Does Bleach Keep Raccoons Away?

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Some of the most persistent pests that you’ll have to deal with in the suburbs or out in the country are raccoons. Yeah, I get it: They are definitely cute and charming, but you won’t think they are quite so appealing when you have to pick up shredded bags of trash off your driveway at 3:00AM in the morning. Raccoons are smart, and they adapt quickly, and so scaring them off isn’t a sure thing.

two raccoons on wooden fence
two raccoons on wooden fence

You need something that’s actually going to drive them away. Some folks say that bleach is actually a good raccoon repellent. Is that true? Does bleach keep raccoons away?

Yes, bleach can keep raccoons away but it is generally a short-lived solution. The odor of bleach degrades quickly and some raccoons can become resistant to it.

To be perfectly clear, bleach is a strong chemical that can be hazardous to people and wildlife alike, so we’ve got to be smart here.

That being said, if you need a quick and sure solution to prowling raccoons, bleach can do the trick or at least buy you some time to implement a more permanent fix. Keep reading, and you’ll learn a lot more about using bleach to repel raccoons.

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Bleach works to repel raccoons by exploiting these animals’ incredibly sensitive noses against them. Raccoons have a genuinely amazing sense of smell, but the trade-off is that they themselves are easily disturbed by harsh chemicals and fumes. Bleach happens to be just such a chemical, and a caustic one to boot.

When raccoons get a whiff of this stuff it is overwhelming to them, maybe even a little bit painful, and if they are already used to coming and going without any problems such a sudden change, and apparent threat, in their environment is likely to make them retreat.

It might only be for a short time, but they might decide to take their chances elsewhere in a place that doesn’t have such an awful nuisance around.

It’s reasonably safe to use bleach as a raccoon repellent, though this is definitely not a use you’ll find on the factory packaging. Bleach is highly caustic and highly reactive, and that presents some real dangers that you need to be aware of.

For starters, when you are using it yourself, it will ruin any clothing that it gets on, obviously, but more importantly, it can hurt your eyes and skin on contact. You must be cautious to avoid spills and inhaling those fumes yourself.

Another, bigger problem is that bleach will combine and react furiously with many other chemicals, and some of them can produce extremely dangerous toxic gases or liquids.

Ammonia is probably the most well-known and dangerous, producing a variant of mustard gas. And that ammonia can come from a source that you might not expect, like urine! Ask anyone who has ever used bleach unknowingly to try and clean up a pet accident and they will tell you.

This means you must be very careful when deploying bleach around your home especially in or around trash cans as raccoon repellent.

The good news is that the chemical compound that makes bleach what it is breaks down in time with exposure to air and becomes harmless salt water. Just know that it will remain a risk factor the entire time until then.

It can be, yes. Chances are you can count on raccoons running the other way when they encounter bleach, especially a close range, but if the animal were to get some on their eyes, directly on their nose, or in their mouth it is going to injure it, maybe even kill it.

As mentioned above, bleach will readily burn eyes, sensitive skin, mucous membranes, and the tissue of the lungs. Any raccoon that blunders into a container of bleach or, whatever reason, it’s trapped in an enclosed space with it is in for a bad time and might die horribly.

This can be more likely than you think if you try to rely on bleach as a long-term repellent, because raccoons are prone to overcoming their initial aversion and soldiering on in spite of it in quest of food or shelter.

Think this through before you use bleach as raccoon repellent!

You can use bleach in containers or repellent “stations” around your home or other areas that you want to protect from raccoons, or as a spray that you can use to form a kind of perimeter.

If you want to use bleach in stations to form a sort of network of protection or to repel raccoons from specific areas, simply fill up small containers with it, put a lid on them, and then poke large holes in the lid to let the aroma out. This will hopefully help protect it from spilling and contamination.

Your other alternative is to mix bleach with water, using equal parts of each, and then load it up in a sprayer or spray bottle to leave a perimeter around your home or property to hopefully repel the raccoons.

Obviously, take great care of that anything you are spraying the bleach on either it won’t be harmed by it, damaged by it, or that you just don’t care what harm comes to it before going this route.

Remember that bleach breaks down in time with exposure to air, and once you can no longer smell that bleachy smell it isn’t doing anything to repel raccoons.

Check your containers or reapply your spray as needed to maintain protection, and remember what I said about raccoons getting used to it in time.

You should expect your temporary bleach deterrent to start failing if raccoons remain in the area. When that happens, you need a good plan B. Ideally, if it’s legal or if you can pay for a trapper, you can trap and relocate the raccoon somewhere far away from your property.

Otherwise, you should look into more persistent and effective deterrents that can irritate and repel raccoons with greater effectiveness and also a higher degree of safety. Natural ones like spicy pepper powder or cinnamon can work, as can commercial deterrents.

Lastly, consider that raccoons are classified as pest animals in many areas, and you might be able to dispatch them using lethal traps or other means legally.

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So, Can You Eat Caterpillars to Survive?

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One of the most pressing survival considerations, no matter the setting or the situation, is food. Yeah, everyone knows that you can go for weeks without food before you starve, but you must consider that you’ll be mentally and physically debilitated from a lack of energy long before then!

a caterpillar
a caterpillar

Accordingly, smart preppers plan on sourcing wild-caught edibles to keep up their nutritional requirements. Insects are some of the very best survival foods around, and tend to be highly nutritious, but not all insects are good eating or safe. How about caterpillars, for instance? Can you eat caterpillars to survive?

Yes, most caterpillars are safe to eat in a survival situation. They tend to be packed with good protein and fats along with plenty of minerals and decent calories. However, some caterpillars are dangerous, either being highly venomous, toxic, or possessing defensive spines and stingers.

I know a fat, juicy caterpillar is the last thing on Earth you probably want to eat given a choice, but that’s kind of the point after all: you probably won’t have a choice given the circumstances. And under these circumstances, you can do a whole lot worse than caterpillars…

They’ll definitely keep you alive and they can even fill you up. Keep reading, and I’ll tell you everything else you need to know about eating these little creepy crawlies.

Yes, there sure is! Caterpillars as a survival food are nothing new, at all, and anyone who’s been through in-depth, hardcore survival training in the military or any other organization where getting lost all alone out in the wilderness is a legitimate on-the-job hazard will tell you as much.

So, let that comfort you: you won’t be the first person who’s been forced to eat caterpillars in extremis.

But, something else you should know is it caterpillars happen to be something of a dietary staple in various countries and cultures around the world, from Africa to South America, Asia to Australia, and elsewhere.

In fact, it’s no exaggeration to say that about 75% of cultures and nations on the planet eat caterpillars as an ingredient, snack, or mainstay food.

And there’s a good reason for this: Caterpillars are highly nutritious and very easy to prepare in a variety of ways. They are also easy to catch once you know a few tricks which we will learn later.

Because most countries around the world do eat caterpillars in one form or another, you can depend on finding them nearly anywhere.

Note that you won’t find them in the coldest regions on Earth, but pretty much everywhere else they are present, at least seasonally. In the US, you’ll find them in every single state in various environments (if you know where to look).

You’ll find them in grasslands, forests, savannahs marshes, mountains, and everywhere else. Everywhere you’ll find moths or butterflies, you can find caterpillars. The trick is learning what types of plants make for typical caterpillar food, because that’s where they hang out.

As a rule of thumb, most caterpillar species prefer to eat new, tender plants and other vegetative growth instead of mature, tougher ones.

What plants they eat exactly depends on the species, so it is worth learning which ones are in your area or in the area where you will be working or traveling so you know what to look for.

Often their distinctive bite marks are easier to spot than they are! Find the food, and you’ll find the caterpillars.

Something else to keep in mind is that where you find one caterpillar you’ll likely find more.

Some are actually communal, or semi-gregarious, and intend to stay together in a sort of herd. Others will just naturally flock to choice food as a matter of course, meaning you can probably make a great meal of caterpillars alone.

Now, there is an obvious downside to caterpillars as with many other insects. Some, though not most, are venomous and possess stingers or spines capable of delivering that venom. Others are toxic or else covered in defensive spines, barbs, bristly hairs, and other defensive adaptations.

A few caterpillar species, like the Southern Flannel Moth caterpillar and Saddleback caterpillar, are actually capable of delivering stings or packing toxic poison that can absolutely debilitate you, make you gravely sick, or even kill you outright.

The rule of thumb is that you want to avoid any of them that are covered with a plush coat of hair, obvious prickly spines or guard hairs, or bright, vivid colors and patterns which are a universal warning sign to all predators that are either dangerous or terrible to eat.

A thorough, in-depth review of safe caterpillar species is beyond the confines of this article, but there is a trusty rule of thumb that will rarely steer you wrong.

