Driving through the wind-shaped hills of southern Wyoming, I make my way toward my favorite place on earth in anticipation. The smooth, rippling hills jut and swoop down the slope of the mountains in soft greens and browns, beneath an expansive sky of blue and grey flat-bottomed clouds. I stop for gas and a quick bite in Centennial before heading up into the mountains.
In life, there are few experiences better than spending time with family and friends in the great outdoors. For me, it’s the peace that nature provides that helps to bring together fellowship. I get my favorite people together and we get away from the human world, away from the cities, away from the cars and trains and planes, and we simply enjoy each other’s company among the amazing wilderness. We each setup a tent deep in the woods, then start a fire and huddle around it for dinner, and few memories are as rich to me as those times spent with loved ones.
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.
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