because it is loaded with added sugars, I was quite happy to find a recipe for home-made ketchup without all that extra sugar, found in store-bought ketchup. I made it over the weekend, and have tried it on several foods. Here is the recipe (given in the context of an overall book review, so as to not violate copyright), along with my comments on how it turned out, along with the book review.

Cave Ketchup

Ingredients:
6 ounces of tomato paste (no salt, no sugar added variety)
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 pinch allspice
1 pinch salt
1/8 teaspoon paprika (optional)
1 clove garlic (I used minced garlic instead)
1 bay leaf

Combine all ingredients (except the garlic clove and bay leaf) in a medium sized sauce pan. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.  Add in the garlic clove and bay leaf (whole). Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes stirring occasionally. Watch for desired consistency, as this stuff will thicken quickly toward the end. If you overdo it, you can add a tablespoon of water back to the mix. Remove the bay leaf and garlic clove, and allow the ketchup to cool.

My Comments

I didn’t have a garlic clove, so I substituted some minced garlic instead. It took close to the 30 minutes for my ketchup to thicken to how I liked it. The BIG advantage of cave ketchup for me is no added sugar (Regular Ketchup is loaded with added sugar). It also is missing all the artificial preservatives and other chemicals typically found in store-bought ketchup. 

Taste: Cave Ketchup tastes a lot like regular ketchup, except its is not nearly as sweet (which is the point, as far as I’m concerned). It does have a slightly more vinegary taste, and I can taste the cinnamon, which is missing from store-bought ketchup. Overall, Cave Ketchup is more favorable than regular ketchup. I will be using Cave Ketchup as my version of ketchup from now own. 

Disclaimer: I have avoided sugar and sweets for over a year now, and am no longer used to most store-bought foods, which tend to be loaded with lots of salt and sugar. Store-bought ketchup now tastes so sweet to me as to be almost nauseating. If you are used to sweet ketchup, it make take some time to adjust your taste buds to Cave Ketchup, but it is so much healthier for you that it is worth the effort.

Paleo Comfort Foods – Homestyle Cooking for a Gluten-Free Kitchen

http://amzn.to/2arvPPxThe book by  Julie & Charles Mayfield is primarily a cookbook, not a Paleo Diet book, in that it is almost all recipes – more than 125 – but not much explanation of the Paleo Diet itself. I’ve already given you the gist, and if you want more info on the Paleo Diet just search for it on You Tube.

The recipes are divided into six sections:

1 – Starters & Snacks (examples: Paleo Spiced Nuts, Deviled Eggs, Spicy Chicken Wings)

2- Sauces & Staples (examples: Paleo Mayonnaise, Turkey Gravy, Tartar Sauce)

3- Soups & Salads (examples: Chicken & Grape Salad, Chicken Soup, Beef Stew)

4-  On The Side (examples: Grilled Veggies, Oven-Roasted Okra, Paleo Grits)

5- Main Dishes (examples: Green Eggs & Turkey, Pot of Chicken Pie, Fish Tacos, Braised Rabbit, Venison Medallions with Mustard Sauce, Country Captain Chicken, Cedar-Plank Chipotle Salmon)

6- Deserts (examples: Poached Pears, Sweet Potato Pie, Apple Crisp)

Folks, there is nothing fancy about these recipes. Its just healthy foods that regular folks like me can fix and eat! 

I’ve also tried (this morning!) the Breakfast Egg Muffins. Delicious and healthy!

Solavore Sport Solar Oven Review: Pasteurizing Water and Baking

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It’s summer and to celebrate the sunshine, Solavore sent me their Solavore Sport solar oven to test out.  Having a powerless cooking method is important if there is an emergency and you aren’t able to use your normal stove or oven.  It is also nice in the summer to be able to cook without heating up your house running your oven!  The Solavore Sport is a slick little solar oven that is easy to use and cooks some delicious food.

About the Solavore Sport

The Solavore Sport comes in three pieces.  The base is large enough to hold a standard 9×13 pan with some room left over.  The lid, which is an insulated clear plastic piece, snaps onto the base.  And the optional reflectors install easily in a groove on the lid and hook down.  The reflectors are recommended for use if you are cooking in spring, fall, or at high altitudes to increase the heat of the oven, but are not necessary if you are cooking in the middle of summer on a sunny day.

Solavore sport solar oven review--will it bake a cake?

From the Solavore website:

Features:

  • Housing is made from rugged nylon plastic for weatherability and durability. No BPA’s.
  • It’s tough but light, only 9 pounds.
  • Insulation is one inch closed-cell foam, does not absorb moisture.
  • The lid’s double layer creates dead air space for enhanced insulation.
  • The oven holds two 10-inch pots (included) or your favorite lasagna pan!
  • The floor dimension of the oven is 9 1/4 inches x 17 1/2 inches- yes, you can bake cookies!
  • All oven components are made in the USA.
  • Uses no fossil fuel – only the free energy of the sun.

The Solavore Sport also comes with a thermometer to gauge the temperature of the oven, two black pots that fit side by side in the oven, a getting started guide, and a WAPI (WAter Pasteurization Indicator).

