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Review: Gunny Hunter LT sets new standard for user knives

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Just when you think something can’t be improved upon, it happens. That is the case with the new Bark River Gunny LT. About all I can add is “WOW”!

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Survival Knives

Including a quality knife in your survival gear is a no-brainer. Here's a tool to save the edge on that survival knife

Save your survival knife’s edge – add a utility knife to your emergency gear

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Including a quality knife in your survival gear is a no-brainer. Here’s a tool to save the edge on that survival knife

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Hunting and Fishing

This pocket-sized box holds all the lures I need for a day of smallmouth bass fishing on Oregon's John Day River.

Should you include fishing gear in a pocket survival kit?

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Many commercial personal survival kits include hooks, sinkers and fishing line. I don’t see much value in fishing equipment as part of an emergency survival tool. Here’s why.

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Make Fire

Modify Zippo lighter for survival fire making

Five tips to modify a Zippo lighter for survival fire making

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Modify a Zippo lighter to be a more reliable source of fire in your survival kit. Learn why a Zippo is better than matches and a Bic lighter when needing to start a fire in an emergency. Pimp your Zippo to up your survival game.

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Clothing

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BioScarf™ provides air filtration with warmth and protection

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Think a scarf is just a fashion accessory? Most probably are. But when the Shinola Hits The Fan, this BioScarf™ might also be a survival tool

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Survival Skills

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Survival Myth Busted: Finding directions by tree moss

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Moss grows everywhere. The “survival tip” of using it to find directions is a myth.

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Survival Gear

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Prepare for bad weather power outages with reliable rechargeable batteries

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When bad weather hits, the power grid may go down, leaving you with a dead phone, computer, lights etc. A good re-chargeable battery can make all the difference.

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Camp Cooking | Storage Food

Make lima Beans and ham with storage foods

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A survival recipe uses simple, staple  ingredients, is easy to cook, and can be prepared in a one-pot setting using a campfire or woodstove. A collection of easy, tasty recipes should be in every survival kit.

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Emergency Shelter

A 55-gallon trash bag can make a quick, effective emergency shelter.

Peter Kummerfeldt: How to build common sense emergency survival shelters

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It is impossible for the typical survivor to build a waterproof, windproof shelter from natural materials! Here is advice from a survival expert about what you can do to survive an unexpected night out.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

Snow accumulation on roofs can present hazards.
Should you remove the snow off your roof?
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More winter storms and blizzards are on the way. Do you need to shovel the snow on your roof?

A survival situation can start with a vehicle sliding off the road in bad weather. (Pantenburg photo)
Video: Prepare to survive in your car during a winter storm
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A routine drive to visit the family can turn into a nightmare. Here are some survival tools to take along in your vehicle.

Survival fire making videos: What ignition system should you carry?
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Your ability to start a fire can save your life! The inability can cost it! Here are some common methods, and how well they work!

Leon Pantenburg writes a survival skills blog with tips and techniques to help average people survive an unexpected urban or wilderness emergency, using their common sense and emergency preparedness training. Topics include survival knives, survival clothing and camp cooking, making a fire, emergency shelter, hunting and fishing, competent survival skills and survival gear reviews.