If your working knowledge of a caterpillar taxonomy is a little lacking, you should always look for ones that have smooth skin without any hair, spine, or barbs and are colored light green, dark green, tan, or brown. As long as they meet these criteria they probably won’t hurt you.

To be clear, there are some dangerous types that will still fall under this description also, and likewise, there are some safe varieties that are brightly colored or have loud patterns. But those are exceptions!

Obviously, if you want to make caterpillars a part of your survival food plan, it pays to brush up your knowledge on different species.

And as always, you are very wise to employ the field edibility safety test prior to tucking in. A little patience and some cautious inspection might save your life.

Now, let’s assume that you’ve caught caterpillars and they are absolutely, 100% safe to eat. Should you just chow down on them raw? You can, if you have no other choice, but it’s in your best interest to cook them in any way that you can.

That’s because caterpillars are frequent hosts of germs and parasites that could still hurt you or make you terribly sick. Even if it’s a fresh and relatively healthy caterpillar, there’s no telling what it’s been crawling over, so at the very least you want to give them a rinse in clean water.

If you have any way to cook them, they can be gently boiled, pan-fried, roasted, or prepared in any number of other ways. You can even dry them out, grind them into power, and then add them to a soup or stew if you want to.

However you do it, just make sure they are cooked thoroughly. That will kill the germs and parasites alike and keep you safe. Plus, take it from me; they taste a hell of a lot better when cooked!

Getting your hands on enough caterpillars to make a proper meal might be easier than you think.

Of course, you can go around picking them off of leaves and branches wherever you spot them but this can be quite a task: many caterpillars employ highly effective camouflage!

If you are hunting for them in anything but ideal lighting conditions (hardly guaranteed in a survival situation) you’ll probably waste more time than you need to.

A better bet for catching them en masse it’s the place a drop cloth or net made out of mosquito mesh beneath a plant that you know they will frequent for food, and then vigorously shake or tap the branches or the whole plant in an up-and-down motion to flick the caterpillars down onto your catcher.

Although they are great climbers and can go almost anywhere, most caterpillars don’t have a great grip like beetles and will easily be knocked free. Once you suspect that you’ve cleaned out a bush, move on to the next one and soon you’ll be rolling in caterpillars ready for the frying pan.

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Why do you need medical device authorization for certain NAR products? #bethedifference

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We often get questions about what “medical device authorization” means, and why we have to collect information related to Medical Supervision for specific item purchases. North American Rescue’s NAR Doctor gives a quick explanation. For more info: https://www.narescue.com/faqs

What Happened to Joe Robinet?

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Best Portable Stoves For Cooking On The Move

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Best Portable StovesToday I’ve got something I’m very excited to share…

A Complete Guide To The Best Portable Stoves In An Emergency

Because a portable stove is both lightweight and compact.

We’re talking light enough to transport from place to place with ease.

The critical word here is; “ease.”

Sure, “technically,” you can move your kitchen stove, but not with ease.

Portable stoves are the kind you can pick up, pack, and store in a vehicle or backpack.

The best ones function nearly as well as your standard kitchen stove.

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Best Portable Stoves On The Market Today

Over the years, we’ve had the opportunity to test many different stove models across various designs.

Each type has great features, but no stove can be the best for all situations.

Here are a few of our favorites for some of the most common stoves on the market today.

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GasOne GS-800 Emergency Gear Camping Mini Butane Portable Gas Stove

This classic butane stove is smaller than the Coleman because it only has a single burner.

However, that can be a major plus since portability is high on your priority list.

It includes heat-resistant knobs (so you don’t burn your fingers adjusting heat controls). It has the convenience of a piezo ignition switch. And can pump out an impressive 7,172 BTUs.

So it’s a bit of a tradeoff from a two-burner setup to a single burner, but that might make sense for you.

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Jetboil Flash Camping and Backpacking Stove Cooking System

Suitcase stoves may still dominate the campground; the backcountry belongs to JetBoil.

In the early 2000s, JetBoil released its “personal cooking system.” It was a combination of a small butane canister and a miniature stove.

One with an insulated 1L cooking pot and an integrated heat exchanger.

The whole thing snapped together. This means keeping things from tipping and simplifying cooking.

Boiling 1L of water took only 2-3 minutes, lightning-fast compared with other stoves of the day.

When finished, the entire system nests inside the cooking pot and slips easily into a pack.

Now, the original JetBoil has been replaced by the JetBoil Flash. A new version of the JetBoil with an improved heat exchanger and lighter materials.

It’s an excellent option for one person, especially if you have a lot of freeze-dried meals!

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Snow Peak LiteMax Titanium Stove

When every ounce matters, even the JetBoil seemed like a brick of lead to the designers at SnowPeak.

A company dedicated to super lightweight gear for thru-hikers.

When you’re hiking 20-30 miles per day, a 2oz stove that fits inside a coffee cup is an impressive upgrade.

SnowPeak has upped the game with their LiteMax Titanium. Cutting weight while bringing the boil time down to just over 4min for 1L of water.

There are few moving parts, making it reliable and simple to set up.

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Solo Stove Simple Portable Camp Stove

How about investing in the #1 wood-burning backpacking stove recommended by Backpacker Magazine?

If you want a wood-burning backpack stove, then look no further than the Solo Stove.

These compact stoves have proven themselves to be lightweight and efficient. Plus, you don’t need to carry any fuel canisters around with you.

Just pick up the twigs and small branches on the ground, use a bit of fire-starting tinder, and you’ll be cooking your meal in no time.

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BioLite Portable Camp Stove

The BioLite CampStove 2+ is the latest in portable stove technology!

The BioLite Stove is a wood-burning backpacking stove that allows you to turn the heat you generate from twigs and sticks into usable electricity.

The unit weighs a bit more than the Solo Stove; however, that extra bit of weight comes with a very nice feature.

There is just something awesome about being able to use your portable stove for cooking a meal and charging your phone at the same time!

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Trangia Alcohol Spirit Burner with Screwcap

An alcohol-based portable burner stove is not for everyone, but some people absolutely love it.

Why the disparity? Because it’s an alcohol burner.

It’s one of the most versatile and user-friendly alcohol burners on the market.

The Trangia’s O-ring lined screwcap allows you to store excess fuel inside the stove without leakage.

The stove could hardly be simpler to operate. Just fill it up with your preferred alcohol fuel and light it aflame with a match, lighter, or fire rod.

Simple, lightweight, and user-friendly, what’s not to like?

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Best Solar Phone Chargers: Is This New Tech Worth Owning?

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Best Solar Phone Charger

Today I’ve got something important to share…

A Review Of The Best Solar Phone Chargers For Your Money

Because I’ll bet you a ham sandwich, you’re reading this on your phone.

OR you have a phone within arm’s reach.

Now, I may be wrong once and a while.

But I’m pretty sure I won’t be going hungry anytime soon.

Why? Because in 2021, 85% of the US population owned a cell phone.

The day is coming fast when everyone owns a solar phone charger to keep their phones topped off.

Because there’s nothing more annoying and frustrating than running out of power midday!

This quickly makes the portable solar-powered phone charger the new “must-own” tech device.

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Why You Should Invest In A Solar Phone Charger

The Perfect Plan B

As I pointed out already, nearly everyone owns a cell phone or smartphone.

Everyone (from teenagers to grandparents) is getting in on the act.

And as we know, smartphones are so much more than “traditional phones.”

They are a:

  • Camera
  • GPS device
  • Internet browser
  • Video game console
  • Recording device
  • Music player
  • Etc.

But these technical devices require copious amounts of power to operate – all while on the go.

So they’re designed with a rechargeable battery.

But those batteries run out way too fast – often at inconvenient times and locations.

You know, those remote places without access to electrical outlets.

In the past, you just had to accept that and deal with the consequences.

For example:

  • Maybe you lost your GPS mid-travel and had no map. Oops.
  • Or perhaps you wanted to capture a special moment only to find your phone dead – missing out on the perfect picture.
  • Or worse yet, what about if you got lost in the wilderness with no way to call for help...

But with a solar charger, you can get that phone back up and running – ANYWHERE.

So a solar phone charger act as a power backup for normal times and a lifesaver device in times of dire emergency.

Save Some Money

If you use your solar phone charger often, it will save you some money over an extended period of time.

Now, it depends on how much you spend upfront on the solar charger.

Using the sun’s “free” energy is great, but it’s not “savings” if the cost of the device is prohibitive.

But, as solar phone charger prices fall and your electric rates rise, you can save real money.

We’re not quite there yet to fully offset the device’s original cost (at least not quickly).

However, a solar charger can still help offset much of your initial investment.

For example, let’s say it costs you $25 for the charger, and you use it often (daily).

