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Fenix HL10 Headlamp Reviewed

Posted on Jan 6, 2016

In addition to having a high-powered flashlight in my EDC and bug-out gear, I also like to keep a quality headlamp and at least one lower-powered flashlight that utilizes a commonly available battery like AA or AAA in my gear bags as well. Today, I’ll be looking at the HL10 Headlamp from Fenix to see how well it fits into the plan…

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Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core SL Reviewed

Posted on Dec 31, 2015

Air pads and mattresses are typically considered a luxury items in the bush, but roughing it can be a especially difficult for those not used to it. Simple amenities like sleeping on a thick lofty pad can have a huge impact, not only on your psyche, but also on the level of rest and recovery that you can achieve. Additionally, in cold weather some pads can provide a much needed insulative barrier preventing loss of heat through conduction. Today, I’ll be looking at the insulated Q-Core SL from Big Agnes to see how well it stacks up…

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ChyRoseKnives – The Knifemakers Series

Posted on Dec 28, 2015

For the third installment of of the Knifemakers From Around the World series, we crossed the big pond to talk with Adrian Etheridge of ChyRoseKnives. He is a knifemaker out of the UK specializing in custom handcrafted knives. So let me introduce you to Adrian…

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Edge Pro Apex Knife Sharpening System Reviewed

Posted on Dec 21, 2015

Who doesn’t love a wickedly sharp blades? The problem is that there are so many ways to get there, each with a long list of pros and cons. Personally, I to shy away from any sharpening solution that might reprofile a blade’s edge unless I mean to do so. If I purchased a blade with a particular grind, only sharpening methods that would allow me to retain the factory-ground profile would interest me. Today, we’ll be looking at the Apex Knife Sharpening System from Edge Pro that allows you to do just that. So let’s take it for a spin…

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Steel Will Druid 265 Reviewed

Posted on Dec 19, 2015

In this article I will be reviewing Steel Will’s Druid 265. It is part of their 2015 lineup, and definitely one of the knives that I was most excited to review before the new 2016 blades were released into the wild. It is a rugged fixed-blade, compact, lightweight and extremely comfortable to wield. So let’s get to some of that bushcraft stuff…

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Inside Bannock Flat Bread

Posted on Dec 8, 2015

The other day I was watching a video on making bannock bread and I thought that I would share some interesting facts, cooking methods, recipes and a few ideas on how to prepare it. I hope you find this information useful…

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Estwing Black Eagle Tomahawk Reviewed

Posted on Dec 5, 2015

When it comes to tactical and extraction-style tomahawks built for delivering punishment, there are many to choose from, some more devastating than others. A few months ago Estwing sent me a Black Eagle Tomahawk so I could give it a spin and put it through its paces. Let’s see what this thing can do…

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LMF Knives – The Knifemakers Series

Posted on Dec 3, 2015

In the second installment of of the Knifemakers From Around the World series, we’ll be spending some time talking with Joe Snarski from LMF Knives. He is a knifemaker out of Cowpen, South Carolina specializing in custom handcrafted micarta scales. So now let me introduce you to Joe…

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GSI Outdoors Glacier Stainless Ketalist Reviewed

Posted on Dec 3, 2015

When you are out in the bush and traveling light, there are many cookware options available. But some options can boil water much faster than others. Today, I’ll be looking at the Glacier Stainless Steel Ketalist from GSI Outdoors. So let’s see how well it will get the job done…

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Schrade SCHF52 and SCHF52M Knives Reviewed

Posted on Dec 1, 2015

New for 2016, Schrade’s much anticipated SCHF52 and SCHF52M Frontier fixed-blade knives have been released just in time for Christmas. They are an updated take on last years SCHF37 and SCHF37M with a few improvements that I think we can all appreciate. Today, I’ll be putting both of these new blades through a series of functional challenges to test blade control and strength, so let’s get on with it and see how well they fare…

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TYBELT Premium Reviewed

Posted on Nov 23, 2015

When it comes to gear, survivalists always look for gear that can perform more than one function. A heavy-duty leather belt can double as a strop. Belts made from 550 paracord can become emergency cordage. A nylon and polyester webbed belt can easily be turned into a strap or tourniquet. Not long ago, I received a webbed multi-purpose TYBELT from BBM Equipement. Let’s have a closer look at this belt and what it can do…

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Superfeet Trail Insole Reviewed

Posted on Nov 22, 2015

If you wear boots a lot and your feet, knees and back hurt, it is a safe bet to look at your footwear first to find relief. Especially if you wear budget footwear. In some cases, simply swapping out the insoles can remedy the pain. Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to put quite a few miles on the Trail Insole from Superfeet while trying them out, and now it is time to share my experience…

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Survival Frog Fire Laces Reviewed

Posted on Nov 21, 2015

Many preppers and survivalists have long since replaced their bootlaces with paracord. You can always tell because the ends of the laces are melted to keep the fibers from unraveling instead of factory-produced ends. Survival Frog has come out with an interesting and innovative alternative to those homemade paracord bootlaces by combining 550 paracord with factory-covered lace ends made of mini ferrocerium rods and calling them Fire Laces. So let’s have a closer look…

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G2 5″ Folding Firebox Stove Reviewed

Posted on Nov 19, 2015

The 5″ Folding Firebox Stove has been a popular go to packable camp stove for many outdoor enthusiasts for some time. With the hugely successful Kickstarter program and recent release of Firebox Outdoors’ second generation stove, the G2 5″ Folding Firebox Stove, we’ve been given the opportunity to have a closer look at one of the prototypes and give it a spin…

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Taidea Technology Whetstones Reviewed

Posted on Nov 13, 2015

There are many methods for sharpening knives from electric grinders and belt sanders to manual sharpening systems and lightweight field sharpeners, each with a different set of pros and cons depending on the situation. Today, we’ll be looking at the line of double-sided whetstones from Taidea Technology. So let’s see how well they stack up…

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QuickHatch Knives – The Knifemakers Series

Posted on Nov 11, 2015

In this first installment of the Knifemakers From Around the World series, we’ll be spending some time talking with Brenton Good of QuickHatch Knives. He is a custom knifemaker out of Temecula, California specializing in handcrafted bushcraft knives. So without further adieu, let me introduce you…

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