Now, for those of you who’ve been here a few times, you know that I’m all about crawling out of the stone age with nothing but ingenuity and a sharpened rock; but that doesn’t mean I don’t dig a fancy new tool once in a while.
I love the Buck Hoodlum – I’ve had mine since the day they became available, less than a year ago, and I’ve loved every inch of this perfect machete sized beast. It’s got a .2″ thick 10″ blade, the whole thing is about 16″ long. The price tag tells you it’s a high end knife, but if you’re serious about knives, you’ll probably find it needs a bit of tweaking and finishing. Whatever, who cares, keep it sharp and clean. The real beauty of this knife is the form. The balance is amazing, it’s a chopper, no doubt, but it’s deft enough for fine detail work. It’s easy to find the sweet spot, and you can generate a ton of force with a flick of the wrist. It’s actually a pretty light weight, and chops far beyond it’s weight class. The handles can be removed fairly easily, if you’d rather have a cord wrapped handle, or you want to lash it to a stick and make a spear, but I haven’t really screwed around with that. This is one of those, if I could only have one knife kind of knives, and so far it hasn’t given me a reason to change my mind.
Now, Y’all know that I love the Leatherman Wave, for obvious reasons; the truth is I like all the leatherman offerings, the Rebar, the Supertool 300, any of the big ones really. But check out the SOG Power Assist and tell me don’t want to get your hands on this thing. We’re all fans of SOG, right? It’s got all the multi tool essentials, but also some cool bonus features, like assisted opening and a pretty diesel set of needle nose pliers. I think I’d be hard pressed to choose between them.
I’ve been spending some time at the range lately, and, as I’ve said before, I’m a huge fan of the Kimber Eclipse, but on this last visit I decided to try out the Kimber Warrior, I haven’t done a side by side comparison of the two yet, but I felt like I was cheating on the eclipse. It’s a solid beast, the warrior, that tactical rail adds some weight to the barrel that, I think, kind of perfects the feel of an already fantastic gun. The Custom II 1911 family of Kimbers has a lot of nice offerings, but I think that the warrior might eclipse the eclipse when it comes down to that whole, ‘which gun do you want in your hand when the irradiated zombie mutants flood the streets of your city’ thing. Of course, I’m still a big fan of the Full Size Springfield Armory Operator, but side by side, the Kimber is my preference. If you’re still trying to settle on your first firearm, I recommend going here.
As usual, when stocking a survival kit, you should start with the essentials. Paracord, mylar emergency blanket, firestarter, personal locator beacon, sewing kit, first aid kit, water purification tablets, and other obvious crap; but the bag you keep it in is just as important as what goes into it, in some cases. Something like Overboard Waterproof Backpack might be a good choice, though I’m currently using a Swiss Gear Hiking Pack for now, until I splurge on a BulletBlocker Backpack, because, fuck yeah.