Let’s say you saved $1 in electricity each month by using a solar phone charger often instead of plugging it into your home’s outlet.

That math would add up to $12 per year.

No, $12 won’t make you rich. But the device you buy today slowly pays for itself little by little over time.

This is what I like to call a B.T.N. investment = Better Than Nothing

Environmentally Friendly

If you’re someone who wants to reduce your carbon footprint, then this is a no-brainer.

Harnessing the sun’s power to keep your phone charged helps offset your carbon footprint.

Now, there is a carbon cost to manufacture the device in the first place – so it might not be 100% “carbon” friendly.

However, it’s better at offsetting carbon than all the other survival gadgets you buy yearly.

↓ Do Portable Solar Power Chargers Really Work?

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3 Types Of Solar Phone Chargers On The Market

There are hundreds of solar charging solutions on the market today.

They are designed to keep your phone powered – whether at the beach, while camping, or in an emergency.

And while each design has its own small twist. Solar-powered phone chargers tend to fall into one of three categories.

  1. Direct (no battery bank)
  2. Indirect (has a battery bank)
  3. Case Chargers (no battery bank)

Choosing the right one depends on how you plan to use it – and how you use your phone.

A direct charger makes things simple and efficient.

They are the best solution if you plan to be in one place during the day and aren’t on your phone all the time.

A battery bank charger is best if you need to be on the go.

For example, if you can’t stop to charge your phone until you’re back home.

And if you can’t be bothered with packing extra gear, you might want a case charger.

It automatically extends your phone’s battery life when you’re not using it.

↓ Solar Power Banks Vs. 28 Watt Solar Power Chargers

But that’s just a quick rundown.

Let’s now deep dive into each solution a bit more.

That way, you can zero in on the solution that will work best for you.

Portable Solar Panel Charging A Phone

Direct Chargers

Direct solar phone chargers are often called solar panel phone chargers.

They connect straight from a solar panel directly to your phone via a USB cable.

The USB connection offers a simple way to connect your phone to the panel with the charging cable.

A solar panel phone charger is also the most efficient form of solar charging.

That’s because you lose some efficiency whenever electricity is transferred between components.

Each transfer step has a small efficiency cost due to resistance.

These transfers add up and erode the total charge available to your phone.

So, if you choose a direct panel solution, you remove these transfer losses.

Helping you maximize the amount of charge reaching your phone.

Direct panel chargers also include only a few internal parts and minimal, delicate circuitry.

Helping to make them far more robust and weather-resistant compared to other options.

This comes in handy when you can’t always count on the weather to be clear.

Of course, direct charging from a solar panel also has a few drawbacks.

First, solar panels have difficulty producing a consistent flow of electricity.

Variables (such as clouds, shadows, etc.) create stronger and weaker signals over time.

This translates to slower charging and longer wait times as your devices charge.

During this time, your phone must stay connected to the solar charger for longer to reach a full charge.

So if you have a large solar panel, you’re basically tethered to one location.

This makes it harder and less convenient to use.

For example, a single full charge could take up to 5 hours of full sun.

This means re-aiming the panel often to collect the most energetic rays throughout the day.

Second, the power output of a solar panel is directly related to the amount of incoming sunlight.

This means that the voltage levels will fluctuate throughout the day – and even in passing clouds.

Clearly, this means more power in full, bright sunlight, and your phone will charge faster.

But, in low light conditions, your charger may not charge enough to register on your phone.

Modern phones may stop charging if it senses electrical variations in the voltage.

They do this to protect the phone when power surges at home.

But it can also prevent you from charging via solar panels if the output is too unpredictable.

Have you ever seen the “This device is not supported” message when using a cheap charger?

This is because the cheap chargers are too variable, and some phones don’t like them.

Finally, the old criticism of “what about when it’s dark out?” applies here.

With a direct charger, you can only charge during daylight hours.

If you’re on the move or have bad weather during the day, this can damage your charging capabilities.

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Direct Solar Phone Charger Examples

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Goal Zero Boulder 100 Briefcase, 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel

This is a briefcase-sized solar panel charger and is perfect for remote campsites.

This unit is too large to carry around daily but will charge your phone quickly.

Plus, it can charge so much more than just your mobile phone.

It can charge a battery bank to keep ALL your battery-powered devices going.

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Goal Zero Nomad Series

This portable solar panel series is made for easier transportation – hence the name “Nomad.”

All these options allow you to directly charge your phone, harnessing the sun’s power while on the go.

Portable, rugged, and powerful, it can be chained with other solar panels to collect more power from the sun.

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Nekteck 28W Solar Charger, Portable Solar Panel

This solar panel phone charger is a well-designed unit.

It includes fast charging technology, so you spend less time waiting for your phone to charge.

But you can take it anywhere due to its lightweight construction (18 oz).

It also includes dual USB ports so you can charge multiple devices simultaneously.

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Solar Battery Banks

If the headaches of direct charging are too much to deal with, a solar charger with a battery bank solar charger may be the better bet.

Adding a high-capacity external battery solves several flaws of direct charging solar systems.

Battery banks are commonplace these days, with capacities of up to 20,000mAh.

This is more than enough to charge your phone several times over.

This can really be a lifesaver when you only have opportunities to collect a solar charge every few days.

They also allow you to leave home at full charge.

In addition to high-capacity batteries, they also have high-quality charging circuits.

Circuitry that’s far less sensitive to voltage fluctuations.

This means they will charge far better in partly cloudy conditions and at low light.

Allowing you to collect more power than a direct system.

Maybe most importantly, battery banks mean you can charge where and when it’s convenient.

You can charge the battery bank all day while going about your business.

Then later, use it to charge your phone overnight (or whenever is most convenient).

Meaning you can wake up to a full phone battery and get more done throughout the day.

On the other hand, a battery bank DOES mean one more device added between the sun and your phone.

As we mentioned earlier, this also means suffering a bit more transfer loss along the way.

A quality battery bank will minimize that loss and more than makeup for it in available power.

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Solar Battery Bank Examples

4. Our Favorite EDC Charger
EVATAC – Anytime Portable Solar Charger

Skilled Survival highly recommends the Anytime Charge Solar Power Bank.

Why? Because it’s one of the most durable, compact, and cost-effective portable solar chargers on the market today.

But don’t let its compact size fool you; it’s also got a massive 10,000 mAh battery capacity!

The massive battery storage is enough to charge any device multiple times. Plus, with dual charging outputs, you can power multiple devices simultaneously!

Simply plug in your devices via the supplied USB cable (you can use any USB cable) and press the power button. 

Your device will begin to take power from the Anytime Charge right away.

Recharging the Anytime Solar Bank couldn’t be easier – leave it in the sun, and it will automatically fill the large battery bank back up ANYWHERE.

Plus, it’s splash resistant and comes with an emergency flashlight with a strobe function.

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Action Plan

Final Thoughts

If you’ve made it this far into the article, you are apparently very interested in this new technology.

I carry a solar phone charger with me every single day.

I take it camping, I take it to work, and I use it at home.

It’s one of those devices you’ll probably use every day.

And it may just save your butt every once in a while.

It’s one of my favorite pieces of survival gear.

It’s one of the better purchases I’ve made recently, with no regrets!

And if you want to take solar technology to an even larger scale – check out our article on the best solar generators.

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    12 Best Inflatable Fishing Boats For The Serious Angler

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    Inflatable Fishing BoatsToday I’ve got something really awesome to share…

    A Complete Guide To Buying (& Utilizing) An Inflatable Fishing Boat

    Because the versatility, access, and cost have finally allowed me to fish ANYWERE!

    I’m talking remote awe-inspiringly ponds and lakes.

    All without the headaches of a Jon boat!

    Today I’m going to deep dive into everything about inflatable fishing boats…

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    An Inflatable Boat For Fishing

    Best Inflatable Fishing Boats (By Type)

    The market for inflatable fishing boats is growing fast.

    This is great, but all those options come with much confusion.

    There seem to be as many inflatable fishing boat options as there are fishermen.

    But the right inflatable fishing boat for you depends on several factors:

    • The type of water (pond, lake, river, ocean)
    • The fishing technique (bobber, casting, fly)
    • Group size (single, family)
    • Kind of fish (catfish, bluegill, bass)

    Float Tube Fishing Boat

    A float tube is a great option when fishing solo in flat water or gentle streams.

    Float tube models range from a covered inner tube to a more modern U-shaped tube.

    This design offers a wide range of seat options, rod and gear storage, and safety features.

    In this inflatable fishing boat, you sit up to your waist in the water in a seat suspended inside the tubes.

    Since much of your body is in the water the whole time, a float tube is best for warm waters.

    However, cooler water fishing is possible if you wear waders with the float tube.

