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The Art of Concealment: Best Places to Hide a Knife on Your Body 

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The Hidden Edge in Tough Times

All throughout history, concealed knives have swayed the tide of battles, saved lives, and borne witness to raw, unyielding human spirit. As survivalists, we recognize the tactical advantage and peace of mind a discreetly hidden blade can provide. Here’s a deep dive into choosing the best places to conceal a knife on your body.

Why Hide a Knife?

Tactical Advantage: In sticky situations, surprise is your ally. A concealed blade can provide that edge, literally and figuratively. Discreet Utility Beyond defense, a hidden knife is an invaluable tool for mundane tasks, ensuring you’re always equipped without drawing unnecessary attention.

Choosing the Right Knife for Concealment

Before we dive into the “where,” we must address the “what.” Not all knives are suitable for hidden carry. Opt for:

Compact Size: A blade that’s too long can be cumbersome and conspicuous.

Secure Sheath: You want it to stay hidden and avoid accidents.

Quick Release: In a crisis, you need to draw it swiftly.

Best Places to Conceal a Knife on Your Body

Ankle Holster: Tucked away in an ankle strap, it’s both discrete and easily accessible. Especially useful if you’re seated or downed.

Behind the Back: In a horizontal sheath, a knife can be comfortably nestled at the small of your back. However, ensure it doesn’t poke you when you sit.

Underarm Holster: Much like a shoulder holster for a firearm, there are harnesses that hold a knife snugly under your arm. Ideal for quick, intuitive access.

Pocket Clip: While not entirely hidden, a good folding knife with a low-profile clip can be inconspicuous in your pocket.

Inside the Waistband: This provides quick access while being hidden by your shirt. Make sure the grip is positioned for a smooth draw.

Boot Top: Slipping a knife inside your boot, especially with a dedicated sheath, can be both concealed and quickly accessible.

The Balance of Comfort and Access

Finding the right spot is a blend of comfort and functionality. You want to:

Ensure Mobility: Your concealed knife shouldn’t impede your movement.

Practice Draws: Regularly practice drawing the knife to ensure smooth, swift access when needed.

Always be mindful of local laws regarding concealed weapons. While a hidden knife is a survivalist’s tool, it’s essential to stay on the right side of the law. For the experienced survivalist, a concealed knife is more than just a tool or weapon; it’s a silent protector. As with all things survival, preparation and practice are key. Equip yourself, train regularly, and always be ready for whatever the wilderness—or life—throws your way.

How do you conceal your knife and why?

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Failing To Master Basic Winter Survival Can Get You Killed

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As winter approaches, so do the challenges it brings, from plummeting temperatures to adverse weather conditions. Basic winter survival skills are essential to navigate through these harsh months, whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or just looking to stay prepared for unexpected situations. In this guide, we’ll delve into the fundamental principles of winter survival to help you thrive in the cold.

Understanding the Winter Environment

Before you embark on your winter survival journey, it’s crucial to understand the environment you’re dealing with. That means learning about common winter weather patterns in your region.

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There are also some cold weather basics that you need to wrap your head around. For example, winter storms, blizzards and snow squalls aren’t all the same thing. 

  • Winter Storm: This refers to any kind of heavy snow, blowing snow and dangerous wind chills. 
  • Blizzards: The main thing that makes a blizzard isn’t the amount of snow – it’s the visibility. Blizzards are especially dangerous because not only is it extremely cold, you can’t see where you’re going.
  • Snow Squalls: These are quick but very intense snowstorms that are common in the Great Lakes / Rust Belt region. 

Understanding The Science of Cold

There is a science to the cold and the impact of old on the human body. 

The human body only works properly within a narrow temperature range. When the temperature plummets, the body reacts. Blood vessels constrict to reduce heat loss, diverting warm blood away from the skin’s surface to preserve core temperature. This causes numbness in extremities, so you must keep your hands and toes warm if you want to keep them. Prolonged exposure to frigid conditions can cause hypothermia, a dangerous drop in the body’s core temperature. 

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Prior to hypothermia, there’s the danger of frostbite, which can cost you fingers, toes or even entire limbs. There are three levels of hypothermia: 

  • Frostnip: This is the initial stage of cold injury where the skin and underlying tissues freeze but are not yet permanently damaged. Signs include paleness, numbness, and tingling.
  • Superficial Frostbite: In the second stage, the skin and underlying tissues become injured. Signs include hardness, paleness, and blistering, as well as severe pain and numbness.
  • Deep Frostbite: Deep frostbite is far more severe, affecting deep tissues, including muscles, tendons, and even bones. Your skin will turn waxy, white, or bluish-gray, and it may appear hardened. You probably won’t be able to feel anything in the affected area. 

Essential Gear and Clothing For Winter Survival

Proper gear and clothing are your first line of defense against the winter elements.

Layers is absolutely essential for cold weather survival. You want to stay warm and dry at the same time. This means a base layer of moisture-wicking clothing like compression gear (or even pantyhose – yes, really), a midlayer of warm winter clothing (which will create most of your warmth) and an exterior layer of synthetic down, the best material for staying warm and dry at the same time 

Top it off with heavy gloves and a ski mask to help your body maintain its natural warmth whatever the temperature. Snow boots will not only keep your feet warm, they will also make it easier for you to walk in the snow. 

