Review – Nordsmith Lapwing

I’ll tell you this right up front — the Lapwing is my first Nordsmith knife but it for damn sure won’t be my last. I’ve been playing around with the Lapwing for a couple of weeks now and it has become my go to fixed blade for all sorts of jobs around the house, especially food prep. It is a smallish knife and very nimble. (more…)

Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide 2: What the hell is going on?

Recently, Amazon sent out emails to those who have pre-ordered Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide 2, letting them know that the book was “unavailable” and that they didn’t know when it would be in stock. A few of you contacted me privately asking for more info and I’m sure there are others out there wondering what’s going on. (more…)

New Class Announcement: Bug Out – Stay Safe

Date: April 28, 2018
Time: 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Location: Guardian Range, Cottage Grove, WI (address provided at time of registration)
Cost: $70.00 (more…)

Throwing Knives for Self-Defense?


In the last couple of days, I’ve seen a few references to throwing knives on survival-related social media. So, I guess this is a thing now? I don’t know, maybe I just never noticed or paid attention to it before. But, okay, let’s talk about throwing knives for a bit. (more…)

Avoid Prepper Tourist Traps

Pretty much anywhere you go, there are two types of restaurants. There are the large, flashy places that cater to tourists and then there are the places where the locals go to eat. Chain restaurants are successful because people know what to expect. The food might be just this side of crappy but you know going in exactly what you’re going to get, no matter where you are traveling. The food does the job, filling the belly, and if the quality isn’t quite top-notch, at least you didn’t have to pay much for it. Locals, however, know where to get the best meal at the best price, and it is often at a place the tourist has never heard of before.

Survival gear is similar. On one side you have the cheap gear that you’ll find in pretty much any store and might do the job, if you can get it to work without breaking. This junk and quasi-junk is marketed to the “tourists” – the newbies or those who just want to buy something to make themselves feel better about being prepared. On the other side you have the gear that the people who know what they’re doing – the “locals” – use and recommend. It likely costs a little more but the gear is built to last and just plain works. (more…)

That stupid deserted island meme

So, this meme crops up frequently on Facebook. And when I say frequently, I mean I see it at least once or twice every single day.

My standard answer is this — If I’m told to pick out a handful of these items because I’m going to be stranded on a deserted island, I’m not getting on the damn boat or plane. Look, the whole preparedness thing is to avoid threats whenever possible. If I’m told ahead of time that I’m going to be stranded, I’m going to avoid the trip altogether. That’s just common sense. If the trip were unavoidable, I find it difficult to imagine a scenario where I’ll have a choice among these specific items but can only take a certain number of them, weight and size of no consequence.

But, with all that said, the point of the meme, as I see it at least, is to get you thinking about priorities. With that in mind, I thought it might be interesting to go down the list and talk a bit about each item, sort of the pros and cons of each. (more…)

Real World Survival Skill – Avoid the “I Can’t” Crutch

[This is the first in a planned series of blog posts. The intent is to highlight skills that everyone truly needs in order to be successful. These are strengths and abilities that should be practiced and honed regularly. The true survivalist knows that real preparedness includes day-to-day living just as much as it does planning for events that may never happen. The skills discussed in this series are those that are great to have even if disaster never strikes.]

I can’t!

How many times have you said that, either out loud or inside your head? When confronted with something we know we should do, something that would be beneficial to us and our families, we often find reasons not to do it. (more…)