    Float tubes are among the lightest and most portable fishing inflatables.

    Making them popular among fishermen in backcountry lakes.

    One drawback of the float tube -you propel the boat by kicking your feet.

    This leaves you with limited maneuverability.

    Any current can make things a real challenge, and expect slow progress in calm waters.

    However, they can work well as an inflatable fly fishing boat if you tend to frequent calm waters.

    1.
    Classic Accessories Cumberland Inflatable Fishing Float Boat

    This is one of the best float tube fishing boats for backpacking into the remote wilderness!

    Why? First off, it has a 350-pound max capacity but only weighs 14 lbs.

    That means it’s ideal for taking along to the remote backwaters. It even comes with adjustable carrying straps.

    This inflatable tube rig also has a thick padded seat and adjustable backrest. Keeping you comfortable and your main body up out of the water. 

    There are also 2 fishing rod holders and 2 large cargo pockets.

    Plus, it’s tough as hell.

    Because it has an Abrasion-resistant PVC bottom and hydrodynamic hull shape.

    Finally, there’s a large mesh stripping apron. So you can work on your line and lure with ease.

    It includes an integrated fish ruler as well.

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    ↓ Cumberland Float Tube And Fins Review

    2.
    Goplus Inflatable Fishing Float Tube

    The Goplus is a super versatile inflatable float tube that can be used for fishing, lounging, or cruising on the water.

    It’s made from heavy-duty PVC and features a comfortable backrest, sturdy footrest, and a mesh bottom that allows water to pass through, keeping you cool and comfy all day long.

    There are two handy storage pockets for all your fishing gear or drinks, a built-in cup holder to keep your beverage of choice close at hand, and a handy carry handle that makes it easy to transport from your car to the water.

    And the best part? The Goplus is incredibly easy to inflate and deflate, meaning you can be up and running in no time.

    So whether you’re a seasoned angler looking for a new way to catch some fish or just someone who loves relaxing on the water, the Goplus Inflatable Float Tube is worth checking out.

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    ↓ Float Tube Fishing – Go Plus Float Tube Review

    Stand-Up Paddleboard Fishing Boat

    Yes, you can fish from a stand-up paddleboard (SUP).

    But you must have an exceptional balance to pull off the feat.

    For those gifted individuals, the SUP provides lightweight, portable fishing.

    Nearly as much as a float tube.

    But these options provide some real advantages over a float tube.

    It gives you a higher viewpoint, better propulsion, and less contact with the water (if you don’t fall off)!

    Some SUPs come with rod holders, while others rely on accessory rod holders.

    It’s popular to have a small waterproof deck bag on the nose of the board for gear, keys, etc.

    SUPs are great for flat water.

    But, some designs are made for rivers, with shorter, more maneuverable shapes.

    3.
    Aqua Marina Drift, Fishing Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board

    The Aqua Marina Inflatable SUP is made with anglers in mind.

    This rig is more stable than your regular stand-up paddleboard because it has 2 independent side chambers. 

    It has built-in rod holders and elastic bungee cords to secure your tackle box.

    Finally, you also get a fishing cooler with this SUP.

    The cooler is the perfect size and height for this paddleboard and also has a built-in seat.

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    ↓ SUP Fishing: Aqua Marina Review & Field Test

    4.
    Sea Eagle FishSUP 126 Inflatable FishSUP – Swivel Seat Fishing Rig Package

    This decked-out fishing paddleboard is the top of the line in inflatable SUPs for fishermen.

    Once inflated, this rig is 12’6″ long, 40″ wide, and 6″ thick.

    Making it extremely buoyant and stable.

    The deck size provides a huge surface area to get your rod ready and to fight aggressive fish.

    It’s a lightweight fishing machine you can roll up and fit into a backpack! 

    But you can also add your own small trolling motor, including a swivel seat.

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    ↓ Sea Eagle Fish SUP – Inflatable Fishing SUP Review

    Sit On Top Kayak Fishing Boat

    One of the best kayak styles for fishing is a sit-on-top.

    This type of inflatable fishing boat has the distinct advantage of being able to recover if you tip over.

    That’s because the boat has no real “interior.”

    Just flip a sit-on-top upright and climb back inside without bailing water.

    For those new to kayaking, this makes it far easier to feel confident since you can self-rescue if something happens on the water.

    They’re also more maneuverable than float tubes or SUPs, especially in river waters.

    But they’re not designed for intense rapids.

    The main drawback being you’re in constant, direct contact with water.

    So cold water fishing can be uncomfortable without a wetsuit.

    But, for warm water and gentle river fishing, you won’t do much better than a sit-on-top kayak! 

    5.
    Sevylor Quikpak K1 1-Person Kayak

    This grab-and-go kayak only takes 5 minutes to set up.

    It measures 8 feet 7 inches in length and 3 feet wide. Allowing it to hold up to 400 lbs.

    Due to its integrated”Airtight System” design, don’t worry about this rig leaking.

    Finally, it comes with dual-tracking fins for easier maneuverability!

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    ↓ Sevylor K1 QuickPak Backpack Kayak Review

    Sit Inside Kayak Fishing Boat

    If your fishing trends more towards rivers and some rapids, a sit-inside kayak is a great solution.

    Some sit-inside boats are designed with a self-bailing floor.

    These can shed water after capsizing.

    This makes it easier to get back inside and under control after capsizing.

    They’re usually more stable than other kayaks since the paddler sits lower in the boat.

    It also has higher sides and more floatation for whitewater making them great as inflatable fly fishing boats as well.

    6.
    Elkton Outdoors Cormorant 2 Person Tandem Inflatable Fishing Kayak

    This inflatable kayak is set up for fishing on just about any water – calm or rough.

    This 2-person inflatable kayak can be ready in minutes. And blows up to 9 feet 8 inches in length and nearly 3 feet in width.

    This kayak is made with 18 gauge rip-resistant 1000D PVC.

    Making it highly resistant to tearing due to fishing hooks or sharp obstacles.

    Plus, it includes the following accessories:

    • 2 adjustable seats
    • 6-rod holders (2 verticles / 4 trolling)
    • 2 sets of double-sided oars
    • a double-action pump with a carry bag

    Finally, with 3 separate removable air chambers, you can quickly make adjustments or repairs.

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    ↓ Elkton Outdoors Inflatable Kayak Two-Man Review

    7.
    Sevylor Coleman Colorado™ 2-Person Fishing Kayak

    This thing is a real catch.

    It’s made from heavy-duty PVC material that can withstand some serious abuse out on the water.

    And with multiple air chambers, it’s a safe bet that you won’t sink to the depths of Davy Jones’ locker if you happen to spring a leak.

    It also has everything an angler could want, including paddle holders, adjustable rod holders, and even a trolling motor fitting if you’re feeling lazy.

    Plus, with a weight capacity of up to 470 pounds, you and your fishing buddy can pack all the gear you need for a full day on the water.


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    ↓ Testing Sevylor Coleman Colorado 2-Person Inflatable Fishing Kayak

    Inflatable Fishing Pontoon Boats

    This is a hybrid between a catamaran and a whitewater raft.

    A pontoon is a GREAT option for fishing while on your next whitewater adventure!

    The wide stance of the cataraft provides a considerable amount of stability.

    And the rowing frame allows for exceptional maneuverability and lots of gear storage.

    Often enough storage for overnight camping gear.

    Many come with accessory bags and even coolers and dry boxes!

    Cataracts are bulky. They also cost more than other inflatable fishing boats.

    But for the right person, the benefits far outweigh these concerns.

    A cataract sits above the water.

    This makes it ideal for all water temps and most whitewater conditions.

    They’re also far more comfortable for the rower than other inflatables since they include a well-supported seat and footrests for leverage.

    Some inflatable fishing pontoon boats even come with an anchor!

    That way, you can position yourself for excellent fishing, even in a strong current.

    8.
    Classic Accessories Colorado XT Pontoon Boat

    This impressive rig has a seat mount and adjustable footrest to accommodate everyone, short or tall.

    It has a versatile rod holder that can be mounted in six different positions.

    This inflatable fishing pontoon rig is tough due to its powder-coated steel tube frame.

    You also get two – 7-foot aluminum oars to help you navigate choppy rapids.

    With a smart anchor system with pulley controls, you can hold your position even in fast currents.

    Finally, store all your gear and supplies in the rear storage platform, 2 insulated drink holders, and 20 pockets!

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    9.
    AQUOS Heavy-Duty 12.5ft for Two Series Inflatable Pontoon Boat

    This is one hell of an inflatable fishing pontoon boat with an aluminum desk for standing; ideal for the bass fisherman out there.

    This impressive rig features a large platform. Big enough for two anglers yet still packs up easily and can fit into a car.

