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Comment by Jan Carter on December 12, 2016 at 22:45

Well you have not changed much Michael and the knife is sweet!  Finally holding one again?  Priceless!

Comment by Michael E. Roper on December 12, 2016 at 22:35

My survival knife of choice is perhaps a bit odd. When I was serving in the U.S. Army in 1969 in Vietnam, I had my brother send me a family heirloom. Our Uncle Raymond sent a lot of souvenirs home from Europe during WW2. One of the items was a RAD Hewer. The knife is like a bolo/bowie/hewer. It was issued to the RAD labor corp workers. They used it as a tool to chop tree limbs, nail up posters, clear brush, kill snakes, whatever came up. It wasn't actually a "fighting knife" although I'm sure some blood was spilled by RAD Hewers. After returning home from Vietnam, I returned the knife to my brother and he later traded it off for something we can't remember....nor who he traded it to? Ever since then....the early 1970's, I've wanted to locate that RAD Hewer or one very much like it.

It's taken me 45 years but today I got to mark that knife off my "bucket list". I found a nice hewer on Gunbroker and was able to make a deal with the seller to "buy it now." He shipped it immediately last Friday the 9th of December and I received it today, Monday the 12th of December. Pretty fast shipping by the seller.

I'm so proud of the "new to me" RAD Hewer that I'm still shaking a bit. Did any of you ever do that after getting a prized knife? Here are "before" and "after" pictures of me wearing the RAD Hewer in Vietnam in 1969, and then a picture of the 68 year old me with my "trophy RAD Hewer". I seem to be a bit heavier now than I was back in Vietnam? Or does this knife just make me look fat?



Comment by Jan Carter on December 1, 2016 at 20:58

If teenagers today need to locate something on Google Maps, no problem. If they need to locate something using a traditional map, they’re probably screwed.

Skills such as being able to read a map or start a fire were once considered essential for everyday life. Now, however, possession of these skills is increasingly rare.

study conducted last year by Ordnance Survey—the national mapping agency for Great Britain—showed that the British believe the following 20 basic skills are now in serious danger of dying out among their people, and among most peoples in the developed world:

  1. Reading a map
  2. Using a compass
  3. Tie a specific knot
  4. Darn socks
  5. Looking something up in a book using an index rather than “Googling it”
  6. Correct letter writing technique
  7. Understanding pounds and ounces
  8. Knowing your spelling and grammar
  9. Converting pounds and ounces to grams and kilograms
  10. Starting a fire from scratch
  11. Handwriting
  12. Understanding feet and inches
  13. Knitting
  14. Recall a friend or relative’s phone number from memory
  15. Recall a partner’s phone number from memory
  16. Identifying trees, insects and flowers
  17. Touch typing
  18. Baking bread from scratch
  19. Taking up trousers
  20. Wiring a plug

Granted, in the technological and consumerist culture of the developed world, knowledge of these skills has declined in large part because adults perceive that children can survive without them. But as Hilaire Belloc once said, people are blinded by their immediate past. There are no guarantees that the world as it is now is the world as it will be. Things can change, and many of these skills could once again become crucial.

Comment by Charles Sample on November 27, 2016 at 21:39

Stupid is as stupid does!  How do we get so much stupid in our government?

Comment by Jan Carter on November 27, 2016 at 19:41

And yet another example of stupid!  A man goes to jail for a wind turbine on his own property


Comment by Jan Carter on October 19, 2016 at 17:46
Comment by Charles Sample on August 31, 2016 at 20:15

Jan, that is just another example of how our government wants absolute and complete control over us.  We are rapidly becoming a dictatorship in this country.  Not a one person dictatorship, but a dictatorship none the less.

Comment by Jan Carter on August 31, 2016 at 20:04


Comment by John Kellogg on August 16, 2016 at 14:14


Thanks for doing California a service by reducing the methane by more than three hundred and sixty five liters a year. Much appreciated!

Comment by James Cole on August 16, 2016 at 1:22

Jan,  It would be no surprise to me if CA passed a law that everyone had to wear a hazmat suit with a compressor on the back to collect the methane. 

Guess what? I'm moving to Arizona. 


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