Showing posts with label knife porn. Show all posts
Showing posts with label knife porn. Show all posts

Monday, September 22, 2014

Steelbringer Indie Go Go

Steelbringer is a pretty cool Indie Go Go Campaign. I think it has a lot of promise. Also the idea of aesthetically pleasing yet durable and functional knives really appeals to me. I think that is something our contemporary machine made kydex handled nylon sheath knife market has lost. Hope this campaign goes well and am looking forward to seeing more from these folks in the future.

This Scandinavian/ Bushcraft type knife is probably my favorite. The metal butt cap is a nice touch both for aesthetics and durability. The gimping is a nice touch also. I would love to get one like it with a full tang and a 5 in blade.


 A good all purpose/ fighting type design with a beautiful Damask blade.

This hunting/ skinning knife seems like a really good design and is very pretty to boot.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Maine Prepper Talks Combat and Survival Knives, I talk Knife Fighting and My Preferences




I heard a great quote once on soldier knives "Soldiers buy these $300 super SERE SPECOPS Tier 1 fighting survival knives then they use them to whittle stakes to make a poncho hooch, open MRE's and boxes." This does not mean that we do not need, in rare occasions significant capabilities, but just that we should be a little more realistic about what is a genuine need and what is a want. By all means use quality tools but the difference between a $50 Ka Bar or $80 Ontario RAT and a $300+ Busse, Randall, etc is not likely to be an issue in your survival over any number of ridiculously unlikely situations.

Don't get me wrong I like nice knives. Have always loved them and as I go on in life and finances allow I indulge in them. I own 3 Benchmade's, an Al Mar and a beautiful custom Camp Knife. Have a serious knife crush on the Busse TGLB. Want to get another Benchmade folder and for no real reason an Emerson. However at some point we do have to  look at if we are paying for a functional tool or a cool name (Busse) to make us happy and brag to our buddies or folks on the net about.

Personally I view knives as tools for well cutting things. Specifically I use them for everyday camp and life tasks such as preparing food, cutting small pieces of wood for whatever, 550 cord or rope and the like. Stretch these tasks a bit and you've pretty much hit the 'survival knife' arena. 

As a soldier I carry a rifle that holds 30 rounds and reloads rapidly plus sometimes a pistol with spare mags handy. As a civilian in normal circumstances I carry a handgun of some sort, in abnormal times I would carry a rifle that holds 30 rounds and a pistol that holds 17. In my opinion the whole 'shoot once then let em have it with your tomahawk' mentality stopped being meaningful when relatively large capacity rifles that reload rapidly came into play. Based on these weapons relatively large capacity and speedy reloading it is a lot more likely I will just shoot somebody who is close to me. If that doesn't work and they also fail at shooting me I'd try to bring a handgun into play, then a knife before going to hands. There have been anecdotal cases of people using bayonets or in some cases going hand to hand after that date but the ratio of those circumstances is honestly not very high.

I look at knives to suit my given purpose first with some consideration for defensive capabilities as a distant second. Why do I say this? Well people have been killing each other with pointy objects for a really long time. If we looked at ratios in terms of relatively modern life (say post 1900) I suspect far more people have been killed with their time and place's equivalent of Pakistani gas station folders and Chinese steak knives than super CQB folders and SWAT Survival fixed blade knives.Yes, that speaks more to the readiness of these knives in homes and pockets than their effectiveness vs quality knives (sort of like how more people are killed with .22lr Saturday night specials than say HK or SIG.45's.) but the point is that basically all pointy knives can cut and thus kill people.

Put it like this, if I am holding a shovel nobody is going to kick my ass cuz well I would smack them with the shovel. It doesn't mean a shovel is the best weapon, just that it is a tool that can function as a weapon if needed. Knives are the same way. I carry a folding knife all the time to cut all manner of stuff in everyday life and be there in case of a survival situation. If need be I will repeatedly stab someone in the lower part of the torso or neck with it.

