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    Dogs of War field knife

    Dogs of War field knife Rowan H. Robbertze (April/2012) The intent for reviewing this knife is to look for an affordable, reliable and durable field knife that won’t rust in wet environments and can keep its edge till it gets back to civilisation. The knife being reviewed is made by DOW (Dogs of War) Blades and Outdoor Tools and is marketed as a field knife. Knife: Overall length: 220mm full tang fixed blade. Blade: 105mm Cutting edge: 90mm Handle: 115mm Thickness: 3.5mm Steel: 440A Sheath: Black Nylon Price R200.00 For this review I will be using the knife as a general-purpose camp knife, preforming normal camp choirs. This will include preparing food, opening cans, lighting fire, batoning and making tent pegs and a new base for my fire-bow. Out of the box the knife was reasonably sharp, just not sharp enough for my liking. The knife sharpened easily and took a keen edge. I also added a lanyard for safety. I usually collect broken branches and make a fire accordingly. Bigger branches I burn through on the fire instead of chopping them. As batoning is always a request I decided to use the knife for that purpose. As this is not a Rambo sized knife the biggest branches I batoned trough were roughly 40-50mm. I was also able to baton through the length of the 50mm branch that was roughly a meter long. Except for some scratches on the blade there was zero damage. The edge remained very sharp and did not have any chips, cracks or deformation in it. Using the knife with a fire-steel to start a fire was a total fail. I ended up using a backup knife (I always have a Leatherman) to accomplish the task. There was no sharp edges on the back of the blade, due to it being very nicely finished,… looking good s not necessarily better. I will put an age on the back of the spear point blade to rectify this for future use. The edge could have been used, but I never use my cutting edge on a fire-steel. For opening the can, the point held up for penetration and the edge tore through the metal of the lid. The point and edge did not deform or chips as is normal in low quality stainless steels. As expected it did blunted the edge and added some character forming scars, but it was still usable for general cutting work. The knife was used to prepare and process all my food. Cutting up some tomatoes, cheese even bead was very easily accomplished. Preparing the meat was also a breeze and it handled both the raw and cooked meat with ease. Making the 4 tent pegs and base for the fire bow started with batoning out a long enough branch, which was done with ease. For batoning I use another piece of wood to hit the back of the blade, never a hammer, other knife, rock or pipe. In short nothing that is the same hardness or harder than the blade. The spear point blade has a very nice belly with no dead spots. Carving, cutting and scraping was accomplished with ease. For what the DOW is marketed, it delivers 100%. The knife also looks cool with the camo handle and the way the lanyard holes are positioned, it can be used as a spearhead. At the price it will have few equals. Except for failing to lighting the fire with the fire-steel, the DOW exceeded my expectation. It is an excellent choice as a survival, field, camp, hiking, bush and home use knife. It has very good edge retention and did not rust in a very wet and rainy environment. The knife kept a decent edge for 3 days of field work, but it could have lasted another day or 2. The knife has a comfortable handle that you can choke-up on. With batoning, the handle loosened and moved, but seems to have settled in its new position. You cannot loosen or tighten the bolts that the handle is fixed onto the tang with. The sheath is very, very basic, would have loved leather or a Kydex sheath. But at the price it is more than sufficient. If you need an affordable, usable knife for the outdoors the DOW field knife should be on your list to buy, you will not be disappointed! DOWKT.docx
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    Leatherman Wingman