Understanding Winter Shelter

At some point you’re going to have to stop hiking. At that point you need to have a layer of protection between you and the elements. 

Emergency winter tents are a great piece of gear to have. Make sure that you have something designed specifically for winter and not just a general camping tent. 

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Constructing temporary shelters isn’t the hardest thing in the world to do, especially if you have a shovel in your bugout bag – which you should. The main winter shelters include:

  • Snow Caves: This is a simple and effective way to stay warm in the winter months with little more than deep snow. They’re basically a hollowed out area of a snowbank that you can use in the case of a dire emergency.
  • Quiznees: This is like a snowcave, but where a snowcave is a bit like a hole in the ground, a quiznee is more like an igloo. Rather than digging it into the snowbank, you make a snowpile and hollow it out.
  • Lean-Tos: These are basic makeshift tents that can be make out of tarps or similar. Their uses are not just for winter survival – they can be used year round. 

Understanding Fire

In addition to shelter, you’re going to need fire if you’re eout in the elements during the winter. Fire is your lifeline in the winter, providing warmth and a means to cook food, as well as boil water – all of which are essential.

While you might think you can start a fire with sticks, it’s probably best that you carry fire-starting tools in your bugout bag. Sure, matches and a lighter, but also firelighters, flint and other fire making tools. It’s going to make your life a lot easier and take off a lot of stress when it matters. 

Understanding How To Signal For Help In A Winter Storm

Your chances of survival are going to get a lot better if you have a way to signal for help. You should be carrying tools in your bugout bag to help you to make it easier for people to find you. 

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Some common signaling methods include mirrors, whistles and even the fire we discussed above. You can also get more effective lights, such as super bright beacons that can be seen from miles around.

There’s a degree of caution you have to exercise, because this isn’t the Batsignal: you’re going to be letting good guys, bad guys and everything in between know where you are. 

Winter survival is extremely difficult. However, it’s impossible if you haven’t prepared. 

Do you have a passion for winter survival? What are some of the most important things to remember when you’re going out in the winter months? Share your knowledge in the comments below. 

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Don’t Die: Cold Weather Layering For Survival

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It’s easy to forget when you’re inside with the heat going or watching a roaring fire, but the winter is coming and with it the cold weather. That’s not a problem when you’re inside, though it might make you want to cry every time you see your heating bill. 

When it can become a problem is if you have to bug out and your vehicle becomes useless. That might be because it breaks down, the roads get destroyed, you end up in a 50-mile traffic jam during your bugout, or the roads are just unsafe to travel.

That gives you two options: You can give up or you can start walking.

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Cold weather can also become a problem even if you shelter in place. If your heat is reliant upon the grid and you don’t have a backup in place… you’re going to need to find innovative ways to stay warm in your home

Fortunately, if you layer your clothes right you have a much better chance at beating the elements. There’s a science to dressing for the cold weather. That science can mean all the difference between life and death if you have to do a 100-mile bugout walk in the dead of winter

Baselayer

People sometimes call this the “next to skin” layer. It’s the lowest layer down and you’re going to want something more than just regular underwear. 

The best thing to wear for a baselayer is compression fabric. That’s because compression fabric keeps warmth in while wicking moisture away to keep you dry. It’s very important to stay dry when you’re traveling, especially if you’re in the cold. So compression socks, compression pants and a compression top are the best place to start when layering. 

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A sort of strange tip that’s worth mentioning: A great base layer even below your normal baselayer is pantyhose. Call them “mantyhose” if you must, but having a pair around is going to save wear and tear on your feet and thighs while also providing an additional layer of warmth.

Midlayer

Your baselayer exists to keep you warm, but more than that it’s there to keep you dry. Your midlayer does most of the heavy lifting when it comes to keeping you warm when you’re out in the wild, battling the elements.

Midlayer does this by trapping heat against your body, so you’re obviously going to want something thicker and heavier than your baselayer. Normal clothes are where you’re going to want to land here, but clothes made for colder weather. Flannel shirts are great for the winter months. Anything down, fleece or wool is great, as is synthetic insulation. 

Again, this is where the heavy lifting comes in with staying warm, so you want to really be mindful of what you choose to wear here.  

Exterior Layer

The exterior layer is your outerwear and there is one single material that beats all others when it comes to this layer: synthetic down.

Why not regular down you ask? 

Well, there’s a simple and very good reason for not using real down for your exterior layer: What if it gets wet? Once natural down gets wet, it tends to not be able to resume its original shape. Synthetic down, on the other hand, doesn’t have this problem while being just as warm as the real thing. 

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Your exterior layer needs to be waterproof and breathable. Both of these help you to stay dry during the long hike where, at the very least, you’re going to be sweating profusely despite the cold weather. 

Head, Feet And Hands

Don’t forget your extremities. It’s somewhat well known that your head is a major conduit for heat loss. So you want to cover that. The best item for this is a ski mask or similar. It will provide the same function as a scarf while also keeping your entire head covered.

