Strikeforce Fire Starter

I decided to test out the UST StrikeForce Fire Starter. This is the best quality flint bar and striker we have seen. The outer construction is made of very sturdy ABS plastic and inside it contains a very large 1/2″ diameter flint bar. The striker is made from a thick piece of hardened steel. Together they produce nice large and very hot sparks.

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Gerber LMF II Infantry Knife

The Gerber LMF II Infantry Knife [22-41463] is a good quality, versatile survival knife in the sub $100 category. This particular knife is considered to be the among the best bang for your buck when it comes to survival knifes.

We selected the Coyote Brown version  for our review. The knife is well made and feels very sturdy in your hand. The rubber over-mold offers good grip in dry and wet conditions, though we have noticed the rubber over-mold can get nicked up with use, and is the first part to start showing wear. We don’t feel this will affect its performance for its intended use and it is mostly cosmetic damage. Even using the included sheath will overtime damage the overmold as can be seen the photo below. The grip itself is shaped nicely for a positive and secure grip in several positions.

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Davis Instruments 6250 Vantage Vue Weather Station

I wanted to get an accurate idea of the mean wind speeds at my home. I have noticed that the land features around my house seem to have made the site noticeably windier than the other areas that I have lived. As alternative energy projects have always interested me, I decided I would like to experiment with building a homemade wind turbine.

I did a lot of online research of the available wireless weather stations before picking up the Davis Instruments 6250 Vantage Vue Wireless Weather Stationir?t=modernsurviv 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B002LLVFK0.

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SOG Trident TF-1 vs Mini Trident TF-21

I started daily carrying a SOG TF1-CP Trident Knifeir?t=modernsurviv 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B000PIE2I8 over four years ago. I have been extremely happy with it so I decided I would post a review of the knife, and the primary reasons I have continued to stick with it. I will also show a TF21-CP Trident Mini Knifeir?t=modernsurviv 20&l=as2&o=1&a=B004WN598O to go over the differences.

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323 Piece Military General Purpose First Aid Box

This kit is listed as Fully Stocked 323 Piece Military General Purpose First Aid Box. It comes in a nice and sturdy lightweight plastic case that has a gasket in the lid so that it is waterproof as well as floats.   The packaging of the first aid supplies allows for a lot of supplies to fit in a tight space, and given some rearranging you have a little room leftover to add a few more items that I might personally consider essentials to your safety and survival needs.

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Boosting the Efficiency of Your Clothes Dryer

I am constantly looking at ways to save money. Increasing energy efficiency is a win-win, so long as it does not cost me more than it saves in energy costs.

A modern clothes dryer is one thing that has always bugged me, especially in the cold winter months. First there is the obvious waste of energy in that all of the heat it generates is getting ducted directly outside. And the primary cost of running a clothes dryer is the large amount of heat it requires, and that heat energy goes literally out the window after just a quick pass though the clothes.

But it gets even worse than that. The dryer also acts as a large fan blower, and since the interior air being sucked into the dryer is being pumped outside it is as bad for your homes efficiency as leaving a window wide open. Any air that exists the home must be immediately replaced with outside air leaking back in, or else your house would be under vacuum. So not only are you wasting your energy on all the heat the dryer actually generates, you are also drawing cold air in from outside, just like leaving the window wide open. In the middle of the winter, that’s not good. Continue reading Boosting the Efficiency of Your Clothes Dryer