Atlas Dynamic Defense is a knife company from North Carolina who specializes in tactical blades and survival solutions for travelers, hunters, and wilderness explorers. With experience overseas through wartime, the ex-Marine makers of Atlas’ knives have brought home a certain ruggedness that defines these hardcore blades, which is apparent within minutes of seeing and holding each blade. It’s more than quality of material and craftsmanship, it’s the design that speaks most resolute, as each piece that I’m going to test is unique in each their own way, especially the first two designs…
It’s finally summer in Ohio, and the forest is alive with growth and activity. Typically, weather in Ohio is bipolar at best. It’s been a sweltering 90-95 degrees with nearly 100% humidity, then it storms and cools, and before I know what’s happening, the heat is back and the humidity is making life uncomfortable. I have a thing about obscenely hot weather, mainly when the humidity is so high, so I have to wait and gauge the weather a few times a day, as it changes so quickly, so that I can fulfill my mounting desire to roam and explore the natural areas around me. I miss the feel of the cool breeze and the soft morning sun on my face as I trek through forgotten, unmanaged forests. I yearn to feel the peace that time in Nature brings me.
A solid set of outdoor knives can be the difference between life and death when traveling abroad. Why? Because you never know what might happen to you when you’re far from civilization and surrounded by wilderness. A solid knife can help you survive an accident, a storm, as well as an animal attack or starvation, and to travel in the wilds without one is ridiculously foolish. So, when I venture out into the wilderness, I always account for the possibility of hard times, and I am never without a trusted blade.
Headphones are one of those creature comforts for me. I don’t absolutely need multiple pairs, but like shoes, I find myself wanting to customize my style, fit, look and sound upon what mood I’m in, or what clothes I’m wearing, or it could depend entirely on whim, but either way, I have that choice, which makes me happy. Sometimes, a slim-lined headphone is in order, while other times, it’s all about the bass. Typically, I’m either abroad, backpacking, and require a smaller model, yet am desiring a bigger sound, or I’m at home with my choice of the lot.
I’ve been blessed to be able to work at home for the past seven years, and abroad of course, and have come to understand that the dynamics of a creative workspace can, but not absolutely, affect the creative process. For me, I went from working in bed with a laptop on my lap and a pillow behind my head, simply because I could, to now, where I have completed my special creative space, or office. This space keeps me in solitude, of sorts, far away from my everyday life and the problems that always seem to crop up, and now, I enjoy spending my alone time locked away behind closed doors. Why? Because I’ve made it my own space, with my own things, decorated in my own way, so that it provides me with the optimum experience, away from the distractions, yet comfortable enough to spend whole days inside if need be.
When you’re trekking the great outdoors, you never know what can happen. You could find yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere, with no sense of where you ought to go. You might stumble across a baby bear and her protective mother. Or perhaps Mother Nature turns and you’re caught in a heavy storm with wild winds and a severe temperature change. It happens. Or you may very well injure yourself, rendering you near incapable of returning to civilization. Anything can happen when you’re in the wild, so it’s important that you think of every possibility before you venture off.
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