Today I’m adding another post to my ‘tested gear’ section. An item our family has used for years, while living in the city and out in the boonies. The British Berkefeld® Gravity Water Filter, a company that’s been around for a very long time. A ceramic filtering media is the secret. Many years ago, before the term ‘prepping’ was in vogue, I bought one of these units with the dual ceramic filters as I didn’t trust the city water much because of the flavor and smell. And after a few years in the city, we moved out to a fair sized parcel where our water supply was from our own well. That too, even while being great water, was improved by a good filtering system, because of the microscopic silt that came along with every cup of water.
The versatile Big Berkey system is the ideal system for use at home with small or medium sized families, travel, outdoor activities or during unexpected emergencies. The ceramic units filter both treated water and untreated raw water from such sources as remote lakes and streams. Of course, stagnant ponds and ‘mud puddles’ would be the last choice because the gunk filtered out would rapidly cause the filters to require cleaning. If you must source your water from such a source, I suggest you should pre-filter your water through some sort of gross filtering setup, to help with trapping the large particles of trash, mud and muck that will inevitably be scooped up with the water.
Water filtering is a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure or treated water may not be available. According to published information, the Big Berkey system removes pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites and reduces harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, and VOCs without removing the beneficial minerals. Made of highly polished 304 stainless steel, the new systems come complete with four 7″ ceramic elements. This system has a storage capacity of about 2.1 gallons and when in use it stands 19.25″ in height with a diameter of 8.5″. The upper chamber nests upside down within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 13″ in height. This allows the unit to store on the shelf, if you trust your water, until the true, emergency need for filtered water happens. The system will filter about a gallon per hour when full and the filters are new and clean. That rate, being gravity operated, would slow as the water level drops in the filtering section and particulates begin to coat the outside of the filtering media. Whenever our white filters became grungy looking with the residues they trapped, a gentle scrubbing with a toothbrush (NO SOAP!!) under the spigot brought them up to par and improved the filtration speed back to nearly as new. Much improved in the past 20 years we’ve used ours, the new range of filtering media is impressive. And they still supply the good old white ceramic units ours uses.
All round, I think the Big B system is pretty good for a prepper to have, or anyone who distrusts city water to be as pure as they claim it is. No moving parts, batteries or power supply needed, no heat or fuel required. Just pour your dirty water in the top and wonderfully clean, pure water drips into the holding tank for drinking.
As the Southeast USA gets pummeled by those pesky global warming record winter snowstorms, for the second time in as many weeks, it’s time to ponder things while scribbling notes by candle light, bundled up in layers and keeping warm by the auxiliary heat source. Nah, actually I’m quite comfy this time, as last time, while all this weather chaos is going down.
As a prepper, I tend to view things from that point of view, no matter what the subject or idea. So, as interesting things show up, I have an open mind as to their usefulness to me, as a prepper. Any vehicle that’s dependable, economical as possible for it’s purpose, and capable within it’s design ‘could be’ used as a bug out vehicle (BOV). In my book and other blog posts, I’ve talked about the typical idea most folks have for a BOV, usually a 4 wheel drive truck or Jeep, all good there. Except for the fuel issue. Every BOV has to have fuel, the weak link common to all, other than maintenance break downs. Many preppers prefer Diesel BOV’s because they will take vegetable oil as an alternate fuel, depending on the vintage of the machine. And some have taken the time, trouble and construction skills and make their own ‘biodiesel’ apparatus to refine and recycle found used fry cooker oil and other stuff. Good for them, but what of folks without such admirable skills?
How about an electric power BOV? 100% electric, no petroleum fuel required? Aw, man, you’re saying, if the grid is down, your screwed with the rest of the world. Yep, you’re right….unless you have a solar power backup generator. It can already keep your bug out location supplied with power, be it where you are now or where you want to be after the SHTF, it can also power your electric alternative transportation.
