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Bug out vehicles

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How to Survive the Next Ice Age

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Comment by Jan Carter on April 24, 2017 at 19:36

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Comment by dead_left_knife_guy on January 30, 2017 at 10:41

Michael, you can't get a campfire burn on a cloudy day because the sun's light is made diffuse by the clouds, which means the light scatters & travels in all sorts of different directions. In order to get a burn through focusing sunlight (via magnifying glass, or in this case a polished parabolic surface on a knife), the rays of light must first be traveling parallel to each other -- as they do when there are no clouds between the sun & the focusing surface. A sunburn is an entirely different mechanism, & the diffuse UV rays can still cause a sunburn on the skin, because this requires much less energy. If they required the same amount of energy, you wouldn't get a sunburn even on sunny days -- unless someone was focusing sunlight on you with a magnifying glass or highly polished parabolic surface. As far as the solar knife goes, that handle is made of aluminum, which I doubt would be very comfortable, especially in cold weather, & the sheath they provide wouldn't give much protection to that polished surface -- even the rivet of the retention strap would likely scratch it, thus reducing its efficacy. It's an interesting concept, but the execution leaves me preferring a much cheaper magnifying glass or more flexible fresnel lens in addition to whatever knife I would be carrying (the 420 blade & sheath are not the focus of this knife, the parabolic mirror handle is).

Comment by Michael E. Roper on January 30, 2017 at 3:58

I would like to see the "Solar Knife" in action. The parabolic reflective surface of one side of the grip is a novel idea, instead of using some sort of magnifying lens which might get broken. About that cloudy day....duh...just use your tactical LED flashlight to shine on the knife?( I told you I was funny! ) Maybe I need to refresh my physics knowledge, or lack thereof. But now I'm wondering if you can somehow harness the sun's ultraviolet rays even on a cloudy day....you can get a sunburn on a cloudy day. Why not a campfire burn?      

Comment by Clint Thompson on January 28, 2017 at 11:21

The concept of "The Solar Knife" is sound and interesting. The sheath shown looks to be lacking a great deal. Thanks Jan great job. I think I will check this out for an article in one of two survival magazine I write for. Yes I get some of my ideas from you fine members of this site.

I loved Michael's RAD Hewer posting. Great story Michael.

As far as cloudy or night time use, Charles makes a valid point. My point would be The Solar Knife would be a good backup to traditional methods of starting a fire. I like repetitive backup methods for survival.

Comment by Charles Sample on January 28, 2017 at 10:10

What if it is a cloudy day or at night?  Sounds kinda like it might be more of a gimmick than a useful tool.

Comment by Jan Carter on January 26, 2017 at 8:41

"NEW" Solar Knife™ By Solo Scientific (Patented 9364959B1)

The Solar Knife™ (patented) by Solo Scientific is a revolutionary knife that can be used as a traditional knife to cut or chop and can also be used to start your campfire using solar energy!

The Solar Knife™ has a very innovative ergonomic handle (scales), that not only serve to hold the knife in one's hands, but one side of the handle (scale)is also a very shallow parabolic reflective surfaces that is able to focus the sun's energy to a singular point above the knife to ignite combustible materials and start your campfire!

To use the Solar Knife™ to start a campfire the user simply aims the handle of the knife towards the sun and positions the fire starting tinder at the singular focus of the parabolic handle. To aid with positioning of the tinder, the Solar Knife™ itself is also a blue print that allows the user to fashion a precise tinder holder arm using any branch or twig that mounts quickly into an angled receptacle also machined into the Solar Knife™. Once in position, the end of the twig is split and wild tinder is wedged into place at the end of the twig. This firmly holds wild tinder at the exact focus of the parabolic handle above the knife! This maximizes efficiency without the need to carry extra parts! Talk about bridging man with nature!

Unlike optical magnifying glasses the parabolic reflector has no spherical aberration and is highly efficient focusing every photon to a singular point is space igniting combustible materials in seconds! Works great with char cloth and wild tinder such as dry leaves!

The Solar Knife™ is constructed using high quality materials. The full-tang blade of the Solar Knife is made from 420HC (high carbon) Stainless Steel that has been fully hardened to give both great edge holding and sharpening capability.


The handle (scales) are made from light-weight aircraft aluminum and are coated to prevent oxidation (may also include sacrificial anodes).

Blade Length: 4 inches (full tang) 3/16" thick

Overall Length: 8.5 inches

Metal: 420HC Stainless Steel

Includes High Quality Belt-Mount Sheath

So what do you think, is it useful for all it is intended?????

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?


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