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First Impressions: Helle Knives Utvaer

Helle of Norway is best known for traditional Scandinavian-style bushcraft knives, but the Helle Utvaer is an attempt to offer a more American-centric, “tactical” knife design while still keeping finished product fundamentally Scandinavian in build and functionality. The result is a gorgeous design by Danish knifemaker Jesper Voxnaes that, as the only full-tang knife in

Resources for the Northern and Southern California power outages

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is in the opening phase of a very large, planned blackout in Northern California. This will affect some 800,000 customers, and already some 500,000 are without power today. This affects not just homes but stores, schools, and even hospitals will lose power for anywhere from 24 hours up to a

Why ultralight gear isn’t always the best for preparedness

If you’ve spent any amount of time shopping for survival products then you’ve come across premium materials like titanium, Dyneema, silnylon, carbon fiber, and the like. These are low-weight, high-strength materials developed for industries like racing or aircraft manufacturing that, in recent decades, have found their way out onto trails and mountain peaks as gear

portland earthquake water risk

Study: 1 million in Portland area without water if the Big One hits

After recently analyzing over 2,200 miles of municipal pipes and plumbing, Portland city officials have concluded that a large earthquake will knock out water for almost 1 million people in a 225 square mile region for two weeks or longer — not just homes and businesses, but fire stations, hospitals, and other critical first responder

WHO report, Pulitzer Prize winner warn on the next global pandemic

A new group called the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, working under the auspices of the World Health Organization and the World Bank, has released a dire report warning that the world is woefully unprepared for the next global pandemic. Some highlights (or, lowlights, rather): “The world is not prepared for a fast-moving, virulent respiratory pathogen

First look: two new bushcraft ferro rods from Fire-Fast

During our recent fire starter review, one of my favorite “under the radar” products was the Fire-Fast Trekker. Apart from the Light My Fire Swedish Firesteel that won the overall contest, the Trekker was the only fire steel we tested that gave me the confidence it was made of genuine European ferrocerium. But we hesitated

Jonathan Franzen, Doomsday Prepper

If you’ve logged onto the internet this morning, you’ve no doubt seen novelist Jonathan Franzen’s big climate essay in the New Yorker making the rounds. The piece is being shared widely in prepper forums, but before you pile on and click “share” you should know that Franzen is getting a lot of strongly negative reactions

2019 Amazon Prime Day deals

We’re refreshing our computers all day Monday and Tuesday (July 15-16, 2019) to track the best Amazon Prime Day deals that might be relevant to preppers. Walmart and eBay are also running some “we exist too!” deals that we’ll keep an eye on. This post will be constantly updated as new deals go live, including

Community Q&A with medical experts

For the recent checklists on how to put together a survival first aid kit and what medical supplies you should keep in your home, we were fortunate to work with some of the leading experts in the fields of wilderness and emergency medicine, with a combined 180 years of experience as teachers, paramedics, and combat

Russian roulette with the sun: An interview with John Kappenman

As part of our research for the guide to understanding electromagnetic pulse threats (a great place to start if you’re new to EMPs), I had the chance to interview John Kappenman, a notable expert from the think tank Metatech. I discovered Kappenman’s work pretty quickly because his models are cited in multiple government reports and form

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