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Choosing and Sharpening a Survival Knife:

by James Mandeville

sharpening a knife rating = 5

Fallkniven f1 survival knife

Fallkniven f1 survival knife

choosing and sharpening a survival knife
Sharpening a knife – Get the best from it.

A knife is an indispensable survival item. It helps you build a shelter, start a fire, cut rope, prepare food and countless other tasks, but a knife can also be an effective weapon for both hunting and self–defence. There are numerous survival knives on the market, so how do you choose which one to buy?

Once you have selected a knife keeping it sharp and in first–class condition is another issue altogether. Find out which knife to buy and how to keep it sharp…

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Survival at Sea — Adrift in the ocean:

by James Mandeville

survival at sea = 4.5

Adrift at Sea
Adrift at sea - What does it
take to survive?

Helpful advice for survivors at sea

A life raft is not a sailing vessel; it is merely a set of rubber tubes with the sole purpose of keeping survivors out of the water until rescue. A new raft smells strongly of rubber and glue, which makes almost anyone entering it feel nauseous.

It does not usually have a solid floor and this places a great strain on the body of any survivor using one. They can be punctured (all the world's oceans are littered with debris that can range from freight containers that have fallen off ships to tree trunks) and rafts are very difficult to repair when wet, which is most of the time. As with all vessels, they risk being attacked by sharks. The survival equipment provided with the raft is basic…

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Doomsday Preppers:

by James Mandeville

Doomsday Preppers rating = 3.5

Doomsday Preppers
Doomsday Preppers - Smart thinking or Doomsday Phobia?

Natgeo - Doomsday Preppers

It would seem that over 3 million people in the USA and countless unknown numbers elsewhere in the world are feverishly preparing for the end of civilization as we know it. But are they prudent and smart people, or are they suffering from Doomsday Phobia?

Is there a growing doomsday mass hysteria fuelled by the National Geographic TV series Doomsday Preppers? In this article I look at the phenomena of Doomsday Preppers and ask the question: Are these otherwise ordinary people mentally disturbed, or are they the smart ones?

Dppmsday Preppers


How much do you know?

Free Survival Quizzes:

Survival Quizzes rating = 5

Free Survival Quizzes

Find out how much you know, and learn by reviewing your answers. Two tough quizzes each with fifty questions

Quiz 1: (Extreme Survival) Survival Expert

Quiz 2: (General Survival)

Survival Quiz

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How to become a survival expert:

by James Mandeville

Survival Quizzes rating = 5

How to become a survival expert

So, how does one become a survival expert?

In this article I look at various ways a person can become proficient and then expert in survival…


How to survive a plane crash:

by James Mandeville

Survival a plane crash rating = 4

How to survive a plane crash

Your chances of surviving a plane crash may be better than you thought

Some crashes cannot be survived, others, (in fact, the vast majority) can be survived. If you are ever unfortunate enough to be in a plane that crashes, there are things you can do to better your chances…

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Personal survival kits:

by James Mandeville

Make a survival kit rating = 5

Make a personal survival kit

How to make a survival kit

Making a personal survival kit is not only a wise thing to do, it can be fun and even more important - it can save your life one day! Find out how to do it…


Desert survival:

by James Mandeville

Survive in the desert rating = 3.5

Survive in the desert

How to survive deserts

Full length article, covering essential desert survival, including vehicles…

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Planning an Expedition:

by James Mandeville

Planning an expedition rating = nr

Planning an Expedition

Start Planning an Expedition

For some, an expedition is scientific exploration, for others, the desire to cross oceans, travel waterways, climb mountains, explore caves, to experience new cultures, or just to go someplace they otherwise would not visit. How do you even start to plan?

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