    So no trailer is needed!

    It has four individual chambers (including the two extra reinforced chambers) to provide exceptional buoyancy. 

    This inflatable fishing pontoon is stable enough to allow two anglers to stand on the same side; it won’t capsize.

    This fishing boat can be modified as much as you desire with full-size aluminum floorboards and stainless steel guard bars.

    It comes with a 360-degree swivel seat. One that offers plenty of back support and generous cushions.

    Finally, you can (and should) add a motor to this inflatable fishing pontoon boat. It has an engine capacity of up to 6 hp and a 79 pounds maximum weight.

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    ↓ Fishing With Inflatable Pontoon Fishing Boat

    Raft Fishing Boat

    Finding a small inflatable that fits everyone is difficult if you’re fishing with more than one person.

    You have to get a bit larger at this point, and the choice often leads to rafts.

    Unfortunately, rafts tend to be the most variable in construction and durability.

    From cheap inflatable fishing boats (in the sub-$100 range) to whitewater rafts costing over $5000.

    You can find different rafts at nearly any price point.

    Many lower-price rafts may suit your needs on a calm lake for a few summer days.

    If you spend weeks every year on rougher waters, you’ll find durability issues on the lower end of the spectrum.

    In this case, you’ll want to upgrade to a whitewater raft with a rowing frame.

    You can even get a fishing platform frame for many of the specialty whitewater rafts.

    These specialty rafts provide balance and a stable platform for casting and fighting.

    These higher-end rafts also come at a weight cost.

    One of the most important reasons for getting an inflatable fishing boat in the first place.

    But they can still make sense for the right person; consider that before you get one.

    10.
    Intex Seahawk 4, 4-Person Inflatable Boat Set with Aluminum Oars

    This boat can fit up to 4, making it perfect for taking the family fishing out on a lake.

    Overall it measures 11 feet by 4 feet and can hold up to 814 pounds!

    It’s made with super-tough 30-gauge PVC vinyl.

    Making its construction resists abrasion and impacts.

    Includes 2 air chambers for safety and 2 fishing rod holders at the rear.

    It comes with welded oarlocks, oar holders, and a set of oars.

    Or mount a small motor to the back of this boat instead.

    Between the low price of this raft and the ability to customize it – it’s an awesome entry rig.

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    11.
    Airhead Angler Bay Inflatable Boat, 6 person

    First off, this bad boy is built tough.

    It’s made with heavy-duty vinyl and has multiple air chambers for added safety. So if you happen to puncture one chamber, you won’t sink like a rock.

    It has built-in rod holders to keep your fishing poles secure and within reach.

    There’s also a nifty inflatable seat cushion, which will keep your keister comfy while you reel in that big catch.

    The AIRHEAD Angler Bay Inflatable Boat also comes with a grab handle and sturdy D-rings, which make it easy to transport and anchor.

    And, when you’re ready to pack it up, this boat deflates quickly and folds up nice and compact.

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    Dinghy

    Finally, there are inflatable dinghies if you need extreme power propulsion.

    This is an excellent option for larger lakes and coastal waters.

    These inflatables are designed to hold a small to medium outboard motor on a rigid transom.

    Many also include a reinforced floor, solid thwarts, and seats.

    Plus, some have full oarlocks for rowing in close quarters or if you run out of gas.

    Dinghies keep the occupants relatively dry – far more so than most inflatables.

    This alone makes them the best bet for cold, coastal ocean waters.

    Many designs also feature several grip points and rope handles,

    These help swimmers get back into the boat in an emergency.

    Inflatable dinghy designs rarely seem to have fishing-specific features.

    However, most support accessory rod holders and other add-ons.

    Due to their agility in harbors, inflatable dinghies are the favorite tenders for sailboats.

    They can land and launch from all but the steepest beaches, which can be helpful in an emergency.

    12.
    Newport Dana Inflatable Sport Tender Dinghy Boat

    The Newport Dana Dinghy is made with US Coast Guard-rated 3x layer .9mm/1100D UV Coated PVC and glued with advanced German-engineered adhesives.

    It comes with the following:

    • sturdy carrying handles
    • 3 stainless steel bow D-rings
    • self-bailing drain plug
    • Marine plywood transom mount
    •  Easy-Reach Grab Rope

    This boat can hold up to a 10HP engine and speeds over 20 mph (conditions depending).

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    What Is An Inflatable Fishing Boat?

    An inflatable fishing boat is fairly simple but comes in many shapes, forms, and sizes.

    Some are glorified innertubes. Others have a nice set of oars.

    While some can support a small outboard motor.

    For example, there are:

    • Float Tubes
    • Stand-Up Paddle Boards
    • Sit On Top Kayaks
    • Sit Inside Kayaks
    • Small Pontoon Boats
    • Rafts
    • Dinghys

    These are all inflatable boats, but as you can tell, they are very different in design.

    As long as it is a boat that you fill up with air – it’s considered inflatable (no matter the design).

    However, for it to be an inflatable fishing boat, it must also have design features with fishermen in mind.

    The truth is, you can fish in anything from an old inner tube to a fully rigged whitewater raft.

    So that’s what an inflatable fishing boat is – an inflatable boat made for fishing.

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    5 Reasons To Get An Inflatable Fishing Boat

    When I was a kid, our fishing options were limited.

    We could fish from the bank or drag our old aluminum Jon boat from the barn out to the pond.

    And if our aspirations took us farther than the farm pond, we had to get help.

    It took at least two strong adults to lift the boat to the top of my parent’s minivan and strap it down for the ride.

    Once we arrived, it was time to wrestle the boat out to the water.

    By the time we finished loading and launching, we’d made enough noise to scare all the fish in the lake.

    Every time, I thought,

    “There must be a better way!”

    The past few summers, I’ve been doing my fishing from inflatable fishing boats.

    1. Lightweight & Portable

    The most obvious reason is the lightweight and portable construction.

    No more struggling to get a small aluminum fishing boat out of the garage.

    Imagine carrying a package the size of a large duffle bag to the next fishing hole.

    STOP wrestling a Jon boat on top of the car.

    Just toss that duffle bag into the trunk with your survival tent and other weekend camping gear; easy!

    And if you’re into survival and preparedness, you can put your inflatable boat in your bug-out vehicle.

    No separate trailer is necessary.

    2. Skip The Busy Boat Ramp

    Speaking of traveling, they make driving far easier and keep your boat safer during travel.

    SKIP the busy parking at a boat ramp.

    No more waiting for your turn to get down to the water.

    Instead, go straight to the beach with your pump and get started!

    Never waste an hour (or more) in the parking lot again; get fishing within minutes of arrival.

    3. Gain Your Driveway / Garage Space Back

    A conventional fishing boat takes up a lot of storage space between fishing trips.

    Inflatable fishing boats can pack down to a size that fits under the bed, in a spare closet, or on a shelf in the garage.

    This means you can stop filling your driveway, garage, or even a portable garage with a boat and trailer.

    Even apartment dwellers can have a fishing boat at ready for a weekend trip to the lake!

    4. They Don’t Scare The Fish Away

    Lastly, there’s one benefit a lot of people overlook.

    Inflatable fishing boats are QUIET!

    If you drop something in the bottom of an aluminum boat, every fish in the lake will hear that bang.

    Some fish easily startle.

    Any unexpected noise can cause them to stop biting and seek calmer, quieter areas.

    But, if you drop something in an inflatable fishing boat, it quietly bounces.

    The same goes for any rocks or logs you happen to bump into – no loud bang, just a gentle bounce.

    5. Very Affordable (especially for a fishing boat)

    Lastly, most inflatables are much less expensive than conventional fishing boats.

    If you’re getting into boat fishing, it’s hard to justify the cost of a $15,000 bass boat.

    But there are inflatable options for nearly every budget.

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    Best Inflatable Fishing Boat Features

    There are some specific features common to fishing inflatables.

    Understanding these features will help you narrow down your choices.

    On-Board Storage

    Every regular fisherman knows fishing takes knowledge, patience, and proper gear.

    Sure, you can get away with a single rod, line, hook, and worm. But you increase your chances of success with more options.

    Local bait shops understand this.

    That’s why they offer thousands of different fishing options:

    • Rods (various lengths and rod strength)
    • Line (different test weights, materials)
    • Bait/Hooks (catfish baitlive bait, artificial bait)
    • Tools (plyers, live wells, etc.)

    Even the fly-fishing purists can get loaded down with gear.

    They fill all their vest pockets with flies, line clippers, and other odds and ends.

    Managing all this gear in a boat can be a challenge.

    So the best fishing inflatables have storage built into the boat.

    At the very least, rod holders keep your expensive rods and reels clear of the oars.

