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Bushcraft/Bugging Out/Camping/Backpacking

Started by Jeremy B. Buchanan. Last reply by Jan Carter Oct 19. 118 Replies

I have recently had an interest in learning about the equipment needed for surviving in a Bug Out situation. In learning the proper tools and equipment to have, I have also started backpacking and…Continue

Excepts from "A Witches Garden"

Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by J.J. Smith III Jun 3, 2019. 2 Replies

According to legend, there were ceremonies for harvesting plants with magical powers. Harvesters must never use iron tools, since the iron interferes with all of the beneficial elements of the plant.…Continue

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Georgia Hunter Takes White Wild Turkey

Started by Jan Carter Apr 7, 2019. 0 Replies

Just an hour up the road from us, albino or not it makes for some strange turkey pics…Continue

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Outdoor Gardening

Started by Sue OldsWidow. Last reply by Sue OldsWidow May 23, 2018. 151 Replies

Lots of things to do in the spring, one is knowing when to plant and when to wait.May 10th is my last frost date, passed down from my grandmother. She said you plant something that comes up before…Continue


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Comment by Jan Carter on April 27, 2020 at 18:41

10 pioneer-era apple types thought extinct found in US West

This is pretty cool.  I wonder if any of them would survive in North Georgia?

Comment by Jan Carter on July 29, 2019 at 21:30

Very Nice collection Jay!

Comment by Jan Carter on July 27, 2019 at 21:15

DLKG,LOL!  I hear ya!  I keep looking back at this.  I really want the Spyderco

Comment by Jay on July 27, 2019 at 21:14

I love hawks, got i have a few, from rmj, to crkt, to cold steel, sog, m48, estwing etc 

Comment by dead_left_knife_guy on July 23, 2019 at 21:44

Jan, no!!!!  I can't afford to get into tomahawks again!!!!  

Okay, I've admired RMJ tomahawks from afar for years, & for some reason I haven't bought any of the CRKT production versions of RMJ designs.  Actually, the reason is simple -- I could never decide which one to buy first!  At first I thought it would be the Chogan, which has more of a hammer poll, but lately I've been leaning more toward the Kangee -- & now even more with that tip from the video of using the spike end to spike logs!!!!  AH!  Then the Kangee was made with orange scales, but those seems to have gone out of production & disappeared.

And then CRKT came out with the more affordable Woods Chogan & Woods Kangee, & that was tempting too, especially when I'm in more of a classical tomahawk mood.  They even have hafts that are thicker than most contemporary tomahawks, like the Cold Steel models.  (I tried some serious chopping after a storm with the Cold Steel Rifleman, & that narrow, straight handle led to some serious hand fatigue.)

I love that the Spyderco has an aluminum core to add more rigidity to the haft, and the actual function.

I'm still more of a woods user than tactical, so my current go-to is the Husqvarna Carpenter's Axe -- I love splitting fire wood from fuel sized down to kindling then making fuzz sticks with that axe, it's just a visceral joy to me.

However I can also endorse that SOG Tactical Tomahawk -- it's incredibly sharp out of the box & it's almost too scary sharp to throw!  Almost...  :)

And then there's the often overlooked category of "tactical cleavers" -- which have recently garnered some models from ESEE & TOPS, but my favorites are my Mineral Mountain Hatchet Works tactical cleaver & my John Greco custom mini cleaver.  MMHW really deserves some attention in this category.

And I don't usually say this, but Gerber makes a model currently that I'm really interested in -- the Downrange.  Hovering around $200, it'll have to just be a curiosity for now.  If I had $400 to spend on a tomahawk, I might go for something from Hardcore Hardware, maybe a little more & I'd go for a mid-range piece by Daniel Winkler...  

But I'll come back down to reality & just encourage anyone reading to try the Sog Tactical Tomahawk or the smaller Fasthawk, or to try really any of the Cold Steel tomahawks.  The prices are decently low on any of these.

But if anyone has any feedback on the CRKT's I'd definitely be interested in hearing it!! 

Comment by Jan Carter on July 23, 2019 at 20:20

Knife Center has chosen their best choices for tomahawks in 2019.  I like the Spyderco, which is your choice?  Is it even on their list?

Comment by Jan Carter on February 5, 2019 at 18:22

From The Daily Inter Lake
Kalispell, Montana, July 16, 1923 –

Mute evidence of a tragedy of the woods was discovered a few days ago by Joe McKelvey, park ranger, in the vicinity of Many Glaciers chalet, Glacier National Park.

In a thicket about three miles north, Mr. McKelvey ran across the skeleton of a moose, and upon closer investigation, found parts of a human skeleton, which clearly showed that some hunter years ago had shot and wounded a moose and then been killed by the animal. Close by was found a Springfield 45-70 rifle with the breech open, and a shell which had stuck told how the hunter had lost his life. He had evidently fought to a finish for a broken knife (that) was found on the ground.

Old-timers in the vicinity of the park are of the opinion the skeleton is that of a French-Canadian trapper who disappeared about 18 years ago, but none remember his name. There is no doubt that the man lost his life a long time ago, for the bones are bleached and the rubber shoes which the hunter was wearing are badly weather-worn.

Mr. McKelvey got an excellent photograph of this tragedy of the hills. It shows the two skeletons where the combatants fell after their fight, together with the rifle and other equipment of the hunter.

Whatever you choose to believe about the cause of death of these two creatures, it’s certainly worthwhile to remember that wild animals can be dangerous — and hunters sometimes come out on the losing end.

Comment by Jan Carter on November 17, 2018 at 21:36

Space Weather News for Nov. 16, 2018

THE LEONID METEOR SHOWER: Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle, source of the annual Leonid meteor shower. NASA cameras have already detected a number of Leonid fireballs over the USA with peak rates expected on Nov. 17th and 18th. The weekend display is best seen at dawn alongside a new comet and a conjunction between Venus and the brightest star of Virgo. Visit Spaceweather.com for the full story.

Comment by Charles Sample on November 7, 2018 at 23:36

I like seeing rainbows.  It always  reminds me of God's promise.


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