Hands should be layered. Fingerless gloves make a good base layer, allowing you to handle objects with your bare hands when you need to. You can keep them covered with heavy mittens when you’re not using them. 

As far as your feet, you want some heavy winter boots that also provide great traction. It’s also important that your feet be comfortable, because you’re going to be walking a lot and wounded or sore feet are going to seriously sap your ability to go on long hikes over a period of days. 

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There’s no easy way to go on a long bugout march. However, having the right clothing, layered the right way, is going to greatly increase your chances of making it to your final destination. 

What are some of your favorite “best kept secrets” for keeping warm in a winter wonderland?

Leave a comment below to share some of your favorites. 

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Emergency Preparedness For Non-Preppers: Disaster Survival Basics

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It doesn’t matter if you’re planning for the end of the world as know it or just a regular guy trying to live a regular life with his family. You need to have some kind of emergency preparedness program in place. You might not be worried about the grid going down, a nuclear attack or massive social unrest. But what about hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and other natural disasters that happen all the time?

Every family should have a preparedness plan in place to deal with the disruptions that we know you will encounter at some time or another. You don’t want to be like people who got caught in Hurricane Katrina and couldn’t get out. You want to be prepared to go – or at least safety shelter in place – in the event that there’s a crisis. 

Here’s the basic emergency preparedness list that every family needs to have in place whether they’re taking off or staying home. 

Making Sure Your Family Has Food

You’re going to need to eat, whether the stores are closed for two weeks or forever. So you want to have enough food for however long you’re preparing for. The best thing to have on hand are staples that your family eats regularly. You don’t want to be making the situation more stressful by introducing all kinds of new food to your family.

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Another good base to have covered is comfort food and treats. Candy, cookies and the like are great to have around to raise people’s spirits at a time when they’re really going to need it. 

How Much Water Do You Need For An Emergency?

Even if you’re prepping for a shorter term disaster, water can be a bit of a problem. The reason is that water is bulky and hard to store, especially if you live in a major city and don’t have a lot of space. Still, the rule of thumb is one gallon of water per person per day. That covers everything from cleaning to drinking. 

This is a bare minimum. You can augment this supply without taking up much space with a water filtration straw or similar system, or with water purification pills. 

Defending Your Home Against Intruders

It doesn’t take a total collapse of society for you and your family to need weapons to defend yourself against attackers. Whenever there is a disaster, there is the risk of civil unrest. When that happens, you need to be prepared to defend yourself, your home and your family from harm.

Guns are obviously great and nothing else compares. A machete is probably your second best bet, followed by a knife – especially if you know how to properly throw it for combat. Baseball bats are horrible self-defense weapons and should not be relied upon to secure your home.

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As always, anytime firearms are needed, don’t forget the brass. Any firearm is better than none, but the best to worst list to have for firearms is: carbine, semi-automatic, shotgun, revolver – but the best is always the one you feel most comfortable shooting. 

Emergency Medicine And First Aid

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In even a short-term disaster you’re going to need to have medical supplies on hand. That includes any medications you or your family have to take regularly. It also means having First Aid supplies on hand to deal with any injuries or illnesses people in your house might suffer until things return to normal. 

Batteries And Power Packs For Emergencies

Most devices don’t take AAs these days, but it’s good to have batteries on hand to run radios, flashlights and the like. Better than that is having a solar-powered battery pack you can use to recharge all your typical electronic devices, as well as USB-charged flashlights, radios and any other emergency gear you have. Prices have come way down on solar-powered battery packs, so these are within almost any family’s budget. 

Should You Keep Cash Around For An Emergency?

When the ATMs aren’t working, cash is going to be king. If the power goes down for two days or two weeks, how do you plan on paying for things without your debit card working? Plus, in a medium-term emergency (weeks or months) you can use cash to buy supplies from your neighbors who have extra.

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How much cash should you have on hand? You don’t need to go overboard. So think of having maybe between $500 and $2000 on hand. Once your savings account has been topped up to the recommended six months of savings, pull out a few hundred or a couple thousand dollars, put it in a cookie jar and forget that it exists. 

Keeping In Touch With The Outside World

A battery-powered radio is a great way to stay abreast of developments as they happen. Better than that is a solar-powered radio. That way, no matter how many batteries you go through, you’re going to have a way to know what’s going on. 

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Keeping Clean When The Water Runs Dry

Cleaning products are essential when emergency services are lacking. This is when a small cut or abrasion can get infected and turn into a major problem. Some of this will be in your First Aid kit we talked about above. Beyond that, you want to have bleach and other cleaning products, toilet paper, alcohol wipes and maybe even a bucket camping toilet – if the power goes out your toilets might not work. 

Bugging Out: When Home Isn’t Safe Anymore

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Your home is the safest place to be during an emergency… until it’s not. In that case, you’re going to need to bug out. GPS is going to drain your battery quick, so you’re going to want some paper maps of the local area to help you navigate your way to safety.

This whole list falls under “we hope you never need it, but we hope that you have it.” It might sit around collecting dust for the rest of your life. In the event that you need this stuff, however, it can save you and your family’s life. 

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