Most electric vehicles are hybrids, all still needing fuel, no matter how far it can stretch a gallon of gas. Few are total electric, and those are limited in production numbers and very expensive. And most wouldn’t be worth much on anything worse than a typical dirt road out in the boonies. So, what am I leading up to with all this suspense?
TA-DA! At last, here’s the idea….a 100% electric, fully capable, long range (compared to many other electric 2 wheel transportation), powerful, fast (near or up to 100 miles per hour for most models) dead quiet, off road capable (depending on model), almost no maintenance, made in the USA motorcycle. http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/
OK, granted, this is ‘solo’ transportation, so getting a family outta Dodge in a hurry is not an option here, BUT for what it is, I think it has some highly valuable points:
* For scattered family members who intend / need to get to a central family planned Bug Out Location (BOL) it would be an option, up to 171 miles of surface street travel with an optional ‘power tank’ extra battery in the Zero S or SR models.
* For a scout ahead point man in a short run supply caravan, it would be quiet and highly maneuverable, an experienced rider can turn this 400 pound machine around and wind up the insane torque of this thing to get out of a surprise bad situation very fast.
* In the ‘dirt bike’ version, it can keep up with the best typical noisy as ‘ell gas powered dirt bike without alerting every hostile within a mile that you’re in the woods.
* It can be recharged by plugging into any 110v outlet, no special government approved ‘charging station’ required nor funky adapters or special equipment at your home, so where ever the grid is working or if your solar powered generator is available, you’re good for more power. Adapters for those stations are available, however.
* It has ‘regenerative braking’, so wise use of downhill opportunities or planning ahead when you see you have to come to a stop can be advantageous to extending your range. Which is more valuable in a situation, time or distance? You can get there fast, at expressway speeds, but that will kill your travel distance to around 70 miles, or you can ease back and extend your range.
* There are saddlebag cargo carrying options available, so between those and a decent backpack, some search and scrounge missions are certainly possible, finding food and medicine items that would fit such carriers is easy enough. The machine is rated to carry over 350 pounds. Solo missions are possible, but likely more hazardous than in pairs or a caravan type expedition.
I explained in my book “Surviving Urban Crisis” that, in my opinion, motorcycles have a very useful role in survival situations, but with the criteria, again in my opinion, the virtues of QUIET and maneuverability over as much terrain as possible are top criteria for best use, so a roaring Harley, cool as they are or a screaming rice rocket, despite it’s 150 mile per hour capability are not my ‘best choice’.
It’s main negative is that it is not expected to be a long trip machine on the expressway, in spite of the fact that it can keep up with that speed level, but only for about 70 miles or so. So, is it the ‘perfect BOV’? Nope, no such thing, no matter what you pick as a BOV, there’s always negative factors. Weigh them and decide for yourself. Zero isn’t the only electric motorcycle out there, but as far as I’ve seen, they have the widest range of models. But, if you find something else that fits your needs, by all means go for it.
Information for this article was provided by Zero motorcycle’s web page and other sources on the net. I have no affiliation with Zero, nor do I own one of their bikes….yet.
Now, if only you could find a Diesel fueled motorcycle at a dealer somewhere……wonder what that would be like?
Yep, short sweet and to the point, today I’m posting several links to FREE E-books on Amazon. Don’t know how long they’ll be free, most are always on a time limit, so get ‘em while you can. If you don’t have an E-book reader, like a Kindle or whatever, no worries, Amazon gives away apps to read them on everything, smart phones or computers.
All righty then, that should keep you busy for a while, the best of all worlds. . . . free knowledge that could help save your life.
Again I’m saying these will probably be free for a limited time, I had given away my own book for a short while, “Surviving Urban Crisis”. But that time limit expired.
In another post here on the Surviving Urban Crisis Blog, I discussed long term food storage
In that post I mostly talked about dry goods and commercially canned products and the actual shelf life you can expect to get from these products, which is far longer than the food companies give credit.