Solavore sport solar oven review--will it bake a cake?

Pasteurizing water

I started testing the oven with a simple project, pasteurizing water using one of the included pots and the WAPI.

In order for water to be safe to drink, it needs to be heated to 149 degrees F.  The WAPI is a small tube filled with heat sensitive wax that melts at 150 F.  Threaded on a thin wire, this WAPI can be suspended, wax side up, in the water that is being pasteurized and will indicate, by the wax melting and falling to the bottom of the tube, when the water has reached a high enough temperature to be safe to drink.  It is such a simple tool, but extremely valuable for conserving fuel and keeping you safe from water borne pathogens in an emergency.

Solavore sport solar oven review--will it bake a cake?

Pasteurizing water in the Solavore Sport was very simple.

  1. Put water in the pot
  2. Suspend the WAPI, wax side up in the water.
  3. Put it in the oven and point it toward the sun.

Solavore sport solar oven review--will it bake a cake?Solavore sport solar oven review--will it bake a cake?

It easily reached a temperature high enough to pasteurize the water within a couple of hours on a clear 80 degree day at approximately 5,800 ft. altitude.

Here’s video of how it’s done:

Cooking some dinner

My next project was cooking dinner.  We have a family of 6, so I filled both pots with partially frozen chicken and raw quartered potatoes.  This one I started about noon and we ate around 6 pm.  I did occasionally adjust the angle of the oven to keep up with location of the sun.  I didn’t check it before we were ready to eat, so it may have been done sooner.  The meat was super tender, and everything was nicely cooked through.  My amazing husband, who doesn’t dish out compliments easily, said it was the best chicken he’d had in a long time.  Thanks, Solavore!

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Dinner going in . . .

Solavore sport solar oven review--will it bake a cake?

And coming out perfect!

Without the reflectors, this oven didn’t get above about 250 degrees F for me.  The drawback there is that it won’t cook foods as quickly as a conventional oven.  The benefit is that slow cooked food is usually better tasting, and the oven doesn’t get so hot that you have to be super careful with kids around it.  So, having passed the “pasteurize water” test and the “cook dinner” test, and knowing the lower temperature range of this oven, I thought I’d put it to a real test and bake a cake in it.

Baking a cake

I used a cake mix I was familiar with so I could judge a little better how the end product turned out.  Even though dark pans are recommended, I used a light colored metal pan for the cake because that’s what I own.

Solavore sport solar oven review--will it bake a cake?

It did need to bake for quite a bit longer than normal because of the lower temperatures, but 2.5 hours after putting it in the oven, I had cake.  Nice, moist, a little denser than usual, cake.  Delicious.  Without using my oven or having to use any fuel.  Just the power of the sun and the Solavore Sport oven.

Solavore sport solar oven review--will it bake a cake?

And for you visual folks, here’s the cake baking video and an overview of the Solavore Sport solar oven:

Giveaway!

Solavore is also going to send one of my readers a Solavore Sport oven of their own, complete with reflector, two 3-qt Granite Ware pots, thermometer, WAPI, and Getting Started guide.  A $269 value!  What a great way to celebrate the sunshine and get practicing cooking without power!  To enter the giveaway, use the form below to sign up for my mailing list.  I promise the list is not spammy–I use it to share preparedness information and deals I find with my readers.  You can always unsubscribe if you find it is not of value to you.  You can also share this giveaway with your friends for extra entries!  Giveaway ends next Wednesday, July 20 at 11:59:59 pm MDT.  Good luck!

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Lynx Defense Range Bag

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This bag is made in the USA in Selma, North Carolina, and it is Berry Amendment compliant under USC, Title 10, and Section 2533a. What is the Berry Amendment and what does it have to do with a range bag anyway.

The Berry Amendment is a statutory requirement that restricts the Department of Defense (DoD) from using funds appropriated or otherwise available to DoD for procurement of food, clothing, fabrics, fibers, yarns, other made-up textiles, and hand or measuring tools that are not grown, reprocessed, reused, or produced in the United States.

The Berry Amendment has been critical to maintaining the safety and security of our armed forces, by requiring covered items to be produced in the United States. With respect to textiles and clothing, the Berry Amendment has been critical to the viability of the textile and clothing production base in the United States (Trade.Gov, 2016).

This means that the Lynx Defense Range Bag is made from the highest quality materials available and that all phases of manufacturing and assembly comply with Department of Defense standards even though this bag is marketed for civilian use.

Manufacturer’s Specifications

  • The Bag Is 12 Inches Tall, 16 Inches Long And 9 Inches Wide
  • Two Inserts Are Included With The Option To Purchase More, Which Can Then Be Added
  • Inserts Fit Most Guns (Feature Gun And Magazine Holders)
  • Fits A Maximum Of Four Gun/Magazine Combination Inserts
  • Includes A Detachable Rollout Gun Mat
  • Durable 500D Cordura Fabric
  • Removable Hard Bottom For Increased Durability

(Cordura is a durable proven fabric for the needs of the shooting sports, military, and tactical industries. We source every single thread, zipper, piece of Velcro, and fabric from US companies making their products in the USA.)

