The Perfect Survival Knife.

My “Go-To” Knife.

Knives are a very hotly debated topic!  Especially the debates on the so called tactical knives.

Hunters and gatherers have had a personal opinion about which cutting instrument is best since the first flake was chipped off an obsidian stone.


After all, the knife was the tool that allowed us to climb quite a few links up the “food chain”.

I’m not going to debate which knife is best.  That’s entirely a matter of personal preference based on lifestyle and occupation.  If you want that sort of thing, there are plenty of knife forums on the web to keep you reading for the rest of your life.  Probably 2 or 3 lifetimes.

This writing is about what knife I find I most carry.

I have found my go-to “Goldilocks” knife has been my Cold Steel, Hold Out 2.


Goldilocks, meaning it’s not too small and not too big.

In my experience, you need to be able to get a lot of grip (real-estate) on a knife handle to actually do knife chores with it.  This knife offers that.

Small knives are fine when you’re out and about at some fancy shin-dig with your lady friend and don’t expect to need a big blade.  However, for everyday man work in the working world, a knife needs to be relied upon to handle some tough duty.  Sometimes that duty may require the blade to go above and beyond its call.

The Cold Steel Hold Out 2 is a very solid knife.  The “Tri-Ad” lock has no play (wiggle) after 2 years of heavy use.  I’m an avid hunter and outdoors-man and this knife is a constant companion.  This knife sees plenty of field use.

The knife sports a 4 inch blade and an overall length of 9 inches.  I find 4 inches of blade seems to be just the right length for just about any knife job I run into.  If I run into a job that’s bigger I go get my axe or machete.

I’m also not a big fan of serrations on a blade.

A word about the AUE-8 Steel that this knife is made out of.  It works.

I’m not a knife maker or metallurgist.  I’m a regular fella that likes a knife to cut what I want it to cut.  I keep things simple.  Sure, I agree, there’s better steel out there for a knife blade than AUE-8.

However!  I think the first rule of owning a knife should be to learn how to sharpen that knife on a stone.  I believe this is a skill that’s not being passed down.  If you own a knife you should know how to sharpen it on a stone.

I think too many people buy a knife that’s sharp right out of the box and use it until it’s dull. They then get one of those cheap little knife sharpeners that you pull the blade through and screw up the angle of the cutting edge.  They then complain that the blade won’t hold an edge.

Learn how to sharpen a knife.  Don’t be afraid of looking bad when you’re learning something new.  Just like learning how to ride bike for the first time, no-one looks good learning something new.

I’ve always said that in life all you need is a good knife and a good plan, however, there’s no substitute for knowledge as well.

So obtain the best knife you can afford.  Keep it sharp and carry the damn thing.

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P.S.  I am a self diagnosed “knife-oh-holic” and would love to hear from others about what blade they find to be their “Go-to” blade.

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Vitally important lessons here.  I can’t thank mojopin12 enough for taking the time to post his video response to my video.  Thank you for elaborating on this terrible tragedy and putting a personal face to this insidious crime.   Please watch the video mojopin12 posted and check out his channel.

We are not Immune.

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If there’s one thing that history has shown us. It’s that civilizations rise and collapsed over and over throughout time. It’s when they fall that we tend to see the ugliness of our species rise to the surface.

We’d be at the height of arrogance to think that in modern times we are immune from this rule.

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A Choice Between Non-Violence and Non-Existence.


It may not be possible to avoid violence in an area where the “rule of law” has lost it’s footing.  I discuss this topic in detail in the book “The SHTF Art of War”.  You can get it immediately with no waiting on KINDLE at:

The Flow of Crime.

Water seeks the path of least resistance.
So do criminals.  Criminals for the most part are cowards and attack the easiest targets.  They may be lazy but they aren’t dumb.  They too will realize that there’s an absence …of hospitals and quality medical care.  They won’t want to receive any bullet holes or injuries that will cause them to miss out on all the pillaging and raping that’s going on.
“The choice is not between violence and nonviolence but between nonviolence and nonexistence.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
During hurricane Katrina, homeowners would fire off a round or two in the air when they saw gangs of “would be” looters coming down their street at night.
This effectively encouraged these individuals with ill intent to move on to other “gun free” neighborhoods.


“Violence, naked force, has settled more disputes in history than has any other factor and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms.” ― Robert Heinlein
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Do you have a high art?


There are people among us who know no depths to their depravity.

Many people expect criminals and predators to have a heart and soul that they can reach. Many people believe criminals think like regular people think.


This is a grave mistake. Predators do not think like you and I think. They don’t have the same compassion for people that we have. They don’t value human life like a normal person does. Thus, you shouldn’t expect any of these compassionate behaviors from street thugs and predators.

Know this, you had better be prepared when your path crosses with one of these predators. Don’t expect normal behavior or that you can get through the whole situation by being nice and playing on his compassion – he has NONE of these qualities.

They will show you no mercy.

Your greatest survival weapons will be being aware of your surroundings, your adaptability and how fast you can react to changing environment.

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The Unforeseeable.

“Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.” ~George S. Patton
Call me crazy, but I find it best to know how the bad guys will operate BEFORE a major crisis happens. … If you haven’t read “The SHTF Art of War” yet, fear not.  You can get it immediately with no waiting on KINDLE at: