Welcome Home....

The Modern Survivalist


The Modern Survivalist

Survival and Bushcraft go hand in hand with knives! This group is about anything survival/bushcraft! Show us your videos...what's in your Altoids survival kit? What kind of paracord wrap do you prefer for your neck knife? That kind of stuff...

Members: 177
Latest Activity: 13 hours ago

CKC - A name to remember

Discussion Forum

How to Survive the Next Ice Age

Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by Jan Carter 13 hours ago. 5 Replies

Paracord Mania?

Started by Paul J Granger. Last reply by Jan Carter on Thursday. 40 Replies

Wildlife recipes you wouldn't normally know

Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by Jan Carter Sep 29. 9 Replies

Looking for a Bushcraft knife

Started by Jeremy B. Buchanan. Last reply by Jeremy B. Buchanan Sep 14. 45 Replies

Your Personal Fire Kit

Started by Ms Data. Last reply by Howard P Reynolds Aug 24. 10 Replies


Started by Terry Waldele. Last reply by Terry Waldele Aug 20. 61 Replies

Dangerous Wildlife Encounters

Started by Charles Sample. Last reply by John McCain Jul 7. 6 Replies

minimalist kit, do you have one?

Started by james a c smith. Last reply by James Cole Jul 7. 25 Replies

Comment Wall

Add a Comment

You need to be a member of The Modern Survivalist to add comments!

Comment by Chris North yesterday

Thanks Jan. I'm thinking of using some of the leather saddle soap I found in one of his shoe shine boxes. Should be good for the sheath. I'll start slow and see what happens. 

Comment by Shlomo ben Maved yesterday

Both mold and mildew are fungal growths and can be treated the same...Ammonia, baking soda, vinegar, bleach and peroxide can be used against them. 

NEVER mix ammonia and bleach together--forms chlorine gas.

Only thing that works to prevent it is a dehumidifier. 

Here we have to use a humidifier for 4 to 5 months a year otherwise wood handles crack, leather ones separate and rubber (like scope O-rings) hardens.

Comment by Jan Carter yesterday

With the rain this weekend I am grateful that I had placed the AC down there!  Chris, sorry to hear about your loss, are you going to be able to save the Ka Bar?

Comment by Chris North on September 22, 2015 at 12:38

Add me too. My father passed away last month and when I was going through his knife collection his Army Kabar had mildew on it. Climate control, AC and in a box here in Wisconsin.

Comment by Howard P Reynolds on September 22, 2015 at 12:31

Add me to the list of mildewed leather - Southeast Pennsylvania.  Grew up in a solid stone house from the 1800s, and there was no central air (climate control) for most people back then.  I joined the military at 18 and didn't come back home for 4 years.  Leather handled knife rotted and so did the sheath.  Of course, now with climate control (humidity) as well as AC, there is less worry about mildew.

Comment by Jan Carter on September 22, 2015 at 12:01

Thanks Clint!  We did put a window AC in downstairs, after 2 weeks of cleaning everything down there LOL 

Comment by Clint Thompson on September 22, 2015 at 11:42

Terry and Jan....

You can use mink oil to treat raw tanned leather. If you dye the leather, dye it on both sides. Then let it dry for 48 hours. Then treat with mink oil on both sides. It would be a heavy dose. Then in 48 more hours retreat.
The Native Americans used bear grease and the top parts of their tee-pees which were being replaced. The top parts were exposed to the cooking fire smoke which contained fat from the cooking of the meat. They made rain gear out of these parts as well.
I have seen mildew on leather here, but it was after it was rained on for a couple of days. Just let it dry out and use saddle soap by rubbing it into the leather. If you have treated it with mink oil then there would be no use for the saddle soap.
This would be the item you would need: Fiebing's Mink Oil Liquid - 8 Oz.
You can get it on Amazon for about $7.05 if you are a member of their Prime.
Comment by Jan Carter on September 22, 2015 at 11:30


This is a recent experience for me also.  But in FL everything was stored in rooms in the house with AC.  Here in North GA I am learning that mildew happens LOL 

Comment by Terry Waldele on September 22, 2015 at 10:40


I live in Oregon and can attest to the fact that leather can mildew, at least in parts of our state where the humidity gets very high in the winter.   Your comment about untreated leather got my interest though.  I waterproof my leather knife sheaths but don't know if that necessarily makes them mildew-proof.  I have a machete that I keep in my car that isn't garaged, and it's leather sheath has mildewed a little, even though I'm pretty sure I used a waterproofing agent on it after I made it.  Can you enlighten me on this issue?  Thanks.

Comment by Clint Thompson on September 22, 2015 at 9:55


I don't know where Jeremy lives but here in Oklahoma and Kansas area I have never had leather mildew. We run a humidity of about 40 to 80%, depending on the time of the year. The reason I brought this up is I have never heard of leather mildewing. I know in the jungles and tropics, untreated leather will turn to slime. Just found this interesting.


Franks Classic Knives

Reed Cutlery Company


Visit Lee' s Cutlery

iKC discount code is ikc

Something NEW

Cherokee Knife Supply

© 2015   Created by Jan Carter.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service