I found out years ago that using a gym bag or a duffle bag made for clothes just doesn’t make the cut, when it comes to carrying firearms and assorted relevant gear around. Ammo gets lost in gym bags, and my shooting glasses always seemed to get bent out of shape and everything bangs around inside the bag, which always made me cringe, because what is getting chipped or nicked I always wondered.

If you are like me, you want to configure things to suit yourself, and this bag makes it easy to do, so play around with it when you get it home. The bag employs hook-and-loop attachments, so they can be removed and placed in different positions so you can adjust to suit your needs, and you can purchase and add additional ones as well.

With the Lynx Defense Range Bag, everything has its place and it stays in its place, so if you are heading out for a hunting trip and are traversing rough terrain rest assured your firearms, magazines and Ammo are secured in place.

While not as big as some range bags you can buy this one has plenty of room above and beyond what is needed for your handguns and magazines. You can carry firearm tools, eye and ear protection, there is a pocket for paper targets, and plenty of room for extra Ammo along with your cleaning kit and other assorted sundry items.

Lynx Defense Range Bag

I love the range mat because it protects your handguns and gives you a good work surface to clean and work on your firearms. The material cleans up easy as well, so you can keep it looking new no matter how much you use it.

Some firing ranges have concrete tables/benches that can mar the finish on your handgun quickly, so you do need a mat for laying out your firearms, and having one built in ensures you always have one, and of course lay the mat out at home for firearm maintenance, as well.

You can remove the rollout mat for extra storage if you so choose. This bag gives you options and allows you to adapt it to suit your personal preferences.

The removable hardened bottom may not sound like a selling point for some people, but it is, and you will appreciate it once you reach inside the bag. The bottom holds the bag in such a way that you don’t have to constantly push the sides away to find something, which is characteristic with many range bags. Moreover, you can remove it as I said, which makes cleaning the bag much easier and the material does clean up easy by the way, which is typical of high-quality material. The hard bottom also protects the contents if you happen to drop the bag or set it down harder than you expected.

Even though the bag is high quality, it is nondescript in the sense that when carrying it in public it doesn’t advertise it is a range bag full of firearms. The bag has an adjustable shoulder strap if you choose to use it. You can learn more about Lynx Defense and all there products at LynxDefense.com

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News, Reviews, and the survival axe!

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News, Reviews, and the survival axe! James Walton “I Am Liberty” With the closing election, people falling dead at the hands of radical Muslims all over the world and our governments unwillingness to approach a single problem with any real sense it can be a bit overwhelming. There are mornings I wake up and feel like … Continue reading News, Reviews, and the survival axe!

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Cold Steel Hold Out II Tri-Ad Lock EDC Pocket Knife Review

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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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Review: Bud K Neck Knife

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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.

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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.

ALPS Mountaineering Comfort Air Pad Review

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ALPS Mountaineering Comfort air pad – review

The review of the ALPS Comfort self-inflating pad is a result of working with 3bed.scom, a website with a scientific approach to testing and rating best air mattresses and pads out there.

Bits of ALPS trivia

After running Kelty, a backpack company, Dennis Brune started ALPS in the early 1990s with a simple but ambitious mission statement – to make quality gear at lower prices.

It’s a claim we’ll put to test as we look into this sleeping pad.

The company makes a range of hiking and camping gear, from chair and tables to tents and air mattresses.

About the pad

The Comfort air pad is one of the three pad series that ALPS Mountaineering is best known for, the other two being the Lightweight and the Featherlite series.

Features and specs:

Pad type: self-inflating (open-cell foam technology)

Color available: Moss

Dimensions: Available in size from Regular (20 x 72 1.5 inches) to XXL (30 x 77 x 4 inches)

Weight: size regular is listed at 3.25 pounds

Deflation valves: brass

ALPS Mountaineering Comfort Air Pad

My first impressions

Sleeping on the ground isn’t the most inviting proposition.  You don’t always have access to an ideal perfectly flat campsite and the errant tree root is always looking to poke you right in the back at 3am.  Also, waking up at 3am is usually accompanied by shivering and a full bladder, and then the mind games begin as you weigh your options on whether or not to get up.  This can leave you with burning eyes, exhaustion, and a bad mood as the sun begins to rise.

These age old camping problems have begun to receive higher tech solutions, the Alps Mountaineering Comfort series air pad being one crack at helping you sleep straight on through to morning.  The concept is simple, place your body on a cushion of air, separating you from the tree root. 

That cushion of air also provides a pretty good layer of insulation, keeping the ground from soaking the heat out of your body.  These tips of “self inflating” camping mattresses generally utilize foam that can be compressed (like when you roll up the mattress) yet expands when you unroll it, allowing air to fill the spaces that open up.

While simple in theory, the execution is what counts with these air mattresses.  How well do they hold up?  Do they puncture easily?  Alps is a value brand that makes some pretty decent tents, but being a value brand, does it stack up to the big boys?  Stick around, as we will be putting this air pad to the test and see if saving a couple of bucks is worth it.

