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First I believe in not buying very expensive knifes over 100 $. Because if I lose them in the woods, it makes me upset. They are pleanty of good knives under 100$. From my experience living in the woods for two weeks at a time. I have a 350$ randall survival knive, with serrated side for cutting trees and a brass hollow handle with a compass inside the butt of the knife. Scares me to death to lose that in the woods becuase I would not replace it.  I believe you should have 3 types of knives for survival. 1. A pocket knife that is used as a utility knife for small things like opened a package, cutting string, cutting small objects. Case sells a folding knife that is around 60$. It has two blades and the size and make of the steel is good. The small case folding knive, one blade that sells for 39 $more or less, the steel does not stay sharp. Very disppoiinted in that blade. Although they are collectors of them for the colors. Not into that. If you buy a knife, use it to for what its meant for or else what good is it.  2. A camp blade for cutting meat, dealing with bigger objects. ESE 5 versus ESE 6. I believe the 6 is just a longer blade but thinner than ese 5. I went with the 5 because of the thickness of the blade for batoning and skinning.  3. Becker 7 versus Becker 9. The 9 is too close to having a machett. I bought the 7 for 80 bucks. By the way the ese 5 and becker 7 are both made of the same kind of steel. Becker blades are cheaper than ese blades. Both are great blades. All my knifes except folding knives have attachable molle. Include in the molle is ferro rod with striker , sharpening stone, a collapsible metal straw for blowing on the fire, and a small amount of material to ignite the fire. Cotton with vasoliniie or lent from the dryer. Lent from the dryer best yet, goes up fast. I used a cigar tube to put the lent in. All of my knives have 550 cord attached with a small compass from SUN. Be careful  not to use the compass to close to the knive, becuase you get a false reading. The knifes that are very heavy I wear across my body, not on the waist. I make my own utilty belts and sheaths out of leather. I have started making sheaths with kydex. Both have pros and cons.  You dont want to skin an animal with 7 inch blade. Its to awkward o handle. Folding knife will work but you will get it filthy with blood and hair in the moveable parts of the knife.  Then you got to clean it. The ese 5 is best to use and is easy  to clean.  Or coarse this my take on my experince and you experience is valid to your uses of knives. I haven’t talked about sheaths that comes with knifes. That another whole discussion.

1.   A 22 rifle that shoots 22 and 410 and is the breakdown survival kind.   2.   45 acp for protecion. 3.   On this one I am torned between having a compound bow or cross bow versus a 30.06  Very rarly will you get a shot in the woods more that 50 yards without hitting a tree. Pluse what do you do when you run out of ammo. Arrows can be retrieved. Ar 15 which I have one to me is for a fire fight. In a survival mode for that to arise would be to rare to invest and the ammo you would need for it. Even if you reload eventually you will run out of powder, lead, and other item needed.  30.06 is a caliber that is in every store. But it is a hunting caliber and Im not planning on becoming a sniper.  22 rile ammo is the cheapest to get and amass.  It will bring down a deer, and small game. Just have to able to hit your target.  45 acp, will put you down, period.  Any bullet can put you down if its in the right place. I find the 45 acp a stopper. If I am using a gun in my hands its not play time and my life is in danger. I would not be out to just injury someone but to stop them from killing me.  Shot guns are great for short distances, but not for survival  long term. If shoot an amimal with will there be anything left over to eat. Deer, Pigs, and rabbits. One thing that is not mention here at all is snares. I have a hundred snares capitable of caputuring deer, pigs and rabbits. Great survival tool to have. The last forever. Easy to put together. 

After reading many opinions on bugging out. I have come to the conclusion that staying in place is a better solution.  Taking off to the woods, even though I am an experienced camper and hunter, the prospect of doing that is a big hurdle for those who have never done it. Its not the Holdiay Inn. Thats why finding a team is important. A database by state and region should be created to find others who share the same concerns. The biggest problem is revealing to others the status of your preparedness. By creating a database it is a beginning to putting people together. I believe through causual contact people can find and meet each other and assess the other person. It is vital that if you take on a team that you and them are reliable, trustworthy and comitted. No one person should be burden with all the items needed to survive. This website is the best I have seen on preparedness. I wish they would create a database so we can start.  There is so much to teach and learn about survival. I have seen what happens during a Hurricane to people when there is impending harm do to them. The scurry around at the last minute and panic do things they would never do. How fast I have seen groucery store clear out of everything a few days before a storm hits. Your a fool if you dont prepare for events if you live anywhere where these events happen annually.  I am more than willing to share my opinions of survival items and strategy. More importantly I am looking for others to survive if the SHTF.  I dont want to be the king of the clan, just alive to enjoy what God has given me and take care of my loved ones. So how about that database?

First I believe in not buying very expensive knifes over 100 $. Because if I lose them in the woods, it makes me upset. They are pleanty of good knives under 100$. From my experience living in the woods for two weeks at a time. I have a 350$ randall survival knive, with serrated side for cutting trees and a brass hollow handle with a compass inside the butt of the knife. Scares me to death to lose that in the woods becuase I would not replace it.  I believe you should have 3 types of knives for survival. 1. A pocket knife that is used as a utility knife for small things like opened a package, cutting string, cutting small objects. Case sells a folding knife that is around 60$. It has two blades and the size and make of the steel is good. The small case folding knive, one blade that sells for 39 $more or less, the steel does not stay sharp. Very disppoiinted in that blade. Although they are collectors of them for the colors. Not into that. If you buy a knife, use it to for what its meant for or else what good is it.  2. A camp blade for cutting meat, dealing with bigger objects. ESE 5 versus ESE 6. I believe the 6 is just a longer blade but thinner than ese 5. I went with the 5 because of the thickness of the blade for batoning and skinning.  3. Becker 7 versus Becker 9. The 9 is too close to having a machett. I bought the 7 for 80 bucks. By the way the ese 5 and becker 7 are both made of the same kind of steel. Becker blades are cheaper than ese blades. Both are great blades. All my knifes except folding knives have attachable molle. Include in the molle is ferro rod with striker , sharpening stone, a collapsible metal straw for blowing on the fire, and a small amount of material to ignite the fire. Cotton with vasoliniie or lent from the dryer. Lent from the dryer best yet, goes up fast. I used a cigar tube to put the lent in. All of my knives have 550 cord attached with a small compass from SUN. Be careful  not to use the compass to close to the knive, becuase you get a false reading. The knifes that are very heavy I wear across my body, not on the waist. I make my own utilty belts and sheaths out of leather. I have started making sheaths with kydex. Both have pros and cons.  You dont want to skin an animal with 7 inch blade. Its to awkward o handle. Folding knife will work but you will get it filthy with blood and hair in the moveable parts of the knife.  Then you got to clean it. The ese 5 is best to use and is easy  to clean.  Or coarse this my take on my experince and you experience is valid to your uses of knives. I haven’t talked about sheaths that comes with knifes. That another whole discussion.

1.   A 22 rifle that shoots 22 and 410 and is the breakdown survival kind.   2.   45 acp for protecion. 3.   On this one I am torned between having a compound bow or cross bow versus a 30.06  Very rarly will you get a shot in the woods more that 50 yards without hitting a tree. Pluse what do you do when you run out of ammo. Arrows can be retrieved. Ar 15 which I have one to me is for a fire fight. In a survival mode for that to arise would be to rare to invest and the ammo you would need for it. Even if you reload eventually you will run out of powder, lead, and other item needed.  30.06 is a caliber that is in every store. But it is a hunting caliber and Im not planning on becoming a sniper.  22 rile ammo is the cheapest to get and amass.  It will bring down a deer, and small game. Just have to able to hit your target.  45 acp, will put you down, period.  Any bullet can put you down if its in the right place. I find the 45 acp a stopper. If I am using a gun in my hands its not play time and my life is in danger. I would not be out to just injury someone but to stop them from killing me.  Shot guns are great for short distances, but not for survival  long term. If shoot an amimal with will there be anything left over to eat. Deer, Pigs, and rabbits. One thing that is not mention here at all is snares. I have a hundred snares capitable of caputuring deer, pigs and rabbits. Great survival tool to have. The last forever. Easy to put together. 

After reading many opinions on bugging out. I have come to the conclusion that staying in place is a better solution.  Taking off to the woods, even though I am an experienced camper and hunter, the prospect of doing that is a big hurdle for those who have never done it. Its not the Holdiay Inn. Thats why finding a team is important. A database by state and region should be created to find others who share the same concerns. The biggest problem is revealing to others the status of your preparedness. By creating a database it is a beginning to putting people together. I believe through causual contact people can find and meet each other and assess the other person. It is vital that if you take on a team that you and them are reliable, trustworthy and comitted. No one person should be burden with all the items needed to survive. This website is the best I have seen on preparedness. I wish they would create a database so we can start.  There is so much to teach and learn about survival. I have seen what happens during a Hurricane to people when there is impending harm do to them. The scurry around at the last minute and panic do things they would never do. How fast I have seen groucery store clear out of everything a few days before a storm hits. Your a fool if you dont prepare for events if you live anywhere where these events happen annually.  I am more than willing to share my opinions of survival items and strategy. More importantly I am looking for others to survive if the SHTF.  I dont want to be the king of the clan, just alive to enjoy what God has given me and take care of my loved ones. So how about that database?