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Flint Identification

by Army Stinger 150, Uploaded on May 27, 2011

Identifying Flint to use with a striker. Flint or Chert can be easily identified by it’s color, fracture pattern, and luster. You may have to look closely at the potential piece of Flint or Chert as it will most often times be covered by the white outer matrix material. Therefore you will need to look closely for chips or breaks in the rock to identify it as a potential Chert node.

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How to Make Feather Sticks: Dry Tinder in Wet Weather

by InnerBark Outdoors

Tinder is the foundation to fire making, but when its wet out, the ability to find effective tinder can be hard. With a little know how, and a good knife, you can start a life saving fire in any condition. Practice in a controlled environment before you take this out in the field like any survival skill.

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Bow Drill Fire: Complete Step by Step

By InnerBark Outdoors

This is a how-to on how to make a fire using the bow drill method. This method has been around for thousands of years, and is one of the best ways to make a fire without matches, lighter, or fire steel. While you may not use this technique often, it is something that should be learned and practiced.


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Making a Bushcraft Knife from a Steak Knife and Hockey Stick

Knife Build 1 30by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, Oct 6, 2014

This is a photo tutorial on making a bushcraft or utility knife from a serrated steak knife with a hockey stick wood handle.  I did it as a step in the process of learning how to make a knife, in this case by stock removal of an already existing knife design and building of a handle with pins.  I was inspired by a common modification made to Old Hickory butcher knives, in which the blade is cut down and reshaped, and a new handle is attached. Read the rest of this entry

Review of the ESEE Izula Knife

The ESEE Izula with paracord wrapped handle.

The ESEE Izula with paracord wrapped handle.

by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, September 2, 2014

For those that don’t know, ESEE is a knife manufacturer based in the US that also conducts survival training courses. As part of their training regime, they eventually began designing knives that were initially produced by Ontario Knife Company (the RAT series, RAT standing for Randall’s Adventure Training). In 2007, when their contract with Ontario ended, ESEE began producing their own line of field knives, ranging from small utility blades to large machete type knives. ESEE (pronounced “ess-ee”) stands for Escuela de Supervivencia (School of Survival), Escape and Evasion (ESEE), and is derived from their South American jungle training courses (including military and law enforcement agencies). The ESEE knives are manufactured in Idaho Falls, Idaho, by Rowen Manufacturing. Read the rest of this entry