    And they also allow you to have a troll line out as you paddle.

    Extra zipper compartments are great for small items.

    While a roll-top drybag or watertight box can keep your keys, wallet, and camera safe.

    You’ll also want to have room for an emergency survival kit and key survival gear.

    Especially if you plan to fish alone in the remote wilderness.

    Stability

    Fighting an active fish is far easier if you can stand up and move around a bit.

    For this reason, better inflatables are designed for stability.

    This often means a broader beam to prevent a sideways roll.

    This stability allows you to shift your weight from one edge to another without capsizing.

    It can also mean the boat paddles slightly slower than a narrower profile boat.

    But it’s a price most fishermen gladly pay to avoid falling into the drink while fighting their catch.

    Maneuverability

    Maneuvering the boat quickly can help in many situations when you’re out on the water.

    Generally, a shorter-length boat will turn more rapidly and with less effort.

    This allows you to slip around trees and work your way through twisting channels in the weeds in calm lakes.

    Or it can help you dodge rocks and strainers if you choose to fish in whitewater rivers.

    Without a doubt, shorter boats can’t reach the same speeds as longer boats.

    But being able to steer clear of obstacles – saves you from an unexpected swim!

    Durability

    The vinyl used in discount stores for inflatable boats is incredibly thin.

    The material struggles to stand up to fishing excursions.

    Hooks, fish spines, sharp rocks, and even the gravel on a launchpad can spell disaster for those weak materials.

    The best fishing inflatables are made of heavy-duty materials.

    They are often reinforced with fabric to withstand the abuse of fishing.

    Yet, even so, compared to an aluminum boat, you must treat an inflatable boat with a bit more caution.

    So avoid dropping, dragging, slamming, beating, or kicking your inflatable like you can a Jon boat.

    And while they are not as indestructible as aluminum boats, they will last with a bit of care.

    Also, keep a patch kit handy, just in case, especially if your favorite fishing hole happens to have lots of sharp rocks or submerged logs.

    These obstacles can poke a hole at an inopportune time.

    Final Thoughts

    Inflatable fishing boats have made considerable advances in the past few years.

    They’re moving from a novelty fishing option to an excellent tool for all serious fishermen.

    Their lower cost, lightweight design, and compact storage make them attractive.

    Just make sure you have a good pump!

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    Best Ferro Rods You Can Count On In An Emergency

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    Best Ferro RodsToday I’ve got something I’m excited to share…

    A Complete Guide On Finding, Using, & Building Your Own Ferro Rods

    Because a spark is an insanely powerful thing to carry in your pocket.

    And THAT’s exactly what a Ferro Rod can do…

    • But what are they?
    • How do they generate sparks?
    • How do you use one?
    • And which is best?

    Today I answer ALL of these questions (plus so much more…)

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    Best Ferro Rods For Sale Today

    These days, the choices are overwhelming no matter the survival gadget you’re researching.

    There are hundreds (sometimes thousands) of producers.

    All claim to be the “best” option for you.

    It can be almost impossible to cut through the noise.

    • Which ones are good?
    • And which ones are trash?
    • Which ones are too much, and which are just right?

    That’s why I’ve included a list of the highest-rated, most widely acclaimed ones.

    That way, you don’t have to sift through the ocean of cheap, crappy ones that exist.

    1.
    Holtzman’s Wood Handle Fire Starter Ferro Rod Gift Set W/Finger Grip

    Here’s a beautiful one from Holtzman.

    What I like most about this one is the finger grooves in the wood handle allow for an insanely strong grip.

    If you’ve ever tried to use a Ferrocerium rod with a small handle, it’s extremely frustrating. Small handles will slip repeatedly and quickly, causing soreness and fatigue in your hand muscles.

    Not so with this gem!

    Plus, it’s designed to start over 12,000 fires – so it could be the last one you’ll ever need to buy.

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    ↓ Holtzman’s Wooden Finger Grip Gift Set

    2.
    Schrade Delta Class Fire Starter 4in Ferro Rod

    The Schrade SCHFS1 comes in at only 4 inches long and 1.1 ounces.

    It’s the perfect example of practical simplicity.

    It includes the rod and a striker connected by a simple black lanyard.

    Schrade uses only the highest quality materials, so this one will perform when needed.

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    3.
    Überleben Zünden Ferro Rod Fire Starter

    Consider the überleben Zünder a luxury firestarter.

    It includes a wooden handle and a high-quality rod. This survival rod is advertised as having between 12,000-20,000 strikes.

    That’s 12,000-20,000 times; this survival equipment can save your life.

    The striker on this Ferrocerium rod even comes with a built-in can/bottle opener.

    It’s also embossed with a 50mm measuring stick.

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    ↓ Review of the Uberleben ZundenFire Starter

    4.
    Light My Fire Ferro Rod Fire Starter

    Simple and versatile, the Light My Fire is several tools built into one.

    Sort of like a Firestarter multitool.

    The grips are made of high-durability plastic, and the rod is good for around 12,000 strikes.

    Plus, the striker can double as an emergency whistle as well.

    So, if you are stuck in a tight spot, you can always use your fire starter to call for help.

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    ↓ Light My Fire Army 2.0 Firesteel

    5.
    Swiss Safe 5-in-1 Fire Starter with Compass

    This Swiss Safe survival package includes a whole host of useful items, including two Ferro rods.

    Each acts as a multi-tool with a whistle and a compass on top of being a fire-starting tool.

    One of the best parts about this item is its money-back guarantee.

    So if you’re not satisfied with your Fire Starter Survival Pack, return it for a full refund.

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    6.
    Bayite 4 Inch Survival Ferrocerium Drilled Flint Fire Starter

    This option is basic but a proven, highly durable, highly rated one

    The rod is connected to the striker by a braided length of paracord.

    This comes out to 9 ft worth of cordage.

    Paracord you can unravel and use for hundreds of survival purposes. Making this a great option for your survival kits.

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    ↓Start a fire with a Bayite Rod

    7.
    West Lake Tactical Pack of Eight

    If you end up using your rod thousands of times, eventually, you’ll wear it down to a nub of its former self.

    That’s when it’s time to invest in a new rod.

    Luckily, you do not have to buy a new Ferrocerium rod setup every time you wear one out.

    You can buy these replacement rods from West Lake Tactical and use them to refresh your setup time and again.

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    ↓West Lake Tactical Ferro Rods?

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    How To Use A Ferro Rod The Right Way

    The first order of business (as with any fire) is to get your tinder in order.

    Ensure you have a small pile of dry twigs, bark, grass, or cotton.

    Now situate your tinder so there’s plenty of air underneath and throughout.

    That way, when the sparks touch the tinder, there’s enough oxygen to produce a flame.

    Once your tinder bundle is ready, hold the rod and the striker in one hand.

    Next, place the end of it right underneath (or against) your tinder pile.

    Angle the striker at 45 degrees and drag it forcefully and quickly along the rod’s length.

    Great, bright sparks will erupt from the friction between the two pieces of metal.

    Direct the hot sparks straight into your tinder pile.

    The more sparks land within the tinder, the hotter it will get, and the faster a flame will manifest.

    When you notice smoke coming from your tinder pile, STOP, bend and blow gently into your tinder bundle.

    The air from your lungs should nurture the spark burning within the tinder into a growing flame.

    Be careful not to blow too hard because you can accidentally blow out your hard-earned flame!

    Once the fire has a life of its own, start piling larger sticks and logs on top until you have a roaring bonfire.

    ↓ Proper Ferro Rod Use and Discussion

    ↓ How to Start a Fire with Firesteel

    What Is A Ferrocerium Rod Anyway?

    You need to understand what it is made of to understand what it is.

    So, allow me to introduce you to Ferrocerium.

    ↓ What is Ferrocerium?

    Ferrocerium is like flint – but it’s not like flint at all.

    Chemically, ferrocerium, the metal used in the rods, is entirely dissimilar to natural flint rock.

    But they do the same thing: generate sparks.

    ↓ Flint vs. Ferrocerium Definition & History

    The main feature of ferrocerium is it produces sparks that burn up to 5500 degrees F!

    And can even result in molten globs of metal from the steel striker.

    You can strike it using all sorts of dense materials, such as:

    • glass shards
    • knife spines
    • or even flint

    Whereas flint is stingy with giving up sparks without steel.

    Ferro Rod

    Rod / Striker / String

    A typical survival Ferrocerium rod consists of three components:

    1. The rod itself
    2. A striker
    3. A small length of string to bind them together

    The Ferro rod was invented by the German scientist Carl Auer around 1903.

    Since then, they’ve been widely adopted and used throughout the world.

    They’ve been used in every modern war and have become embedded in survival culture.

