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Best knife sheath? We review the Jenna Martin Vehement Knives design

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A really, really important part of a rigid blade knife is the sheath. A good one will be safe and comfortable to carry and get used. A poorly-designed sheath is dangerous and encourages you leaving the knife behind. This design by Jenna Martin is incredible!

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Blake Miller: Compass Accuracy and Why You Should Care

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Accuracy is critical when it comes to hunting rifles, writing news stories and court testimony, but what about that old reliable (?) compass? How accurate is it, and how important can that be? Navigation expert Blake Miller explains what accuracy  standards to look for in magnetic compasses, and why the backcountry traveler should care. by Blake Miller After speaking at a…

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Review: Pak-Lite compact backpacker/survival nine volt LED flashlight

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A good, reliable flashlight is essential, IMHO. And getting one that is light, convenient to carry and reliable means you will most likely take it along on dayhikes or longer excursions. I found this Pak-Lite at a preparedness show, and it is worth taking a look at.

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Review: myCharge Adventureultra™ batteries for emergency offgrid electronic charging

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A reliable power source is absolutely necessary for electronic devices to function off grid. And a device with dead batteries is an expensive paper weight. These chargers may help keep you in touch with the outside world during emergencies.

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Take care of your magnetic compass so it works correctly

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Compass operation depends on the action of the magnetic needle. Many items can affect the needle. Here is how to prevent compass failure.

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Hults Bruk American felling axe, best felling axe, axes

Review | The Hults Bruk American Felling Axe should be part of your preparedness gear

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If you only had one tool to use for clearing land, building a cabin and possibly self defense, chances are you’d pick an axe. Take a look at this axe for inclusion in your emergency gear.

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Video: What you need to make a Dutch oven survival kit

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Beginners frequently ask for a list of tools to get started in Dutch oven cooking. So, here’s a basic, bare-bones list.

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find water, desert water techniques during flood, Peter Kummerfeldt

Use desert survival techniques to gather water during a flood

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During a flood, there may be water everywhere, but none to drink. Here’s some survival tips on where to find potable water during a disaster.

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What Kind of Sunglasses are Best (and Safe) for Survival Gear

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There is more to sunglasses than looking good. Quality sunglasses should be in your emergency/survival gear.

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Dry Canyon, near Bend, Oregon.

Start your survival kit with the Ten Essentials

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You don’t have any wilderness experience, but you want some. So what do you take along to make sure you get back? Where in that urban wilderness maze of outdoor stores, catalogs, websites and eBay will you find the gear you need? Start your survival kit with the Ten Essentials

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