Category: Gear

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Ever since Kershaw announced their collaboration with Ernie Emerson, I have been waiting for a knife like the CQC-10K to arrive. The first Emerson collabs were in the same vein as the previously reviewed CQC-6K, a true-blue Emerson design, but in a smaller-than-Emerson package. I figured Ernie would want to keep the full size “proper” Emersons with his own company and instead offer a taste of the Emerson style and feel with Kershaw, but with the introduction of the CQC-10K, I have ...
Whether you are planning to go camping, do some yard work, or live outdoors, you’ll need appropriate clothing. From extreme temperatures to injuries, health risks, and even dangers posed by other people, these specific fabrics and garment will keep you safe.Contrary to popular belief, you do not need to buy new clothes or even ones that are pre-made, and stockpile them for a crisis situation.Focus on these 10 questions about material and fit, and you can easily find good quality clothing th ...
We’re living uncertain times, when everybody needs to feel safe and protected. Under the circumstances, owning body armor comes with many benefits for civilians.However, before you buy any particular type of body armor in the USA, you should understand the existing laws and regulations. It’s mostly legal to wear body armor for civilians across the United States but there are some states with certain restrictions.Keep reading to find out what they are!All civilians in the US have a right to prote ...
Portable Energy Storage Systems We recently wrote of batteries for electric devices, the value of rechargeable, assuming a reliable power source, as well as home generators, something to the benefit of every survival enthusiast. Along those lines why not consider portable energy storage systems as a part of your prepper planning? Useful for a bug-out scenario or in a hunker down situation, the sizes and versatility of the systems out there offer some reasonable options for the sho ...
Minimalist EDC in my grandmother’s garden. Nope, the CQC-10K is definitely not UK legal, but private property = I get to carry it anyway. Review coming soon, but spoiler alert – it’s freaking amazing.As a side note, I removed a lot of my “extra” mini-tools that were on my key chain. It just got too damn heavy!EVERYDAY CARRY ITEM BREAKDOWNEDC Folding KnifeKershaw Emerson CQC-10KMini FlashlightNiteCore TubeCapsuleWaterproof CapsuleCarrying Imodium – here’s why + Rare earth magn ...
I do a lot of backpacking, it is something I really enjoy, do quite often, and feel that it is something at which I have become quite efficient.That’s why when I see peoples’ advice on what a bug-out bag should look like I often end up shaking my head. Nobody would last an hour out deep into the woods with the bags I constantly see flaunted. More often than not, they’re poorly made tacticool bags that were created by somebody who’s spent the majority of their life in a cubicl ...
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 down so well. When I heard Helle had teamed up with Les to create his ideal bushcraft knife, the Helle Temagami, I was tentatively hopeful. Helle is an old sch ...
I was first introduced to paracord (550 cord) as an active duty, United States Marine. Our gear was always “dummy-corded” using 550 cord. When we were out in the field, our go to cordage was always 550 cord. I immediately appreciated its durability but its multi purpose applicationsare what really impressed me about paracord.Paracord was first used by the U.S. military in parachute suspension lines; hence the name paracord. It is enclosed in a nylon sheath with various, individual strands, ...
In this day and age, making your own tools and weapons may seem an anachronism and also pretty inadequate. There are knives made from high-tech materials available everywhere, and plenty of models to choose from. Regardless of your need or your preference, there’s a knife ou there to suit your needs.What happens, though, if society collapses and there are no longer superstores from which to purchase any knives? This theory applies to absolutely everything, including tools, weapons, food, an ...
The Japanese used to say that the sword is the soul of the Samurai. Cold weapons are my preferred choice too when it comes to a survival situation and even for self defense. I always carry with me a Cold Steel Recon 1 folder, it comes handy in a variety of scenarios, ranging from opening hate-mail to making fires when trekking.The best thing about cold weapons is that they are easy to carry around and they don’t require too much effort to keep them running. Also they don’t need reloading, a ...
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