To add to that topic, today let’s investigate home food preservation a little further. The core idea here is to look at the methods our ancestors used back in the homesteading days of the late 19th century America, when there was no electric grid or refrigeration. Seems to me to be a very good policy as a prepper, to not have your food supply totally wrapped up in your freezer(s) which are dependent on the grid. Not saying freezers don’t have their place, it’s just the ‘all your eggs in one basket’ kind of thing that can be avoided with some planning.
Of course most folks think of home canning, right off, when discussing home food preserving. And you’re quite right, home canning is typically the top choice for most people. There’s plenty of product and information out there, such as your supply sources for jars, rings and lids which you can easily find locally. During the summer season, we can plenty of fresh produce while the getting is good. Between the hot water bath method and the pressure canning method there is not much you can’t put away by canning, by the item such as beans or carrots, even making up your own soups, stews and other goodies. We also home can meats along with the summer veggie crops.
I will say that home canned meats, unlike the pretty green beans, bright carrots, corn and other veggies, look truly disgusting sometimes after the canning process. We did a batch of hotdogs (yeah, home canned hotdogs, for real) and they certainly look terrible. But they taste just fine, like regular ol’ hot dogs. The idea behind that experiment was having another item not needing refrigeration that was a common ‘comfort food’ item. That batch of hotdogs will now be good for two or three years.
How about smoking meat? (No, it won’t work very well, rolled in paper and lit on one end.) This has been done about as long as humans have had fire and meat. Salting meat has worked for centuries as well. Smoking can be accomplished on a small scale with a ‘smoker cooker’ or outdoor grill, or bumped up to large scale with a dedicated smoker building. That kind of thing is one of the many reasons preppers prefer to live outside communities where life is restricted by dumb city ordinances or the dictates of little terrors know as homeowner associations. My Tennessee grandpa smoked and salted all his own hams in his smokehouse. Dad used to bring one or two of those hams home from our visits ‘back home’, man that was some tasty eating.
Now, how about fermented foods? That process is also ancient in origin. How about beer, wine, cider, cheese sauerkraut, kimchee, pickles, yogurt, buttermilk, kefir, sourdough bread? Yeah, some of these do still require being kept cold, but even so they would last longer than the unfermented original items. Some items like cheese were, and still are, wrapped with cloth and wax so they only needed to be kept cool as in a root cellar or other cool place, so the cheese survived without need of the modern power grid. ‘The Art of Fermentation’
And finally, another ancient way to preserve food is drying. Sun drying is the oldest method, but today we have modern electric dehydrators, capable of everything from drying veggies, making fruit leathers to beef jerky. We have a well-worn Excalibur dehydration machine which has probably been through a literal ton of fresh fruit and veggies, and a decent portion of jerky. Dried meat or jerky is also in this category, so if you have a dehydrator that’s one more item you can make with that very useful appliance.
As I mentioned in the article I referred to way back at the top, finishing off a lot of dried goods or store bought bulk dry goods, like noodles, rice or beans, we generally use our Foodsaver machine to hard vacuum this stuff to make sure bugs and moisture are kept away from this hard work and future food. By hard vacuuming, I mean sucking down the bag until the finished item is as hard as a brick like some coffee products you see at the grocery. Buying dry goods in bulk, as in 25 or 50 pound bags of rice, is very practical with a Foodsaver, repackaging the rice, beans, sugar, plain flour or whatever into manageable one, two or 5 pound bags to use out of while the remainder sits safe and dry in the pantry storage. If you have the Foodsaver canisters, you can ‘recycle’ product jars, such as jelly jars, salsa or spaghetti sauce jars, virtually any with the popping lid, the kind you know that ‘pops’ if you press it down and the vacuum is gone from the jar. You can re-vacuum items partially used to stay fresh in the fridge far longer by putting the item into the canister it fits into, with the lid just lightly finger tight, and vacuum the canister until the machine cycles. The jar inside will have it’s vacuum restored upon removal, just test the ‘pop’ spot, if it doesn’t pop, you’re good. Now, tighten down the lid fully, and you’re set. You can also do this with portions of dried foods, cereal, rice, whatever, with the same recycled jars or extra canning jars, all works the same. It’s