Thursday, April 17, 2014

Raptor- Jordan Production Knives

Bladesmith Andrew Jordan has developed a new line of high quality production level knives. These knives are designed to specifically meet the needs of outdoor enthusiast as with is other performance knives. He chose only the best materials to be used in these production knives that he previously only used in his custom knife offerings.

Prior to release the Raptor design has been field tested by some of the leading professionals in the hunting, survival, bushcraft, fishing(salt and fresh) fields.

Specs:
Blade Length: 11.5cm
Blade Thickness: 5.7cm
Steel: Becut
Hardness: HRC 58
Handle Length: 11.5cm
Handle Thickness: 20mm
Handle Material: Laminated Carbon Fiber Resin w/ Yellow Color Spacer
Butt Cap: 440B w/ HRC 58
Stani Groeneweg cleaning a fish with the Raptor.
The Becut steel had no problems in salt water.

During my use and testing I have nothing but confidence in this knife. I pried, chopped, thrown, hammered, and batoned with it. Resulting with no failures and performed very well. The blade of the knife is forward of the hand. This helps by relieving stress and helps with overall cutting performance of the knife. We will be posting a video showing some of this testing (although some would consider it abuse). The Raptor handled every task with no problems. Again this testing was just that a "test". I don't recommend putting your knife through this type of situations because its not technically designed for that. This was to show that the Raptor can be trusted in a survival situation.

The Raptor has a high flat grind and effortlessly carves feathersticks. Even after my rugged testing I was able to carve a micro featherstick. This speaks to the toughness of the Becut steel used in the knife's construction. I had not used Becut steel in the past and actually have never heard of it. Becut for those of you that may not know is a 3rd generation stainless steel that will not tarnish or rust in salt water. Perfect for fishing or those that may be doing survival stuff in the tropical regions. The Raptor has a hardness of HRC 58.
The Raptor had modern looking design. Its a very good looking knife to say the least. I really liked how the butt cap was designed and will work well with hammering. There is also a lanyard hole in the back which I like to see on survival knives.

The handles give for a solid hook up. I really like the laminated carbon fiber resin. It also gives the knife a very "clean" look. The handles have a sort of fish scale type pattern on them which I feel aids in grip if the knife is wet.

Andrew Jordan always offers fantastic kydex work with his knives. The Raptor is no different. It comes with a black kydex sheath that has a large Tech-lock attachment. It can be worn traditionally, high on the belt (to conceal), or in a cross draw method. It has excellent retention and versatility.

Overall I'm highly impressed with the Raptor as with all of Andrew Jordan Knives. I'm also pleased that he started offering production models that will allow more people to own a piece of his work. If your interested in more information or purchasing a Raptor click HERE.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Black Scout Reviews - ESEE Fire Steel



In this episode, we review the ESEE fire steel offering.  We start a fire using the bow drill method as well as a flint and steel fire to demonstrate how well it performs.  Hope this helps you decide on your purchase or helps you better understand these fire starting concepts.  Thanks for watching!

http://www.eseeknives.com/fire-steel.htm

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Black Scout Quick Tips - Hobo Sleeping Bag



In this quick tip, we show you how to make a hobo sleeping bag using a couple of trash bags and some filler (leaves, newspaper, hay, etc.).  This can save you in a pinch if you have no sleeping bag and had some trash bags near you or packed.

Twitter: @Black_Scout

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Black Scout Quick Tips - Starting a Fire from Your Medical Kit



In this episode, we show some ways in which you can use gear from your medical kit to start fires in the field.  Hope this is useful and thanks for watching!

Twitter: @Black_Scout

Monday, April 7, 2014

Maxpedition Micro Organizer

Comparison to a Field Notes Memo Book
When looking at small personal survival kits, many folks decide to use a Altoids or similar type tin. I wanted to go over another option by way of the Maxpedition Micro Organizer. This pouch is a smaller clone of the cargo pocket organizer. Using something like this allows you to get away with larger type tools than a tin type kit without sacrificing much additional space. 

Lets go over what I was able to place in the kit. 
The Micro Organizer does just that- ORGANIZE. It keeps all the essentials in place with small pockets and elastic webbing. It has a one way zipper closure and a small mesh pocket on the front of the pouch.
Contents:

  • Inova Flashlight
  • Base plate compass
  • BIC Lighter
  • Spark Lite tool w/ 5 Tinder Quik tabs
  • Space Blanket
  • Whistle
  • Aluminum Foil sheet
  • Small amount of Duct Tape
  • Snare Wire
  • Pencil
  • Fresnel Lens
  • Gerber Dime Multi-Tool
  • Ontario RAT-2
  • 2 Sheets of Rite in the Rain paper
  • Signal Mirror
  • Water Purification Tabs
  • Kevlar Cordage

Most of these items would not fit in a standard Altoids Tin. Especially the base plate compass and folding knife. This was just to give you guys some various options. I got the pouch, knife, and multi-tool from Southblade and encourage you guys to check them out at www.southblade.com

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Black Scout Reviews -Bahco Laplander Folding Saw


In this episode, we review the Bahco Laplander Saw and put it through a few tests to show you it's performance.  This is a great saw and can be an awesome addition to your camping gear or bug out bag.  Hope you enjoy the review and thanks for watching!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Go-Berkey Kit Review

Water purification is a serious concern in a Grid Down Scenario. Picking up chatter from others in the community- I tend to hear more about purchasing ammo and firearms than addressing physiological needs. Such as water storage and resupply in terms of purification.

I tend to steer clear of the pump style backpacking filters. Mainly because they require a mechanical action that can potentially break and also tends to take up precious time. For backpacking there great but in a Shelter-in-Place situation I find the Berkey Systems to be some of the best.

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