Kershaw Launch 7, by Pat Cascio

Kershaw Launch 7

The new Launch 7 by Kershaw Knives is their newest folder. It’s an automatic push button opening knife.

Kershaw Knives

I still remember when I took my first tour of the Kershaw plant how small it was. If memory serves me correctly, there were 17 people on the shop floor making knives. Since that first trip, Kershaw has moved into a much larger building, and no sooner did they move in they had plans to expand their operation. My last tour of Kershaw was several years back, and they had several hundred employees on the shop floor, in the warehouse, loading dock, and front offices. KAI Corporation in Japan actually owns Kershaw these days. The daily operation at the Kershaw plant is overseen by “Jack”. He prefers to be called that, because it’s hard to pronounce his Japanese name. He’s a wonderful man who always has … Continue reading

Recipe of the Week: Hobo Stew, by D.B.

Recipe of the Week

There are a few variations of this recipe. Here’s mine. There’s a lot of food value in this recipe, and it’s ready in about 40 minutes.


  • 1 lb ground meat (turkey or beef)
  • 2 or 3 cloves garlic (diced)
  • 1 large onion (diced)
  • 1 large bell pepper
  • 1-10 oz can Rotel
  • 1-4 oz can diced green chiles
  • 1 can Bush beans (or equal)
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp corn starch (optional)


  • Brown meat, onions, garlic, bell pepper, and diced chiles for 10 minutes or so.
  • Add Rotel and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Add beans and brown sugar. Simmer for 20 minutes. If you like it thicker, dissolve corn starch in cold water and add to mixture.
  • Add salt, pepper, and hot sauce to suit.
  • This will make 6 to 8 servings and it’s … Continue reading

    Economics & Investing For Preppers

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    Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor.) Today’s focus is on investing in common caliber ammunition, primarily for barter. (See the Tangibles Investing section, below.)

    Gold and Silver Market Morning: June 5 2017 – Gold consolidating with a positive bias

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    The South Africa Chamber of Mines has released their annual statistics for the preceding year. Despite their cheery verbiage, the cold hard fact is that South African gold production is less than half of what it was in 2001. Most of this decline has been caused by labor issues rather than … Continue reading

    Letter Re: Cats Moving into the Neighborhood



    In response to the comment about cats moving into the neighborhood: be grateful. The Lyme spirochete has been around for millions of years. Lyme disease started to explode in the 1970’s and 1980’s, which is when the national spay-neuter programs got started, and the population of outdoor cats dropped like a rock.

    I remember as a child in the 1950’s seeing kittens running around outdoors in the summer. In the last thirty years, except for my own protected outdoor cat colony, I’ve seen only one outdoor kitten.

    The ticks that carry Lyme have a two year life cycle. The first year they spend on small animals; mostly mice and other rodents. The second year they move to larger animals such as deer, dogs and people.

    Cats were selected by people for thousands of years to over-hunt, in order to protect farmers’ crops from rodents. A … Continue reading

    Editors’ Quote of the Day:

    Jerry Pournell

    “Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy states that in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach children, vs. union representative who work to protect any teacher including the most incompetent. The Iron Law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization, and will always write the rules under which the organization functions.” – Jerry Pournelle, Chaos Manor View 408, April 3-9, 2006