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Five reasons you don’t need a choil on your knife blade

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Knives go through fashion cycles, just like any other product. One fad is the choil, a ground-out section in front of the handle. Here is why you don’t need one.

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Survival Knives

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Best every day carry knife? We field test the Bark River North Country EDC

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Size matters, particularly when it comes to user knives. This North Country EDC is a compact, hardworking knife that might easily find a place in your every day carry tools.

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Hunting and Fishing

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Review: Lon Humphrey Bird and Trout knife is great for upland hunting and fishing

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A bird and trout knife is designed to process fish and upland game. This Bird and Trout Knife by Lon Humphrey will do the job and is good looking and hard working.

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Make 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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Clothing

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Make camo work better: Eliminate laundry soap brighteners for deer hunting success

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Does your camouflage design work? Well, the soap your clothing is washed in may ruin the concealment value. Here’s one way to solve that problem.

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Survival Skills

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.

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Survival Gear

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Bark River Bravo 2 review | Perfect do-it-all, sized-right knife for the wilderness?

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 I need a knife that is sized- right for camp chores, cleaning deer and fish, and is also large enough to provide personal protection. After a year of use, the Bravo 2 has proved itself.

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Camp Cooking | Storage Food

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Soapmaking 101 tips for a survival situation

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The ability to make soap during a survival situation can be really important! Here’s some tips from soapmaking expert Karla Moore on how to make a useable hand and body soap, using only two ingredients, and what tools you will need!

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Emergency Shelter

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10 tips for warm sleeping in cold weather camping

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Nothing is more miserable that a night spent shivering from the cold or where you just can’t stay comfortably warm. Here are 10 tips for staying warm and getting a good night’s sleep.

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VIDEOS | TIPS & HOW TO's

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Best deer hunting knife? We review the Bark River Bravo EXT-2
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The Fox River is already one of Bark River’s most popular hunting knives. This version combines the Fox River blade and Bravo handle, and I’m betting it will be even more popular.

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Review: Bravo machete – best brush chopper on the market?
600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

I like machetes, carry one in my car survival kit, and use them a lot. If you are looking for a solid blade that won’t let you down, then you need to take a hard look at the Bark River Machete.

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Video: Hemphill Gator Breaker Bowie is a practical user knife
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Why would anyone need a Bowie knife? Well, the craftsmanship and sound design of this Jesse Hemphill Bowie makes it worthy of consideration.

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.

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