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  • November 21, 2013

    How to Restore an Old, Rusty Ax

    By Kristyn Brady

    Earlier this month, I attended an Axe Restoration Workshop at Best Made Company's retail location in lower Manhattan. In six hours, I learned about the history of ax manufacturing in our country, filed an American hickory handle, and hung and sharpened an old Plumb hatchet head I'd bought off ebay for $19. Ax expert Nick Zdon and the team at Best Made were excellent hosts — they even served the class BBQ, whiskey, and cheesecake.

  • October 16, 2013

    Is This Your Jeep?

    By Steven Hill

    In the market for a hunting buggy, a project vehicle, or (perish the thought) a character-building experience for your teenage daughter? Then the Enid, Okla., Craigslist has got a deal for you: A 1997 Jeep Cherokee that comes with crank mirrors, a pinhole radiator leak and the best used-car ad ever written.  

  • July 18, 2013

    Good Gear Quick Look: Grate Chef Grill Wipes

    By Slaton L. White

    Here’s a simple, yet very effective, grilling tool that can help keep your elk burgers or salmon fillets from sticking to the grill.

    All you do is pull a disposable wipe from the re-sealable package, set the grill heat to low, and slap the patch on. Place a grill brush over the patch and begin. As you scour away the burned residue, you’re also leaving behind a non-stick coating (similar to high-temperature commercial cooking oil).

  • September 30, 2011

    Review: Jeep 2012 Wrangler Rubicon 4x4

    By Slaton L. White

    How do you redesign an icon?

    Carefully. Very carefully.

    Just ask the guy responsible for the Wrangler YJ, which replaced the beloved (but slow-selling) CJ in the late 1980s. All in all, not a bad vehicle, but it was vilified for having square, instead of round, headlights.

    Small beer? Not to the hard-core Jeep fan. Jeep engineers learned the lesson, and though the current model desperately needed an upgrade--especially a more powerful but fuel-efficient engine--designers knew they couldn’t change the shape or alter its iconic look in any substantial way. In other words, it had to have round headlamps, as well as the seven-slot grille, to carry on the hallowed Willys tradition.

  • September 23, 2011

    Review: Chevrolet Silverado 2500 4WD Crew Cab

    By Slaton L. White

    Ten years ago I went on a week-long salmon safari in Alaska, living out of a slide-in camper in a Silverado equipped with a Duramax 6.6-liter V8 turbo diesel. It was an epic adventure, and looking at my old notes I see I raved about the truck’s performance. “Moved well from a dead stop. Quiet, even at full throttle. MPG: averaged between 11 to 14 mpg.”

    A lot has happened to GM since then. After teetering on the brink of insolvency for years, it finally plunged into bankruptcy two years ago. What many people don’t know was that the company came perilously close to Chapter 11 in the 1990s. But they got a stay of execution. Know why? The Silverado. It was just about the only GM product people wanted to buy...and they bought enough of them to help keep the company afloat.

    The Silverado was good then...and it’s good now.

    I can say that after logging 900 miles in one recently. The 2500 4WD Crew Cab is a stout build, and boasts a maximum towing rating of 17,000 pounds. That means that when you drive it without a trailer or with an empty bed, it’s a bit rough. But when you get some weight on those rear wheels, it tames down nicely.

  • April 19, 2011

    A Bug Spray You Can Drink? CDC Promotes Grapefruit Extract "Nootkatone"

    By Chad Love

    This must be a good year for insect repellant research. First it was a new type of pre-treated clothing. Now researchers at the Centers For Disease Control say they're working on a new all-natural insect repellant made from a citrus extract.From this story on NPR.
    "...the CDC is pushing hard to develop a completely natural insect repellent made from a chemical called nootkatone, which is found in Alaska yellow cedar trees and citrus fruit. (CDC researcher Marc Dolan) says nootkatone "is nongreasy, dries very quickly, and it has a very pleasant, citrus-y grapefruit odor to it." He recently demonstrated its effectiveness as a mosquito repellent, rubbing some on his hand and then sticking it into a cage containing 50 hungry mosquitoes. When he holds the treated hand near mosquitoes, they try to get away in the opposite direction as fast as they can. Even after five minutes, Dolan has no bites on his nootkatone-treated hand.

  • February 17, 2011

    Gerber's Bear Grylls Survival Series to be Released This Week

    By David Maccar

    by David Maccar

    It’s official: Gerber’s complete Bear Grylls Survival Series of knives, tools and gear is now available to the public. The line features several products, including the flagship item, the Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife, which I reviewed last year when I got an early sample, along with the Parang Machete. The line also boats two survival kits, two different sized multi-tools (the Ultimate Multi-Tool pictured here), several folding knives and a fire starter.

    The sixth season of Grylls’ survival series, Man vs. Wild, premiers tonight on the Discovery Channel and Bear will have the Ultimate Knife by his side. Let’s see how it holds up on the show.

  • February 11, 2011

    Gerber's Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife: Starting a Fire In the Snow

    By Chad Love

    I've previously mentioned my eldest son's interest in television survival personalities so when Gerber announced the introduction of its Bear Grylls Ultimate Knife (David Maccar's excellent review is here) I figured it would be a slam-dunk of a birthday present.

    It was. My son has been gleefully chopping, cutting, batoning, beating, slicing, hammering, spearing, whittling and carving with the thing for the past two months. And while I prefer a more traditional bushcraft blade, he loves it. When he goes outside it's almost always on his belt or in his pack. And yes, I let my 10-year-old son son run around the woods with a sheath knife.

  • December 16, 2010

    Survivorman Les Stroud and Helle Team Up For New "Temagami" Knife

    By David Maccar

    by David Maccar

    You may remember a couple months ago we reviewed two items from a new line of survival knives designed by TV host and survivalist Bear Grylls and Gerber Legendary Blades. Now, another of TV’s famous survivalists will release a blade bearing his own signature touches.

    Les Stroud, of “Survivorman” fame, has joined forces with the Norwegian knife company, Helle, to create “The Temagami – A knife you can actually use in the wilderness.”

    According to a press release from the company, Stroud once found a Helle knife on the forest floor while trekking the Temagami Canadian wilderness. Getting a hint as to where the name came from?

    Apparently it was “the best knife Stroud would ever use,” and he did so for several years until the wilderness reclaimed it.

    From the release:
    Years later, Helle became interested in Stroud as Survivorman, attracted to his philosophies, his values, and way of thinking. Helle approached Stroud to design a new knife – a knife that could be used by true outdoor enthusiasts seeking the real thing: a natural way of life. When Stroud told the story from Temagami and realized the knife he found in the forest was actually a Helle knife, a rare opportunity for partnership was forged.

  • December 14, 2010

    Send SOG Your Best R. Lee Ermey Impression and Win a Trip to the 2011 SHOT Show

    By Editors

    SOG Specialty Knives and Tools is asking if F&S readers have the grit, guts and gall to show their best impersonation of the one and only Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey, a.k.a. The Gunny, to the world.

    You know him from his Academy Award-nominated performance in Full Metal Jacket along with his many other film roles, including the Toy Story trilogy and the History Channel series "Lock N' Load With R. Lee Ermey."

    If you think you can hack it, SOG has kicked off the "Are You The Gunny?" video contest on its Facebook page. Participants are asked to videotape and upload their best Gunny impression to the page and the winner with the best submission will be flown to Las Vegas as a guest of SOG for the 2011 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show and Conference in January. The winner will also get to hang out with The Gunny himself at a special cocktail party on the first night of the show.

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