Monday, February 20, 2017

4 Best Fixed Blade Knives

If you’re a regular outdoorsy type who loves trekking, chances are you’d be happy to be introduced to a fixed blade knife. Fixed blades or straight knives are an extremely strong and secure tools. This makes them perfect for hunting, fishing and camping. A moderate adrenal junkie’s best companion. Contrary to what many people think, a good survival knife acts more like a tool than a weapon and offers many uses. Especially, if you get lost in the woods after being separated from your team and it has started getting dark. In survival situations, a good fixed-blade knife is the most important tool in your kit. It can help build shelters, cut rope, split wood and skin game. You’re not really thinking of using your hands, are you?

When it comes to choosing a great fixed blade we certainly have some suggestions. For those looking for a good, all-round knife for everyday use with enough style and oomph, the Damascus cowboy knife is one great choice. The knife is made with 512 layer Damascus and a heavy leather sheath that holds the knife firmly in place while riding or running and yet allows a fast draw.

The Frontier Stag Hunting Knife with decorative file work along the spine and brass finger guard belongs to the league of some of the most handsome and functional knifes around. A stunner in any collection. 

For those who just want a knife that can take any rough use and banging around – chopping, throwing, prying – the Down home Hunter is the best fit. Easy on money, the knife is grounded from a high carbon file and lends itself to easy resharpening. Its leather frontier style, fold-over scabbard that swallows most of the knife, makes it very difficult to lose.

By contrast, the Cold Steel Canadian Belt Knife is an elitist, award winning, international favourite. Made out of German 4116 Stainless Steel and hollow ground to a razor’s edge, it glides through just about any material because of its elliptical profile. It cuts an elegant shape and is light, slim and compact enough to be carried on your belt or be slung around your neck from a cord.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Bowie Knives and their Care

The first Bowie knife was made in the early19th century in Washington, Arkansas by a blacksmith named James Black for American pioneer and Texan hero Jim Bowie. Originally meant for self-defense, Bowie knives these days are used for skinning and butchering game or bought by knife aficionados for their collection. It is one of the best wilderness survival knives out there and quite popular in fiction too having featured in Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the Rambo series.
Today, you can buy a Bowie knife online or at most knife manufacturing companies in the world. They tick all boxes necessary for a quality knife – durability, ruggedness, and looks. Still, no knife can withstand the elements on its own. Even the best of Bowie knives need proper care.

The Bowie knife should be stored properly. Using leather sheaths for protection is common practice but not recommended. Leather absorbs humidity which will eventually cause the blade – even the finest stainless steel – to rust. A hard scabbard, preferably metal, is a better option.  There are several models out there in the market, which provide a seal for the upper portion of the sheath to help protect against moisture. Another trick to guard against moisture is to oil the blade when in storage. 

Do sharpen the knife regularly. If you are new to the process of sharpening, start with smaller and less expensive blades till you get a handle on it. Bowie knives can be expensive and you don’t want to ruin them. Also, a dull blade is a health hazard. With a dull blade, you end up exerting extra force to bring about the same result, which could cause the knife to slip and cut a finger or some other part of the hand. Finally, keep the knife clean and dry. This prevents dust build-up which can spoil the knife and is also unsanitary. There are metal rubbing pastes in the market for cleaning knives.

To conclude, it is recommended that you use the Bowie knife in the capacity of a “knife” and nothing else. Sometimes, we get carried away by its effectiveness and test its versatility beyond what it can handle.  It is not a hammer or a screwdriver. If you use the knife correctly, you ensure its longevity and optimize its value.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Sharps Rifle

Not as popular as Springfield Model Rifle, the Sharps Rifle was still one of the finest rifles ever built. Designed in 1848 and entered service in 1850, it held only one shot. It used a falling block action which used a metal breach lock that slides up and down in grooves cut into the breach which is controlled by a lever. This marked the beginning of a new trend in the field of rifles and the men who used them. The old-way of loading and firing a rifle was to load it from the muzzle; this weapon however could be loaded at the breach.This made for much faster loading and firing times. This also allowed a soldier to lie down or take cover while reloading. Typically a Sharps Rifle could fire between 8 and 10 shots per minute depending on soldier skill. Nearly 100,000 of them were built between 1850 and 1881 when it was finally retired from service. The carbine version was very popular with the cavalry of both the Union and Confederate armies and was issued in much larger numbers than the full-length rifle.

Calvary Sabers

For centuries the weapon considered most essential to cavalry had been the saber. Oddly enough, the US Army rarely saw fit to emphasize the training of its mounted men enough to make them sufficiently proficient with the saber to be deadly swordsmen in battle. There were saber exercises in the dragoon and mounted riflemen regiments, but these were hardly on a level with the training European cavalrymen experienced. All the mounted units of the US Army, from the Continental Dragoons to the modern cavalry, were armed with one type of saber or another. That is until the saber was finally discontinued as a cavalry weapon in 1934. The 1840 saber had the nickname, "Old Wristbreaker," because it was fairly easy for the soldier to break his wrist in combat if he held the saber wrong. The proper way to hold the saber was inverted and away from your body. Normally sabers were not sharpened because they were intended to be used for thrusting, not slashing. Used exclusively in close combat from horseback, the saber knot would be used as a strap and wrapped around the wrist to prevent the saber from being lost should it be dropped in battle.