Generally I carry a single blade knife which clips to my pocket and opens with a convenient thumb stud. I do this not because I'll really need to stab somebody with it but because invariably when I need to cut something I'll be holding it with the other hand. This, aside from it weighting a pound or something, is why I do not carry a Buck 110 everyday.  For everyday tasks and of course self defense I need to be able to get to a knife one handed.

Awhile back John Mosby and American Mercenary discussed knife fighting. I am too lazy to go find their posts and link to them but both guys are in my blog roll. I sort of meant to address knife fighting then but never got to it. Anyway to make it as simple as possible do not read or watch cheese 80's videos about dudes fighting with knives in some south east Asian opium den. If you want to spend 5, 10 or 20 years learning Asian knife fighting (Kali, Escrima type stuff) that is totally cool. If you do not want to do that just go all singer sewing machine on the bad guy. Knives you would reasonably carry regularly are not big and heavy enough to slash very effectively. They will cut into skin but will not go through bone or get deep enough to incapacitate somebody quickly. With very rare exceptions you need to get deep into the body to get to the places where a normal sized knife will do sufficient damage to kill someone. Slash somebody and they'll almost surely live. Stab em once and their odds of living are good. Stab them a dozen times then shove your knife in their carotted (sp) artery and twist then it's all she wrote.

The difference between lethality and incapacitation is important here. It is worth touching on the 86 Miami Shoot Out here. Let's say you "defang the snake" slashing the heck out of somebodies limbs as they expose them to attack and it is going well up to the point that they will likely die but that guy with the cut up hands bashes your head on the concrete till you die you well, lose. He might bleed out or die of an infection later but it doesn't help you much.

 This is an interesting point. In a lethal fight it is best to kill the other guy(s) as rapidly as possible. If you screw around hoping to out skill somebody thus avoiding any injuries instead of just killing them and being done with it you risk their friends showing up, slipping on a rock doing something cool you saw in a Van Dam movie or them getting lucky. Honestly this whole strategy reminds me of a guy who took 2 months of boxing classes that wants to hang back and throw jabs to avoid potentially taking a shot while KOing the other guy.

The point of where I am going, pun intended, is that 1) All knives are inherently lethal. Presuming they are sharp and pointy they can stab and kill people. 2) Look to a knife's primary purpose first and self  defense second.

My personal preference for knives is as follows:
1) The point should be roughly in a line with the hilt. In a combat perspective this is for stabbing. For me it is more that when I aim a knife at something to cut it I want the darn point to go where my wrist aims it. Exceptions are for special use knives like butcher knives.
2) Knives should have a grip that you can hold onto, particularly if they are for field or 'fighting' use.Wood and leather are good, G10 is good, textured plastic is good. Smooth materials like ivory or non textured aluminum are probably less good.
3) Folding knives will have a lock of some sort. The exception is for tools like multi tools that have a knife blade almost as an ancillary feature to the pliers, screwdrivers, etc.
4) Fixed blade knives will be have a tang that runs through the handle to the hilt. At a minimum a thin 'rat tail' tang but the ideal situation is a tang that is the width of the handle all the way to the hilt.

The Mora is worth discussing here because they are a useful tool that does not meet my preference. They are a fixed blade with a half to 3/4 handle rat tail type tang. Honestly I consider them a very affordable beefier version of an everyday carry folding knife. They are a great light to medium duty belt knife at a price that allows them to be almost disposable. Presuming normal knife use you will probably never destroy a Mora.

5) For a general use knife 3/8th's to 1/4 is a good width. I think proportion is significant here. My big ole camp knife is 1/4 inch thick but it is over a 9.5 inch blade with a total length of 15 inches. I probably wouldn't want a quarter inch thick knife with a 3 inch blade.

6) For a general use knife I favor lengths between 5 and 7 inches with a half inch or so error on either side for good tools like the Mora or  Ka Bar.

7) For outdoor or tactical use I favor stainless steel or coated carbon steel blades. The ease of cutting and ability to resharpen of  non coated carbon steel knives is great but they are hell to maintain in wet environments.