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Gerber Gator Machete Saw Back Outdoor Knife Review

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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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Aftermath II: Struggle for Independence Review

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Aftermath II Review by Mama Kautz

You can read my review of Book 1 Aftermath: A Story of Survival over here and I am FINALLY, only a few months late, sharing my thoughts on the 2nd book in the series.
Like book 1, this was a great read. I love this genre and I also love supporting new authors.
As with most self published authors there will be typos and maybe a few grammatical errors. I don’t feel there were so many that it took away from the story. There have been books I couldn’t finish because of there errors.

While I recommend reading book 1 first, this could be a stand alone.

Jimmy Walker is the main character in the series that takes place after IT happened. Basically the SHTF and they find themselves in a Post Apocalyptic world. They avoid the U.N., they overcome the local bandits, but now they have winter coming.

Like I said this is my favorite genre. Is it as good as Lights Out? I would say a strong 3 out of 5 stars.
I see lots of potential in the author and can’t wait to read more.

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The Goal Zero 250 Lantern: A Flexible Lighting/Phone Charging Solution

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The Goal Zero Lighthouse 250 Lantern is a true multi tasking workhorse. Fully charged, it can give up to 48 hours of continuous light and/or charge your USB devices. It has a hand crank so you can use human power to recharge it and you can plug it into a portable solar panel system (a […]

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Cold Steel Bushman Hollow Handle Survival Knife Review

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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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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 Finale – Episode 16 “Last Day On Earth”

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A number of plot points will inevitably be revealed in the course of these writings.  My intent is to review this program from the perspective of the Doomer / Prepper / Survivalist community, but, to do that effectively, some things have to be explained in greater detail than I might normally prefer in a review.  As a result, spoilers will follow.  You have been warned.  In truth, you might more accurately describe these posts as in-depth discussions of certain aspects of each episode with an emphasis on how the character’s actions might be applicable in a real-life…

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The $12, 18 billion lumen, impervious to water at crush depths, Cree* LED Headlamp

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So scams promise to make you rich overnight, in the case of off shore goods that could be useful to our everyday lives, they make you poor slowly.  In this video I take a look at the $12 headlamp that claims some amazing things.  Spoiler alert..It doesn’t do anything it says it does.  Does that …

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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 15 “East”

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A number of plot points will inevitably be revealed in the course of these writings.  My intent is to review this program from the perspective of the Doomer / Prepper / Survivalist community, but, to do that effectively, some things have to be explained in greater detail than I might normally prefer in a review.  As a result, spoilers will follow.  You have been warned.  In truth, you might more accurately describe these posts as in-depth discussions of certain aspects of each episode with an emphasis on how the character’s actions might be applicable in a real-life…

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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 14 “Twice As Far”

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A number of plot points will inevitably be revealed in the course of these writings.  My intent is to review this program from the perspective of the Doomer / Prepper / Survivalist community, but, to do that effectively, some things have to be explained in greater detail than I might normally prefer in a review.  As a result, spoilers will follow.  You have been warned.  In truth, you might more accurately describe these posts as in-depth discussions of certain aspects of each episode with an emphasis on how the character’s actions might be applicable in a real-life…

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Review: James Wesley, Rawles’ Land of Promise

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Most folks in the survivalist and prepper communities know who James Wesley, Rawles is – the first survivalist blogger and a prolific author, with six novels and two non-fiction books. His most recent novel, Land of Promise, is the first of The Counter-Caliphate Chronicles series. I just finished reading the book, and really liked it. It is definitely worth reading if you enjoy prepper and survivalist fiction, especially written from a Christian viewpoint.

Synopsis

Land of Promise is a Christian survivalist geopolitical thriller. It is also technically science fiction since it takes place several decades in the future and features some not-yet-existing technology. But the futuristic aspects are realistic, not fantastic, so don’t expect any space ships, lightsabers, or Star Trek-like transporters.

The premise of the book is that an Islamic Caliphate, a successor to the current ISIS, has succeeded in being established throughout the Islamic world, and now dominates globally through its economic and military might, as well as the continued use of terror and fear. Aiding its world dominance is the political weakness, economic troubles, political correctness, and moral decline of the United States and the rest of the Western world. Westerners, in general, have lost much of their personal and economic freedoms to politically-correct police states that cower in fear of the Caliphate. Traditional, Bible-believing Christianity, in particular, has fallen out-of-favor in the West, with Christians being treated as second-class citizens, often persecuted for their beliefs. All this is very realistic considering current trends, if one is willing to take an honest look at what is happening today.

In answer to this untenable situation, a small group of Christian business people and diplomats hatch  plan to create a Christian homeland, the Ilemi Republic, in the harsh environment of a very sparsely populated area of eastern Africa. Africa seem a surprising choice, but the book provides a reasonable rationale for this location, which actually fits quite nicely the current real-world situation in east Africa.

Land of Promise tells the story of the conception, founding, and early development of the Ilemi Republic. Not only is the nation created as a Christian homeland, but also one that prizes and protects personal and economic liberty, and self-reliance. In many ways, the book reads almost as a How-To manual for founding such a nation from scratch.