    Why? Because they are ideal for the outdoors as a staple survival tool in any scenario.

    It’s a specific tool with a specific purpose.

    However, they’re not like survival multi-tools that can function to serve a variety of purposes.

    They do one thing and do it damn well; they conjure fire.

    ↓ Ferrocerium Rods Explained – Size Does Not Matter

    Black Ferro Rod

    Why Are They So Awesome

    Starting a fire was an epic and important challenge for most human history.

    • It was no laughing matter.
    • It was serious for survival.

    Ancient travelers would carry embers around to combat this challenge.

    Why? Because starting a fire with a smoldering ember was far easier than creating a new one.

    After all, using stones to knock out a spark IS NOT EASY.

    Nor is using a stick to pop an ember out of a wood plank.

    Besides, our ancestors could never be certain there would be enough dry fuel (or the right stones) at their next stop.

    It was better to carry a smoldering ember along.

    So what would ancient people think about a spark-generating device today?

    • One that fits in a pocket.
    • One that throws off a shower of sparks hot enough to melt steel.
    • A device that works with the flick of a wrist (even when soaking wet)

    I bet they would have killed for such power!

    That would have been life-changing tech back then.

    And anyone with access to it would have felt like a survival wizard.

    Today we have a variety of fire-starting tools:

    But only one type of fire starter works under almost any conditions.

    A device that can get a damp bundle of sticks burning like a grease-soaked towel in seconds flat.

    Extremely Hot Sparks

    You create a spark that burns upwards of 5000 degrees F.

    At those temps, anything in its way can melt or ignite easily.

    They can even produce these hot sparks when they are soaking wet.

    Making them a lot easier to use than the conventional steel-and-flint striker.

    Size and Weight

    Their size and weight play a lot in their usefulness.

    Some are not much bigger than the size of a zipper.

    They are lightweight and fit comfortably into a pocket or compartment.

    You can even attach one to a keychain, so you always have a method for starting fires.

    The bottom line is they are a useful tool for fire starting and a perfect addition to your:

    Easy To Use

    We touched on this earlier, but this tool (once learned) is dead simple to use.

    Even without much practice, you can quickly figure out how to use one without much guidance.

    It’s a surefire way to bear flames even in the darkest, coldest circumstances.

    It’s easy to take fire for granted in a world full of gas-powered stovetops, Bic lighters, and blowtorches.

    Other Uses

    They’re useful for more than just starting fires.

    They also make decent signaling tools in the dark.

    The sparks are so hot and bright that they’re like a firecracker.

    So if you find yourself lost in the dark, use it as a backup signaling device.

    They can help people locate you in the dark.

    Creating sparks may seem like a simple technology.

    But the purpose it serves is essential to civilization.

    I can’t think of a single instance when having one on hand wouldn’t be useful.

    ↓ Dispelling Several Rod Myths

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    How To Make A Ferro Rod

    I have good news for those creative souls who want to take DIY into their own hands.

    Homemade ones can often function better than those commercially available.

    Because you can add whatever you want to it:

    • Add a compass to your setup. Sure.
    • Stick a little ruler on it? You bet.
    • Add a bundle of fishing supplies. Why not!
    • Attach it to a knife or a walking staff? Cool.
    • Tie on a container full of cotton tinder? Smart.
    • Attach a flashlight, a signal mirror, a small folding knife, etc.

    Making your own allows you to customize and personalize your survival gear.

    First, buy a plain one (like those in the HOODDEAL Rod pack).

    Then make your own handle.

    ↓ Production Woodturning: Making 12 Custom Rods

    Then braid a length of paracord to use to attach the striker to the rod.

    Finally, attach the striker and other tools you want, seal it off, and pack it away with the rest of your gear.

    They also make great gifts for friends and family.

    Few things say “I love you” like a tool that can help someone survive a shit storm!

    Final Thoughts

    A fire has not always been such an accessible resource to come by.

    But a fire rod offers a backup way to start a fire.

    They generate sparks hot enough to melt steel.

    They are good for tens of thousands of strikes.

    And they’re lightweight and packable, and some act as multi-tools.

    So keep one in your bug-out bag, with your camping gear and survival gear to boost your survival chances.

    Granting you the ability to start a fire wherever, whenever, no matter if it is soaking wet and miserable out.

    Plus, it has near-mystical power.

    Our ancestors would have been utterly blown away by the ability to conjure flames with a rod.

    Ferro rods are just freaking useful.

    And once you start using one, you won’t understand how you ever felt confident without one.

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    Best Non-Lethal Weapons: Are They Better Than Lethal Ones?

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    Non Lethal Weapons

    Today, I have something really important to share…

    A Complete List Of The Best Non Lethal Weapons…

    Because I think everyone should carry at least one non-lethal weapon.

    Yes, even if you carry a firearm.

    Why? Because most conflicts call for a non lethal response.

    Does a pickpocket deserve a bullet in the head? Of course not!

    And just because you don’t carry a firearm, doesn’t mean you’re OK being a helpless victim…

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    What The Term “Non Lethal Weapons” Means

    Now, before we go on, you must understand how non-lethal weapons are classified and what that means exactly.

    These weapons, also called (less-than-lethal, non-deadly, compliant, or pain-inducing), are still weapons.

    They are less likely to kill a living target.

    However, using one minimizes the risk as much as possible.

    With THAT said…

    If you use any of the following weapons and someone dies, serious legal ramifications could still exist!

    Using a non-lethal or less-than-lethal weapon does not remove you from responsibility if someone gets seriously injured or dies.StrikePen

    1.
    The Strike Pen (FREE)

    The StrikePen is a whole pocketful of EDC tools rolled into one milled aluminum package.

    From the bright LED flashlight to the interchangeable tooltips. Thie StrikePen is a serious piece of survival gear.

    The solid tungsten steel striker tip makes it an excellent close-quarters weapon. Plus, it doubles as an emergency glass breaker!

    Of course, it wouldn’t be a StrikePEN if it didn’t write with a smooth black ball-tip point.

    And a replacement ink cartridge is also a welcome addition.

    But the bottom line is a tactical pen (like the StrikePen) is an ideal non-lethal weapon.

    That’s not to say it cannot kill someone if shoved into a lethal area of the human body.

    However, knowing how to use a tactical pen properly can stop an intruder in their tracks.

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    Hell, even if you must use it to stab an intruder in the eye, they will still likely survive the incident.

    Yes, they will likely be blind for the rest of their life, but they will still be breathing.

    ↓ How To Use A Tactical Pen For Self Defense

    2.
    The StrikeLight Tactical Torch

    There’s always a toss-up when checking out a strange noise in the middle of the night.

    Do you take a flashlight or a baseball bat?

    With the StrikeLight, you can avoid the question altogether and carry both!

    It includes a powerful LED flashlight and multiple light modes. The best self-defense light mode is a disorienting strobe setting.

    With a StrikeLight, you’ll intimate a threat and head off a more serious altercation.

    If the situation goes from bad to worse, the solid aluminum construction lets you use the light as a baton.

    Plus, the aggressive teeth and endpoints make quick work of anyone on the receiving end of your swing.

    If you need a little more reach, the barrel extends another 4 inches with the twist of a wrist. That’s 4 more inches of intimidation!

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    3.
    VIPERTEK Billion Heavy Duty Stun Gun

    Stun guns are becoming popular non-lethal weapons for those who opt not to carry firearms.

    The ViperTek produces enough electrical power to drop a large man in seconds flat.

    Plus, it has extra design features such as snatch prevention.

    If a threat attempts to take the device from you, the side shock plates will deliver high voltage shock. You want them to try and take it from you!

    The Vipertek Stun Gun also has ultra-sharp spike electrodes. These help to penetrate thick clothing to deliver the high voltage shock with maximum impact.

    It also includes an internal Rechargeable Battery. So no expensive batteries to buy and replace.

    The main handle has a non-slip rubber coating to keep the device firmly in your grip.

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    4.
    Fox Labs Five Point Three Police Pepper Spray

    Earlier this year, I read an interesting news article. It was about a man hospitalized after eating one Carolina Reaper.

    It is said to be the hottest chili pepper known to man – at around 2,000,000 Scoville Heat Units!

    This pepper causes intense dry heaves, blinding headaches, and some near-stroke symptoms. But what if the “pepper” in a pepper spray was that powerful?

    FOX Labs is measured at 5,300,000 SHUan astounding 265% hotter than the Carolina Reaper!

    It can spray this blinding defense up to 17 to 20 feet.

    FOX Labs Pepper Spray is used by Police, Law Enforcement, Security, and Military agencies worldwide.

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    3.
    ABIYX Outdoor Electric Shock Stun Gun

    This non-lethal weapon light up thief like a thousand suns.