 Not so long ago I took a Mora to the field for a month. It was great till I had to work for half a day setting up tents in the rain. To the point my carbon steel mora companion got wet and rusted. In general I think folks who do not get to choose when they go to the woods need to be prepared to get wet. I'm looking at getting the same military companion knife in stainless steel.

8) Do not bring a knife to the field you are not willing to use. Going full in with a ka bar will get you a lot more than worrying if a Busse will get scratched. I'm not saying you shouldn't bring an expensive knife to the field just to do so if you will actually use it. If you are so worried about it getting scratched then be honest, call it a safe queen and get another knife to use.

So those are my thoughts on that. What do you think?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Knive Wishes

Lets say that a knife, to be specific any knife you want without consideration for cost or such, would show up at your door tomorrow. What would it be?

Mine would be Busse Team Gemini Light Brigade with the sage finish and black canvas grips. It's concept off use would be as a 'one tool option', survival blade and 'combat knife'. A close second would be a Randall Model 5 Camp and Trail 6". No huge reason for this one it would just be cool to own a Randall.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Knife Material?

Carbon steel? Coated or noncoated?

Stainless?

I do not spend much time near the sea. At the same time there is the balance that while I can take care of things decently an emergency tool might not always get the best care in those situations.

I know all the stuff folks say on the net. What has worked, or not worked, well FOR YOU PERSONALLY?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Walking Dead and Random Thoughts

Life is busy these days. Also for the first time in awhile I have a commute. This means going home after PT before work or for lunch is not practical. So basically I leave home at 0530 and get home at 1830 (6:30pm) which makes for long days.

Somebody asked about The Crunch in a comment recently.  I'm working on it. Had a setback but am almost back to the same place page wise. Honestly it's a lot better than the first version of those chapters which is good. Currently writing chapter 7. I think the first book will end somewhere between chapters 12-18 depending on how things crack out. Haven't got close enough to worry too much about it yet. Realistically at a chapter a week I'll have something ready to go to kindle press in the December-January time frame.

In hindsight I probably overestimated my ability to get a book done based on my school lackadaisical work schedule and the family being at home; the combination of which left me with a lot of time to write.

Watched the first episode of season 4 of The Walking Dead. With some new blood and additional firepower the group has got a lot more survivability. This is good as I am pretty bored of Rick putting the last 1-2 rounds of ammo into his sweet 6" stainless Colt Python for the 40th time.

While watching The Walking Dead it occurred to me first that I wished I had a big awesome zombie killing knife and shortly thereafter that I do in fact own one. It's a pretty awesome blade I'm happy to own. Cutting wood, slicing up meat or maybe chopping into Zombie heads, that knife is awesome.

Max has an interesting discussion going on about Battle Belt concept of use and setup over at his place.

Anyway I am bored of writing so it's time to wrap this up. Hope you all have a great tomorrow.






Saturday, July 13, 2013

Three Knifes For......

It seemed like talking knives would be fun so here we are. I got to thinking about which knives I would want if only a few could be had. I discussed a five knife scenario awhile back and wanted to update it to include some new purchases and be a bit more limiting. Decided on three knives partly because it is the number most of these type discussions seem to go for.

Concept of use/ generic type of knife:
1- EDC Folder
2- Belt knife
3- Large camp/ survival/ fighting knife

I intentionally did not consider multi tools. The primary reason for this is they fall more into the tool category than the knife category. Sort of like a leatherman is not a bottle opener just because it has one on there. The secondary reason is I simply do not find much use for them. It's a nice tool and a nice idea but I rarely find use for them in a place I could not have a whole box of tools. Sure there is one in my BOB and another in the car kit but I do not feel the need to carry one every day.

The EDC folder is my Benchmade auto. The belt knife is a Pathfinder trade knife. The camp knife is my camp knife from JP's Custom knifes. After a semi gratuitous picture of the knives closed I will talk about the decisions I made and some sticking points that came up in them.

