Columbia River Knife & Tool Ritter RSK Mk5

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Hey ya’ll blade fanatic’s,

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Move over Kershaw, Gerber, there is a new kid on the block and he is one badass SOB. Well CRKT is not too new but compared to some of the big name brands they are the wild and crazy teenager. They make all types of different knifes and tools, ranging from small 2 inch neck knife Ritter RSK that this blog will review to the 13 inch tactical sword, the Hisshou, which is a totally badass sword specifically designed for our men who operate in the shadows and need something that can kill quietly and efficiently. They also make many different incredible tools that range from you basic field utensils such as the Eat N Tool which looks like a spork on steriods, that has a fork, spoon, bottle opener, 3 hex wrenches, and a carabiner, to a multi-tool that has 10 different tools all in one.

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Columbia River Knife & Tool or otherwise known as CRKT was found in 1994 in Tualatin Oregon by Rod Bremer to bring the end user the best quality products and most innovative tools and knives on the market at an affordable price. Personally I love CRKT’s products and plan on purchasing there products as much as possible.

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The Ritter RSK is a little tiny thing that comes with an Altoids looking tin box to carry it in. The Ritter RSK is made out of 3Cr13 Stainless steel and its only 3.81 inches long and weighs less then an ounce with and comes with a stone wash finish to prevent corrosion, and it comes with a fitted kydex sheath that makes it the perfect for a neck knife or for a women to carry on her key chain or attached to her purse for easy access. The knife comes sharp right out of the box so be careful don’t underestimate it due to its size. CRKT open box I think it would be great for a survival kit because of its size and weight, one of the most important things when putting together a survival kit is to find items that are small and light but still a quality product that will be there when you need it the most. The ergonomic skeleton grip is perfect for a two finger grip to make fuzz sticks, gut a fish, or dress game, wrap some para-cord around it to improve the grip and give it more real estate to hold on to. In my opinion this is a great little knife, but you have to remember that this is only $20.00 and is less then 4 inches in total length. It is a small knife but a quality product that is less then an ounce.

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I hope this post gives you a good idea about what you are getting when you purchase Ithis product. I have read negative reviews online with one person stating that the knife is small and doesn’t weigh anything, well duh thats what the description says. I love it when people don’t read the description and when they pay only a few dollars for a product and then get angry when they didn’t get a 7 inch fighting knife made our of 1095 Cro-Van Stainless steel with powder coated finish. Anyways thats my rant for the day. Thanks for listening. Please don’t forget to leave any comments or questions in the comment section and also don’t forget to click on the “follow” button so you don’t miss out on any great posts.

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Survival Tips – Backpacking/Hiking/Camping Kit

Aloha,

Since my last post was on first aid kits I am gonna keep with the general theme. I will be covering what you should pack in a kit for either hiking, backpacking, camping, or hunting. Remember that you should always modify your kit depending on your particular traveling conditions, size of the group, and season and duration of travel. Alright lets begin with the basics of every kit

    • Knife (all-in-one tool) I recommend that you carry a Leatherman. One of the basic Leatherman knifes will suffice but I would recommend spending the extra money and getting one of the top of the line ones with all the different tools. They are extremely durable and handy. My family bought one for my Marine brother-in-law and he said it was the most important tool he had in the sand box. He couldn’t thank us enough and said that the tool was passed around his entire platoon.
    • Ka-Bar Utility/Fighting Knife or SOG SEAL Pup. These are not required but I highly recommend them. In my honest opinion I think they are the top two knife’s on the market. The Ka-Bar is strong and durable, and the SOG is light and can be used for many different tasks. ( I recommend reading my previous posts on the Ka-Bar and SOG to learn more.)
    • ESEE Candiru Blade – This little knife is one badass MOFO. It will make any task that much easier. I also recommend you reading my previous blog post on this. You do not need to carry all of these because that would take up to much room and add to much weight but they will be great additions to any pack and in my opinion you can never have enough knives when out in the wilderness.

