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Created By Cameron McKirdy
Full product review of the COAST Products RX322 coming soon! I had to post the HD video I created on this glorious snow day in the Pacific Northwest. What would you like to see me slice through next?
Check out the COAST Products Rapid Response knives at http://www.coastportland.com
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By Cameron McKirdy
A friend was generous enough to give me a bag full of fresh Rosemary. Her plant produced incredible amounts, more than she needed. My stash has been drying in the dark pantry, on the water heater, ready to be utilized. The day came, and man did it improve the meal.
After plucking it from the stem, Survival Bros tossed several teaspoons in to boil with the potatoes. It gave them a sweet taste, that was way better than ordinary spuds.
Then we cooked chicken with a few pinches of fresh Rosemary on top. Now I don’t want to cook without it. It also pairs well with lemon. Tell me that doesn’t look succulent!I’ve also been trying out shampoo and conditioner harnessing the power of both Rosemary and Mint. I think this Suave product works really well. I hope you can get a hold of some of this special herb. For more on the uses and cultural significance of Rosemary, read all about it on Wikipedia here. Thanks for visiting the blog. Make sure to read some of our other posts. %^).
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Produced by Cameron McKirdy
One of the most popular every day carry knives is the Kershaw Chive designed by Ken Onion. This sly blade features the patented SpeedSafe assisted opening, giving it a remarkable feel. In the HD video I put the knife to the test, slicing a can, plastic bottle, different types of cordage, and much more. On Youtube I couldn’t find anyone doing a legit cut test with the Chive, so I made an extreme one.
I was genuinely surprised to see that the Kershaw didn’t dull after cutting the soda can. I muscled through the bottom, and I was sure it would damage the blade, or at least scratch the titanium-oxide rainbow coating. But even after that, I was able to shave off a good chunk of arm hair in a few strokes. The knife did everything I wanted it to, making it a perfect EDC tool. It’s ultra lightweight too, at only 1.7 ounces.
The Chive comes in a wide variety of colors, some with different handle materials, but the Rainbow version is the most expensive. There’s nothing girly about it. The wild coating reminds me of an oil slick, which are always interesting to look at. I like the stepped thumb studs, because they are rigid, making the small 1 15/16″ blade easy to open. However, I prefer to use the flipper on the back, because I feel it’s a little safer, and there’s no chance of slicing my thumb on deployment. It does have a solid tip-lock system for safety, so the knife won’t open when you pull it out of your pocket. In addition, I love the long, sturdy pocket clip. It’s not rainbow, just polished steel with the Kershaw logo etched down it. Plus, the jimping on the top of the blade gives you more control, which is good because the Chive is small, and somewhat slick due to the coating.
At the end of the day, the Kershaw Chive is a legend. Trust me, you want one. It makes a great keychain knife, and if you carry it on you, you’ll use it daily. For additional tech specs, and to view other models, visit http://kershaw.kaiusaltd.com/ Thanks for visiting and supporting Survival Bros – your emergency preparedness blog. Comments, likes, and shares are appreciated. What knife would you like me to test next, and what should I destroy with it? Peace.
My survival keychain video starring The Chive
Popping Blisters with the small knife after hiking on the PCT
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Produced by Cameron McKirdy
Watch me get as many complementary samples as possible. SPOILER ALERT: I score a free trial of sausage, cheese, lotion, cologne, ice cream, vitamins, purified water, and even ukulele entertainment. I also considered using the mall’s power to charge my cell phone. At a larger shopping center I’m sure you could eat the equivalent of a meal by sampling grub at all the food court’s restaurants. This was simply a fun exercise of frugality. Cheers!
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By Cameron McKirdy
Let me start by saying Happy Holidays! I wish you the best, and hope you give more than you get. Having said that, my fam was in town for Thanksgiving, and Black Friday shopping/trampling. Before my Dad and I set out to hike near Mount St. Helens, they invited me into their hotel for a free deluxe continental breakfast. The feast was on.
The hotel had waffles to make, yogurt, fruit, hash browns, juice, coffee, cereal, eggs, sausage, everything! I can’t say I’ve ever sneaked into a hotel for a free breakfast (before this), but I would if I was hungry. However, when I am a legit guest I do take goodies for the road. Trust me, my pockets get filled with honey packets, peanut butter, whatever. My brother use to creep into fine hotels in Eugene about twice a month to get his fill before class. Andrew blogged about it here on Survival Bros. It’s funny. But I’m not advising you to steal, just sharing a survival tactic for if you’re about to die and need food energy.
