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Build a brick rocket stove: Is it safe to use concrete blocks?

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Will concrete blocks “explode” if you make a rocket stove out of them? Here’s feedback I got.

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Video: Old guitar is life-changing instrument

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Some apparently mundane items become the launching point for greater things later on. Or the little things might end up being a big thing. Like the Yamaha guitar I bought some 50 years ago. It opened the world of music to me.

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The Mini-Sportsman is a quality fillet/boning knife.

Knife review | The Bark River Kalahari Mini-Sportsman may be the fillet/boning knife for you

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A fillet knife may end up being the most useful blade you have. Here’s a new version of an already great piece of cutlery.

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Review: Arno Bernard Hunter Model with Giraffe Bone Handle

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So pretty knives should be safe queens, and only taken out to be admired? Nope – this good-looking, well-designed knife is intended to be used hard.

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Video and review: Cold Steel Compact SRK | Lighter version of a survival knife classic

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The Cold Steel SRK was my knife of choice for many years. But the Cold Steel compact may prove to be even better, and here is why.

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Video: Take a walk through a restored, revitalized wetland

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The Tumalo Creek area near Bend, Oregon, was devastated many years ago by forest fires. Today, much of the area has been restored to its former pristine state.

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Review: Are Buffalo Wool trekking socks the best choice for cold, wet weather?

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These new socks combine modern technology with old time materials. The result is a warm durable sock made of bison down, merino wool, nylon and spandex. I put a pair to the test under extreme conditions, and here is what I found. 

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Video: Carp Knives LP – A quality custom knife that can work hard

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I couldn’t resist when Alabama knifemaker Kendall Carpenter offered to make a hunting knife to my specs. The result is the Carp Knives LP (for Lower Peninsula). 

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Ten year review: The Leatherman WAVE multi-tool should be in your survival gear

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When I find a piece of equipment that works well for me, I hang on to it and use it extensively. About ten or fifteen years ago, I got a Leatherman Wave multi-tool for Christmas, and I’m not looking for a replacement.

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NY Magazine: What are the ten best first aid kits

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A medical first aid kit should be in every vehicle and home. What are the best kits on the market?

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