    Leatherman Wingman Rowan H. Robbertze (August/2015) What would you carry as an EDC that can perform most of what an average and unusual day will throw at you? As a South African who did most of his growing up on farms, I was taught that a man must have a knife with him. On a farm you are in the bush in the middle of nowhere and you need to be self-reliant. There is always something that needs cutting even if it is just peeling your apple. Getting dressed, part of your wardrobe is your pocket knife. With the arrival of the Swiss army knife, your knife now had more tools and greater usability. Then Leatherman produced the multi tool, the ultimate pocketknife. From all the multi tools out there and from all the different makes I have owned, Leatherman stand a few levels above the rest. I have to admit that I am an ENORMOUS fan of Leatherman! No matter where I go or what large knife I use when surviving in the bush, Leatherman is always my backup knife. Leatherman markets the Wingman as a pocket tool and comes with a pouch and a carabineer tool. It is made in the USA and you can feel the quality!!! Dimensions Knife: Closed: 98mm Open: 163mm Blade: 65mm Pliers: 154mm Screwdriver: 220mm (Phillips) Pouch: Leather Price on the Wingman is R885.00 For the review I will be focusing on the Leatherman Wingman’s ability to be an all-round pocket tool. Tools: Blade ½ serrated Scissors Pliers with proper cutters for hard wire Box cutter Can opener Flat & Phillips screwdriver File Pocket clip Blade: The Blade is ½ serrated with a nice sharp point, has a liner lock and flicks open like it is assisted. It can be opened and closed with just one hand, which comes in handy as you do not want to have a shape blade open when working. The blades unique shape allows it to be used as an everyday blade for cutting, peeling and any other task you will use a blade for. Shape also permits it to be used as a carpet cutter. You are able to hone it to a razor sharp edge. Scissors: Scissors are very capably for their size and have assisted on numerous occasions when there were no large scissors available or when bandages needed to be cut. They are always there for wrapping presents to cut the paper and the tape. A liner lock is used to keep them in place. Pliers: These are proper hard working pliers that can grip and crunch as well as normal pliers and are stronger than any Chinese plier I have ever had the displeasure of using. The fact that they are spring-loaded makes them a pleasure to use. This is a feature I wish all my other Leatherman’s had! The cutter handles anything from thin wires for traps and snares all the way to serious wire. The needle noise is perfect for making loops for snares and grips well. They have even doubled as nut crackers. The pliers have also served in many suspicious bathrooms to close and open door locks. Box cutter: The box cutter was of great use with my previous job where I had to cut open countless boxes sparing my blade for other choirs. Can opener/Wire stripper: The can opener comes in handy anytime someone at work or camp has a can that is not one of the easy open cans J Seems no one has can openers any more,… It also works great to strike a spark on a fire steel. The wire stripper works well and cuts through the plastic on the wire with ease. If you press to hard it even goes through the wire J It can also be used for the fire steel. Flat & Phillips screwdriver: Both the flat & Philips screwdriver is well sized and fit most screws. It is perfect for changing a plug, fixing light switches. It opens lids of paint cans. File/Ruler/Screwdriver: The file is short bit usable for smoothing bolts ere even touch up on the machete. It also features a small ruler with both metric and imperial along with a small flat screwdriver. Clip: The pocket clip is functional and in my opinion renders the pouch useless, but could have been tighter as the knife has fallen out when using the pocket clip. This seems to be inherent to all the Leatherman’s I own. For defence, the blade, though small can both cut and puncture. It makes a very good, comfortable and functional Koga stick. Quality wise, none of the other manufactures come close to the abilities of the Leatherman. I have had this specific Wingman for 4 years, and it has always done what I needed it to do. Modifications I did to my Wingman was to satin polish the blade to help with rust prevention and to round the serrations for smoother and safer cutting of the most important thing a knife can ever accomplish, carving Biltong. The Wingman is a real tool meant to be used. It is not a toy and the equipment that is in this tool is fully functional unlike the Chinese. When it came to negatives I had to look for were the following. The blade does not remain as sharp as long as I would like, but this does knife works VERY hard and I like a razors sharp blade. It is prone to rust if you are not careful and if too well oiled, the tool leaves your pockets stained with oil. This is not good if you wear formal pants for work. The plier point is NOT like on all my other Leatherman’s that make perfect contact at the tip, in fact it actually as a large gap that even the cheap Chinese versions do not have. Practicality and usefulness of this tool is only limited by your own abilities! It is a strong, well designed and capable piece of kit! I am VERY happy with the performance of the Wingman and I view it as one of my best all round knives/tools. If I have the Wingman with me I can perform any task I need to at the office, in the kitchen, on the road at home, away on travel and in the bush. The Wingman gives you the best of everything you need in almost all situations. Even though this is not a “field/outdoor” knife, the Sidekick takes that honour, the Wingman has been on numerous excursions into the bush always performing well. The Wingman delivers 110% of what Leatherman markets it for and can be used by anyone who needs tools. It will work for the professional carpenter/plumper, average tinkerer and even single moms having to fix their own appliances. The Leatherman Wingman is indeed a wingman you can depend on! Leatherman Wingman.docx
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    Picture a day thread!

