One of the finest blade makers today is Serge Panchenko, who is famous for his dynamic collections of folding knives that are each extremely unique, and each a piece of art. I’m a big fan of knives, especially when it comes to the more unique takes on EDC (everyday carry) blades, and of course I am constantly working with fixed survival blades in my travels, and yet, nobody that I’ve worked with has made something like Serge Panchenko’s Orbit Cleaver, which I will be featuring today, alongside Serge’s tiny EDC, yet equally dynamic Bean folding knife.
A proper high quality hiking boot can make all the difference in one’s experience exploring the wild areas of our world, because one wrong move with weak support can leave you stranded and injured, or at the very least, hurting by the end of a middling trek. I’ve featured LOWA’s Sesto GTX Lo All-Terrain shoe prior, and today I’m excited to feature their most popular trekking boot style in the Renegade GTX Mids, which are indeed a fine make. Read further and I’ll breakdown what makes the Renegades so sweet…
With the popularity of Viking life trending as of late with the successes of Vikings and Game of Thrones, gear fashioned in the Viking essence has become a hot ticket this year. The Viking style has been capturing our imaginations so much so that there might not have been a more popular halloween costume in the past few years (besides all those sketchy clowns with red balloons). With the faux reminiscence of living in more primitive days all the rage these days, authenticity becomes desire, and desire becomes reality in the marketplace.
When it comes to survival gear, a blade can go a long way toward one’s survival in most situations, and there’s no one better in the world than Sweden’s Fallkniven. Their craftsmanship, forging, finishing, and beautifying capabilities are premier and it shows in each and every one of their blades. First, I bring you their A1Pro survival blade.
As the chilly transformation from Autumn to Winter works its way across the landscape, heating becomes an important topic for all people. Personally, I live far out in the country and must rely on propane gas to get me through the winters, but since there are times when the system fails, and I must run electricity through my generator, which doesn’t handle the whole house heating system, I am always flirting with the possibility of literally being left out in the cold during the worst of the snowstorms. So, that realization has led me to research and test out alternative heating sources.
While heating my home with propane gas is not the cheapest, nor my preferred method, it is difficult to find alternatives that are sustainable and green to the earth. Sure, if I could afford a total switchover to solar panels then I would. If my home had the physical capabilities of employing a wood burner, then I would love to go that route as the smell of burning firewood is delectable and so comforting. So, since modern technology and circumstance dictate my options, I have moved toward a source of heating that is portable and easy to setup in minutes in case something happens.
Cooking is one of the great pleasures in life, not only because you’re preparing a dish to eat which brings others together, but also because cooking is one of the most therapeutic things we can do. So, if you ever find life to be too overwhelming or stressful, focus on nothing but cooking a meal for yourself, and others. Maybe it’s as simple as focusing on nothing but the task at hand, but there is indeed a healing property to cooking. Eating can also be quite therapeutic, but without the experience of preparing it yourself, the value is lessened and so is the payoff.
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