I really like the Benchmade so it was an easy choice though really any quality folder could fill the roll. The belt knife is where I had to do a lot of thinking. I was totally up in the air between the Pathfinder and my Ontario RAT 3. The RAT 3 is pretty handy with a nice sheath but is just a bit too short to fill this role. When testing the RAT 3 I found myself jamming part of the handle into a roast or large piece of meat to get the blade all the way through. While the Pathfinder Trade Knife narrowly wins I am not entirely thrilled with the choice. A slightly larger RAT like the 4 (reviewed at TEOTWAWKI blog) or 5 would probably be a great option, for more money the new Benchmade Bush Crafter would be great also.

My camp knife was an easy decision, it is pretty awesome. Recommend JP's Custom Knives for your premium cutlery needs. One could argue my Cold Steel kukuri fits in the same niche but I disagree. That machete on steroids is great for brush and small wood but that's it. My Camp Knife can do light brush or small wood tasks but is still handy for cooking or general use which cannot be said of the kukuri. To me the debate would not be between the Camp Knife and the kukiri but between the kukuri and a hawk/ hatchet/ small ax.

With these three knives I could complete every semi normal knife type task readily imaginable. Aside from Wifey not liking me taking a knife off my belt to cut dinner with there would be no real downside. That makes my inner (he rarely wins) minimalist want to start getting rid of stuff and my paranoid side want to start caching stuff. 

What would your three knives be? I am curious about broad type/ concept of use as well as specific make/ model. 



Thursday, July 11, 2013

JP's Custom Knives Camp Knife Specs

More info on my Camp Knife by JP's Custom Knives. The steel is 1/4 inch thing 5160 Spring Steel and the handle is Teak.
The blade is 9.5 inches long. Total length is 15 inches. The edge is a full grind.
JP's custom knives also has several knives ready for immediate sale including a chef's knife, skinning knife, push dagger, double edged dagger,  and a Pirate Cutlass.



Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Camp Knife by JP's Custom Knives


My Camp Knife by JP's Custom Knives arrived today.


Blade length 9.5in 
Total Length 15 in
Weight 1 pound 2.2 ounces
 




My initial impression is this knife is just awesome. Well balanced, beautiful fit and finish, very sharp and easy in my hand. I recommend you consider JP's Custom Knives for any cutlery needs you may have.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Double Edged Dagger for Sale at JP's Custom Knives

A double edged dagger for sale at JP's Custom Knives. It has a 6 inch blade made from 5160 steel. Made to be handy for everyday life and still a functional fighting knife. The blade has an acid etched finish and the handle is made from Maple Burl. The price is $350. Sheath made on request. Buy it here

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Custom Camp Knive Sheath by JP's Knives

The sheath for my Camp Knife is done. JP's Custom Knives did a great job. In addition to being the exact color and type I asked for the detail work is great, really cool, unique and a notch above other products. That sort of detail is what you get when working with a craftsmen. Check out JP's Custom Knives for all your knife and sheath needs. Cannot wait to get my hands on it, cut the heck out of some stuff then write about it.

Got knives?

Thursday, June 27, 2013

My Custom Camp Knife by JP's Custom Knives Finished


My large camp knife from JP's Custom Knives is done. Looks really nice with the finish complete. As soon as JP can make a sheath it'll be ready to ship. Can't wait to get my hands on it to do some testing.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

My Custom Camp Knife by JP's Custom Knives

 My large camp knife from JP's Custom Knives is done. As soon as JP can make a sheath it'll be ready to ship. So far it looks pretty awesome. Can't wait to get my hands on it to do some testing.
After talking to JP a bit it looks like the current finish is just a step towards a more practical corrosion resistant end product. Once it's finished JP will send me some more pics. For your custom knife, machete and sword needs I recommend checking out JP's Custom Knives.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Gratuitous Benchmade Presidio 5000 Auto Pic

