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Winkler Knives

Born of warriors’ experiences is how Winkler Knives can best be described. One look at the line of knives offered by bladesmith Daniel Winkler and it is obvious that his passion and roots derive from early 18th century woodsmen. His fascination with the American Frontier and the...

Pathfinding Without A Compass

“The first time a man loses his bearings in the wilderness, his wits refuse to work. There is no use offering advice to men about what they should do if they get lost, because a lost man is an insane man, anyway, and will remember nothing that...

Stefan Fowler Blades

Georgian knifemaker Stephan Fowler named his series of knives after three well-known Georgia landmarks—Stone Mountain, Springer Mountain, and Sugar Hill. My first impression of Stephan Fowler’s knives was that they looked a little too nice. I almost didn’t feel right getting the Stone Mountain and Springer Mountain dirty and marked...

Survival Signaling

IT’S not just outdoorsmen who find themselves lost in the woods. A great number of fatalities that occur in the outdoors are people who were just passing through on a road trip and maybe due to vehicle malfunction they ended up stranded and stuck someplace remote. They may...

American Classic Bushknife

Before the first Rambo movie had everyone running out to their local sporting goods store looking for a hollow- handled, saw-back survival knife, and way before Ray Mears and the Bushcraft craze had everyone looking for the perfect Scandi grind knife, there was a classic old woods knife that has stood the test of time....

Cold Weather Survival

Keeping Old Man Winter At Bay Let’s face it, if you love the outdoors, not much can stop you from enjoying winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding, hunting, mountaineering, photography, and snowshoeing. OLD MAN WINTER One of the biggest dangers in the backcountry isn’t what most people might think—it isn’t the 800-pound...

Top 10 Survival Tools

A simple trip in unforgiving terrain can often put a person into a survival scenario. Having the right gear with you is important, but in order to select the right gear, it’s important to know what the survival priorities are. The late, great Ron Hood is regarded as the “Godfather of Survival.”...

Survival Bushcraft 101: Knives

Bushcrafting is long-term wilderness living, depending on skills and knowledge. These skills teach a deep respect for nature and make life in the wild not only bearable, but also comfortable. Although other tools are required for bush living, this article will focus primarily on the knife. In the United States, we use...

Ranger Rick Paracord Survival Kit

When I look at new gear for evaluation, I always think of multi-use options. For those thinking “outside the box,” there are many creative ways to use the Ranger Rick Paracord Survival Kit. The Paracord Survival Kit comes with a compass, magnesium and flint fire starter, signal mirror, whistle, knife, LED flashlight, stainless steel...

Gearing Up on the Cheap

“If You Don’t Buy This Piece Of Gear … You May Die!” I believe some outdoor gear companies attempt to scare consumers into buying their products with melodramatic ad campaigns. This is most obvious with products like backpacks, bear spray, knives, and water filters. EXPENSIVE IS BETTER? But is the more expensive...