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    Four Tools for Survival

    Okay, here is a fun "what if?" scenario inspired by a post on another forum: Let's pretend that you were in a situation in which you had to grab four tools, and exactly four. You need to take exactly one item for each of the following four categories. They have to be things you can reasonably carry, and you can take with you things you'd need to carry them with (sheaths, slings, etc). For the purposes of this exercise, assume that you're going to have to survive for maybe a week in an area you'd typically bug out to. You're going to be by yourself, so you can't rely on others to bring more tools. Everything you name has to be something you actually have. Your other needs (containers, cordage, etc) have been accounted for to some degree. All you need to select is four tools. They must be: * a folding pocket knife * a multi-tool * a fixed blade knife * a muscle powered method to process wood Assume that you have a little flexibility. So you could use a SAK instead of a pliers based multi-tool if you want, or you could use it to fill the folding pocket knife slot. Your wood processing tool can be a knife, ax, saw, etc. So what do you take with you?
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    Introduction Thread

    Hey, post in this thread and tell us a little bit about yourself. I will get things started with my bio from the site. Josh – The Survival Kid Josh is a Boy Scout and an avid outdoorsman. He specialize in knives (and other cutting implements),various knots & lashings, traditional skills such as blacksmithing & woodworking, bushcraft and fire starting. Josh's hobbies include knifemaking, woodworking and leatherworking. Josh is the moderator for SurvivalCache's Blades and Blacksmithing forums. Josh also reviews the latest flashlights, knives, and survival gear for SurvivalCache. How does Josh answer 17 Survival Questions? 1. Please describe your Every Day Carry? My EDC consists of my wallet (Spec-Ops T.H.E. Wallet JR.), cell phone, assisted opening knife, Leatherman multi-tool, Surefire LX2 Lumamax 2. Favorite Bug Out Pistol? Glock 19 3. Favorite Concealed Carry Pistol? N/A – Not old enough yet 4. Favorite Bug Out Rifle or Carbine? Marlin 336 chambered in .30/30 5. Favorite Rifle or Carbine? Custom built AR-15 chambered in 6.8 mm 6. Favorite Shotgun? Mossberg 500 12 ga. with pistol grips, and weapon light 7. The amount of food you have at your house? Up to three weeks of food actively stored with quantity depending on the distance in between shopping trips, plus a mid sized garden and small flock of chickens. 8. Name your top 7 items in your Bug Out Bag? The seven most important items in my BOB listed in no particular order are my large first aid kit, my various forms of shelter, a means of carrying and purifying water, redundant forms of starting fires, MREs, my survival knife, and my Bible. With these seven items I am confident that I could survive for some time. 9. Describe your Bug Out Location, if you have one? OPSEC 10. Describe your Bug Out Vehicle? 2010 Ford E-350 12 passenger van stocked with a vehicle emergency kit, or 1980 Chevy C-10 Long bed if EMP. 11. Describe your Bug Out Bag? Day Assault Pack, coupled with a Voodoo Tactical Deployment Bag, and a CamelBak Omega Resorvoir 12. Favorite home defense pistol? N/A Not old enough yet 13. Favorite home defense Rifle/Shotgun? Mossberg 500 12 ga. with pistol grips, and weapon light 14. Favorite Survival Book? My all time favorite fictional survival book is “Lights Out” by: David Crawford , with “Alas Babylon” by: Pat Frank a close second. My favorite non fiction survival book is “The Survival Handbook” 15. Favorite Survival Type Movie? Jeremiah Johnson, while not really a “survival” movie is still a favorite that depicts some of the challenges by a individual surviving in the outdoors. 16. Survival Knife? The Parry Blade 17. Survival Tools in Your Kit? See “Three Tier Survival Kits” for list
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    Hardcore Hardware Knives & Tomahawks.

    I own an LFT01. Y'all know I've got some nice toys, but 400 is a lot to drop. I was fortunate enough to get it in a trade.
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    Hatchet Project

    Hey, Y'all! Here is my latest hatchet mod. Forgive the lousy pics, I just ran out back and snapped a couple on the chopping block. IT IS DARK! lol. I'll get some better stuff up on the morrow. [ATTACH=CONFIG]1660[/ATTACH] USA! [ATTACH=CONFIG]1661[/ATTACH]
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    Anza Ranger

    Hey, Y'all. I got a new sharp and pointy in today and I thought I would share some pics. 2008 Anza Ranger- I love it! It is hand made in the US of A out of an old bastard mill file. It is pretty sweet. [ATTACH=CONFIG]1662[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]1663[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]1664[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]1665[/ATTACH] [ATTACH=CONFIG]1666[/ATTACH] Do any of you have any experience with this bad boy? I'd love to get some feedback. I will update with some action shots soon.
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    Anza Ranger

    The hipster comment was a joke, just FYI. I don't want to get attacked for that.
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    Anza Ranger

    No, silly. Never pay full price You make an even trade for it with a Surefire flashlight that you also made a trade for at some time in the past with previously traded goods. Bartering- it's the latest trend in procuring sharp pointy thingys. ~ Josh (Tactical Hipster)
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    Anza Ranger