This is my new EDC knife. It is a Benchmade Presidio 5000 auto. The auto axis mechanism is pretty awesome. Got is used with some scuffs n scratches and a corresponding good deal. Anyway I wanted a Benchmade auto for about a decade. Just recently it seems things worked out to bring one into my life. I am very happy about how it all worked out. The Griptillian was prefectly functional but this knife has a wonderful fit n finish and a lot of class. Sometimes life works so you get something you need and every once in awhile you get something that you really wanted. This is one of those rare 'really want' times. Anyway that's my new knife.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Crazy Days- Walther .380's, Benchmade Auto Knives, Shotgun Ammo and Trading

So I owned a Walther .380 for about a week. You might have guessed at that earlier. I had given up on finding the gun I was looking for and the classic small carry auto seemed like a good alternative. One came up and I snagged it. The .380 was a great gun. It was easy to carry and shot like a dream, certainly the most accurate gun of it's small thin size I have shot. Anyway the day after getting it a trade popped up out of nowhere for a slightly wider but otherwise similar sized gun that suited my logistical trail much better. The .380 was screwing up my logistics, had just became redundant and needed to go. Also I sort of spent money on it I probably shouldn't have (not like spending the rent, more like project AR money). Started floating it out there then ended up swapping the .380 off today.

In trade I got $200 cash, a Benchmade 5000 Auto Presidio with the black  partial serrated blade (like a used car with 500 miles it had a a few small scruffs/ scratches but otherwise like new), 100 rounds of 12 gauge buckshot, 100 12 gauge slugs, a Magpul CTR stock and 20 5.56 tracers. We also swapped my remaining .380 ammo for 35 rounds of 00B and 200 rounds of #7 shot.

The cash will let me pick up the rail I need to finally complete project AR. The knife is something I have wanted for a long time but have never been willing to pay for. Honestly I just haven't been able to justify it despite trying to do so and really wanting one. Nothing wrong with a Kershaw Blur or a Benchmade Griptillian. No real NEED to spend more on a knife than that which is why I didn't. Anyway a good deal popped up so I took it. Really it is what sealed the deal on this trade. As to shotgun ammo I was semi in the market for it, half because we can use more and half because it's the ammo that is currently available at prices that are reasonable for stocking up. The stock I didn't need, it might end up on my rifle but worst case a nice back up stock isn't a bad thing.

So anyway I spent a good chunk of the day figuring out the deal then after work went and made it happen. Between a cool new knife, a few bucks in my pocket and some more ammo I am pretty happy with the deal. Also the renewed simplicity of my logistical trail is nice.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Kershaw Blur: Initial Impressions

Awhile back Grasshoppa was kind enough to send me a Kershaw Blur. I've been carrying it around for about a month now. Certainly enough time to get a sense of what it is and isn't.

I really don't have enough good things to say about the Kershaw Blur. The spring assist basically makes it a blade activated switch blade without any of the legal constrains (as far as I know anyway) which is pretty cool. The metal handle with grip inserts is pretty awesome especially at this knife's competitive price point.

The blade is very sharp and well designed. I find the curved swooping back of the blade a bit awkward aesthetically but it puts the point in the right place (centered) which is what really matters. It cuts the heck out of everything I've given a go at which is all you can ask for a knife. The edge seems to be holding nicely.

The clip is very secure and well designed. I appreciate that it securely holds the knife in it's place using a simplistic design with two screws. Too many folks skip the design portion of a clip and try to make it secure with more screws which makes for a bulkier clip. The only issue I have is that (at least on my particular model) there are only holes for the clip on the right side which would be awkward for lefties. It can be tip up or down which is better than some models.

Right now the role my Blur has found is as a "get off me blade". Given that small daggers and push knives can be legally problematic and even a small fixed blade is fairly long for EDC in my lifestyle a folder is the available option. I appreciate the easy opening feature even more with my weak hand. It's riding OWB clipped to my belt at about 9 o'clock. Seems pretty secure plus at their excellent price point if it gets lost I'll order another then put it into a sheath in the same place.

