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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.

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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.

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Selling waterlogged boat motors for cash

Survival Bros has acquired two unreleased, never before seen Coast Products knives. This innovative company started up in Portland, OR way back in 1919. They have a long history of quality and innovation. The NEW DX355, and DX356 folders are no different. They are the best blades I’ve seen from Coast yet. Survival Bros will have full reviews, and HD videos of them soon. But for now, all you get is this teaser. Check out the full line of Coast flashlights, headlamps, emergency lights, knives and more at http://www.coastportland.com

I’ve been playing with these beauties all night. They are sharp! I love the beefy dual thumb studs, long deep carry pocket clips, and the dual lock system. Also, the handles are stunning. Look at that detail. Both tools deploy rapidly, and with ease. When these are released to the public, you gotta check out the Coast DX355, and DX356! They make me proud to be an Oregonian.

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Produced By Cameron McKirdy

Produced by Cameron McKirdy

My dad and I just got back to the Oregon Coast, after a 4 day trip playing on the McKenzie River and the trail. First we geared up, and hit the rapids with the Oregon Whitewater Association. A group of 70 extreme outdoor enthusiasts floated 14 miles down the river. The water was brutally cold, at only 47 degrees. I fell off our cataraft for the first time after we smashed into a log along the bank. I didn’t have time to be fearful. I was just trying to catch my breath from the shock of the water, and keep my legs up as I floated down. Of course, I had a class 3 life jacket on. I swam to the back of the boat, but didn’t like being where I couldn’t see the rocks ahead of me. Plus, I didn’t want to get trapped under the massive military grade raft. So I separated from the craft, and tried to swim to shore, but the water was moving too fast, and nobody there could help me. I swam to the side of the raft, and was barely able to climb back on. I had to quickly jump off the river bottom to boost myself up. I was fatigued, and just wanted to sit down and assess my injuries. I hit my knee on a rock, and bloodied by shin up. I was only in the river for a few minutes, but it wouldn’t have been long before my body started shutting down, and hypothermia set in. It was intense.

I had my iPhone 4S in my pocket with a LifeProof case on when I went overboard. It worked. No water got in thankfully. In my other pocket I was carrying the new Coast DX335 rescue knife. It stayed clipped on, but luckily I didn’t have to use it. You’d be surprised how many people die on the river getting tangled in ropes. Below is a funny clip I took with the LifeProof case on my cell. It took great video, and you can hear my dad yelling at me to put it away. He thought it was going to get splashed, or fall in as we hit the drop in the rapids. Also below is an HD video review of the Coast Products knife. I will update this blog as I get media online. I used my GoPro Hero 3 Black camera to record my treacherous mountain bike ride down the McKenzie River Trail. That will be up soon. Thanks for visiting Survival Bros. Follow us on Twitter, Youtube, and join the community on Facebook. Peace.

 

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Produced by Cameron McKirdy

In this HD video I test a brand new blade from Kershaw Knives out of Tualatin, Oregon.  I hiked with it in my pocket near the crater of Mt. St. Helens, from the Johnston Ridge Observatory.  This park is a National Monument, and a true American treasure.  The Junkyard Dog 2.2 is also a gem.  It’s a rigid manual opening knife, loaded with style.  It’s bold, from the slick pocket clip, to the textured black G10 handle.  Kershaw thought of everything.  It comes with a protective zippered pouch too, which will keep the sand and dirt out of it, and save it from hard falls.  My favorite part of the design is the way it opens.  The flipper on the top is easy to grip with one finger, and flick open, and into a locked position.  The liner lock is also the beefiest I’ve ever seen.  It’s no joke.  The blade isn’t closing unless you deliberately push the lock to the side. 

Overall, the Junkyard Dog 2.2 is easy to handle, and use.  I recommend it fully.  I like it’s aggressive design.  Plus, for a folder, it has a thick and wide blade.  It must also be mentioned that the blade is made of composite steel.  It’s quality engineering, boasting both D2 steel, and high-performance Sandvik 14C28N stainless on the spine.  The Junkyard Dog 2.2 can take any beating you dish out.  Survival Bros has even battoned it with wood to cut kindling for a fire.  It has sliced through every material I’ve tried; duct tape, rope, fabric, tree branches, elk meat, and more.  If you’re looking for a bigger EDC knife, this one is epic.  The JYD 2 retails for $149.95.  The version tested is Model 1725CB.  More reviews soon.  I’d appreciate your comments.  Thanks!

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Produced by Cameron McKirdy

My bro known as “Tactical Gypsy” sent me these delicious pictures to blog about. He loves his elk. You can see all the spices and flavorings used to produce the glorious nuggets. Half of the loaves are spicy, half mild. Both varieties went well with pepper jack cheese, sharp cheddar, and even brie on crackers. Most of these will be stored in the freezer tonight, the others gifts.

Here’s the recipe:
8 LBS Elk burger
1/2 cup Morton’s Tender Quick. Mix well & let sit overnight in fridge.

