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How to Make a Clay Pot Heater

How to Make a Clay Pot Heater

Anybody who lives away from the equator knows that it can get quite chilly in winter. Sometimes, central heating dies at the worst time, such as when it’s below zero and the roads are iced over. I’ve had to chop emergency firewood in the snow because a tiny electrical part …

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Does Boiling Water Purify It

Does Boiling Water Purify It?

There is no uncontaminated surface water source in the world. That may not be a technically true statement, but unless you’re drinking from a mountaintop spring right at the source, it’s a good thing to keep in mind to minimize risk. And even if you’re drinking from that supposedly safe …

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Benchmade Bugout 535 Review

Benchmade Bugout Knife Review

  The golden standard for an everyday carry knife is one made by Benchmade. Even the name, Benchmade, speaks to the quality of the knives they produce. Handmade products are well made, but each product made varies. Factory-made products are consistent but lack the finish and polish of handmade products. …

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How to Use a Lensatic Compass

How to Use a Lensatic Military Compass

If you’re like me, you have a smartphone. I have half a dozen navigation apps on my phone, so I rarely get lost! But phones have several major weaknesses: battery life and signal reception. Both of those work against you when you’re tromping through the woods. So, just when you …

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Best Self Defense Weapons (That Are Legal!)

9 of the Best Self Defense Weapons (That Are Legal!)

In a perfect world, no human would enact violence upon another person. But we do not live in a perfect world and violence is common. I’ve witnessed violent attacks with my own eyes. No matter how many precautions you take to avoid getting into a bad situation, trouble may still …

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Home Remedies for an Infected Tooth

Home Remedies for an Infected Tooth

Your mouth is awash in bacteria. Normally this is not a bad thing. But sometimes, the wrong bacteria can get in the wrong spot. Then you take a bit of food and instead of that delicious food you caught yourself, you feel pain. Ouch! You have an infected tooth! What …

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Wound Infection Signs and Symptoms

Wound Infection Signs and Symptoms

If you’re like me, you like exploring the wilderness. I can spend days in the field, enjoying nature. But nature is not a sterile lab. There are sharp things everywhere, and they harbor bacteria. Some of that bacteria is harmful, pathogenic. I’ve accidentally cut myself in the woods and I’m …

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KA-BAR TDI Law Enforcement Knife Review

Ka-Bar TDI Law Enforcement Knife

  Ka-Bar was the knife used by the United States Marine Corps in WWII. That excellent fighting knife was just the first to be made by Ka-Bar Knives. The TDI Law Enforcement knife is one of their more modern offerings. Designed in collaboration with John Benner from the Tactical Defense …

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5 Ways to Sharpen Your Knife in the Wild

5 Ways to Sharpen Your Knife in the Wild

It’s day three into your camping trip. The sun is setting and it will be dark soon. You pull out your knife, again, and start to whittle another feather stick so you can easily start the fire. However, the knife isn’t cooperating. You have to use more force to cut …

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How to Use a Knife for Self Defense

How to Use a Knife for Self Defense

We live in a dangerous world in which you may be called to defend yourself against a violent attacker. A gun remains the gold standard self-defense weapon but you may not always have a gun available. Not everyone should own a gun, carrying a gun may not be legal where …

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SOG Seal Pup Elite Review

SOG SEAL Pup Elite Review

  SOG stands for “Studies and Observations Group.” This does not sound fearsome until you learn that they were an elite group of operatives during the Vietnam War, who designed their own fighting knife. It was designed by Benjamin Baker, Deputy Chief of the US Counterinsurgency Support Office, and was …

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