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  • Wire Saw
  • Lighter/stainless steel matches
  • Candle

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  • Magnesium block & Striker
  • Magnifying Glass
  • Signaling Mirror
  • Water Purification System
  • 2 Percent Tincture of Iodine
  • Water Containers
  • Pots/Containers for Cooking
  • Tarp
  • Tent

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  • Para-Cord 100 feet ( I recommend reading my previous blog post on Para-cord)
  • Colored tape
  • Needle and Thread

Pealess Whistle

  • Pealess Whistle
  • Flashlight
  • Compass and/or GPS
  • Mirror and Reflective Red Square incase your electronics fail and you need to signal for help manuelly
  • Spare Batteries
  • Maps
  • High-Energy Foods (Granola, Hard Candies, Etc)
  • Powdered Drink Mixes, including one with Caffeine
  • Padlocks – To Secure Gear, if necessary

Head Lamp

    • Head Lamp
    • Ace Bandages
    • Antifungal Foot Cream
    • Duct Tape (If you can duct if F*@k It)
    • Sports Drink Powder for Rehydrating (Especially for Combatting Diarrhea)
    • Waist Bag (Front Accessible)
    • Antibacterial Liquid

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  • Silica Gel
  • Hand Wipes
  • First Aid Kit ( Please see previous post to get a good idea of what you should include)
  • Insurance Documents, Money Belt
  • Books To Read
  • Playing Cards

The next set of items are not required but are recommended when traveling in a Temperate Forest:

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      • Bear Spray: Bear Spray is a stronger form of Pepper Spray
      • Fishhooks and Line

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  • Thin Wire For Snares
  • Solid Containers for Sealing Food

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  • Bear Bell
  • antivenom Serum

Next set of items are recommended if traveling in a Rain Forest:

    • Over-The-Counter Treatment for Diarrhea
    • Antihistamine Treatment for Allergic Reactions

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  • Epinephrine Auto-Injector Pen; Injection counter severe allergic reactions to stings and bites
  • Cream and Shampoo to repel insects and treating head lice
  • antivenom Serum and Elastic Bandages for snakebite management
  • Lidocaine Hydrochloride (relief for excruciating stings from conga ants, caterpillars, stingrays)
  • Sunscreen
  • Oral Rehydration Salts
  • Insect Repellent (Deet)

 

Mosquito Netting

  • Mosquito Netting
  • Hammock
  • Fishhooks and Line

 

The next set of items are recommended when traveling to the Desert:

  • Extra Water, Easily carried
  • Small Stove w/ Fuel Canister
  • Oral Rehydration Salts
  • Sunglasses
  • Lip Balm
  • Sunscreen

The next set of items are recommended when traveling in the Mountains:

    • Small Stove w/ Plenty of Bottled Fuel

Sunglasses

  • Sunglasses
  • Avalanche Transceiver

 

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  • Crampons
  • Ice Ax
  • Avalanche Probe
  • Bear Bell
  • antivenom Serum

 

The next set of items on the list are recommended for traveling in Cold Regions:

  • Small Stove w/ Fuel Canister
  • Sleeping Pad (also make sure that your sleeping bag is rated for the correct temperature. IE -0 degrees or -5 degrees)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Cross Country Skis or Snowshoes
  • snow saw

  • Snow Saw or Shovel
  • Vitamins

Last but not least this set of items are recommended for travel on Water:

  • Fishhooks and Line
  • signal flares

  • Signal Flares, Whistle
  • VHF Radio, EPIRB
  • 2 Solar Stills, Containers to Catch Rain
  • life raft

  • Life Raft Repair Kit

All these items are not required but highly recommended that you carry with you when you travel. You can also add or subtract any items that you think you will or will not need. Also remember to adjust the amount of items you bring depending on the size of your party, that will be one of the most important things to remember. I didn’t add this to the list but I recommend carry some sort of weapon strictly for protection. I recommended two different knives that are great for many different tasks but they both are also great and protecting you and your loved ones. The Ka-Bar is extremely sharp and has a 7 in long blade that will cut through most any animal, the name means to Kill a Bear. Also the SOG SEAL Pup is probably one of my favorite knives on the market right now, it is relatively affordable at only $50.00. The SOG comes crazy sharp and can be used for a dizzying number of tasks and the shape of the blade is designed for maximum damage when thrust into soft tissue. The shape of the blade was actually designed by a super secret group of soldiers in the Vietnam War. If possible I honestly recommend carry a gun of some sort. You can easily pack a hand gun in your backpack or carry on your waist, or if you don’t mind carrying something bigger a shotgun would be the ideal weapon to carry. It is not necessary to carry and weapon and if you do not feel comfortable carry then I recommend that you do not but if you do not mind and are comfortable using a gun then definitely bring one with you. I hope this list comes in handy for anyone who is planning a trip soon. Please leave any comments or questions below and don’t forget to click on the follow button at the bottom of the screen so you don’t miss out on any nwtactical blog posts.

