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Video: Best bushcraft knife? We review the TOPS Brothers of Bushcraft knife

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Anything designed by a committee can end up being a disaster. But this bushcraft/survival knife, designed by a group of bushcraft experts, may prove an exception to that rule. 

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Survival Knives

Video review: Casstrom Safari is little knife with large abilities

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Sometimes the best knife for the job is a smaller one. This Casstrom Safari is small, lightweight and easy to carry.

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Hunt|Fish|Camp

Diving for clams on Mississippi River

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The Natives viewed clams as a food source. Today, some people still harvest clams, but for different uses. Along the Mississippi, clams were the basis for a thriving pearl button industry.

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Making Fire

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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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Emergency Shelter

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How to pitch a tarp to survive in heavy winds

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Winds can rip a tarp to pieces if it isn’t secured correctly. Here’s how to make your survival shelter safe and secure.

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Survival Gear

Pilot bread

Pilot Bread: Try Alaska’s modern day version of hardtack

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Hardtack has been an emergency ration since time immemorial. Here’s a look at pilot bread, a modern day version of hardtack widely used in rural Alaska, and why you should consider including it in your survival gear.

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Survival Skills

Video review: The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies

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Could a wild plant help you feel better or help treat  allergies or alleviate pain? There may be a natural solution to a variety of maladies and this book, The Lost Book of Herbal Remedies, may help you find it.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

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Build a brick rocket stove: Is it safe to use concrete blocks?
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Will concrete blocks “explode” if you make a rocket stove out of them? Here’s feedback I got.

Video: Old guitar is life-changing instrument
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Some apparently mundane items become the launching point for greater things later on. Or the little things might end up being a big thing. Like the Yamaha guitar I bought some 50 years ago. It opened the world of music to me.

The Mini-Sportsman is a quality fillet/boning knife.
Knife review | The Bark River Kalahari Mini-Sportsman may be the fillet/boning knife for you
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A fillet knife may end up being the most useful blade you have. Here’s a new version of an already great piece of cutlery.

Leon Pantenburg writes a survival skills blog with tips and techniques to help typical folks 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.