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Leon Pantenburg’s Survival Blog and Travel Log, covering tips and techniques for surviving a wilderness emergency or urban disaster.

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Five reasons you don’t need a choil on your knife blade

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Knives go through fashion cycles, just like any other product. One fad is the choil, a ground-out section in front of the handle. Here is why you don’t need one.

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Bravo 2, best all around knife

Bark River Bravo 2 review | Perfect do-it-all, sized-right knife for the wilderness?

560 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

 I need a knife that is sized- right for camp chores, cleaning deer and fish, and is also large enough to provide personal protection. After a year of use, the Bravo 2 has proved itself.

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Pitchwood can usually be found at the base of a dead stick on a live tree.

How to: Find pitchwood, a natural, effective firestarter

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If you are in an area with pine trees, you can probably find pitchwood, one of the most effective waterproof firestarters ever.

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Five reasons guys should carry feminine hygiene products in emergency kits

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

The best materials for survival gear and medical kits may come from the grocery store. In this case, we’ll look in the feminine hygiene aisle.

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Find and use these five emergency water storage containers

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

You can last about three days without water, tops. But long before you die of dehydration you will be feeling the ill effects.

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L.T. Wright Genesis knife proves its worth in backcountry scout bushcraft adventure

560 400 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

My former L.T. Wright Genesis, that is now in the capable hands of an active scoutmaster, proved its worth on a scout river trip.

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D Day, D Day Omaha Beach

La Pine, Oregon veteran recalls Omaha Beach landing on D Day

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

On this 74th anniversary of D Day, I hope to honor my friend, the late Bob Shotwell, by posting his recollections of the D Day amphibious assault.

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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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This stack of garage sale cast iron skillets can be restored to usefulness with a little work.

Restoring a Cast Iron Treasure: How to clean and season the old time cooking utensils

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A little elbow grease, and some steel wool, can help you salvage a badly rusted cast iron cooking implement. Somebody’s rusty, dust-covered survivor of a failed camping trip may end up becoming a valuable addition to your cooking tools.

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Reliable Power For Your GPS: What are the best batteries?

600 300 Survival Common Sense Blog | Emergency Preparedness

Your GPS is as reliable as the batteries in it! Make the best choices for consistent power!

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