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Survival Knives

Be sure to pack a knife in your bug-out bag. The selection of a quality knife for your BOB is key to your potential survival in post SHTF situations. Or, even cluelessly getting lost in the woods while hunting. Don't do that, it's embarassing! We're not talking the "survival kinfe" with the hollow handle with fish hooks, other junk in it with a cheezy compass on the end of the handle for $9.95 from Wally World. You will have to lay out a few bucks for a real knife. A minimum requirement is that it be 'full tine', which means it's one chunk of steel from the point to the butt, and stout enough to be driven through a tree using a hammer. (Don't try that, it's a visual image I trying to get to you).

KA-BAR Full Size US Marine Corp Fighting Knife


One of the most valuable tools that you can use in the wild is the survival knife. I personally have an M1 bayonet in my BOB. Found it at the typical surplus store, figured if it's rugged enough to deal with military combat situations, it's probably going to work fine for me.

Some people call it a hunting knife because it's rather large, but it's far more than that.

There are a few major ways to use a knife. Some of them are obvious but not many people know how versitiale a quality knife can be.

Knives are great to start fires with. Making kindling with a knife, shaving off thin, easy to light slivers of wood is just a start. Striking the spine of a knife on flint or similar rock creates sparks that can start a fire. I caution you about using the sharp edge whacking on rocks or your sparker to make sparks. You may need that sharp edge undamaged or still sharp later on. Also those of us out there who have firestarting spark makers may notice the steel striker for those is a square edged chunk of steel. Once again, use the back side of the knife making sparks.


(The type spark maker I use: )


Hunting is a basic reason for owning a knife. Even assuming that your firearm works and you have taken a deer or whatever, you will still need a quality knife. There are times we may not have guns and we will need to survive. In that case, hunting may be done with a knife.

You can use a knife to make a snare trap, as well as stab your prey using your knife strapped to the end of a sturdy branch, transforming that into a spear. Study these techiques BEFORE you're starving in the woods. A knife can also be used to skin and prepare the animals that you have killed.

You just never know where you’re going to be when things get serious about getting from point A to point B. A survival kinfe with some 'size' to it will be very useful during travel through the woods and brush. Also mighty handy for 'construtcion' around a campsite.

If you must defend yourself or family against an attacker, it’s better to have a weapon than not. No kiddin', right? However, 99.9% of folks have no clue what kinfe fighting is about. Get some training in person or at least do some serious study with video training. Having a 'cool, mean looking' knife means nothing but a souviner for the guy who killed you, if you don't have some fighting skills along with that knife.


Get a survival knife strong enough to cut through average sized tree branches, like about as big around as you can grasp with your fingers touching your thumb as you hold it. Do this like working with a hatchet. For spliting branches into smaller strips, you can pound the knife through the branch using another length of tree limb. NEVER pound on your kinfe with a rock, hammer or other junk that can damage the blade. You can actually saw fairly well with them, if they have the 'saw tooth' spine. You can also use the knife to make kindling, mentioned earlier.

A major thing you can do is make spears, arrows and other simple and sharp weapons using a knife and found materials around you. Some even suggest you could make a bow for your arrow collection. If you have time, the materials and the skills, it could certaily be done. Practice NOW before you're starving and trying to whittle out a hunting weapon.

Knives are for cutting rope, bandages and stuff that needs cutting. Reckon that's why our stone age ancestors invented the tool, right? From preparing game taken for food to building basic survival shelter, you can't beat a quality surivival knife.

You can find over 100 quality edged knives, tools and weapons here:

Tested gear, solar watch if you should like one.

Did you ever get tired of your battery watch up and dying on you? Yep, me too. So, did some research, found a Citizen brand, 'light powered' watch to try it out to see if it was junk or a real watch. I'm glad to say Citizen has another good product here. I've had mine long enough to be on it's second wrist band and still works perfectly, and no battery to change or die out.

Maybe not a crucial bit of survival gear, but as far as useful watches go, it's great. Just don't leave it in your sock drawer for 6 or 8 months, you may have to recharge it in the light to revive it.

Foldable Campfire Cooking support


I saw this idea in some old camping book or maybe the scout manual from the 50’s. If you can find three old strap hinges like used to be on old shed doors, or old wooden gates, they can be fastened together at the tips to make a handy cooking platform. They need to be six inches from tip to pivot, so that there’s room under the arrangement to build your small fire, as shown below. This will accomodate most skillets and pots. If you have compact cooking gear, you might get by with smaller hinges.


E.M.P. Weapons and natural event disasters

A discussion concerning the real threat of ELECTRO MAGNETIC PULSE effects on the power grid. Wether from a weapon or a natural event like massive solar flares, our power grid is vulnerable.