in the top five most used kitchen appliances at our place, but occasionally ventures out beyond just vacuum packing dried foods. Items like boxes of ammo, spare gun parts, and clothes for our Bug Out Bags. Clothes are waterproofed and the compression saves a lot of space that way. Boxes of matches and many other items that need to be protected from moisture are good candidates as well. The non-food items are bagged with the machine set on its lowest vacuum setting so as not to crush the box (as with matches or bullets) or pierce the bag with sharp corners like with spare parts or pointy loose ammunition. It hasn’t ever happened to me, lucky I guess, but there may be a remote possibility to ‘set off’ a box of strike anywhere matches by crushing with the vacuum machine setting way too high, resulting in the matches being forcefully ground together inside the box, which could start the ignition process. There might not be enough air to get much reaction, but then setting off 250 or so matches at once, even in a mostly vacuumed environment, may cause quite a bit of excitement. You don’t need any serious degree of vacuum, you’re just sealing out most of the air and the moisture. I have seen arguments that vacuum packing ammo may supposedly render it ‘useless’ on the theory that it would suck all the air out of the cartridges thereby not allowing the gunpowder to ignite when the primer is struck by the firing pin, making the round a ‘dud’. I don’t think so, personally, because firstly I don’t set the vacuum anywhere near the maximum this machine is capable of, and additionally because even if the idea were valid, as soon (or shortly afterwards) as you exposed the ammo to regular atmospheric pressures the air would return into the cartridges, if it ever left. Assuming modern ammo is universally considered to be completely waterproof, and therefore largely resistant to air pressure or moisture, I’m not going to worry about it. The only time I put away ammo in this manner, is in our long term storage buckets stocked with dry goods, hard vacuumed items that may not be seen again for 10 years or more. Otherwise the ammo goes into surplus ammo cans with good rubber seals and lots of silica gel desiccant packs.
OK, today’s tip is a quick, easy and ‘free’ match safe project, recycling an empty prescription medicine or similar bottle, some strike anywhere matches, sandpaper and a dab of hot-melt glue.
The hardest part of this project is merely finding the strike anywhere matches, it seems. You can find ‘strike on the box’ matches all over the place, not so much with strike anywhere.
We’ve all got prescription drug bottles with only one or two pills left, or have an empty bottle after finishing the pills. These useful little bottles get saved for various purposes around our place, everything from Vaseline soaked cotton ball fire starters, keeping handy recycled birthday candles for fire starting, to various spices in our backpack cooking kits, whenever you need a reasonably waterproof little bottle, they’re handy. Like little BOB emergency sewing kit, gear parts, spare scope batteries, spare AA or AAA flashlight batteries, lots of things possible.
So, take your med bottle and peel off the label, making it easier to see what’s in the bottle. Next find a small square of sandpaper, about 100 – 120 grit or so. Doesn’t have to be exactly 100 grit, but more coarse than that will mostly eat the match head when you try and strike a match on it, and more than say 180 grit is almost getting too smooth.
Now, dig out your hot melt glue gun and put a big gob on the backside of the sandpaper square.
If you don’t have anything but strike on the box type matches, or the storm matches that require their own special striking material surfaces, then you can omit gluing the sandpaper to the lid, as these types will need their special strike material to light. Just cut out the strike material and stash inside the bottle, or if you wish, like if you were using typical little box type matches, you could hot melt glue one strip off the box to the side of your prescription bottle, going long ways along the side and place the other strike surface inside the bottle along with the matches, as a backup.
The wife and I carry one of these in our bug out bags, and we also carry as our ‘EDC’ (every day carry) a little box of strike on the box, water proof matches that have been wrapped in Saran wrap as a double protection layer. Just pull out enough wrap to be about 3 times the width of the match box, center the box at the edge of the wrap and begin wrapping the box. Take about 3 turns, now flatten out the overhanging ends of the wrap and fold them over on top of the matchbox. Now, continue with wrapping the box, pulling the wrap kind of snug. I have found, by accidentally leaving a box in my jeans watch pocket, wrapped this way makes the matches very well protected from say, falling into a creek and getting soaked, because running the jeans through the wash didn’t harm the matches.