Thank you for reading!!!

Spyderco Persistence

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Sup Y’all

Alright back to the meat and potatoes of the blog, product reviews. Sorry its been so long since I have done a review but I thought I would spice up the blog by expanding beyond just product reviews. I hope you all liked the new Survival and Tactical Tips.

This post we will be reviewing the Spyderco Persistence folding knife. The Persistence is part of their value series knives, If this is their value series I would love to see what their normal knives are like cause this blade rocks. This is a strong, sturdy, sharp as sin knife. This is my first Spyderco knife and I can say I am a big fan. I really like the knife, the blade is big and strong.

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Spyderco is one of the most innovative knife makers in the knife industry. They brought serrated edge folding knives to the market, they designed pocket clips to make accessing your pocket knife easier, they also perfected the one-handed opening knife. Spyderco puts all their knives thru a rigerous product testing in the million dollar test facility. In their facility they test edge retention using a CATRA machine, they test rust using a QFOG machine, they also test the force needed to open and close the knife. Another thing that all Spyderco knives are tested for is steel strength, stress tests, and wear. Spyderco has a few features that they invented and trademarked.

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One of the features they invented is the SpyderEdge. Spyderco claims that their SpyderEdge has the most efficient cutting performance of all serrated blades on the market. The Persistence blade that I own does not have serrations it is a straight edge blade, but if its quality is anywhere near mine then I don’t doubt them. A serration is a sharpened recessed curve along the edge of the blade which provides the user with more linear edge surface then a straight edge blade. The SpyderEdge serration pattern is one large serration to every two small serrations(as seen in image above). This increases the blade length by 24% and also makes the blade retain its sharp edge because the tips of the serrations come in contact with what you are cutting first easing the amount of force required by the recessed edges. Serrated blades are best used for cutting ropes, seat belts, cardboard, leather.

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Next Spyderco was the first knife company to introduce the clip to the knife. They first introduced it in 1981 and called it the CLIPIT, the CLIPIT allowed the carriar to have better access to the knife. Instead of having to reach into the pocket to fish it out the knife sat on the edge of the pocket and could be easily removed. The CLIPIT allows the user to change the way the carrier can carry the pocket knife, either blade up or blade down. I gotta give Spyderco major props for developing the pocket clip. I do not know what I would do without it.

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The last but definitely not the least innovation Spyderco introduced is The Round Hole. The Round Hole is an industry symbol of quality. The Round Hole is spyderco’s most recognizable feature and allows the carrier to open and close the blade with one hand easily, and believe me it is crazy how easy I can flip the blade open, and it is probably the easiest knife to close one-handed that I have ever owned and I own a ton of pocket knives from a variety of industry leading companies. The hole offers convenient access and maximum control while opening as well as accommodating large, small and gloved  hands. The Round Hole is so well-known throughout the knife industry that some of the top blade companies have licensed it to use on some of their models.

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Now let’s get back to the Persistence. The reason Spyderco choose the name is because of the steadfastness and never-give-up attitude. The Spyderco Persistence is the little brother to the Tenacious. The knife is made in China but the quality is still top-notch. This is one of my two EDC knives, I carry the Persistence in my back pocket opposite my wallet. The other is my ESEE Candiru that I carry around my neck using the Paracord lanyard that I made. The Persistence is a great entry-level knife and is a great value for only $30.00. The knife comes scary sharp out of the box which is always the first test of quality, and it has not lost its edge over the last few months of intense daily use.