Overlooking a report delivered to congress let’s look at some of what the ‘official’ report was all about.

What it is:

“Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) is an intense energy field that can instantly overload or disrupt numerous  electrical circuits at a distance.  Modern high technology microcircuits are especially sensitive to power surges, and the possible vulnerability of U.S. civilian computer systems to the effects of EMP has been discussed in the media.  EMP can be produced on a large scale using a single nuclear explosion, and on a smaller, non-nuclear scale using a device with batteries or chemical explosives.  Several nations, including reported sponsor s of terrorism, may currently have a capability to use EMP as a weapon for cyber warfare or cyber terrorism, to disrupt computers, communications systems, or parts of the U.S. critical infrastructure.”

As usual, we have the daydreamers on one hand that claim the event won’t be that big a deal. On the other we have those who believe we could be seriously damaged, with many years to recover with substantial loss of life because of the disruption of the grid, meaning nearly anything electrical won’t work for months or perhaps years, from possible long-term disruption of power, fuel distribution, transportation systems, food and water supplies, hospitals, and law enforcement communications, as well as military communications systems which utilize the civilian infrastructure. Can you think of anything in your home today that doesn’t have some connection to the grid? Yeah, all that stuff just might be gone for a long time.

What may survive the pulse? You. Doesn't effect people who don't depend on electronic devices to stay alive. Old timey 'tube' radio equipment. Older style electronics may be more resistent than the more modern, super condensed stuff. Other reports on EMP have speculated that 'most' cars might not be that damaged, only shutting off momentarily. Which may prove to be highly inconvienient on the expressway. So, IF you don't get hurt or killed during that fun, your car 'may' crank again. But if the nationwide grid is down, the only gas you'll see for a long time is already in your tank. How's that fuel gage looking today?

Preparing for general, major disasters will help you cope with situations like this far better than the average person. Better get prepared.

Coke© bottle oil lamp.

Recycling an empty Coke© bottle into an oil lamp is an easy process. When drinking your Coke©, just be slightly more careful when opening the bottle, trying to avoid bending the cap excessively. After you’ve finished that fizzy gem, you now have a useable glass oil lamp.  Find yourself some thick, new candle wick, or some other cotton string. Nylon or any other synthetic WON’T work. Carefully punch or drill a hole from the inside of the cap. After this part, take a small bolt and hammer, carefully flatten the center of the cap, from the inside, where the opener bent it up. This will help keep the cap in place acting as your lamp. This drilled or punched hole must be sized so that the wick will be held in place by the cap. If the hole is the right size, you will have to push the wick through the hole with a toothpick or other small tool so that you can grab it and pull an inch or so through the cap. Also, if correctly sized, the wick will be held in place.  

After you get the wick into the cap, cut the length to leave 2 or 3 inches lying on the bottom of the bottle. Fill with lamp oil, olive oil, peanut oil, whatever oil you may have handy. Secure the cap back on. Hopefully, it snaps back on pretty well. If not, crimp it lightly with slip joint pliers. Now, trim the wick coming out the top so that only about ¼ inch or so is available to burn. Let the wick soak up plenty of the oil through the cap into the burning zone. OK, you’re all set for light tonight.

OK, now for the ridiculous ‘legal requirements’ to warn you (where did common sense go in our society?) about using open flames like this or candles in your home. Didja know if they fall over while lit or placed beneath something flammable like a wooden shelf, they might start a fire? Stunning news, huh. So, if you make one of these and use it, actually lit, be aware of common sense responsibility of using a naked flame to produce light. So, in other words, use at your own risk.  Or break out the marshmallows.






OK, brand new blog page, brand new blogger, here we go abloggin'.

Welcome, folks, to the Surviving Urban Crisis blog page. This blog will be to expand the knowledge base started in my book Surviving Urban Crisis available at

I spent a little more than six months writing the book, but still never stuffed it with everything I wanted to, because as soon as I finished a chapter or topic, something new would occur to me and I would stuff it in. Well, if I didn't make a cut off somewhere, I would still be writing and it wouldn't be published yet. So, all that spare stuff will be on here eventually, one topic at a time, one idea at a time.

We'll be discussing the four main topics of the book, beans, basics, bullion, and bullets in no particular order. But of course they can be found in the tags or search box if the topic is in the blog somewhere. Not to say these will be the only topics, but there's a mess of information under each heading, and there's also the random stuff tossed in, such as political discussion on how the government can, does and will effect your survival in the coming mess. Loads of topics to come like firearms, training, self defense, food storage, fuel storage, water, bug out bags, bug out vehicles....too much to name right here.

So, do come around often, the blog will be constantly evolving like the website  and the Surviving Urban Crisis Supply Store


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