This how-to aspect of the book brings up the one possible complaint many folks may have.  Sections of the book seem almost like highly detailed shopping lists of the tools, equipment, and supplies needed to build infrastructure, and to create a national defense. In fact, some of it is shopping lists, as the book follows several Ilemi diplomats around the globe arranging to buy said arms and equipment and recruit needed skill-sets. These sections may be boring to those not much interested such things, but luckily for me I found it fascinating. These sections can be easily skimmed by those not interested without losing very much of the story-line.

I did take notes as I was reading Land of Promise, and found many ideas and tips that I may be able to incorporate into my prepping and survival plans, even if I’m not creating a nation from scratch.

This book is a serious warning of things to come, especially for Christians, if current world trends continue. I HIGHLY recommend it for Christian preppers and survivalists. As a geopolitical thriller, it is an enjoyable read. I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.

You can find Land of Promise of Amazon.

REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 13 “The Same Boat”

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A number of plot points will inevitably be revealed in the course of these writings.  My intent is to review this program from the perspective of the Doomer / Prepper / Survivalist community, but, to do that effectively, some things have to be explained in greater detail than I might normally prefer in a review.  As a result, spoilers will follow.  You have been warned.  In truth, you might more accurately describe these posts as in-depth discussions of certain aspects of each episode with an emphasis on how the character’s actions might be applicable in a real-life…

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EMP- The RZ Mask, what is filtering your air?

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Lots of folks have solutions for shelter, water, and food in their preps, but what about air?  The rule of threes tells us the body cannot survive without air for more than three minutes.  Some disaster’s primary motivators might be something that happens to the air, volcanic eruptions, war, epidemics, massive forest fires.  What solution …

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Buck 119 Special Clip Point Hunter Knife Review

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Buck 119 Special Clip Point Hunter Knife Review

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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Buck 119 Special Clip Point Hunter Knife Review, written by Thomas Xavier, was created exclusively for readers of the survival blog More Than Just Surviving.

REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 12 “Not Tomorrow Yet”

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A number of plot points will inevitably be revealed in the course of these writings.  My intent is to review this program from the perspective of the Doomer / Prepper / Survivalist community, but, to do that effectively, some things have to be explained in greater detail than I might normally prefer in a review.  As a result, spoilers will follow.  You have been warned.  In truth, you might more accurately describe these posts as in-depth discussions of certain aspects of each episode with an emphasis on how the character’s actions might be applicable in a real-life…

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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 11 “Knots Untie”

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I A number of plot points will inevitably be revealed in the course of these writings.  My intent is to review this program from the perspective of the Doomer / Prepper / Survivalist community, but, to do that effectively, some things have to be explained in greater detail than I might normally prefer in a review.  As a result, spoilers will follow.  You have been warned.  In truth, you might more accurately describe these posts as in-depth discussions of certain aspects of each episode with an emphasis on how the character’s actions might be applicable in a real-life…

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The Ultimate Guide To Software Defined Radio

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Detecting drones and other aircraft, predicting weather, monitoring police, fire, EMS, air traffic, ham, business radio, radio astronomy, finding ships at sea are some of the things that you can do if you have a key to the radio spectrum.  Until now, if you wanted access to any one of the aforementioned types of communications …

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Bahco Laplander Folding Bushcraft Hand Saw Review

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Bahco Laplander Folding Bushcraft Hand Saw Review

The Bahco Laplander is one of the most ubiquitous tools in any bushcrafter’s arsenal. It’s basically legendary at this point, but if you’re thinking that this might be one piece of kit that doesn’t live up to its hype, you’d be dead wrong. Bahco Laplander Folding Wood Hand Saw – Amazon Out of the box we… Read More

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Bahco Laplander Folding Bushcraft Hand Saw Review, written by Thomas Xavier, was created exclusively for readers of the survival blog More Than Just Surviving.

REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 10 “The Next World”

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A number of plot points will inevitably be revealed in the course of these writings.  My intent is to review this program from the perspective of the Doomer / Prepper / Survivalist community, but, to do that effectively, some things have to be explained in greater detail than I might normally prefer in a review.  As a result, spoilers will follow.  You have been warned.  In truth, you might more accurately describe these posts as in-depth discussions of certain aspects of each episode with an emphasis on how the character’s actions might be applicable in a real-life…

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How To Download Weather Images Directly From Satellites with SDR

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Downloading weather directly from NOAA (and Meteor) weather satellites is one of the most interesting things you can do with Software Defined Radio or SDR for short. This SDR Tutorial will show you how to setup your dongle and computer to download satellites as they pass overhead. This is a little more involved than some …

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How To Build A QFH (Quadrifilar Helix Antenna) to Download Images From Weather Satellites

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  Every few hours a NOAA weather satellite passes over your head, continuously transmitting pictures in visible light, infrared, and shortwave infrared.  Meteorologists utilize this information to predict weather.  The good news is, so can you.  With something like the NooElec SDR dongle, a computer, and a QHF antenna you can predict your own weather, …

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REVIEW: The Walking Dead: Season 6 – Episode 9 *Mid-Season Premiere* “No Way Out”

