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Review: Bravo machete – best brush chopper on the market?

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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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Survival Knives

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Five knife fads and fashions that need to go away

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Cutlery goes through fads and fashion cycles just like anything else. Here are a few that need to fade into the sunset.

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Hunting and Fishing

Antique German shotgun provides touchstone to WWII history

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My dad’s shotgun was a handmade drilling he brought home from Germany in World War II. It’s my personal connection with the last days of the war in Europe.

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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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Review: Merrell Moab 2 Vent may be the best hiking shoe

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There is no “best” walking/hiking shoe. But the Merrell Moab Vent 2™ comes really close, and I’ll be ordering a third pair soon.

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Survival Skills

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How to find the North Star

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The North Star is a beacon that can be used to guide people in the backcountry. Here is how to find it, and use the star to stay found.

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Survival Gear

Best cold weather sleeping bag? Gear review: Wiggy’s Thule

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A reliable sleeping bag is a vital survival tool, and a faulty one can be dangerous. Here’s what I learned about Wiggy’s sleeping bags..

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Camp Cooking | Storage Food

Make gluten free corn cakes 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.

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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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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.

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Video review: Is the Maxpedition Spartan the best survival wallet?
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What you have in your pockets may be the only survival gear you have when a disaster hits. Your wallet is part of that survival system, and you need to choose yours with care. Here is a look at the Maxpedition Spartan.

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Video: Try these everyday carry wardrobe survival tools
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What survival tools can you include in your wardrobe to help you get through a emergency or disaster? Here are some suggestions.

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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