Depending on where you shop a Kershaw Blur can be had between $40 and 50. I find it equal to or superior to any comparably priced offerings by other major brands like Cold Steel or Spyderco. You can certainly spend more money on a knife. That money will get you a bit more fit/ finish then at some point maybe a bit of quality and warranty support. However at their price point you can have a blur in both family vehicles and several kits/ caches. I seriously doubt an Emerson or high end Benchmade will outlast 6-8 Kershaw Blur's.



Thursday, March 21, 2013

Kershaw Blur and Thanks

Grasshoppa was kind enough to send me a Kershaw Blur to check out. It has a tanto blade with partial serration which is pretty much my ideal fighting/ destroying things configuration in a folding type blade. It is working into my EDC for testing and evaluation. It seems like a very well made knife at a super competitive price. You will see an initial impressions post shortly and a review in due time. I need to go find some stuff to cut.

Thanks again Grasshoppa!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Knife in the Making by JP's Custom Knives

JP of JP's Custom Knives is making me a knife. It is going to be a large camp type knife. Going through the whole process with him was pretty cool. What I did was look at a bunch of pictures of knives JP has made. Sort of picked and chose the parts I wanted.
I like the blade style of this knife. It's about a 10" blade. Big but not bulky for bulks sake.
The first knive is nice but I prefer a more traditional looking handle like on this knife. So that's what is coming out of the forge and into my hands.

We didn't really talk steel, grind angles or any of that. Honestly I don't get into that. Just use knives to cut stuff, sharpen them and repeat. Anyway I would rather give a craftsmen my intent (in this case a large camp knife that can do a fair job of chopping things and processing wood) and leave him to do his thing. Of course I'm sure if you have opinions about all of that JP would be more than happy to oblige.

This knife should be pretty awesome. I can't wait for it to arrive.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

10 Lower Prices Solutions to Survivalism

A few ways to make preparedness fit your budget a bit better.

1. Prioritize. I know this is is a far bigger thing and really arguably negates the rest of the article but I do need to touch on it briefly. Choosing preparedness stuff instead of other things is a very valid option. I find it easier to have the goal in mind and do the math working towards it. Example doing the math that at 4 bucks a pop you would need to choose drip from home instead of fancy coffee 15 times to get the medium fixed blade knife you want or 10 nights out at $50 a pop to buy a rifle or whatever. For me this makes it a choice to prioritize that specific goal instead of just general budget tightening which kind of sucks.

 2. Cut down on your vices. Drink less, smoke less, chew less, gamble less, go from $5 coffee out to drip from home, use that money to prepare. [This is probably #1 for overall life improvement but for saving cash to fund preparedness, which is the topic of the post, I put it at #2. The reason is that prioritization (which also touches on vices) is more all encompassing.]

3. Buy used. Many things can be had gently used for 50-80 cents on the dollar. Once you take the tags off, use it a couple times and it will have a few scratches or wear marks anyway so save the $$$.

4. Build the same systems but with lower priced (but not junk) items. Common Mans $150 BOB by TEOTWAWKI Blog (though I think it's more of a Get Home Bag) is a great example of this.

5. Get basic guns. A tight budget does not mean to buy cool guns because you like them  and then skimp elsewhere. If you can't afford food you definitely can't afford an AR and a Glock, let alone an M1A and a high end 1911 with a bunch of mags each especially with prices these days!. It means you need to get basic but quality guns that will serve your needs but not bust the budget. The odds you need an AR-15 over a bolt action 30'06 or pump shotgun or a Glock 19 over an old SW Model 10 are a lot lower than that your family will start eating drastically less. Honestly if tomorrow our gun collection was a 30-30, a bare bones Rem 870/ Moss 500 pump shotgun, a pair of .38/.357 revolvers (his and hers) and a .22 it would be a decent enough setup. If we had 2 of everything and I had a J frame as well as a bigger revolver (aside from her pistol) it would be a good setup. Bought over time most folks can afford a $400 30'06 or 30-30, a $300 shotgun, a $300-400 pistol and a .22 of some sort along with plenty of ammo to go with them.

