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Obama underestimated ISIS and Ebola

“I think the analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.” – President Obama, discussing ISIS with The New Yorker, on January 7, 2014 What a difference a few months makes… “Our ...

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The Collapse of the American Economy Has Begun

The the analysis below has been contributed by Dave Hodges and was originally published at The Common Sense Show. Susan Duclos  and Stefan Stanford recently interviewed “V” the Guerrilla Economist and the following information was revealed in this landmark interview: “The process of undermining the US dollar ...

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September Meetup is Tuesday September 30th

The Regular Group Meeting is at 7. The Steering Committee meeting is at 6 if anyone is interested in helping out. There are a few positions that we could still use help with. For example: Do we have anyone with ...

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New York Fusion Center Declares Oath Keepers, Other Liberty Groups as ‘Extremist Threats’

The New York State Intelligence Center — a known Fusion Center with the stated purpose to, “collect, evaluate, analyze, and disseminate information and intelligence data regarding criminal and terrorist activity relevant to New York State” — issued a Counter Terrorism ...

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Will They Fire on Us?

Dave Hodges of The Common Sense Show recently penned, The Psychological Reasons Why American Soldiers Would Fire On American Citizens. Wether you agree or disagree with his analysis is up to you, I am not here to say they will or will not. ...

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Picking a Good Survival Knife

I’ve been thinking about knives lately. I really don’t know much about them, myself. Kitchen knives, a good utility knife for projects around the house, and an X-acto knife for craft projects are about the extent of my experience.

So when I decided to buy a knife for my survival gear, I wasn't really sure what to look for. I wasn’t at work when I made the decision, so I had to rely on my own devices to get the information I needed (otherwise I would have just asked my coworkers, since they’re preparedness experts).

I found several helpful articles, but this one from The Art of Manliness, written by Creek Stewart of Willow Haven Outdoor, was my favorite.

Stewart focuses on six features of a good survival knife:

  1. Size
  2. Fixed Blade
  3. Full Tang
  4. Sharp Pointed Tip
  5. Single-Edge Blade with Flat-Ground Spine
  6. Solid Pommel

For more detail on each of these tips, go check out the original article.

Based on his recommendations, I bought two CRKT knives:

The CRKT Onion Shenanigan Tanto

Picking a Good Survival Knife - Shenanigan Tanto designed by Ken Onion

And the CRKT Ultima 5” – Black Blade, Veff Como Edge

Picking a Good Survival Knife - CRKT Ultima 5" knife with Veff serrations

I wanted the flexibility of having a folder and a fixed blade, so I’m using the Shenanigan as my EDC blade, and the Ultima is going in my emergency survival kit. One of our product experts, Joel, has this to say about Emergency Essentials carrying CRKT knives and tools:

"CRKT has the best selection of every day carry (EDC), tactical, and survival knives. I love the variety and ingenious design of their tools and knives.  CRKT is built on innovation from the best designers and quality forged from the finest material."

Check out my knife selections by clicking the links or images above, or take a look at Emergency Essentials’ full selection of survival knives here.


Do you have any other features to add to Stewart's list? What knife or knives do you use in your bug-out bag or everyday carry?

Have you ever had to rely on your knife to save your life? Share your stories and your favorite knives in the comments.


--Urban Girl (Sarah)

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Prepping: The Only Way to be Ready for Anything is to be Ready for Anything

  Most of the time, no one actually expects the S to HTF on that particular day. Most folks don’t go through their lives expecting one specific event to occur, and then have it unfold according to a predetermined script. Two ...

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An EPIC Response to ‘Moderate’ Islam: “It Is Time We Take Political Correctness and Throw It In The Garbage” *MUST SEE VIDEO*

This morning an extremist Muslim walked into an Oklahoma food processing plant and beheaded a former coworker. He was making his way around the plant looking for more victims when he was shot and stopped dead by an armed company ...

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Over 600 Earthquakes Struck California in the Past 24 Hours – Oh – and There’s a Volcano, Too

Because sometimes raging wildfires followed by flash floods just aren’t enough for one state… Mammoth Mountain is a lava dome complex in the southwestern corner of the caldera, consisting of about 12 rhyodacite and dacite overlapping domes.[2][3] These domes formed ...

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Ebola: what op is being planned for Western nations?

In this article, I’m not going to try to recapitulate everything I’ve written about Ebola so far. I’ll outline two possible scenarios for the near future in Western nations. Scenario 1 and Modified Scenario 1. Both would be planned ops. ...

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