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Digging Bars Should be Included in Your Preps

This morning I got up early and planted a couple of fruit trees before it got to hot.  Now the area in which we live is in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the soil can be very rocky in places.  One of the holes went pretty easy; the soil was good and still contained enough moisture to make digging easy.  But the other one was hard and I needed a digging bar.

Now I spent a fair amount of time helping others with prepping and digging bars are something I don’t see too often.  If you have rocky hardpan soil like mine you will need a good digging bar or two. …

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Multi Tools are They Worth Carrying?

For many years I have carried a multi tool. Years ago I started by carrying the first Leatherman that came out.  I found it useful and carried it for many years.  Later I encounter the Leatherman Wave and found that I liked it and have been carrying it ever since.

It is a great tool, each of the tools are functional and sturdy.  The Wave has the most commonly used tools on the outside and readily accessible.  This also means that the handiest blades and the saw are larger than those on other tools.   Because the blades are on the outside you can open them with one hand.  …

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Everyday Carry, What do You Have in Your Pockets?

everyday carryEveryday carry is a very personal thing; it can depend on where you live, the weather and the laws on concealed carry.  In writing this article I am going to describe what I carry and why.

I probably have too much stuff in my everyday carry.  My wife laughs at me all the time because I wear pants with cargo pockets most of the time and they are usually full of stuff and look baggy. Sometimes I wish it was cool for men to carry a purse or similar bag, so I could carry more junk.  Any suggestions?

Currently I carry both an older Gerber Multi-tool and a Leatherman Wave. …

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Replacing Axe Handles is an Art

The other day I came across a nice old boys axe.  A boy’s axe is a midsized axe that normally comes with a 28-inch handle and 2 ¼ pound head.  Since this one had a broken handle, I decided to put in a new one.  Now it has been many years, probably over 50 since I have seen this done.  So I figured now was a good time to replace an axe handle.

First I tried all the stores in town trying to find an axe handle.  I finally found one at True Value.  As near, as I could figure out this was the only boys axe handle for sale in town. …

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Tools and Knives For The Bug Out Bag

This article on tools and knives was written by Ed, a friend of mine.

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Any “tools and sharps” in your bug out bag, stashed in the man overboard bag or aircraft crash kit must be compact, durable and versatile. An old school friend of mine was a Navy Chief Construction Electrician who always carried a pair of linesman’s pliers, box cutter and screwdriver everywhere he went. When he worked at many military installations and US embassies overseas, he couldn’t carry a “weapon,” but could go almost anywhere carrying his VOM meter and tool belt.

He recalled several times during the Cold War when his everyday work tools served an impact weapons, prisoner restraint, intimidator or come-along.…

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Speedy Sharp, a Knife Sharpener and Aid in Fire Starting

speedy sharp For the last 15 years or more, I have been carrying the Speedy Sharp in my various packs.  Now I like small tools that are lightweight and can be used for more than one thing.  The Speedy Sharp is such a tool.  It weights approximately one ounce and can serve several purposes.

The Speedy Sharp is sold as a knife sharpener.  As such, it works well and can sharpen just about any type of blade including razor blades, lawn mower blades, hatchets, fishing hooks, garden tools, broad head arrows, dental instruments, router bits and chisels in a few minutes.  Speedy Sharp is made of Micro 100 Super Carbide and comes with a lifetime warranty.…

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How To Choose A Blade

This is a new post that is entered in our contest.  It is an article from Elijah on choosing a blade.  Don’t forget to get your article in, you have until the end of February.

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bladeWhether you are outfitting a bug out bag, a survival pack, putting together gear for a backpacking trip, or anything else, there are some common themes you need to consider when choosing knives and cutting tools.

Purpose

What are you going to use the knife for?  Even though a knife is probably one of the most fundamental and versatile tools there is, the performance of a knife is enhanced in a certain task if it is particularly suited for the job.…

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Fresnel Lenses can be a Useful Tool for Preppers

The other day a friend gave me a Fresnel lens that he removed from a projection television.  It is huge, it measures 50 inches by 37 inches.  We took and installed it in a wooden frame and have been experimenting with it.  Now many of you may be familiar with the small Fresnel lenses that come in many survival kits as a fire starter.  They measure approximately 3 ¼ x 1 ½ inches and are very close in size to a business card.

I have had small one for years in a pocket survival kit that I often carry.  If the sun is out, they will start a fire. …

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What Type of Knife do You Carry?

One question that always intrigues me is what kind of knife people carry?  I normally always carry at least three knifes.  They consist of a Leatherman Wave, an older Gerber multi tools and a Spyderco.

I have been carrying the Spyderco since about 1991 and I use it almost every day.  Out of the three knifes this is the one that gets the most use.  The one I am carrying, I believe to be an early model of the one they now sell as the Endura with a 2 1/2 inch serrated blade.  The serrated blade has proved to be surprisingly easy to keep sharpened. …

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Alternate Uses for Things Like Pencils and First Aid Dressings in Your Bug Out Bag can Save Your Life

The simple items you carry in your seventy-two hour kit, bug out bag or get home bag (whatever you want to call it) can make a big difference.  Take a simple thing like, do you carry a pen or a pencil in case you have to leave a message for someone?

Seems like either one would work, but me I am going to carry the pencil for several reasons.

  • A pen can dry out, when left in your backpack.
  • You can sharpen your pencil with a pocketknife.
  • You can break a pencil and it still works.
  • A pencil stored in a backpack is dry wood. 
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