    You see, this stun gun packs a serious punch with its electric shock capabilities: 1800KV

    And it has a launch distance between 2.5 meters – 3 meters.

    Plus its arc penetration is effective at about 1 inch of clothes (1 inch is a lot of cloth).

    So if you find yourself in a sticky situation, you can use this bad boy to zap your attacker with enough voltage to make them regret ever messin’ with ya.

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    KONNEX Survival Shovel

    6.
    EVATAC Tactical Shovel

    The EVATAC Tactical is a solid survival tool for more than digging ditches!

    This shovel has tons of extra tools hidden in the handle, from a compass and a signal whistle to a Ferro rod fire striker capable of creating a shower of 3000 deg sparks.

    The EVATAC Shovel blade is also sharp on one side and acts as an axe blade. This blade can even do fine detail work such as shaving kindling.

    The other side holds a saw blade for large wood and other materials.

    I’m not saying it was designed as a self-defense weapon; it was not. But a solidly built axe/saw on the end of a stout 24” handle isn’t something I’d want anyone swinging at me!

    This survival shovel is intimidating without having to use it.

    And if you do land a few blows, you will inflict some serious (but likely non-lethal) damage.

    Plus, if you’re into preparing and survival, you’ll want a shovel in your gear stash anyways.

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    7.
    Fast Strike Tactical Whip

    If I said “tactical whip,” I bet you’d imagine a blacked-out version of Indiana Jones bullwhip, right?

    But The FastStrike Tactical Whip is not quite like that; it’s better!

    It’s a concealable, 17” stainless steel spring cable with a solid striker.

    It’s simple to use and can strike from any direction, unlike a knife with only one sharp edge.

    The FastStrike’s solid grip handle ensures the weapon stays in your hand. And the pocket clip makes it easy to attach to a pocket, purse, or backpack.

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    ↓ A New Non-Lethal Weapon: The Fast Strike

    8.
    Cold Steel Baseball Bat

    Of course, a good old baseball bat is a shockingly good non-lethal weapon!

    While I love the look and feel of a wooden one, I don’t prefer it as a self-defense weapon. Why? Because they can splinter in two at the worst possible time – like during an attack.

    The Brooklyn Crusher is made of nearly indestructible polypropylene. Plus, it gives you a HUGE 29” reach.

    It has enough heft (at just over 2 lbs.) anything you hit isn’t likely to return for more.

    Add barbed wire to make your own better version of “Lucille” from the Walking Dead.

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    paracord monkey fist

    9.
    Monkey Fist Self-Defense Keychain Weapon

    One of my very favorite self-defense tools is also one of the oldest – a Monkey Fist Knot.

    The monkey fist surrounds a heavy ball with rope wraps, giving you a weighted end on your line.

    They’re great at throwing a length of rope over a tree branch – or making a devastating close-quarters weapon.

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    You can buy one pre-tied, but it’s way more fun to tie one yourself.

    Plus, it’s a great skill to add to your plans and allows you to make them any weight and size you need.

    All you need are the following:

    You can make your own Monkey Fist with these tools and a video:

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    The HyperWhistleWHISTLE

    10.
    HyperWhistle 142db

    Sometimes it’s best to head off a fight even before it becomes physical.

    With 142dB sound levels, The HyperWhistle is disorienting and painful in close quarters. It’s so powerful that it comes with hearing protection for the user.

    Imagine trying to fight with that blowing in your ear!

    Even if your attacker persists, this loud whistle will draw attention from as far as two miles away.

    A whistle is a smart device to add to your non-lethal weapons arsenal, but it would also be wise to have some other weapons.

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    Non-Lethal Weapon Wrap Up

    If you’ve made it this far into this article, you’re serious about getting a non-lethal weapon.

    Now it’s just deciding which makes the most sense for you.

    Maybe it’s the StrikePen, along with some self-defense classes. Classes that will teach you how to use a tactical pen most effectively.

    Or maybe it’s the FOX Labs pepper spray you can add to your backpack or purse.

    Maybe you’re going to add a StrikeLight to each of your vehicles

    I’d suggest you get a couple of different options and learn how to use them.

    That way, an attacker will regret ever having messed with you.

    But this only works if you take action.

    You can only improve your self-defense if you invest in some non-deadly weapons today.

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    Best Tactical Knife: Testing For Combat, Survival & Defense

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    Best Tactical Knives

    Today I’ve got something extremely important to share…

    A Complete Guide To Finding & Using A Tactical Knife

    Because a tactical knife should be able to handle A TON of abuse.

    And inflict devastatingly lethal injuries to an enemy.

    It’s why they’re a standard-issue for all military and combat specialists.

    • So lets deep dive into what makes a knives tactical.
    • And review a few of the best ones on the market today.
    TOPICS IN THIS GUIDE…    ↓(click to jump)
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    Why You Should Carry One

    I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying,

    “Never bring a knife to a gunfight?”

    And sure, it holds a seed of truth…

    But it’s an incomplete statement.

    There’s more to it than THAT.

    I get the point; it’s dumb to show up to a gunfight with a knife.

    No arguments here.

    But you should absolutely show up to a gunfight with a gun AND a fighting knife.

    Here’s why:

    ↓ Why You SHOULD Bring A Knife To A Gunfight

    6. Tactical Fixed Or Folding Blade Knives

    Originally, combat knives were all fixed blades.

    But with the invention of the modern folding blades (in the late 1800s), a second option became available:

    The tactical folding knife.

    Folding knives are generally:

    • lighter
    • more packable
    • and more covert

    But tactical fixed-blade knives  offer higher durability.

    Folders have a hinge point.

    This makes them great for EDC but not nearly as durable.

    So choose wisely.

    ↓ Fixed Vs. Folder

    7. Handle Material

    Knife handles are made from many unique materials.

    From wood, plastic, rubber, and metal.

    They’ve been made out of almost anything you can think of…

    But remember:

    The better the grip, the less likely it will slip (or get pried from your hands).

    But durability is the most important thing.

    Function over fashion!

    Sure, some wooden-handled knives out there look amazing.

    But they’re NOT made to survive severe stress.

    8. Handle Design

    Some knives are designed to fit perfectly into the hand of the user.

    Others are more old-school – fundamental in nature.

    Different handle design suits different needs and styles.

    Just remember:

    You want to be able to hold your knife with a death grip.

    That way, it can never be pried from your hands.

    And then used against you during a life-or-death grapple match.

    9. Survival Extras

    Some knives come with a hollowed-out handle.

    This allows you can pack it with  a few survival extras, like:

    • fishing hooks
    • paracord
    • tinder
    • matches
    • band-aids
    • etc.

    These items can be lifesavers in survival.

    But this can throw off the balance of the blade.

    And it can even compromise the durability.

    So it can be a Pro and a Con.

    10. Price

    The great equalizer of all things – price.

    If you’re like me, price, value, and budgets are important.

    Because the less I spend on a knife, the more I can spend on other survival gear.

    So I am looking for the best knife at the best price.

    That means it might not be the “absolute best”.

    But instead, it’s a fantastic, excellent, knife at an affordable price.

    Dispelling The 5 Most Common Knife Myths…

    Myth #1: “Bigger is Always Better!”

    Some folks believe a massive, Rambo-style knife is the only way to go for survival.

    But size isn’t everything.

    In reality, a smaller, well-designed knife can be much more versatile and practical.

    Myth #2: “All Knives are Built to Survive Anything”

    I’ve seen people think any knife is labeled “tactical,” it’s indestructible.

    No knife (no matter how tactical) is immune to wear and tear.

    They all need proper care and maintenance.

    So, take care of your gear, and it will take care of you.

    Myth #3: “You Can’t Have Too Many Edges”

    Some folks believe that the more serrations, saw teeth, and sharp edges the better.

    But having too many bells and whistles can actually make a knife less effective.

    A simple, well-honed blade is often all you need for most survival tasks.

    Keep it sharp and simple!

    Myth #4: “Folding Knives are for Sissies”

    A high-quality folding knife can be just as reliable as a fixed blade if you choose the right one.

    They’re also more compact and easier to carry.

    Making them a solid choice for many survival scenarios.

    Myth #5: “The More You Pay, the Better the Knife”

    Price doesn’t always equal quality.

    Just because a knife costs an arm and a leg doesn’t mean it’s the best one for YOU.

    You can find plenty of affordable options that perform exceptionally well

    . It’s all about finding the right balance between quality and budget.

    Final Thoughts

    • No matter what you call them.
    • No matter what kind you end up going with.

    Keeping a tactical knife in your survival gear is a necessity.

    It’s a critical backup self defense tool for:

    • law enforcement
    • and military personal

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