    Quick specs run down: Made from a 14" mill bastard file, linen micarta handle scales, blade is 1 1/4" wide and 3/16" thick. Blade is 6 1/2 inches. Shaving sharp and ready to rumble. The back throws some mean sparks off of a ferro rod.
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    Hatchet Project

    Here are a couple more: [ATTACH=CONFIG]1667[/ATTACH] My modern day Nessmuck trio [ATTACH=CONFIG]1668[/ATTACH]
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    Hatchet Project

    You wouldn't know it from the crappy pic, but I reshaped and revamped the existing handle, cleaned up and sharpened the blade and gave it a special coating of bees wax and puppy tears. You sort through that and decide what to believe for yourself.
  12. I have a couple of Cold Steel Trail Hawks that I am wanting handles for. I have others, but they don't get the same type of abuse.
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    The Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Handbook

    Finally got my hands on a copy. Great stuff! I highly recommend y'all pick up a copy, it's a great resource to have in the library.
  14. Hey, excoastie. Do you do 'hawk handles too? I don't want to pay 20 bucks a pop for replacement handles for my Trail Hawks. Do you think you could compete with that rate? I appreciate it brother. Have a good one. ~ Josh
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    S30V steel for heavy duty use

    Catfish, I personally am kind of on the fence. I admit to being slightly biased against stainless steels period and biased toward proven high carbon and tool grade steels. Really what it comes down to is heat treat. It seems that heat treat is critical with S30V, and the window for error is really small, and the characteristics of the S30V. Most high end production knives built out of S30V have a fantastic heat treat, but I have personally experienced problems with big fixed blades having a very brittle edge and cracking or chipping when put under stress. This is probably due to the heat treating process- most commercial heat treat forges will only accept 4-6 inches of steel. Bigger than that and they have to ship them to a third party heat treat specialist, which isn't always very good. So..... I've just talked around in a circle. I say it's great for pocket knives, but not so much your big branch chopper. ~ Josh
  16. The Bug-Out Bag is probably the first thing that you think of when you hear the word ‘preparedness’. Sometimes masquerading under different names such as a BOB, GOOD, NICE, INCH, or whatever else you want to call it, we are talking about the same thing here. A Bug Out Bag is usually designed to get you out of an emergency situation and allow you to survive self-contained for up to 3 days. A lot of people plan their Bug Out Bag to sustain them for much longer than that, but there is always a limit to what you can carry on your back and a 3 day target is a good place to start. Some questions that are asked frequently run along the lines of: “How do I build an emergency kit, or BOB?” or “How do I know what to pack?” This article is going to help answer those questions. The process of building a Bug Out Bag can be divided into five easy steps. 1) Determine what you want your BOB to do for you. 2) Research. 3) Select your gear. 4) Testing and Evaluation. 5) Adjust the setup Step1: Determine what you want your BOB to do for You. You need to figure out the POU, or Philosophy Of Use. My BOB is designed to support me for 3+ days in an emergency situation, in which I might face hiking over long distances, the need to purify water, procure food, and defend myself against predators both two legged and four legged. Step 2: Research. From this perspective you will first have to do some research in order to find items that can allow you to perform these tasks. Picking the tools that can provide you with food, water, shelter, and fire is a long process. You need to consider factors like price, weight, quality and function, and determine what tools serve multiple purposes in order to reduce the amount of tools you carry. I suggest that you try to check out equipment like clothing, tents, knives and other gear in a physical store before you purchase them, or check out what equipment friends, family or professionals that work in your area use. (Continued)
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    How Quick Clot Works

    This a fantastic explanation of how Quick Clot works.
  18. Fine by me, although it may be a bit too specific. Perhaps just a "Self Defense" forum would be better. I will be talking with Scott about forum organization shortly.

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    My Knife Making Adventures

    Hey guys. I just want to give a shout out to my new blog- Home Forged. I am using the blog as a way to record my knifemaking adventures. As you all know, I have been reviewing gear for SC for a long time, and the same testing criteria apply to my knives as to any other item I test. I also will be show casing my paracord stuff as well. Thanks for looking.
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    Multi-purpose Forge

    Up at the top of the thread there should be a tool bar. Select the "Thread Tools" button, then select "Subscribe to Thread." Select your subscription options ie. Instant email notification, etc.
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    Multi-purpose Forge

    Can't wait :-)
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    SOG Fasthawk.

    Regarding quality of steel and design, SOG is about average. The place that they really shine, IMHO, is in their edge grind. A $50 SOG will have an edge comparable to that of a $300+ semi-custom. Nice deal, let us know how it performs. The only experience that I have with the Fasthawk was about a year ago, I did some cord wrapping and sinnet braids to kind of spruce it up for a retirement gift for a Major General. My point being, it is pretty easy to modify if you are so inclined.
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    Survival Cache Presents: Building Better Bug-Out-Bags

    Thank you all for the kind words.
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    2011 Bug Out Bag (BOB) Competition

    You can go back and edit your post to include the pictures that you missed.