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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 and Review: Casstrom Number 10 Swedish Forest Knife

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This Swedish Forest Knife combines a great handle and blade design to make the hunting/bushcraft knife you may be looking for.

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The Bravo/Gunny, bottom, takes some of its design from the Gunny

Check out my new ultimate EDC knife: Bark River Gunny/Bravo

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Sometimes, a couple small tweaks can change something from almost perfect to WOW!

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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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Mule deer bucks forage through the snow.

10 reasons your venison tastes “gamey” (and what you can do about it)

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Don’t like venison because it tastes gamey or musky? Solve these problems and enjoy the feast.

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Video: What to carry in your big game hunting daypack

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A hunter’s daypack houses a very personal collection of gear designed to keep you safe, dry and warm. It also must contain meat cutting tools and equipment. Here’s what I carry in mine.

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Review: Beretta Knives Hunter Model

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Beretta USA has a full lines of shooting, outdoor apparel and gear, and it’s only natural they have knives.
I’m checking out their Hunter Model with giraffe bone handle, and here is how it is performing.

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Knife review video: First look at the Benchmade Meatcrafter

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The right knives make backcountry meat cutting a lot faster, more efficient and safer. Two knives can do the work: a skinner/gutting knife and a boning/fillet knife. Make good choices in both categories.

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This knife and The knife and cardboard sheath were made 44 years ago. The sheath still does its job quite well!

How to make a quick, safe knife sheath out of cardboard and duct tape

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Every one-piece knife needs an edge guard or sheath for safety if it is going to be used outdoors. Here’s how to make a quick sheath out of a paper towel roll and duct tape.

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Bark River UP Gunny or Bravo – Which is the best knife for you?

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It’s a wonderful quandary: Bark River UP Gunny or UP Bravo? Which one do you want to buy? The UP Bravo is the knife I would have designed for me. But the BR Gunny is one of my favorite knife series. Which one will be the best choice for you? 

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