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The knife is a total of 6.8 inches long, with a 2.75 inch blade and the knife only weighs 3.3 ounces, great for carry in the pocket you barely notice it’s there. They use 8CR13MOV Stainless Steel which has a high carbon rating which means the steel is strong and will hold an edge longer. The 8Cr13MoV stainless blade is a modified skinning-style, ground-flat from tip to tang which gives more cutting real estate. Careful positioning of the over-sized Spyderco Round Hole allow for fumble-free one-hand blade open/close. The handle is made out of G-10 laminate which is an epoxy and filled with woven glass fibers that is impervious to temperature changes and it also comes in many different colors. The handle is carved to fit the hand comfortable for prolong use in mind, which decreases hand fatigue. The handle also has skeletonize steel lines tucked inside to increase the handle’s rigidity and strength level without adding non-functional weight or bulkiness. It also comes with a 4-way pocket clip so you can position the blade up or down or for left or right hands.

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Overall this is a great beginners blade and anyone looking for a sturdy, quality knife that will not break the bank I recommend getting the Spyderco Persistence, over any Gerber or Kershaw in the same price range. The Spyderco opens more smooth than any folding knife I have ever owned and you do not have to work it in at all. You can flip it open with a flick of your wrist right out of the box. It also has no blade play at all even after months of hard use.

Once again thank you for joining me and don’t forget to leave any comments or questions. Also if you have any stories about the knife please leave it in the comments section. Don’t forget to click on the follow button so you don’t miss out on any new posts.

A Great Local Company and a Great Knife – SOG SEAL Pup

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What’s up Y’all,

I recently was going thru my wallet and found a gift card in it for Target that was given to me for my Birthday in 2009. I had no idea it was in there so I logged on to Target.com to find out if there was any money on it and to my surprise I still had $50.00 on it, WOW!!! Boy was I happy, I log on to Target and started browsing and I came across the SOG SEAL Pup. I had heard a lot about SOG and thought I would give it a try. It was right around $50.00 with free shipping so I said what the hell, why not. 

When I opened my door a few days later to my surprise there was my new knife on the door step a few days early, and man I was so excited. The knife came in a long rectangular box that had pictures of the knife being used by Constructions workers, Law Enforcement, Survivalists, and Military Special Forces. When I was looking at the box I flipped it over and on the back was the companies address, and to my surprise SOG is a local company. It is based out of Seattle Wa. I had no idea. I felt good about supporting a local company, which I try to do as often as possible. After learning this new detail I excitedly opened the box. I pulled out the knife and it is freaking awesome, and the nylong sheath that came with it was just as good, it looked really cool with the SOG name patch stitched on the front and it had plenty of straps and loops to attach it to your person. It also gave the knife sheath a real tactical look. I really like nylon sheath’s even though a lot of people complain when a company only supplies them calling them cheap, I think they are great because they are light and durable and easy to clean.

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After I received my new knife and learned that it was a local company I decided I needed to know more about this company that made this totally kick ass blade. After going to their website and reading the “About Us” page I learned that the company named itself after a covert group called SOG which stood for Special Operations Group and it was a group that was created during Vietnam. I couldn’t believe what I was reading, because I just started reading a book called Hunting the Jackel. The book started off in Vietnam telling the story of Billy Waugh who was part of SOG but at the time they were a covert unit which stood for Studies and Observation Group, it wasn’t till over a decade later that the government released the truth. The company SOG was created in 1986 when a knife designer Spencer Frazier decided he wanted to make a commemorative of the original SOG Bowie knife that was made just for the SOG unit to carry on covert missions in the jungles of Vietnam. The blade was so popular that soon the company created a whole line of innovative knives and tools. The tools were field tested by the best of the best the U.S. Special Forces, they were even honored as the Navy SEAL knife of choice. The company motto is “Forged out of tradition, hardened in the field, honed for you”.