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A number of plot points will inevitably be revealed in the course of these writings.  My intent is to review this program from the perspective of the Doomer / Prepper / Survivalist community, but, to do that effectively, some things have to be explained in greater detail than I might normally prefer in a review.  As a result, spoilers will follow.  You have been warned.  In truth, you might more accurately describe these posts as in-depth discussions of certain aspects of each episode with an emphasis on how the character’s actions might be applicable in a real-life…

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How To Harden Doors, Part 3

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If you are just joining the series, please start with the first video in the series, or our Security 101 Video.  In this third part of how to harden doors we tie everything together, answer questions the series has generated, and talk about what type of door I used and some of the extra things …

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Cold Steel Voyager XL Vaquero Folding Knife Review

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Cold Steel Voyager XL Vaquero Folding Knife Review

Hot on the heels of my Cold Steel Voyager Tanto XL review I now bring you the review for the Vaquero version of the same knife. Superficially, these two knives may seem quite similar due to the identical handles, however, as you will soon find out, the Cold Steel Voyager Vaquero XL has some unique… Read More

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What Makes A Lock High Security? The Mul-T-Lock Hurcular Deadbolt

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In the second part of the “How To Harden Doors” series (missed the first part?), we take a look at the Mul-T-Lock Hurcular Deadbolt. There are many different locks, from many different manufacturer’s, at many different price ranges. The Mul-T-Lock employs just about every security measure possible and we contrast these to what you might …

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Does A Laser Belong In Your Bug Out Bag?

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As technology progresses many new options will appear for your bug out bag. With the advent of “cheap” high powered lasers, the question begs, can they serve any purpose in your bug out bag? What purposes can they serve? In this video we put a 1,000mW laser from skytechlasers.com through a few scenarios. Check out …

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How To Setup ADS-B Scope and RTL 1090 To Detect Air Traffic

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If you are just joining the series, we suggest you start with the first video for an introduction into what you can do with Software Defined Radio (SDR)– To do this you need the inexpensive SDR USB Dongle from NooElec adsbSCOPE, RTL 1090, and the NooElec SDR are all you need to begin monitoring aircraft …

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SOG Vulcan Tanto Arc-Lock Folding EDC Knife Review

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SOG Vulcan Tanto Arc-Lock Folding EDC Knife Review

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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How To Install Your SDR Dongle and SDR#

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The NooElec SDR Receiver can be a very useful (and fun) tool. With it you can listen to a broad portion of the radio spectrum, download weather directly from satellites, detect drones, and MORE! If you missed the first video in this series on SOME of the things you can do with this usb dongle, …

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Spyderco Des Horn Lightweight EDC Pocket Knife Review

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Spyderco Des Horn Lightweight EDC Pocket Knife Review

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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How To Detect Drones, Predict Weather, and MORE with SDR-RTL and NooElec

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Radio is all around you. Learn how YOU can use it as a tool for your own good. The NooElec SDR dongle lets you monitor a HUGE portion of the radio spectrum. Learn how this infomormation can help you detect drones (and other aircraft), download weather images directly from satellites, monitor all forms of voice communications …

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DPx Knife MEGA Review

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DPx Knife Review

This is not your ordinary review, it is a MEGA Review!  I recently had the opportunity to test out not one, but three, survival knives from DPx Gear and use them in a real-world scenario. The three knives I’m going to discuss in this mega-review are as follows:

DPx Knife Review

Left to right: HEST Original, HEFT Assault 4, and HEST II Woodsman

I’m familiar with the DPx line of knives from reputation, as this company is known for its focus on hard-use knives designed by experienced, military personnel and adventurers, however, this was the first time I had the opportunity to try them out under real survival situations.

According to their website, DPx knives are tested and used in locations including Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, and Burma. From the get-go, I was excited to see if these knives could perform up to expectations.

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DPx Knife Review

DPX Knife Review First Impressions

From first glance, I knew these were superior quality knives. Simply by looking, I could tell there was serious craftsmanship that went into their assembly; these were not some cheap trinkets that would fall apart after a year of use.

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Left to Right: Leather sheath, HEST II Woodsman knife, HEFT 4 Assault knife, Nylon sheath with Kydex insert, HEST Original knife, Kydex sheath.

Picking them up, each felt solid in my hands and had a full tang. Examining the blades, they were very sharp out of the box and much thicker than other knives of this size, indicating superior quality and an ability to handle abuse.

Additional details setting these knives apart from less expensive alternatives included well thought-out jimping, storage space in the handle, a hex driver, a wire breaker, and a bottle opener – for a little reward after a hard day’s work!

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Cracking one open with the HEST Original. Cheers!

Blade Steel

I was really excited to check out the HEST II Woodsman and the HEFT 4 Assault as both are made from Niolox steel (the HEST Original is made from 1095 high carbon steel, but more on that later), a relatively new blade material that I had never had the chance to use before.

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Testing out the 1095 high carbon steel blade of the HEST Original while preparing to build a fire.

Originally developed for the food processing industry (think large scale, factory-based food processing), Niolox came about as processors were looking for something that would deliver superior edge retention, resist corrosion, and last for thousands of cuts and slices before needing replacement. Using this material to fabricate knives is a no-brainer, what I was truly curious about is how this new material would fare against the old, reliable 1095.

