M48 Tomahawk, Tactical Tomahawk, Tactical Axe, Nylon Sheath

 United Cutlery M48 Tactical Tomahawk

The M48-Hawk Axe does look wicked, United Cutlery has out done themselves with this tactical tomahawk.  It has a lot of blade surface on the front edge measuring 3 3/4″ across the cutting edge and the 7 1/2″ Tomahawk head is anodized AUS-6 stainless steel, it comes relatively sharp right out of the box. The Hawk Axe can be swung in any direction with little or no stress on your wrist. The secondary edge on the back of the head is has been relieve cut to a dull edge on both top and bottom for a cutting and piercing anything in its path. This unique combination, with the spike on the back edge and Hawk axe head make  an efficient personal defense and breaching tool.  I certainly wouldn’t want to be hit with it!!

Hawk Axe Handle and Balance

The M48 Hawk Axe is a perfect balanced weapon or tool, based on how you intend to use it. Well balanced and just the right length at 15 1/2″ to with either one hand or two. The handle is 30% fiberglass reinforced nylon, secured by 3 Torx Head bolts. The handle has a good gripping surface, not great though! It comes with a provision to loop a paracord for securing to your wrist. The other M48 Tomahawk’s that United Cutlery offers all have paracord wrapped handles that provide an excellent gripping surface. The tang is 3 1/2″ long and stops just below the lowest bolt, (not full tang) but that in no way throws off the feel or balance of the Hawk Axe.  The blade is a wicked sick design as it has a good head to toe ratio and the rear guard doesn’t disappoint one bit.

 M48 Tactical Tomahawk Sheath

Sheath is made from black nylon and it is sewn and riveted on the corners around the top ans ends to last through any abuse. The M48 Tomahawk slides up from the bottom into the sheath and 4 large snaps hold the Tactical Tomahawk secure for side carry.  This seems to be a safer way to extract the tactical axe from the sheath. The sheathe fits  reasonably good but could have been better in terms of perfect fitting.

A Cool Looking “Tactical Tomahawk” at a Great Value!

Thoroughly recommended for campers/trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. Or even for someone who just loves wicked blades with skulls engraved on them. I like tactical tomahawks because I like the idea of this very old type of weapon, updated for todays situations. I don’t “use” them like a warrior in our service might in a distant battle. For that purpose this hawk is very cool. One of the baddest looking of the current crop of tomahawks on the market.  If you want a very cool looking Tactical Tomahawk with some utility, buy it. If your life hangs in the balance, look elsewhere!

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Entrek Knives – “Strike Point” Tactical Liner Lock Knife

The Entrek USA Strike Point Knife

Are you looking for a quality hand made Liner Lock Tactical knife?  Look no further than Entrek USA knives. Entrek knives combine the quality of custom manufacturing with low, factory pricing. Renowned knife maker Ray Ennis, who has been designing knives for nearly 40 years, Entrek Knives are made by hand by one person and are used by professionals all over the world.

“Strike Point” Entrek’s Liner Lock Knife!

The Strike Point is a new model that was added to the Entrek Knife line to fill the need for folding knives. The Strike Point is comprised of a 4 5/8 inch blade with a thickness of 3/16 inches, and is made with 440C stainless steel. This hand made knife is tough and resistant to corrosion, and it is heat-treated and sub-zero stabilized. The Strike Point has an overall length of 10 1/16 inches making it one of the largest Liner Lock knives I seen on the market. A 1/4″ thumb stud make one hand opening a breeze and the spring steel Liner Lock, locks the blade securely open. You will notice that The Entrek USA Strike Point is very light for it’s size and uses aluminum for the handle scales to achieve this.

2 Finish Styles Made For Both “Survival” and “Tactical Use”!

The Strike Point is finished with either the standard sandblasted finish or for the tactical user, the Strike Point MKII black gun kote finish. Either finish you select is non reflective and  non glare keeping your presence to a minimum in a tactical situation. The Strike Point is a meer 1/2″ thick and equip with  2 1/4″ spring steel belt clip  makes this folder knife less bulky when clipped on your belt. I personally like sliding the Strike Point into my back pocket and clipping it to the pant pocket.  Entrek knives are designed to meet the needs of a vast array of knife users – whether you are using it for hunting, utility, tactical or other purposes.

Quality Knives Still “Made In The USA”!

The manufacturing process at Entrek USA combines both technological and hand made methods. Each and every knife goes through multiple steps in the production process including blanking, surface grinding, marking, drilling, sandblasting and more. You will come to find that Entrek USA knives are made from the best materials available and are extremely consistent in quality. The Entrek USA Strike Point is the new Liner Lock Knife in the Entrek Knife Lineup.

Outdoor Survival “Your Knife” is your Best Friend

Be Prepared buy a Quality Knife!

Your knife is your best friend when you are in the outdoors and trying to survive. The survival knife is a tool that can be used in so many ways; it is the most invaluable tool you may possess. There are literally hundreds of different knives to choose from but you should be choosing one before you leave for the outdoors.

Buy a Survival Knife that fits YOU!

Choosing a survival knife isn’t easy but you must make the decision based on how suitable the type of knife is for the situations you may be encountering. Survival basically means being prepared and by making informed choices early on, you greatly increase your chances of survival. The things you should be looking for in a knife are as follows:

Size: You want your knife to be small enough to carry but large enough to be used to cut branches from trees, butcher meat and even for digging.