After doing some more researched I learned that the SOG SEAL Pup is a smaller version of the original SOG Bowie Knife. I was elated to have a knife that was model after such a rare blade used by some of the best warriors in the Vietnam War. While their knife was made strictly for killing mine is a utility knife and can be used for many different applications. The SEAL Pup is made out of AUS8 stainless steel that is powder coated to protect against rust and corrosion, the metal is also cryogenically frozen to increase the hardness. The metal blade is brought down to -300 degrees F, then brought back up to room temperature. This process increases the overall toughness and edge retention. The knife edge stays sharp longer with significantly less micro-fracturing and edge chipping. The SEAL Pup has one of the sharpest edges on a knife I have ever seen straight out of the box. I was extremely impressed cause I have a lot of knives made from some of the best companies in the world. The overall length of the knife is 9″ and the blade length is 4.75″. One of the most surprising things about this knife is that it only weighed 5.4 ounces, I couldn’t believe how light it was. The knife has a durable Zytel handle, the handle has great grip but its a little hard. If I had to use the knife for a long period of time I could see this definitely leaving some calluses, but thats part of being a man, right guys!!! It also came with a nylon sheath that was actually pretty good looking and it had lots of straps and loops for attaching to your belt or your tactical vest. One of the features I like best is the accessory pouch on the front, you could put a lot of usually items in it. You could put a two sided sharpening stone or if you were camping/hiking you could put some survival items in it incase something bad happens. 

Holding SOG SEAL Pup

So overall this is a great knife that isn’t to big and heavy and it has a full tang which makes it real strong. If you need an all purpose light utility knife I would recommend the SOG SEAL Pup for any camping trip or hiking adventure you have in store. The knife is great for chopping down saplings for fire wood. I personally can vouch for that and so can the small tree’s and bushes outside my apartment, the gardeners probably didn’t appreciate having to pick up a bunch of branches and leaves that were chopped up into little pieces. It also is sharp and strong enough to split fire wood, which my neighbors probably appreciated when they went to get firewood from their stack and notice it was already split for them. It will make quick work of animal that needs to be killed and skinned for dinner, I didn’t kill any animals with it because I’m not into eating squirells or city birds but I am sure it will do the trick. Also like I mentioned above you can keep survival items in the pouch like a fire starter, fishing wire and hook, even water purifying tablets. Its also very reasonably priced and SOG has a great lifetime warranty, they will pretty much replace it for any reason, other then if you lose it or drop it in the fire and burn it up which is pure stupidity and if thats the case then you probably shouldn’t own a knife. 

Thanks for joining me again here on nwtactical blog, if you own a SOG SEAL Pup and you have a story about it please leave it in the comments section or any comments you might have. Also don’t forget to click on the follow button at the bottom of the page so you don’t miss out on any posts. Also stay tuned cause there will be lots more great reviews coming up.

Para-Cord is amazingly versatile and could save your life!!!

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Welcome back to nwtactical,

Today I am gonna review a product called Para-cord. There are a lot of people out there familiar with this product but there is also way to many people who have never heard of it. I personally love Para-cord for many reasons. Today most people know of Para-cord because of the new fad that is sweeping the nation, Para-cord bracelets. Para-cord comes in every colors imaginable. I personally think the bracelets are a good idea, they look cool and honestly and if you are in a pinch they can be used to save your hid in many situations. One of my favorite uses for Para-cord is wrapping my skeleton knife handles to give them better grip and make them a little more comfortable to hold. See my previous post on ESEE Candiru knife to see how I wrapped the handle using Para-cord.

Here is a little information and history lesson on Para-cord. Para-cord is a lightweight braided nylon sheath with anywhere between 3-7 fine nylon yarns on the inside. The all nylon construction of Para-cord makes it fairly elastic. The most popular and used Para-cord is called 550 cord or Para-cord 550, 550 cord has a minimum tensile strength of 550 lbs and is required to have 7 inner nylon strands. There is other versions of this product with less inner strands and a lower minimum tensile strength but I do not recommend purchasing it, it is the same price but not nearly as strong. So buy the better, stronger cord, trust me you will thank me when push comes to shove and you need it for one reason or another. Alright now here comes the history lesson. 550 cord was first introduced during WWII, the 82nd Airborne and many other Para-Troopers used this cord as Para-shoot cord, hence the word Para-cord. Once in the field Para-Troopers found this cord to be very useful. The Para-Troopers used it as dummy cord to tie their gear to ones person such as cooking pans, canteens, and also turning it into a sling for their M16, or tying rucksacks to vehicles, and securing camouflage nets to trees and vehicles. They would also use them as backup shoe laces, and hey would even gut the cord and use the finer cord as sewing thread to mend torn/ripped gear.