Starting the new year off with that typical ‘new years resolution’ thing (we all do that, eh?) promising myself to be a bit more diligent about my survival blog posting.
So, in that effort, here’s another one for the foraging for food in the wilds department. Gathering acorns as a food source. For the benefit of you readers, today I’ll just discuss the ‘Black Oak’ and ‘White Oak‘, merely because they’re large acorns and will require the least amount of processing to obtain a quantity of food in return for the effort. One can consume the acorns from most any oak tree, but some, like the Water Oak, are tiny in comparison and will require a lot more time and energy per pound of returned food product.
‘White Oak’ Acorns.
If you’re fortunate enough to live in regions where we have the majestic Black Oak and White Oak trees, you have a very useful, but vastly under utilized food source in gathering their fairly large nuts.
For a description of Black Oak click here.
For a description of White Oak click here.
When gathering acorns, Black Oak in this example, don’t waste time with these shown above. The one with the cap still firmly attached dropped off the tree prematurely and is no good. The center sample, showing dark streaks, is internally infected with a fungus. The third has obviously had a worm consume the nutmeat and has left behind nothing useable. The cap on the usable acorns should already be off or can be popped off fairly easily with your thumb.
After gathering an amount of acorn nuts, they should be washed to remove dirt and debris. After a brief wash, lay the acorns in a single layer into pans, tote or storage bin lids, boards, tarps, skins, sheets or other off the ground surfaces, fully exposed to the sun to dry them for storage and for easier processing into food. The dry nuts will peel far more easily than messing with nuts right off the ground. Properly dried nuts will also store well for a year or more. Obviously, avoid leaving them out during rain and bring them in before dark every night to avoid dew condensing on the nuts. It will take a couple weeks of continuous fall sunlight to dry Black Oak acorns, the White Oak acorns will take a week or two longer. If the weather is not favorable, fall back to your wood stove, dehydrator or other indoor methods. As far as the wood stove or other stoves, your goal is dry nuts, not roasted! Perhaps some home made racks or screen trays above the wood stove about the height where you can comfortably keep your hand, say around 110º Fahrenheit.
After the acorns are dried, you will find they have shrunk in their shells just enough to be easy to crack and peel. Find a board and a small hammer or round smooth stone (or whatever is handy), place the acorn with it’s little pointy end down against the board (or flat rock) and tap it lightly with your hammer / stone. It should split open fairly easy. Peel off the shell and inspect the nutmeat, removing any remaining shell fragments. You can toss the nutmeat into a pan of water to keep them from turning dark on you, like cut apples do when exposed to the air. Doesn’t really hurt anything if they do darken, but the finished product will also be darker. Don’t worry about the reddish ‘skin’ the nutmeat has, it will be dealt with as we progress.
The best method to remove the ‘tannin’ from acorns is cold water leaching, which gives the best nutritional result if the end product of the acorn gathering is to be a flour substitute / alternative for breads, pie crusts, etc. There are other methods, boiling water, lye and other processing which may even be slightly faster, but the end product is not so good for making acorn flour / meal and some of the food value is lost in the process. The boiling water process takes out most of the useful food starches, but makes up for it by providing an astringent water that has multiple uses, from tanning leather to working on poison ivy rash. To begin the leaching process, you need to crush, grind, pound the acorn nuts into as small granules as possible, using a stone mortar and pestle, couple rocks, food processor, blender or even an inexpensive corn grain mill. The smaller the mush, the more quickly the cold water leaching process will work.
Put the ground acorn material into a bowl or container large enough to hold however much you have made. Cover with generous amount of water, stir in the acorn meal until it’s all well covered. Just let it sit, pouring off the amber colored water twice a day without losing any of your acorn material. Recover the meal with fresh water and stir or shake the mix well. This continues for up to six or seven days, and the water will start becoming reddish. The reddish water will now be there every time the water is replaced. How do we know when we’re ‘done’? The acorn material will be kind of bland tasting and there will be no ‘astringent’ (bitter) taste / sensation in your mouth. This will have to be a personal experience or matter of preference, but you’ll want it bland for sure.