    Some BRM ribs on a fire
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    Terava Skrama Knife

    Still love my SK5 Cold Steel Kukri. The Rajah Series gives the long handle with fold-abilaty.
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    Terava Skrama Knife

    Dear David S, Thank you for the share! Love long handle blades! Not a fan of the blade type but it still a awesome blade! Also find holes in the blade gets things stuck in it. How are you experiencing this knife? Please post some pics. Best regards, Rowan
  6. Dear Thomas, This is VERY interesting! Living in a country were skills are not the issue but your skin colour, I have been on terminated for just being white, and then replaced by a correct colour worker who was the right colour with 0% skills and double or Triple my salary. What happens when a robot can do the work at a fraction of the price?! In Africa we have a safety that the humans will destroy the Robots as they do now. It may also be classified as a racial issue giving Africans work security. But when the robots learn and may retaliate,… what then? I am glad to say that I have been reemployed at a fraction of my previous salary, but at least I can buy food for my Family. Once a robot can take my place at a fraction of the price,… Why employ a human? When race than fails it is a downward spiral!!!! When a machine can now do everything, never get sick, always learn even after 100 years of service,… Why employ a African when the machine outperforms every time at a fraction of the price,… and if the machine is also the employer?! How will you earn a salary if machines can now do everything better than you?! As all movies have shown, when machines become self-aware what do we do then? Prepping may not be for an inevitable disaster event. But just not having any skills that are makeable. This is a thread that has no end, … nor is the ability of machines. How long will it take Bots to think genocide is a feasible option?! Kind Regards, Rowan H. Robbertze
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    Big blade

    Dear post-tees, @Z prepper, thank you @kiwitransient, that is my Nepalese Kukri made by Kukri house. Absolutely love it but it has been discontinued Total: 16” Blade: 10.5” Thickness: 10mm The blade grind makes a HUGE difference compared to flat or hollow ground knives. Here you have a knife that WILL out shop a hatchet any time! @Thomas, I will swap you some for those Spyderco’s Kind regards, Rowan H. Robbertze
  8. Dear Dan Seven, My initial training with firearms as a child was with a .22Lr and as I newly private individual with his own life training is still with a 22LR. I believe this is the most underrated calibre in the world! It has provided me numerous meals on wild life excursions were I had a pistol for hunting. The rifle is as accurate as it gets and I will recommend this for any survivalist. The .22Lr not only keeps my skills honed but is a lethal calibre all the way from snakes to 2 legged Xenophobes that wish t to my family harm. Not a calibre for large made as it will only make them mad but it will take down a Kudu if you can shoot! The .303 is a calibre that served my great grandfather in the Boer war, my grandfather for providing food for his family. My father for putting food on the table and now me defending the family against extermination from the ANC. You can say a .303 is my traditional weapon. As you said with good placement it as effective as a 30-06. I would like to share with you a pun from the Boer war. An English captain saw a Boer (White South African) smoking on a mountain and sent up his finest soldier to kill the upstart. Minutes after his soldier arrives on the mountain the Boer comes back from behind the mountain and screams down at the English is that all you have?! So the captain sends 2 volunteers to kill the Boer. Again minutes after the men arrive the Boer comes over the mountain and says that the best you got??!! So he sends 10 men to kill the Boer. 5 Minutes after the squad arrived the Boer comes over the mountain al bloodied and battered and say that the best you got??!! So the commander sends the whole battalion!! After about 10 min an English soldier crawls back over the mountain battered and bleeding. He says it is an ambush, there are 2 Boere “Until tomorrow the whole world is my home. If you want to join me for a while just grab your hat we’ll travel light, that’s hobo style” T. Bush Kind regards, Rowan H. Robbertze
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    What's Your Favorite Fire Starter?

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    What's Your Favorite Fire Starter?