Today 550 cord is available to civilians and is used for almost everything. Like mentioned above the most popular use of 550 cord is to make bracelets. The cord comes in hundreds of different colors so you can pretty much make one to match any outfit you wear. It is also hugely popular in the tactical/survivalist community. Survivalist see this as a survival bracelet and it can be used if you are stranded in the middle of nowhere without many supplies. In a survival situation you can use the cord to pitch a tent, use the inner guts as fishing wire, or as a snare to nab you some dinner. It can also be used in emergency situations to assist in water rescue, or use it as a tourniquet. You can also fashion it into rope to climb up mountains or to lower yourself off cliffs. It is not just used as a fashion statement or survival equipment, it can be used to thread musically instruments such as xylophone, marimba, vibraphone. Some of my favorite uses for Para-cord is of course as a survival bracelet, dog collars/leashes, lanyards, and using on my skeleton handle knives.

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I have read online a few stories where these bracelets have come in handy when you least expect it. In one story I read a man was working on his roof when his latter fell down and he was trapped. With no one around in shouting distance he decided to use his Para-Cord bracelet as rope. He nailed one end to his roof and used it to lower himself down safely from his two story roof. Another story I read about was a women who got her vehicle stuck in snow and instead of paying hundreds of dollars to get a tow truck she called a friend that owned a truck and used her Para-cord bracelet to attach to the truck and tow herself out. Another one I read was about some young men who where out 4×4 and the steering arms snapped from the axle bracket on their Jeep. They used their Para-cord bracelets to tie the steering arms back to the axel bracket and it work sufficient enough to get them back home without having to tow it for hundreds of dollars. These are just a few instances where the bracelet came in handy, these people never saw these situations coming but being prepared and it saved either their lives or saved them hundreds of dollars.

So in conclusion Para-cord is a complex piece of equipment that can be used for many different applications then just a fashion statement. I highly recommend everyone to keep at least 25ft of cord in theier vehicle, homes and defiantly in your bug-out bag. Also get created and have some fun with it, make a belt for your brother, or a new matching dog collar and leash for fido, use it as a fun craft for the kids to make friendship bracelets for their friends.

If you have an interesting story about how Para-cord saved your butt please write about it in the comments section. I would love to hear them and so would my readers.

Thanks again for joining me and don’t forget to leave a comment and become a follower and don’t miss out a review. If you want a bracelet, or dog collar, or leash, or lanyard leave a message in the comment section and I will be more then happy to make one for you in your choice of color. Also stay tuned for more reviews.

ESEE Candiru Knife

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Welcome back nwtactical followers,

Thank you for coming back to learn about the ESEE pronounced “S E” Candiru blade. This little blade is one killer knife. I have to say it is my new favorite knife in my collection and I am excited to share it with you. It is the most expensive blade and the smallest knife in my arsenal but it is worth every penny. The blade is freakishly sharp, it has cut everything I have asked it to in nano-seconds and it hungers for more. It turned paper into confetti, it carved off huge chucks of ham right off the bone and then diced them into little pieces for my dinner of ham hock and beans, and it sheared right thru my Paracord 550 and even assisted in trimming my dogs hair. This is gonna be my new EDC(Everyday Carry) knife. Once I make a Kydex sheath for this I will be using it as my neck knife.

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First let me tell you about the company ESEE which makes some really great knives and survival equipment. The companies full name is Randall’s Adventure Training / ESEE Knives. Randall’s Adventure Training has been in business since 1997 providing training for LE, military, and civilians in the art of jungle survival. During their survival and training ventures they realized they needed a better quality knife, so they decided to create their own and the knives/machetes they created became insanely popular. So they decided to start their own knife making company. The company name is an acronym for Escuela de Supervivencia(School of Survival), Escape and Evasion. ESEE is what the company teaches to LE, military or civilians when they sign up for their Jungle survival classes deep in the Amazon and they also offer domestic classes across the U.S. that teaches you short-term wilderness survival, wilderness first aid, land navigation(maps and compasses), and most exciting of them all, human tracking. ESEE products are hugely popular with Narco Police because there blades are excellent in clearing paths to remote areas to eradicate illegal drug crops. The strength, the durability and the design of their blades are praised for the ability to chop down thick marijuana plants and coco plants that grow up to 10 feet tall with trunks as thick as a human leg. The ESEE Candiru is the perfect name for this little vicious blade, the orgin of the name will make all you guys and gals out there wince in pain just reading this. The Candiru is a parasitic freshwater catfish found only in the Amazon River. The Candiru is famous for the legend of swimming up male urethia or female vagina and attaching itself inside using barbs attached to its head. Ouch, you won’t ever catch me swimming in the Amazon river, just the thought of this makes me cringe, and I am sure if you are reading this you are too!!!

