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Crash ax, Bark river knives, best tactical ax

Review: Bark River Crash Ax proves its worth

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The Bark River Crash Ax performs way above its weight class. Here is what I found about ax’s performance on a Mississippi River canoe trip.

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Hatchet or saw: Choose the best portable survival kit woodcutting tool

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Should you carry a hatchet or a saw? It depends. When choosing any tool for wilderness or urban survival, anticipate where you might be when you may need the tool, and what tasks it will need to perform.

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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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pipe tomahawk, flintlock, best survival tomahawk

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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swiss army classic

Why you should make a mini survival kit part of your wardrobe

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This collection of survival items in your wardrobe may get you through an emergency!

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Tool review: Huron 13-inch Half Hatchet

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Looking for a good, usable hatchet to add to your preparedness gear? Then check out this Huron.

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Typical Idaho elk hunting terrain. Out here, you earn any game animal. (Pantenburg photos)

Rain suit or poncho: What is the best rain gear for your outdoor survival needs?

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Carrying rain gear should be a no-brainer. But what is the best rain suit? Or, is a rain suit even the best choice for you?

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Gaiters are an integral part of snowshoeing equipment.

Gaiters | Five tips to choose the best pair for any conditions

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Low cut, ankle-high or ten-to-18-inch boots? Before you invest in some expensive footwear, give some thought to gaiters.

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The Orion 65 has large capacity and really good insulation

Best extreme cooler | Orion 65 Cooler review

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Most of us don’t need a high end cooler. But when you do need one, it could be worth every penny of the investment. We check out the Orion 65 quart cooler.

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Reader’s comments: Controlling panic when canoe capsizes in whitewater

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After my immediate shock of being in the water, gasping for air between waves, I recalled something one of your newsletters or blog posts mentioned about survival. I thought you might be interested that in the face of a stressful situation, your words of advice came to me and helped me.

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