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Knife maker Mike Stewart discusses thin blades and batoning firewood

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I like thin-bladed knives and think batoning firewood is highly overrated. Mike Stewart, president of Bark River Knives, and a knife industry legend, explains why today’s knife blades had to be made thicker because of the batoning fad. Here are his Facebook comments, used with his permission. 

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10 tips for staying cool during a power outage/heat wave emergency

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An emergency situation caused by a summer storm may be made worse by the hot weather! How will you stay cool during the heat wave/disaster? Here are some tips.

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Review: The Outdoor Answer Epic Water Filter system for wide mouth Nalgene bottles

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Want to ensure a constant supply of clean drinking water, even on the move? This water filter system might be just what you’ve been looking for.

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How to use a personal earthquake survival kit to escape a collapsing building

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Earthquakes are happening on the west coast this week, and  one could occur while you’re at work.  Here’s how to use a personal earthquake survival kit to escape a collapsing building.

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Tasty food improves morale: A WWII Chicken Dinner Story

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Tasty food has an incredible impact on morale. My dad told this story from World War II, where he joined a Louisiana family for a Sunday chicken dinner.

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Big River Wild Adventures: Learn wilderness skills at this Mississippi River outdoors school

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Want a totally unique eco-vacation, but one that is affordable and nearby?

Want to learn basic wilderness survival skills while canoeing on America’s largest river, through some 300 miles of Wilderness? Big River Wild Adventures combines wilderness, canoe cruising and learning.

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Andersonville, August, 1864 ( Library of congress photo)

Civil War Andersonville Diary provides modern survival guide

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What are the rules of survival in an emergency situation? Most experts will point out that the psychological aspect is more important than anything else. Here are some thoughts on the subject from the Civil War.

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My great-great-grandfather, James Hallowell was a Civil War veteran. He homesteaded in Iowa in the late 1860s.

Civil War survival lessons from a 92nd Illinois Infantryman

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Basic survival skills don’t change. Here are some lessons from a Civil War infantryman on how to provide food, shelter and improvise lighting during hard campaigning.

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Winter storms: What to do when the power goes off and it’s icy cold outside

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The power goes out and you’re sheltering inside the house. Outside, the temperature plummets, the wind picks up and it starts to snow. You don’t know when the power will be restored. It might be hours or days. How will you stay warm and safe? How do you get started?

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Afraid of the dark?

Video: Afraid of the dark? Here’s how to get over it

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Here are some ways to help you deal with this fear of darkness issue before it develops into a survival situation.

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