You can see in the HD video above I loaded up on the complementary grub, and took it back to their room. I scarfed it, and sipped dank coffee. Then I scoured for other freebies like shampoo, soap, packaged coffee, plus sugars, creamers, straws, napkins, and a new roll of toilet paper. It’s not much, but it will help me get through another day. Being a scavenger is key to survival. Work on that skill just in case. Please visit here regularly. I will be blogging about my 10 mile Mt. St. Helens hike soon. Take care of yourself, and each other. And question authority!
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Produced By Cameron McKirdy
Last week I requested a free product sample from Wise Company of their emergency storable food. I only expected one packet with four servings, but I got two entrees on the house. So I scored six servings in all. I will try at least one meal out, and let you know how it tastes. Get your own sample, good for up to 25 years, by visiting this webpage: http://wisefoodstorage.com/request-a-sample/
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Produced By Cameron McKirdy with Tactical Gypsy
Homeless. That’s what we were. My bro and I stayed on this boat for weeks last summer to avoid paying rent, and getting a regular job. We were free, and so was our lodging. But with that comes less. We had to deal with a lot of crap. It’s noisy in the Skipanon and Warrenton Oregon Marina. Sleeping is challenging. People work on boats at all hours, so there’s usually people clamoring, and trucks hauling.
Skipanon Warrenton Oregon Marina at Night
Once we had to stay on the boat right after our host varnished the interior. We opened the craft up, but the stench was still awful. I got a headache, and while grateful for the place to lay down, I was ready to split and catch the bus into town. In the HD video above we got a solid fire going, but I didn’t film the smoke that filled the cabin, and it was horrible. I got a headache from that too. Again, we lifted the lid on the boat, and opened up the ceiling, but sacrificed warmth. The Survival Bros slept on a wet mattress because the boat had recently sank.
We had a key to the shower and restroom, but that was a hike from the boat. Plus, we didn’t want to get hassled by security, so we kept our creeping to a minimum, and laid low. The smart move was to pee in plastic bottles to avoid detection. However, the other fisherman on the marina were typically very helpful. We had their assistance many times when we had to do work on the boat, or move it to another slip. Speaking of, the rent for a spot there is only $70 per month, and our buddy paid that. You have to pay a little more for electricity, but it’s still the cheapest place to crash in town. In exchange for a bed, Tactical Gypsy worked on the boat, making sure the bilge was pumping out water, or whatever. I kept him company, and learned what I could from the Maritime Scientist. It was an adventure for sure, and I’m happy to share it with you. More homelessness tales soon. Thanks for supporting Survival Bros. Peace and love.
Selling waterlogged boat motors for cash
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Survival Bros Founder Cameron McKirdy films spicy Mexican Food grooving to Dubstep. The feisty taco discusses his cold weather gear setup that allows him to perform Art on the street in Longview, Washington. This has everything to do with survival. He is working the streets. Thriving, and expressing himself in a world gone mad.
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Produced By Cameron McKirdy
Watch Survival Bros repair Oregon Ducks Nike shoes with an officially licensed Survival Straps bracelet. My shoelace broke, and I needed a solution ASAP so I could get back on the road. It worked out great, because the green color matched my player edition, team issued kicks.
It was easy to unravel the tightly bound milspec 550 paracord strap, taking only a few minutes to get the cordage I needed. As I mention in the HD video, I did have to cut off the ends so they could pass through the adjustable plastic clasp. However, it was no problem reheating the tips so they wouldn’t come undone later. I had plenty of cord to work with, and I cut it to length. Luckily my new laces were able to pass through the holes as I relaced my Nikes. Now my shoelaces are stronger than ever, and handy if I need them for another purpose. Plus, because this was an emergency I will get a new band when I share my story with Survival Straps. I was worried I was going to be barefoot this afternoon, but I was prepared with my paracord bracelet nearby. The last thing I want is my shoe to come off when I bike through a busy intersection. I’m good to go.
They have so many cool designs, you really have to look at them for yourself. I also like the wide double fish tail designs. At $29.99 the Oregon Ducks Survival Straps is a deal. You’ll get up to 15 feet of military spec super strong paracord from one bracelet. Having a little extra cordage in an emergency situation could be the difference between life in death. Thankfully, I wasn’t in true danger this time.
Here’s a link to my other blog post about Survival Straps. Please visit Survival Bros again soon. Best wishes.