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Now lets get down to the meat and potatoes the knife itself. The ESEE Candiru is one badass little devil. The Candiru is made from some of the best carbon steel available on the market today the 1095 carbon steel which is used for professional cutlery. It has a beautiful baked on powder coating that will help it from rusting and corrosion, but don’t forget to take care of the blade by applying a coat of oil to make it last forever. The Candiru comes in three different colors, the one I purchased has a black baked on powder coating, but it also comes in a desert tan, and OD(Olive Drab) Green but it really looks more like a forest green. This is defiantly a little knife, it was a little smaller then I anticipated but I think I like it better because of the smaller, lighter make. It is small enough that I don’t have to worry about breaking any state or local laws regarding blade length which is a load off my shoulders. The overall length of the knife is 5.13″, the blade length is 2″, and its thickness is .125″ which makes it one of the thinnest knife’s available. This knife can be used for a variety of tasks. The company that created this knife uses it on the survival training trips to the Amazon. They use the knife for making what is called a frog spear by cutting down a 6 foot long sapling and splitting 4 ways down the middle. Then by rolling 3 small sticks down the split end to create spikes which are then sharpened, this task is made a lot easier because of the razor sharp and super thin blade. Then the group used the thin blade to shave wood for starting fires which the Candiru also aced because the thinner the shavings the easier it is to start a fire. Next up the crew caught a boa constrictor which was killed using a machete but was skinned using the Candiru. This is not an easy task because a boa has really thick skin which require an extremely sharpe and strong blade.

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The Candiru comes with a nylon sheath with a hard Kydex insert so that the blade does not cut open the sheath when inserting and removing it. I think the sheath is great for wearing on your belt or holding it in your pocket, but if you plan on wearing it as a neck knife you might want to invest in a Kydex or leather sheath that only covers the blade for easy access and so you can connect Paracord around the handle to create a lanyard of sorts. I plan on purchasing some Kydex blanks to create my own custom sheath to meet my personal needs. The Candiru is what they call a skeleton knife because it does not come with a handle but ESEE does offer two different scales, they offer a orange G10 handle. A G10 handle is an extremely durable matter made of woven fiberglass soaked in epoxy resin, then highly compressed and baked. They also offer a grey canvas micarta handle which is a man made material, made by layering resin and cloth. Personally I do not like either option that ESEE offers so I plan on making my own. I currently have wrapped the skeleton handle in black Paracord which increases the grip and makes it a lot more comfortable. I also plan on purchasing some beautiful Ebony black and white wood scale blanks and creating my own handles.

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Overall this is absolutely the best knife I have ever bought. I also plan on purchasing all three colors just because of the quality of this knife and its freaking BA!!! I recommend everyone that reads this blog to purchase one of these knives no matter what you do for a living, if you are an office worker who needs to cut paper or open boxes, to a construction worker who needs to cut all types of different materials, to a camping/survivalist who plans on traversing the outskirts of civilization and living a substance life. It is small and light so it would be terrific to purchase for your gf/wife to keep in her purse for protection or even everyday tasks and the super sharp edge will make using the blade a cinch. I plan on using this knife as gifts for family/friends.Just one thing to remember when purchasing this knife make sure to buy some Paracord to wrap around the handle for comfort or just message me and I will be more then happy to make you a custom beautiful wood handle out of your favorite local or exotic wood or I can match one to the color of your knife. I will also be more then happy to make you a custom Paracord lanyard using any color your heart desires.

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Stay tuned for my next review, I will be covering the SOG SEAL Pup, then Paracord 550.