    Dear dthomasdigital, I have to say I have not found anything better to light a fire in wet or windy conditions than cotton balls with Vaseline. When I show kids how to use a fire steel I also start them with cotton balls with Vaseline. I love seeing their faces when they light a fire like Bear Grills. Hooked for life on the outdoors after that!!! In Africa we also have wild cotton that grows in nature and winter time and we have abundance of tinder that starts easily with a fire steel. Kind regards, Rowan H. Robbertze
  11. Dear Dan Seven, A .22??? Is that a “Gun”? The question all none gun fanatics ask? I love my .22 and everyone feels it is too small to do any damage. I have to say when my airgun cannot cut it my .22 kills it. Won’t take this as a survival weapon as it does not have stopping power, but it can get rid of pesky critters at 2km. Numerous rabbits can attest to this! Glad to see someone is still using a .303, seems that only old timers use this calibre. As I love my .303 and it is perfect for shooting from a horse and I can shoot small to medium game (this is Africa, elephants are considered large game) with it I consider it a great calibre for hunting as well as defence (again, this is Africa, a 9mm only aggravates your attackers). My other favourite is the shot gun, with this tool I can hunt all the way from doves to warthog. Though I can shoot a dove with a .303, if I find the carcass there is very little to eat as well as to only 1,… The shotgun is also a better defence weapon as you usually get attracted by a minimum of 3 attackers and this way you can remind all 3 at the same time you mean business. For survival I also find the 12gage to be advantageous as 1 gun gives me the option to hunt small game for the pup, put a Kudu in the pot and protect myself from the numerous Xenophobes running freely in the country. Still love taking the .303 to the range and hunting some wild bake bean cans that got loose. So what is the biggest game you have taken down with the .303? Any medium sized game like Moose and Grizzly that have tasted .303 only to be tasted by the owner of the .303? My cousin visited Canada were he was attacked by a black bear, says it was the first time in his life defending himself with his fists almost did not work. Kind regards, Rowan H. Robbertze
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    Favourite knife handle materials?

    Dear Z prepper, Thank you for the information. A friend of mine makes these, I will try get my hands on one. Kind regards, Rowan H. Robbertze
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    Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Army

    Dear dthomasdigital, Correct, and if you cheat and use cotton balls, first strike every time. Kind regards, Rowan H. Robbertze
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    The folding knives that took on Africa and won!
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    Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel 2.0 Army

    Dear dthomasdigital, Without a doubt the best firesteel I own. Kind regards, Rowan H. Robbertze
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    Dear kiwitransient, I am also a kukri fan, the blade to me is ideal for everything! As for the Rajah2, I have the AUS8 and a friend of mine also carries the AUS8 Rajah 2&3 and he has taken them through Africa. He knows how to use a knife and feels the Rajah2 is strong enough for any task and has proven it numerous times. The Rajah3 is a backup incase he needs to go to town or the 2 gets lost. In the field I carry the CS Gurka Kukri in SK5 but the Rajah2 is still in the pocket and gets used the most. Unless you do something “stupid” I cannot see the Rajah2 failing. Enjoy, let me know if the blade steel upgrade is worth it. Kind regards, Rowan H. Robbertze
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    Fire starter challenge with the family.

    Dear dthomasdigital, Excellent, looking forward to seeing the pictures. Kind regards, Rowan H. Robbertze
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    Hello from Missouri !

    Dear Slowmotion, Welcome to the forum! I see you a fellow animal lover. Kind regards, Rowan H. Robbertze
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    Asymmetrical grinds

    Dear AlexSRB, I have to agree with Thomas, I also prefer a lean full flat ground blade. Here is a knife from a local maker that has a single side edge and is easy to make. Below are some I am busy with. Kind regards, Rowan H. Robbertze
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    EDC Knife for my MRS.

    Dear Senator, Stunning!!! What a great design and I like that you kept the blue color after tempering. Kind regards, Rowan H. Robbertze
  21. Putting the Leatherman Supertool 300 through its paces.
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    Homemade Survival Knife

    They have no equal!!!
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    New knife for my nephew.

    Dear Senator, A work of art!!! Your Nephew will love it! Like the holes (presume it meant to decrease weight) looks great! Kind regards, Rowan H. Robbertze
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    Favourite knife handle materials?

    Dear Elise, Wishing you and all the threaders a prosperous 2016! Carbon fibre and Micarta I like for toughness and weather resistance as well as durability. Perfect for hot, dry and wet environments. Wood I like for the look, I beautiful wood handle tells its own tale. Prefer for collectables. Stag is the most comfortable material in my hand. It does not blister or slip. Awesome worker but needs care. Kind regards, Rowan H. Robbertze
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    Big blade

    Dear Z prepper, BIG love of HUGE blades!!! Weight, the heavier the better for hard work! Measurement: Blade 6-14inches, 4-10mm thick Style: Kukri Blade angle: Apple seed My smallest work knife has a ½ inch blade. I have never owns a smaller knife. Like a big blade an ultra small knife us used differently. Too big??? I think if it bigger than Grosse Messer 42 inches exceeds my skill with a blade and it becomes too big to carry. Kind regards, Rowan H. Robbertze