DPx Knife Review: Testing Process

I decided the best way to test these knives out was to take them into the elements and see how they stacked up against real-world tasks. Myself and two other experienced outdoorsmen went on a weekend camping trip (this is where we went if you are even in Australia), each one taking one of the knives.

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All three blades sank into a large cuttlefish bone we found on the beach.

We didn’t have a set plan of exactly what skills we would test the knives with, but decided that we would simply keep the knives on us and use them as the need arose. Over the course of the weekend, the knives were tested out on the following tasks:

  • Cutting rope
  • Batoning branches
  • Shaving wood to start fire
  • Gathering mollusks to practice scavenging skills
  • Pounding tent stakes
  • Preparing food
  • Cutting open boxes and packages
  • Light digging
  • Sheaths tested for usability, ease of deployment, and comfort

DPx Knife Review: HEFT 4 Assault

Best Use: This knife is ideal for bugging-out or bushcraft. It was by far the largest, heaviest, and most heavy duty of the knives. A real ‘workhorse,’ this knife is good for medium to heavy duty tasks around camp.

DPx Knife Review

Click the graphic to view the DPx HEFT 4 Assault on Amazon.

What I Liked: 

First off, I like that this knife is made of Niolox steel and it provides good form and balance (balance is right where your index finger sits, which results in excellent control). Another perk is that the jimping is also wire stripper and makes for an excellent grip. The G-10 scales are removable, so there’s space to wrap paracord around your knife or store items inside. There’s also a bottle opener that works competently (more on that below).

DPx Knife Review

As for the blade, it was very thick which made for great batoning and prying.  I was really impressed when by accident, I jammed the knife into a rock and the tip did not snap, due mainly to the thickness of the blade, strength of the Niolox steel, and probably a bit of pure luck!

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Harvesting limpets with the HEFT 4 Assault.

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Limpets are related to clams and are a great source of protein!

The blade also proved to be quite resistant to corrosion as it was exposed to seawater and then sheathed for 48 hours, with no visible rust. The Niolox passed this corrosion resistance test with flying colors. Additionally, the nylon sheath is nice and streamlined with a pocket that can hold a sharpening stone, fire starter, compass, or anything other small tool, and it also has a molded kydex insert.

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In terms of use, batoning through tree limbs was a breeze, due mainly to the thickness of the blade. Versus other, thinner, knives, the .19” thickness gives the blade a hatchet-like cross-section, an indispensable quality for bushcraft.

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Note the thickness of the spine, which provides a solid striking surface for batoning.

Cosmetically, there were no nicks in the edge after an entire weekend of use but there were some scratches on the blade coating. This is not something that particularly bothers me, my gear is meant to be USED so if it’s not a little scratched, it’s not useful.  However, if you’re a collector or enjoy displaying your knives, this may not be the one for you.

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Last but not least, the craftsmanship is top-notch. This knife is made for DPx in Italy by master bladesmiths at LionSteel.

Minor Cons:

As I mentioned before, the bottle opener worked but could be better. It was not as useful as a ‘church key’-type opener, which admittedly would be impractical on a knife, but it’s nice to have in a pinch. Another issue (that applies only to lefties), is that the kydex molding of the sheath makes this a right-hand draw knife. If you were truly motivated, you could pull out the molded liner, but it’s pretty snug.

Final Thoughts on the HEFT 4 Assault:

I absolutely loved this knife. It’s the perfect size for all but the most heavy-duty of tasks.  You are not going to want to use it to take down a tree, but for the other 95% of the functions you’ll need for bushcraft, survival and camp, this knife is up to the task. If you like the idea of this knife but want it larger, you’re in luck – it has a big brother, the HEFT 6.

A big plus for this knife is the jimping. It really bit into my thumb and gave me serious confidence that my grip would not slip. Also, the Niolox steel more than lived up to expectations and truly impressed me. The edge held its sharpness after a long weekend of use, the steel did not corrode despite being submerged in seawater and wet beach sand, and the tip did not break after an accidental plunge into a rock (oops!).

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Well-designed jimping provides a more controlled grip.

If you’re looking for a quality knife and have the budget for it, or want to upgrade your existing knife, this is a good choice. If for some reason you try it out and it doesn’t meet your expectations, I would still recommend purchasing a knife made from Niolox steel.

DPx Knife Review: HEST Original

Best Use: This is a great choice for backpackers or people who want to carry as little weight as possible. It’s fully functional for light to medium tasks around camp and would suit someone looking for a high functioning knife at a reasonable price without sacrificing on quality or someone who wants a quality knife but isn’t prepared to splurge on Niolox steel.

DPx Knife Review

Click the graphic to view the DPx HEST Original on Amazon.

What I Liked:

Of the three knives, this was by far the lightest and the micarta handle provided the best grip. It was very sharp out of the box and the 1095 carbon steel is easy to sharpen and holds a razor’s edge; it’s also less expensive than many other types of steel. The flat pommel made it great for striking and pounding while the partial serration was good for cutting rope and prepping food.

