The Kershaw Skyline (available here) is a flipper many of you are probably very familiar with already. It’s the favored EDC knife of countless users who are constantly singing its praises. Seeing as how I already have a very good EDC blade I had been putting off purchasing the Skyline. Well, now I finally have one of my own and I would like to share the unboxing and my first impressions of this hallowed and extremely popular EDC knife. Let’s open it up and see if all the hype is merited. Continue reading this post ➜
Kukri Blades | The Best Kukri Knife Reviews & Survivalist Info
Posted in: Folding Knife Reviewsby Michael on July 21, 2014
by Michael on July 11, 2014
A growing selection of people all over the world are experiencing major changes for the worse in many facets of daily life. Future uncertainties have created an extraordinary movement towards survival and preparedness due to massive and continued foreclosures, layoffs and the ever increasing prices of basic commodities. Most experts in preparedness, survival and TEOTWAWKI agree that there is need of practical skills for life after civilization. These experts also agree that “The end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI)” refers to circumstances that can forever alter society and threaten the survival of human beings. Some of these situations include nuclear war, mega volcano eruptions, worldwide pandemics and asteroid impacts, among others. The average person may think these events seem absurd, but they’re among many deadly and devastating disasters that can alter society and our planet well into the future. Continue reading this post ➜
by Michael on July 4, 2014
I have always had a preference for fixed blades, but in the average person’s day-to-day life they are simply not practical. I doubt many office workers could stroll into their cubicle with a BK9 hanging from the waist without someone calling the police. That’s why the majority of “EDC” knives (Every Day Carry) are small and inconspicuous folders. They don’t draw attention and as long as certain restrictions are met according to your local laws, are usually perfectly legal to conceal carry.
Today I’m going to be discussing the Ontario RAT 2, my current and all-time favorite EDC pocket knife. Continue reading this post ➜
by Michael on June 24, 2014
The Condor Kukri Machete up for review (available here) is an excellent option for a large, affordable, fixed blade knife that’s perfect for heavy-duty chopping, hacking vines and shrubbery, cutting wood, batoning and clearing trails. It makes short work of tall brush, easily lops off limbs for firewood, and sharpens up quickly to a razor edge.
I reviewed the Condor Heavy Duty Kukri a while back and came away very satisfied with everything that model had to offer. Like the HD Kukri, this model is also made in El Salvador with premium build materials, including high-carbon steel, thick genuine leather, and a gorgeous hardwood handle. This stout blade can take plenty of abuse without bending, breaking or chipping.
Let’s take a closer look at what makes the Condor Kukri machete such an ideal choice for outdoorsmen who need a reliable machete to bring along in the woods and on the trail. Continue reading this post ➜
by Michael on June 11, 2014
Shelter: An essential element of survival – along with clothing, food, and water, of course. When we think of shelter, usually the first thing that pops into our minds are our homes, apartments, condo’s, and houses. In an emergency or rescue scenario, shelter may not be such a warm and comfortable place.
Being exposed in the wilderness can leave us open to all sorts of harmful elements, from extreme heat and cold to wind, rain, and snow. Exposure can quickly turn the odds against you when it comes to injuries, illness, wild animals and other dangers. You should always know how to construct a survival shelter out of materials found in nature. This can really save your behind if an emergency were ever to occur that left you stranded with no tent or existing structures for shelter. Whether you get lost in the woods while hiking or stranded in the mountains during a skiing trip, who knows exactly when, where, or why you might need to build a impromptu survival shelter. With the crazy stuff happening in the world all around us on a daily basis, it couldn’t hurt to have mental blueprints – just in case. Continue reading this post ➜
by Michael on June 5, 2014
It’s not often you find a product that is truly innovative. That’s why I’m really intrigued by the KLAX multi-tool campaign on Kickstarter.
The KLAX is a portable ax head envisioned by Glenn Klecker of Klecker Knives that features many other uses (wrench, bottle opener, carabiner, hex driver, hammer etc.) and a unique clamping system that allows it to be attached to almost any sturdy piece of wood it will fit for a makeshift handle. That ability alone sets it apart from a couple similar tools, such as the TOPS ATAX and Fremont Farson Blade. Klecker will also be making specialized handles built specifically for the KLAX.
Four KLAX models are planned: Lumberjack, Woodsman, Feller and Ti; the first three of which will be made from 5/16″ thick SUS420J2, a Japanese stainless steel. Continue reading this post ➜
by Michael on May 29, 2014
Which is the best compact wood processing tool for your bug-out bag – a kukri knife or folding saw? Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
One of the points to consider is always the weight, of course, and here a folding saw will almost always win. The majority of folding saws will be much lighter than a kukri. A kukri with, say, a 12” blade will likely weigh in at around a pound and a quarter (at least) – heavier than a folding saw. Small folding saws are generally about the size of an oversized pocket knife and function in the same manner.
There are also larger triangular models that have 15″ to 20″ or longer saw blades. This type of folding saw resembles a metal baton in compact form and they fold out into a very sturdy triangle shaped saw. They are stronger, come with larger blades, are capable of heaver cutting and still collapse into a very compact form factor. Plus, even these enlarged collapsible/folding saws are still more lightweight than a standard kukri knife. I prefer triangle shaped folding saws myself (for example, the 21″ Sven), so that is this type I will be contrasting with the kukri. Continue reading this post ➜
by Michael on May 17, 2014
Mastering the art of starting a fire using friction with the bow drill method can be immensely rewarding. It can also be extremely frustrating, difficult and time consuming if proper technique and preparation aren’t followed. This guide will take you through the bow drill process as well as provide you some handy tips on the best techniques to implement when you first begin learning this primitive fire starting process.
Before you jump in head first it’s important to have all the necessary components on hand. These components comprise of a hearth board, drill/spindle, bow with some sort of string or cord, a handhold along with some dry grass and tinder. Some sort of knife or other sharp object will also come in handy as you will need to do some light wood carving. Let’s start with the preparation of these materials and how they are utilised in creating fire without the help of modern tools or fire starters. Continue reading this post ➜
by Michael on May 5, 2014
Warning! Spoilers ahead for Season 1, 2 and 3 of Game of Thrones.
Ser Bronn of the Blackwater
HBO’s Game of Thrones is one of the hottest television shows on the planet. It’s mixture of fantasy, politics, warfare and intrigue has seen the television adaptation of George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire novels attract millions of fans worldwide. A major part of it’s attraction is the range of colorful, complex characters on screen. One of the most popular characters is the hard-drinking, hard-fighting, kukri-wielding, womanizing sell-sword Bronn. A loveable rogue and mercenary, Bronn’s tongue is as sharp as the kukri he carries. Viewers have enjoyed seeing Bronn go from minor character in season one to a major player in the Game of Thrones in season four.
Who is Bronn?
Bronn first appeared in the episode ‘Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things’ (Season 1, Episode 4). He is staying at The Crossroads Inn when Tyrion Lannister arrives and, despite initially appearing to befriend Tyrion, he soon reveals his mercenary nature when he agrees to help Catelyn Stark take the dwarf prisoner. When the party is attacked on the road Bronn shows his prowess in combat. Bronn later acts as Tyrion’s proxy in a trial by combat and following his victory the pair become firm friends. Although both parties are aware that it’s a friendship primarily based on financial convenience rather than any great love, Tyrion knows Bronn’s sword and kukri are his to command. Continue reading this post ➜