To extract the maximum amount of water from the final stage of leaching for a week or so, pour off the water in the usual way. Take a coriander and cover it with a clean cloth. Pour and scrape the acorn material into the cloth inside the coriander. Now, wring the cloth and acorn material out as best you can, squeezing out as much water as possible. All done! If you intend to use the product within the next couple days, just put it in your fridge or somewhere very cool and use it up in your baking. If you intend to use it much later, then dry your acorn ‘flour’ out in the sunlight or near your stove or in your dehydrator, spreading the material in a nice thin layer to maximize the drying effect. Once completely dried, it can be stored like regular flour or corn meal.
- 2 cups acorn flour
- 2 cups cattail or white flour
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/3 cup maple syrup or sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Bake in pan for 30 minutes or until done at 400 degrees
Using the ingredients given above will produce a sweet, moist, nutty bread. The ingredients can be varied to produce different types of bread or muffins or pancakes, etc. Acorn bread is highly nutritious. It has an energy giving combination of protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Recipe from http://www.jackmtn.com/acornbread.html
Like my readers, I’m an internet junkie. I mean, after all, it’s the ‘information highway’, right? And I like to share stuff that I find curious or useful when applied to the art of surviving.
I have been a Winchester fan for many years as a competition shooter in the Cowboy Action Shooting genre, and had read long ago some bit of history on the early days of the company and who they made carbines for and so forth. This video shows one of the very rare weapons of that era in action, functioning pretty well for a shootin’ iron that’s dang near a century old! No, we won’t find a rare gem like this at the local gun show in less than one in a million odds….but it shows again that well designed firearms from our grandfather’s era are still usable, sometimes with a few caveats, even today.
A friend just ran across a ‘free’ (inherited) Mosin-Nagant bolt action rifle from the era of world war one, another of the millions of military surplus weapons one can find pretty easily.
It fires the same ammo as the Winchester (very popular Russian stuff) which was chambered for the 7.62 x 54r, still in manufacture today.
My grandfather’s WW1 Springfield in 30.06 is still spittin’ lead as it nears the century mark, as well. Gives one pause to think that the soldier of that era had weapons in hand that came with ladder sights to ‘reach out and touch someone’ at 1,000 yards. No wonder they spent most of their time hiding in trenches.
And, in the old school tradition, a fine and powerful revolver is to be respected as well, such as the Smith & Wesson model 19 in .357 magnum.
One of my favorite considerations about my .357′s is that no matter what configuration of bullet is loaded, if it fits in the cylinder, it’s gonna go down the barrel with NO FEEDING PROBLEMS that modern pistols frequently exhibit, such as feeding problems up the ramp when they encounter sharp edged ammo like in the right side of the above picture. The .357 caliber is even more potent when fired from a lever action carbine, which has an interesting angle to think about in today’s political climate. Having sidearms and carbines that fire shared ammo is one of my personal quirks….I just plain like the idea.
OK, what I’m leading to here is that ‘old school’ thinking in firearms may have more advantages that you might have originally considered. As the political left continues their relentless agenda against our Constitutional rights, the never ending assault on the second amendment in particular, citizens must constantly resist in the voting booth. That may not work at some point, considering the multiple factors of voter apathy and the ‘gimme stuff’ attitude of the inner cities, abundantly apparent during the last two presidential election cycles, which always leads to further erosion of our rights, along with ever growing government size, rules, regulations and constricting laws. So, in the incremental stages and constant erosion of our rights, the never ending agenda of disarming the citizen will continue, constantly dragging out the victims of the latest tragedy to shamelessly promote the disarmament strategy while standing on the graves of the latest helpless (because of their very own ‘gun laws’) victims who were unable to defend themselves.
