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Ontario 1-18 Machete: The Old Soldier

Ontario 1-18 Machete: The Old Soldier

Though the machete is a nearly omnipresent tool throughout most of the developing world, made by dozens of manufactures to hundreds of patterns, we in the United States only have one domestic manufacturer of quality affordable true machetes. The Ontario Knife Company has been stolidly churning out quality edged goods for over 120 years and during that time has contracted the production of many different tools for the the US Government. Among them, the M1942 machete … Read entire article »

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Machetes and You: Getting a Grip and Basic Techniques

Machetes and You: Getting a Grip and Basic Techniques

Welcome to Part Three of our Beginner’s Guide to the Machete! In this entry we are going to begin learning about some of the basic techniques applicable to the usage of a machete as general purpose cutting tool and hopefully save ourselves a few blisters in the process. Firstly, lets pick up our machete and hold it as if to swing it. Most folks will instinctively grasp the machete with a full strength, full palm, four … Read entire article »

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Machetes and You: Care and Feeding for Your New Best Friend.

Machetes and You: Care and Feeding for Your New Best Friend.

Welcome to part two of our series on Machetes! Getting the tool ready to use. As briefly mentioned in Part 1 of the series, most real machetes intended for agricultural use are constructed purely for utility and lack the niceties of fit and finish that exist in consumer level cutlery. With rare exception, most won’t be suitable for use without a bit of time in the workshop. We are going to use an IMACASA 182 panga for an example … Read entire article »

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Field-Expedient Stove

Field-Expedient Stove

Anyone who has spent much time outside camping soon grows to appreciate fire.  Fires can be used for cooking, and in cold or inclement weather they can make the difference between being comfortable or miserable.  In some extreme cases, the ability to make a fire can be the difference between living and dying. Some time ago, I came across plans to build a small stove using a large can.  I was reminded of this during a … Read entire article »

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Machetes and You: A Short Introduction for the Novice User

Machetes and You:    A Short Introduction for the Novice User

The large chopping knife is one of mankind’s most basic tools. Integral to non-mechanized agriculture, local culture and the demands of regional plant life have shaped the simple chopping blade into many divergent forms.  In these articles we will endeavor to give a brief overview of the form most familiar to western readers, the humble Machete, and offer some insight into the selection and usage of the same. Choosing a Machete: A machete should be inexpensive but … Read entire article »

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Eagle Crossover Pack

Eagle Crossover Pack

Last month I received an email from Natchez Shooter Supplies that included a dramatic sale on Eagle Crossover packs.  As a Soldier, and as someone who’s gone on many over-night jaunts while pursuing martial arts and shooting training, I have an interest in sturdy, reasonably-priced packs. I have long been a fan of CamelBak hydration packs, and I’ve used them while attending college, while deployed, and as carry-on packs while flying and while hiking for medium … Read entire article »

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Tactical Tevas

Tactical Tevas

I love a bargain.  If I can save a little, or even better, a lot of money, I’m thrilled.  I do most of my purchases online these days, and frequently will research for a while- and by “for a while”, I mean up to years- before I buy something, like the .454 revolver I bought last year.  I think that saving adds up, and if I save a little here and some more there, it’s … Read entire article »

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Tomahawks: Hard-use Tools and Weapons, or Tactical Toys?

Tomahawks: Hard-use Tools and Weapons, or Tactical Toys?

Note: any tool can be dangerous, and heavy tools with sharp edges can crush or cut.  The USDA’s caution, though speaking of axes, is appropriate for anyone learning to use a hatchet or tomahawk:  Before you lift an ax to admire it or work with it, you need to recognize its potential danger. An ax is a sharp wedge, normally applied with enough force to cut something. Whether that “something” is a log, your foot, or … Read entire article »

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