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Fivejoy J2 Military Entrenching Shovel Reviewed

Posted on Aug 28, 2017

With all of the things that I would like to carry with me in a bug-out situation, a shovel probably would have been one of the last things that I would have considered. That is until I saw a few recent videos demonstrating their usefulness. But not just any shovel would do. I’ve looked at many folding shovels in the past, and while I’ve been impressed with their quality and durability, I felt they should be more versatile to justify the weight. Today, I’ll be looking at the J2 Military Entrenching Shovel from Fivejoy to see how well it would meet my needs…

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Fleming’s Fabrications Bushcrafter Reviewed

Posted on Jun 2, 2017

Some time ago, Travis of Fleming’s Fabrications provided me with the opportunity to review one of his handmade Bushcrafter blades, and I have been using it ever since. Even though this review has been a long-time coming, it is one that I have been very excited to do. Simply put, life had just gotten in the way. The positive to that is that I’ve had plenty of time to really play around with it. So without further adieu, let’s dig in…

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Schrade SCTS4 and SCTS6 Arkansas Stones Reviewed

Posted on May 16, 2017

If you hunt or you spend a lot of time outdoors, chances are high that your blade’s edge has needed a tune-up in the field. A sharp knife is imperative, especially if you need to process an animal or perform some intricate task. Schrade has produced some new high-quality black Arkansas sharpening stones, small enough to fit in a small pocket, large enough for use in the field. Today, we’ll be taking Schrade’s SCTS4 and SCTS6 for a spin…

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Boker Plus Tech-Tool Carbon 7 Reviewed

Posted on Sep 20, 2016

Multi-purpose pocket knives have been common amongst those that carry knives every day for hundreds of years. With the utilitarian in mind, these multi-tool pocket knives come in a wide-variety of options. Boker, the German knifemaker has recently released a modernized version of their widely successful Camp Knife design called the Boker Plus Tech Tool series. Boker USA has kindly provided us with one of their Boker Plus Tech-Tool Carbon 7 knives to share with you…

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Steel Will Druid 240 Reviewed

Posted on Jul 17, 2016

This time around, I will be reviewing Steel Will’s Druid 240. While it was part of their 2015 lineup, this was the blade pattern that really caught my eye. Billed as a skinning knife, it has all of the characteristics of a rugged and versatile outdoor survival blade. So let’s take this thing for a spin…

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Schrade SCHF55 Frontier Fixed Blade Knife Reviewed

Posted on Apr 21, 2016

I’ve been a fan of Schrade and Brian Griffin-designed blades ever since the SCHF9 that I reviewed a couple years ago. Then again with the SCHF42 that I reviewed just last year. This time around, I’ll be putting Schrade’s latest Griffen-designed blade, the SCHF55 to the test…

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Tough Tepko Whetstone Reviewed

Posted on Feb 21, 2016

All knives need sharpening at some point. One method for sharpening them that has been gaining popularity lately with collectors and enthusiasts alike is the whetstone. I was recently contacted by Tough Tepko to review their new two-sided #2000/#5000-grit whetstone and report my findings…

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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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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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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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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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Schrade SCHF51 and SCHF51M Knives Reviewed

Posted on Nov 8, 2015

New for 2016, Schrade has just released their much anticipated SCHF51 and SCHF51M Frontier fixed-blade knives with a design profile based on their highly regarded SCHF36 that won Blade Magazine’s People’s Choice of the Year in 2015. Today I’ll be putting both of these new blades through a series of basic bushcraft tests, so let’s get on with it and see how well they fare…

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Condor CTK242-8 Primitive Bush Knife Reviewed

Posted on Oct 19, 2015

I am a big fan of Matt Graham and have been for some time. His primitive survival skills and profound connection with the land have always impressed me. I saw a video of Matt using his custom bush knife a while ago and I was blown away. He was using it like a hand drill to bore a divot in a fireboard, and then I saw him in another video boring a small hole in some kind of gourd or bamboo shoot. I’ve never seen anyone use a bush knife so gracefully before…

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Schrade SCAXE10 Hatchet Reviewed

Posted on Oct 10, 2015

I’ve been pretty happy with the quality and performance of Schrade’s SCAXE2 Survival Hatchet and SCAXE2L Survival Axe, each perfect for budget-strapped campers, preppers and survivalists who need a small hatchet or hand axe for processing wood. Then Schrade let me take their upcoming full-tang hatchet, the SCAXE10 for a spin…

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Steel Will Druid 230 Reviewed

Posted on Aug 25, 2015

I love big blades, and I love small blades… And just about every blade in between. Especially bushcraft blades. But when you come across a blade built for processing wood, well those are the most fun and I just have to try it out. Enter the Druid 230 from Steel Will. Today we’ll be playing around with one just to see how much fun we can have with it. So Let’s get started…

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