Add… 1 1/2 TBSP Coarse pepper, 1 1/2 TBSP Garlic powder, 1 1/2 TBSP Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, 1 TBSP Mustard seed, 1 Tsp Cayenne pepper, 3 TBSP Liquid smoke…. MIX well!

Make 8 rolls/loaves. Put on broiler pan & bake 4Hrs @ 250* turning 1/4 turn every 1/2 Hr. Make sure internal heat gets to 150*.

Cool to room temp before wrapping and freezing.

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It’s raining.  So we decide to stress test the new Coast Rapid Response 3.90 knife.  Survival Bros will be posting more product reviews soon.  

Check out the entire Coast product line here: http://www.coastportland.com/  Coast is a local brand from Portland, OR.  You can trust them.  

Weighing in at 141 grams according to my scale, the Coast RX320 knife was handed to me by a survival expert and I was told to do a review on it. The first thing I did was take it apart a little. Why? I like to look past the glitz and glamour of a product from its outside view, I like to take it apart and see if it really is any good or not. The screws are torx bit tipped, and as I removed them, they all looked like they had lock tight or other thread sealant on there. It was designed never to fail, as a knife should be. The handle is fiberglass-filled textured nylon with a diamond texture offering an easy grip even in cold and rain. The spring assist helps again with one handed opening and ease of use in the extreme.

A small point I like about the knife, is that the clip on the handle can be switched for left pocket or right pocket carry. The anodized look and feel of the clip matches the same look and feel of the blade itself. The blade is a nice drop point knife with amazing beveling and solid back. This solid back is important for use as a tool, scrapping, or splitting wood by hitting the back of the blade with an object. The quick open thumb tabs are easily accessible for lefties and righties, and stick out far enough to easily flip out, but not to far as to get caught in your pocket. The resounding clack sound it makes as it locks open is reminiscent of a well oil gun simply sliding into place, mechanically perfect. After beating it, dropping it (a lot) and more or less trying to destroy this thing for the past week, it still looks like I could sell it “like new” on Amazon. It’s a great knife, it’s a solid knife, and I feel it represents the coast name perfectly.

An Every Day Carry EDC Example

The following was submitted by Kelvin.  This is what he never leaves home without, and why.  

Love your site. I check it often, wanted to show you my EDC, or Every Day Carry.

Droid 3, rooted and running custom rom, allows me better 1080p video, better HDR photos, and instant flashlight access using my power button. The BodyGlove case is a must in my life, the tight fit keeps it from eating all the space in my pocket, but the synthetic leather feel matches perfect with my black leather car.  Pro tip: Keep $20 between the phone and the case.  This is an excellent cash stash in a pinch.

Off Brand Knife, it has been my EDC for over 2 years now, and I still can’t kill it. Spring assisted so it flicks open FAST! The emergency glass smasher and the seatbelt cutter keep me safe in an emergency, as well as a tactical defense device. For only $10 I plan on buying another one as soon I can I find one.

Nebo CSI LUMA, using a single AA battery it can outlast itself before the battery dies. Seriously, it’s as reliable as gravity and just as cheap to use. I picked this up because its roll resistant, sturdy as all hell, has a glow in the dark bottom click button, and I liked the font teeth on the lens. Perfect for opening beer bottles, lighting your way, or smashing someone’s face with it.

Bic Lighter, I prefer the brown ones as they are less common, and there for harder to get stolen. IE, Bic’ed by someone who has the same color as you. You have to remove the child proof lock on it or else it doesn’t belong in your pocket. Fire, bottle opener, floatation device for a fishing lure… the list goes on. Carry a bic people. Anything less is useless.

Chapstick, beeswax is better than paraffin and usually lasts longer on your lips. In a pinch you can burn it, or use it to dress a small abrasion, or scrape. Nothing involving blood though as it’s not a clotting agent.

Wallet, I didn’t break it down to much, because that’s almost a thing in itself as far as how much cash and coin to carry, so I’ll keep it to a simple break down.  It’s a Fossil leather wrapped canvas bi-fold that has seen much abuse and only gets better with time.

  • Rubber Band, I get money, and I like to keep it banded together. Could be used for any number of other uses.
  • Bobby pin, Used again to separate money for whatever reason, used to stir the tobacco in my pipe, and in a pinch the spring steel can be used to jimmy open a lock.
  • Multi-function Credit Card Survival Tool, is a plate of high grade stainless steel in a case that should only be used in EMERGENCYS. It has a knife edge, a can opener, a small saw, a flathead/Philips screw driver, a nail file, a ruler going to 3”, a bottle opener, has a hole for it to be used as a signaling mirror, a staggering sized multi wrench, has a V grooved rope cutter, plus a North delineation on it to be used in conjunction with its straight edge to aide in map reading, I’m sure I could list more, but I won’t. Spending less than $3 on this was worth it!

If you live near the ocean, you should be prepared for a tsunami. NO EXCUSES. Put together a backpack with all the essentials, and have it on hand. Here’s Survival Bros example of a Go Bag, or emergency Bug-Out-Bag. You could survive at least 72 precious hours with these must-have items.

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