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What’s the best utility knife? The Hultafors line may have it.

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Sometimes the best blade for the job is a simple utility knife. Here are three from the Hultafors company that can cover just about any cutting task.

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Survival Knives and Gear

Bravo 1.25 LT Custom Modified – Could this be the ultimate hunting knife?

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Bark River had a HUGE challenge by me to improve on their most popular “Bravo LT” model. But, with a request to modify the blade, you won’t believe the results. It may just be the best hunting knife ever.

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Hunting and Fishing

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Pipe tomahawk provides touchstone with past

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One reader wrote, “Loved the story about the flintlock rifle. When are you going to tell us about that pipe tomahawk that goes with it?” So, here it is, folks – a good tale about a man who loved to make well crafted tools and weapons, and gracious enough to give it away.

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Survival Skills

Stock Your Prepper Food Pantry on an Affordable Budget

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For a little bit of money, you can have a well stocked food pantry that keeps your family healthy and comfortable during a natural disaster. Invest in your family’s safety now and feel confident that you can survive anything.

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Survival Gear

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How to cope with the precipitation: Ten tips for comfortable camping in the rain

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There is nothing like rain to make you appreciate sunshine! After decades of backpacking and scouting, I have learned some ways to cope with rainy weather while camping.

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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

The Dechstein 100 percent wool mittens, sweater and socks are durable, effective choices for cold weather wear.

Five reasons to try wool socks for summer hiking comfort

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It may seem counter intuitive, but the best socks for hot summer hiking may be wool.

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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.

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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.