DPx Knife Review

The knife has a slim profile, even with the sheath, and the kydex sheath came with multiple carry options, including paracord and belt clip, and can be carried either vertically or horizontally. It’s made in the USA, can be carried on the right or left side, and in a pinch, the pry bar would work well to break glass.

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The versatile kydex sheath can be secured horizontally (shown) or vertically.

Minor Cons:

While the 1095 steel is light and inexpensive, it is not as corrosive resistant as other steels and had to be washed after exposure to seawater (I learned this from past experiences with this material rusting). It’s also worth noting that the blade is powder coated to help protect everything but the edges of the blade from corrosion.

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The partial serration on the HEST Original blade was useful, especially for cutting open fruit and preparing foods.

Final Thoughts on the HEST Original:

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This is a very good, basic knife with a well thought-out, quality sheath. I enjoyed the flexibility provided by the partial serration and the micarta handle provides a solid grip even in wet conditions. There’s good balance in your hand – this knife feels good to hold. It’s a great option for someone looking for a quality, entry-level knife that will last for years to come.

DPx Knife Review: HEST II Woodsman

Best Use: A good knife for light to medium tasks around camp. It looks good enough to give as a gift, such as to groomsmen or on special occasions. 

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Click the graphic to view the DPx HEST II Woodsman on Amazon.

What I Liked:

Aesthetically, this was by far the best looking knife of the three with a really nice leather sheath that looks good and feels nice. It’s also made from Niolox, which is a fantastic steel as mentioned in the HEFT 4 Assault section above.

DPx Knife Review

The size and shape of the blade make it a well-balanced knife and it’s the perfect size for use around camp or all-day carry without it being noticeable. For the size of this knife, it has a very thick blade at .19”.  For comparison, the popular ESSE 3, has a blade thickness of .125”. The flat pommel made it easy to pound tent stakes into rocky ground. And as a knife that is made in Italy by master bladesmiths, the craftsmanship is top tier.

DPx Knife Review

The flat pommel allows for pounding tasks, like driving tent stakes into the ground.

Minor Cons:

Due to its sheath design (vertical mounting, right side draw), this knife can only be carried one way – this is by no means a deal-breaker, but if you intend to hang it off the molle points on your pack or vest, you will need another sheath.

DPx Knife Review

The vertical leather sheath is high quality, though it does not accommodate left-handed access.

Also, the fact that it is right-hand carry only is a negative for lefties.  Lastly, the wood handle provided good grip retention (and looks awesome) but is not as “grippy” as micarta or G10.

Final Thoughts on the HEST II Woodsman:

This is a really nice looking blade that I would be happy to give (or receive!) as a gift. As with the HEFT 4 Assault, the Niolox steel exceeded my expectations. For a multipurpose knife, the HEST II Woodsman has great balance and blade shape. As compared to the other two knives in this review, the HEST II Woodsman is a good compromise on size and cost.

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Note the integrated hex wrench and wire strippers on the HEST II Woodsman.

DPx Knife Review: Conclusion

DPx Knife Review

All three of the knives reviewed – the HEFT 4 Assault, HEST Original, and HEST II Woodsman – are all really good knives and it’s obvious that there was substantial attention to detail given to their designs. All were clearly made with the intention to be used, hence the focus on design as well as testing. Each was well-made and included clever add-ons such as bottle openers, pry bars, and hex wrenches. Any one of these knives will serve its owner well for a very long time.

For an experienced outdoorsman, these are easy to recommend, and are differentiated enough that each appeals to its own target users. DPx offers variations on all three of these models, so if you’re looking for a particular blade shape, finish, or handle combination to suit a particular need, you’re sure to find it.

If you do select one of these knives, I do recommend choosing one with a Niolox steel blade, if at all possible.  Niolox steel had a good edge, great corrosion resistance, and exceeded my expectations in testing.

Your Thoughts

Do you have any questions about the features or performance of these DPx knives? Are you interested in seeing more MEGA reviews like this one? Let us know in the Comments section below, thanks!

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The Tin Hat Ranch and Patreon

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The Tin Hat Ranch has launched a Patreon campaign.  Content has been, and will always be free at the Tin Hat Ranch.  We hope you’ve learned a lot from watching our videos and reading our articles.  If you value and learn from the content produced by the Tin Hat Ranch, have the means, and would …

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Getting Your HAM Radio Technicians License

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When Getting into Ham Radio, you have to start somewhere..that somewhere is getting your Technicians License. This video will tell you what to expect and what you need to do. Missed the HAM 101 video? Click here and watch it before this one. We talked about many things in this video.. How To Get Your …

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DIY How To Harden Doors Pt.1- Door Armor

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Doors are a necessary compromise to enter your home. Just about every residential door can be defeated with one kick. I set out to find how I could, as inexpensively as possible, harden a door for a safe room at the Ranch. Door Armor is a solution to tie most exterior grade (whether you are …

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Cold Steel Voyager XL Tanto Combo Edge Knife Review

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Cold Steel Voyager XL Tanto Combo Edge Knife Review

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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