KNIVES: The Cold Steel Canadian Belt Knife is a copy of the Russell Canadian Belt Knife, which is one of the great all-around designs. It's stainless, with a polypropylene handle, and comes with a very good nylon sheath. You have to sharpen it a lot, but so what? It costs only $19. Cabela's Bell & Carlson Gator, at $90, is the best factory hunting knife I know of. They did everything right, and then some. At the semi-custom level are the five DiamondBlade knives; four fixed and one folder. I don't know of anything that comes close to their ability to take an edge and keep it. $250 and up, depending on handle material. Gerber's E-Z Out DPSF is a small folder that was designed for the military. It will cut anything, and for only $67.
SLEEPING BAG:** Anything made by Wiggy (actually, Harry Wigutow). Wiggy has developed his own insulation, called Lamilite, which will not absorb moisture and will not lose its loft, I don't care what you do to it. If Wiggy happens to answer the phone himself, don't get him talking about Hillary Clinton. It's not good for him.