So, in my way of thinking, having a shiny new AR with all the latest gadgets is way cool (but kinda expensive), and undoubtedly has potent firepower, in my gun safe there’s also a few of the ‘old school’ fellas ready to stand up and take up the fight if need be in that zombie invasion we’re all prepping for. And personally, I’d rather plink ‘em off at 600 yards or so anyhow…..zombies need breath mints, like soooo bad.
- Prepping and Survival with the .30-30 Winchester (thesurvivalplaceblog.com)
- 2013: Fewest Police Deaths by Firearms Since 1887 (abcnews.go.com)
- This Week on Gun Guy Radio – .22LR Survival Rifles (outdoorhub.com)
- BREAKING: Mikhail Kalashnikov Dies at 94 (thetruthaboutguns.com)
- In Massive Social Collapse, Your Only Rights Are Those You Can Defend (thesurvivalplaceblog.com)
- Obama Administration Stripping Returning Vets Right to Own a Firearm: 100,000 Vets lose 2nd Amendment Rights (sgtreport.com)
- In Clever Effort To Generate New Criminals, D.C. Demands Registered Gun Owners Re-Register Again and Again (reason.com)
- Educating Children on Firearms (looserounds.com)
- Options For Your Child’s First Firearm (rtba.co)
Well, I was strolling through the ‘Academy’ sporting goods store which is new in my area, just to see what they have. Nice place, broad appeal for athletic and outdoor activities. Things are a little pricey, for a cheapskate like me, though. As I’m walking down their knife isle, out of their large selection I spot “Smith & Wesson” on some knife packaging, so I thought ‘wonder if they’re anywhere near the quality of their revolvers’ (one of my main concealed carry weapons). Only one way to find out.
So, I’m home with my new toy and start looking it over.
I chose this ‘tanto blade‘ version, because I believe the typical drop point knife has a better chance of breaking off the tip under adverse use or abuse that could be encountered in a survival situation. This version would be highly resistant to that particular failure.
This knife has the full length tang blade, very thick (about 1/4″) and robust spine. The blade was razor sharp right out of the package. The handles are removable, if you just have to, by removing the handle screws with a torx blade screwdriver as you can see here.
You’ll also notice the lanyard hole in the end and lashing points on the finger guard, making it easy to accomplish a makeshift spear, should the need arise, by lashing the knife to a stick, and other purposes. In the picture below, you can see the bottom of the sheath comes with a length of paracord to secure the sheath to your leg. This could be used for that spear idea or other lashing, if you didn’t bring your own 50′ length of paracord, which should have been in your bugout bag.
This is no lightweight toy, measuring almost 12 inches, and weighing in at almost 2 pounds with the sheath and accessories this one was packaged with.
The specs, per the package are: 7Cr17 high carbon stainless steel blade, G-10 overlay handle, full tang with lanyard hole, ballistic nylon sheath and diamond sharpening stone. The sheath is very versatile with velcro and snaps all over the place. The pouch for the stone is removable and usable alone, leaving a nice strip of velcro on the sheath for adding whatever else you may wish instead of the sharpening stone pouch. When attached to the sheath, the stone pouch has it’s own velcro backing and little velcro straps that go around to the back side of the sheath where another velcro strap with a snap at the top lays down over the pouch straps. The stone pouch was roomy enough for me to add a spare firesteel sparker in with the stone.
One more detail, the spine of the blade has a sawtooth cut beveled to the centerline of the blade to help with sawing through bone or wood as needed. That, too, is quite sharp.
Here’s a link to some guy giving this knife the kind of hell you should demand that a survival knife be able to take without failure or complaint. It’s typically amateurish filming of youtube style, but at about the 9 minute mark, he’s pounding the blade deep into a sideways 2 x 4 board with a hammer and prying sideways with the blade driven into the wood. That’s the kind of abuse you expect the knife to survive and where the drop point style blade could very well break off the tip. This blade will replace the trusty old M1 carbine bayonet I have been packing for years in my BOB.
Buy the basic knife at your favorite big box store or here at Surviving Urban Crisis Supply Store.