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Swiss Army Knife Tinker, best EDC knife, every day carry knife, choose a pocket knife

What survival knife do you carry every day?

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Question from Reader: “You’ve written abut the best survival knife, the best EDC knife, the best hunting knife, fillet, pocket knife, etc., etc. Skip the options, the analysis and potential survival scenarios and answer this: What is the knife you have on you right now?”

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Survival Knives and Gear

Bark River Saex

Bark River Seax: Ancient design + modern materials = high performance knife

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There’s a reason this knife is a classic. It flat-out works. It’s a blade design that has withstood the test of time. It’s my do-it-all knife.

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Hunting and Fishing

Ruger 10/22, best .22 rifle, .22 caliber survival rifle

Best .22 rifle for hunting or survival? Take a look at the Ruger 10/22

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Everybody needs a .22 rifle in their survival firearms battery. Some 50 years ago I bought a Ruger 10/22, and I still think it is the best choice for a .22 rifle. Here is why.

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Survival Skills

Urban camouflage: Why you should blend in to walk home after a disaster

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You’re driving home from work, something “big” just happened and you’re completely stuck in gridlock on the highway. You heard the news – it’s really bad and folks are panicked. But, you’re prepared for this scenario. You abandon your car, grab your Get-Your-Ass-Home backpack out of your trunk and start walking. How do you blend in with all the unprepared people, so you don’t become a target for muggers? Here are some ‘fashion’ tips to get you home safe.

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Survival Gear

Downtown Minneapolis

10 survival items for beginning apartment preppers

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Suppose you live in an apartment with limited storage space – what are some of the first things needed to start being prepared?

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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

wool socks, warm feet outdoors

Five tips for keeping your feet warm in cold weather

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If you’re outside in cold weather, your feet may get cold. These tips may help them stay warm.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

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Take the right tools to build emergency snow shelters
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A snow shelter can save your life, but if you don’t have the time, tools and know-how to build one, you may waste your time.

wool clothing
Peter Kummerfeldt: Dress to survive in extreme wilderness conditions
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Your first line of defense against hypothermia is your clothing. Make the right choices to survive

Try gluten free corn cakes made from storage foods
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I’ve been cutting back on eating wheat. But it is challenging to replace favorite foods that are wheat based. Here’s one for the recipe file.

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