6. Get items that serve a lot of purposes. If money is tight it might not work in the short term to have 6 dedicated preparedness knives (huge camp, medium general purpose fixed, small fixed, folding EDC, multi tool and "fighting") a folding saw a hawk or hatchet and an ax. Instead a small ax or hatchet/ hawk (AO dependent), a medium sized fixed blade and a folding EDC/ multi tool (lifestyle dependent) might just be it. Those 3 tools would handle most all of your realistic preparedness cutlery needs.

Coming back to guns because we dudes tend to gravitate there and thus overspend limited resources which should be spent elsewhere. In terms of guns that can do a lot of things compact sized pistols are a good one. A Glock 19 or 3" small/ medium framed revolver can fill a lot of roles adequately. A pump shotgun with long and short barrels can do a ton of things. Toss in whatever center fire rifle fits your lifestyle and budget best then round it out with a decent .22 and you are good to go.

7. Put in the time. Oh you are busy too, well make some choices. Watch less tv or something. Learn stuff from people you know. Helping them is a great way to do this. Ask somebody to HELP YOU fix your car or wall or whatever and just maybe they will do it. Say you will HELP THEM with their next project and you'll get a phone call in a bit. Expect to carry some stuff and do some other nugg work but you will learn stuff. Also once they see you care enough to put in the time and energy most folks will go out of their way to help you learn.


8. Avoid mistakes. Buying items that don't fit your needs/ wants must be avoided at all costs. I have a variety of stuff that has been purchased then cast off to be extras or backups or sold at a loss. Even if you research enough to find out an item is quality there is the ever unquantifiable ergonomics. If money was tight I would only buy items I could personally handle and ideally try out (like borrowing a friends for a week) before purchasing.

9. Trade. There are some balancing acts there as you have to be a bit flexible but can't lose sight of your real needs as you can't afford to get unneeded or significantly lower priority stuff.  On the other hand turning your unused guitar and amp (or whatever) into the backpack and sleeping bag you need is just irresistible. Sometimes, though rarely especially with vastly different types of stuff, you can trade strait across. However more often you end up selling the music stuff to get money which pays for the camping gear.

10. Gifts. This isn't exactly a savings but it does help. Instead of asking for stuff you don't really need for birthdays, Christmas, etc ask for preparedness stuff you can use. Many folks would be happy to get you a preparedness item of comparable price than whatever the usual gift might be.

That is about all I can think of right now. Anyway I hope these ideas help give people some ideas on how to become better prepared on lower budgets.

Edited to include: After Snoops comment I went back and put them in what I feel is rank order. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Please Welcome Our Newest Advertiser- JP's Custom Knives

JP makes custom knives for every cutlery occasion in the kitchen, street or field. You can check out his face book page to look at a bunch of pictures of his work and talk to him about getting a knife made.

Tell him I sent you.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Current Results of EDC Contest Voting

The current results of the voting are:
 #1- CF entry #22 with 25 votes
#2- Tricia entry #26 with 23 votes
#3-Zombie Guy entry #10 with 20 votes
#4- Meister entry #20 with 17 votes
#5- Michael W entry #32 with 15 votes
#6- Brian Entry #6 with 14 votes

Voting will continue through tomorrow so plenty of time to vote for yourself or your favorite entry. After you vote feel free to mention the EDC contest as well as your favorite entry to the spouse, friends, family or web buddies.

 To recap here is what our contestants are playing for:
1st Place: 3 Sport Berkey Water Bottles donated by LPC Survival ($69 value)
2nd Place: 1 Blackhawk Holster donated by LuckyGunner.com ($50 value)
3rd Place:  1 Snare-Vival-Trap cough garote cough donated by Camping Survival ($17 value)
4th Place: A copy of The Blighted by Archer Garrett.
Wildcard: This one goes to whoever I want to give it to for whatever reason I feel like. It will be a grab bag donated by yours truly. ($30+  value).
Check out the details and my example post here. 

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