SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL”. You need to see the emergency knife sharpener featured today. This is a must-have for any serious prepper.
Emergency Knife Sharpener
Reader T.W. sent me a sample knife sharpener called Speedy Sharp. When I first picked it up, I really couldn’t understand how it was supposed to work, so I did what any good prepper would do. I looked it up on the Internet. Wow! This tool is a “must have” for any prepper. It’s simply a piece of sharpened carbide mounted on a steel handle with a plastic grip and cover. It weighs less than a small pocket knife but it will sharpen any knife you have in a pinch, including those with serrated edges. You should note that you have to use a light touch though. The carbide takes a bite in the steel of your knife and a heavy hand can ruin a good blade.
It took just three light passes on Mrs Latimer’s serrated tomato knife that somebody had ruined the edge by cutting on a marble cutting board. I’m getting one of these for each person’s BOB and EDC and perhaps a few extras. Given the choice, I’d still rather use a water stone to put a fine edge on a knife, but when I can’t carry my Tormek with me…
The End of Gun Control
Hobby CNC automation has brought about the end of gun control. The politicians just haven’t figured that out yet. Owen Shroyer of Infowars interviews Cody Wilson (of Ghostgunner fame): The End of Gun Control?
If you haven’t heard yet, the incredibly biased Judge Navarro was forced to declare a mistrial in the Bundy case due to proof being offered that the Federal government had withheld critical information from the defense. While I can’t agree with Bundy’s tactics or actions over the past few years, there is no question that the Feds have overstepped on nearly every account. Some might question the import of the Federal government withholding the idea that the FBI was involved and had deployed sniper teams on overwatch of the Bundy ranch. Those who remember Ruby Ridge or Waco will understand why that was such a rallying cry for patriots and militia groups. Thanks to the many readers who suggested this article.
I ran across this Kickstarter campaign from Matthias Bart in Switzerland. He has designed a survival knife to use in his classes and consulting work and it looks pretty interesting to me. I’m going to buy into this one because I like the appearance and design of the knife and the convex edge is appealing. I’ve not actually owned one before, but from an engineering design perspective, it seems that if you want a durable tough edge that will take abuse, that is the way to go. His project actually met its fund raising goals in only 50 minutes, but is still available until January 14th.
The British government has confirmed that every primary and secondary school in England will be forced to hold relationship and sex education (RSE) classes starting in September 2019. The move will not only make sex education mandatory for young children, but will move the discussion from simple biology into “values” pushed by the far-left. Yes, your child will also be forced to learn about transgender, gay and lesbian values taught by some stranger at school. Thanks to reader D.B. for the link.
Reader T.J. sent in an article that looks into what a modern civil war in the U.S. might look like. The last American Civil War divided the country into two de facto nations that were somewhat homogeneous but with different economic interests. A modern civil war will not be so clean. It would probably be similar to the Spanish Civil War with leftists controlling the Urban/City areas and conservatives controlling the rural areas. This is a formula for spontaneous violence also similar to the India-Pakistan situation in 1947. No one really wants a civil war, but it does seem to be on the mind of many on both sides. I’m not sure they understand what they are asking for.
Poor Man’s WMD
While US commandos are practicing drills to capture North Korean nukes, the country is moving forward with implementing the poor man’s version of WMD. Kim Jong-un is now testing warheads loaded with Anthrax for his ICBMs. The U.S. government says it was aware of the tests which were intended to determine if the bacteria could withstand the high temperatures of warhead re-entry. Of course, North Korea vehemently denies the tests took place but that it will take revenge on the U.S. for developing biological warheads. Thanks to W.W. for the links.
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