Preparedness Notes for Monday – January 01, 2018

John Cantius Garand (January 1, 1888 – February 16, 1974) was born in St. Rémi, Quebec. John Garand designed one of America’s best known battle rifles, the M1 Garand. General Patton praised Garand’s design, writing to Chief of Ordnance Lt. Gen. Levin H. Campbell, Jr., (January 26, 1945): “The M1 rifle is the most deadly rifle in the world.”




CRKT Crossbones Folder, by Pat Cascio

Under review is one of the newest folding knives from CRKT. It’s the Crossbones, and it is one dandy gentleman’s folder, too.

Folding Knives

Regular readers will know that I’m a fan of folding knives with a blade between 3.5” and 4”. For my personal taste, that 3.75” blade is about perfect for my daily chores. I like a stout folder, because I never know what kind of chores I might have to use a pocket knife on. However, I certainly do appreciate smaller folders for every day carry as well; they have lots of uses.

Designer Jeff Park in Hawaii

Jeff Park, who resides in Hawaii, is an up and coming knife designer and maker, and he learned quite a bit about designing and making knives from world famous Ken Onion, who also resides in Hawaii. In the past, I interviewed Onion for … Continue reading







Economics & Investing For Preppers

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 the 2o17 Stock Rally. (See the Stock Markets section.)

Precious Metals:

Gold Pushes Toward $1,300; Can Rally Continue?

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All Bets On Silver In 2018 – Kitco’s Survey

Stock Markets (2017 Stock Rally):

Over at the CNBC Cheering Section: Strategist Jeff Saut: I’d expect 2018 to almost repeat 2017’s record stock rally. JWR’s Comment: The ongoing 2017 Stock Rally  (called The Icarus Rally, by some) is probably an aberration that won’t continue for all of 2018. If Saut’s prediction proves right, then I’ll … Continue reading




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“They never fail who die
In a great cause: the block may soak their gore:
Their heads may sodden in the sun; their limbs
Be strung to city gates and castle walls—
But still their Spirit walks abroad. Though years
Elapse, and others share as dark a doom,
They but augment the deep and sweeping thoughts
Which overpower all others, and conduct
The world at last to Freedom.” – George Gordon, Lord Byron, Marino Faliero