Smith’s SK2 2-Stone Sharpening Kit

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Howdy Y’All,

The Smith’s SK2 2-Stone Sharpening Kit is a great beginners sharpening kit. This kit would also work great for a season knife sharpener too. When I first ordered this kit I was terrified I was gonna ruin a couple blades before I figured it out but to my surprise the kit has all the tools and instruction for a beginner to make any blade you own razor sharp without grinding the blade flat. It is a four piece kit that comes with a 5″ Medium Stone, 4″ Fine Arkansas Wet Stone, Premium Honing Solution, Sharpening Angle Guide. All the piecing are made of high quality materials perfect to get any blade hair splitting sharp. Smith’s has been in the knife/tool sharpening game for over 100 years! They offer a full line of easy to use sharpeners, the different ones they offer are Diamonds, Ceramics, Bonded and Abrasives, and Carbides. Not only are there products top of the line but they also have the lowest prices.

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Now lets talk about the different pieces that come in the kit. First off it has a 5″ Medium Stone that comes on a plastic base that features a built-in stone storage for the Arkansas stone on the bottom. The Medium Stone quickly sets the edge on the knife or tool and starts the sharpening process. This stone will last a lifetime of sharpening if taken care of properly. One review I read on Amazon was by a guy who bought the Smith’s kit in the 80’s and is still using it today. Wow!!! Now that is how products are supposed to be made. This was the stone that I was worried about using the most cause I was afraid that I was gonna have a flat dull blade after a few strokes, but to my surprise that wasn’t the case.

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Next up we have the 4″ Fine Arkansas Stone. The marbling on the stone looks awesome. The Arkansas Wet Stone is a fine stone that you use after the Medium Stone that will polish your knife/tools as it brings your blade to a razor sharp edge. The Medium stone with the base has a great storage spot for the Fine stone on the bottom of the base. It has two rotating arms to lock the stone in place. What a great idea, makes storage easier and traveling easy too. The less pieces to pack the better in my opinion.

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Next the kit comes with a Premium Honing Solution that Smith’s says to rub on the sharpening stones before each use, and once your finished just rinse it off. The Honing Solution is a pink liquid that is non-petroleum formula that assists in a smooth grind while cleansing the stone and also has a rust inhibitor in it to help keep your blade rust free, which is important if you use your knives in a wet/moist environment.

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Last but definitely not least is the most important tool in the box, its also my favorite. Like I mentioned I was terrified to get the kit but once I opened it and saw the Sharpening Angle Guide a wave of relief swept over me. This tool is amazing and I gotta give Smith’s a big time shout out for adding this to the kit. The Sharpening Angle Guide is a little yellow ramp(picture above) that assists you in making sure your sharpening at the perfect angle every time. The guide is set at 23 degree’s to give you the optimum blade edge. This tool is a must have for a beginner sharpener like

The first time I used the kit I pulled out an old straight edge Gerber RipStop knife(I will be reviewing that here pretty soon) that if it got ruined it wouldn’t be the end of the world. I definitely wasn’t gonna start on my new Ka-Bar USMC Fighting Knife that came with a super sharp edge, I would probably just have made it duller. After opening the packaging and discovering the guide I wasn’t as nervous, now I was more anxious to bring my older knives back to life. Per the instructions first you must apply a layer of the Premium Honing Solution over both stones. Then place the guide at one end of the stone and gently slide the knife across the stone using the guide to get the perfect angle. After a couple of passes on each side I switched to the Fine Arkansas stone and gave a couple more strokes and boy did it make a huge difference. Before I sharpened the blade it wouldn’t even cut paper, after I was finished the knife made quick work of a sheet of paper and turned it into confetti. After that I was sharpening anything I could get my hands on. Once finished sharpening all my knives just run the stones under some water and presto the sharpener is clean and ready for the next time. Smith also recommends that after sharpening 3-4 knives to use some gentle soap and warm water and give it a little scrub to make sure all the pores are free of metal particles that could damage the stones and shorten their life span. In my honest opinion I think every knife owner should own one of these kits to keep their weapon/tool in optimum condition. You never know when you are gonna need your knife/tool and you don’t wanna get caught with a dull blade.

Please keep an eye out for the video that will follow giving a presentation of how to use the Smith’s SK2 2-Stone Sharpening kit.

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