Sharpness: Your survival knife should be sharp at all times especially when you first purchase it, if it isn’t sharp then, then it never will be.

Balance: Your knife should have a good balance to it, meaning the blade and handle will complement each other. When you swing the knife, the weight if the blade should be doing a lot of the work. Try a few knives and you will notice how they differ in balance and pick the one that best suits you.

Good Handle: The handle of the outdoor knife should be comfortable to use and preferably made of wood as this means it won’t slip as much.

If possible try and get a knife that is fixed blade. This means that the blade of the knife doesn’t fold in. A fixed blade knife is more reliable and safer to use as some folding knives don’t lock well or can slip and cause injury. Always make sure your knife has a good sheath, leather is the best kind, and that it is sheathed when not in use.

A Good “Sharpening Stone” is a Must!

The proper care and maintenance of your knife is extremely important and should be a daily ritual when it is in use. Sharpening the blade is essential and the best way to do this is to purchase a sharpening stone. Diamond sharpeners and other type of sharpeners are good but none of these do as good a job as a sharpening stone in the hands of someone who knows how to use one. Your knife’s blade should be sharpened to a point that is not too steep and is still thick enough not to chip.

To properly use a sharpening stone, it is best to dampen it first and then move the blade over the stone in a circular motion on angled so that you are removing the burrs and chips from the cutting edge, you will feel it when you get that perfect angle. When Sharpening the blade it must be simultaneously  flipped to get the best cutting edge possible. A sharpened blade should have no burrs and the angle of the cutting edge should be constant.

Before You set out on Your “Adventure”

Your knife is your best friend when in a survival situation. Choosing the right Survival knife and maintain it by keeping it very sharp knife sharpener are lessons that should be learned before heading to the great outdoors for some Outdoor Survival fun.

 

Youth Bow Hunting: Three Top Bows for Youth Hunters

“What Bow to Choose”, When Starting Youth Hunting Career!

Starting youth out in bow hunting can be a daunting task, especially considering the number of youth bows on the market. There are more considerations than just size to be considered when finding the right bow to get kids hunting and with many parents purchasing bows online these considerations become even more valid. A feature that parents should consider is the versatility of the bow. Any youth bow should grow with the child and adjust for height and weight. Another key feature to consider is the weight of the bow itself. The bow length and draw weight are two additional features that should be considered when purchasing a youth bow. There are three bows that take versatility, bow length, and draw weight into consideration and because of that have become the names synonymous with youth bow hunting.

“Mission Menace” By Mathews

The Mission Menace is one of the top rated youth bows on the market. The bow is designed by Mission Archery to be easy to use in every aspect of its design. The Menace is a youth bow designed to be versatile and to grow with the child. The draw length of the bow expands from seventeen to thirty inches.
Mission Archery continued their youth design by giving the Menace a draw weight ranging from sixteen to fifty-two pounds with no press necessary for adjustments. Mission Archery topped off their well thought out design with making the Menace bow weight less than three pounds.
Mission Archery is not the only company that delivers an outstanding youth bow

“Micro Midas” By Browning

Browning Archery has also delivered a great youth bow option in the form of the Micro Midas. The Micro Midas setup youth bow has a draw length of eighteen to twenty eight inches which is only a slight difference from the Menace. The big difference with this bow is the draw weight. If parents are looking for a lighter weight draw then the thirty to forty pound draw of the Micro Midas will be an ideal fit to start their youth bow hunting.

The “Edge” By Diamond

For parents who are interested in getting their daughters into bow hunting there is an optimal choice by Diamond Archery. The Diamond Edge is an ideal hunting bow for girls and boys, however, many parents are choosing this as the youth starter bow for their daughters due to two factors. Diamond has made the Edge to be a little bit heavier, but the draw length and weight balance it out. With a draw length of nineteen to twenty-nine inches and a draw weight of fifteen to thirty pounds the Diamond Edge bow is easy for girls to grow into.

When starting out a youth in bow hunting it can be “Easy to Overlook” the basics!

Parents may see the latest and greatest compound bow buy or model and buy it rather than making sure the basic features are there. Mission, Browning, and Diamond are all names that parents can trust to keep the basic features essential and to deliver bows that are suited to youth archery hunting. Overall, the best bow is the one that the youth tries out in the store rather than trusting to a strictly online purchase. Online shopping like buying a knife  is a lot different than buying a bow !

 

Outdoor News | How to Survive if Lost in the Wilderness

Prepare yourself for an Outdoor Adventure

Outdoor survival is an exercise in preparation. Having the correct equipment and the knowledge to use the equipment is crucial to survival in the great outdoors. Knowledge and equipment go together as it is useless to have all the equipment and not have the slightest idea how to use it.

With the advancement in technology and the advancement in search and rescue techniques it is typically hours before one is rescued.  With a basic survival kit and the knowledge of how to use the equipment most survival rescues should have a happy ending.

What to do “If You Get Lost” in the Wilderness!

Most novice outdoor enthusiasts do not know how to assemble a survival kit. They may go online and purchase a packaged survival kit.  A packaged Bear Grylls ultimate survival kit is on of the best packages survival kits on the market. However most experienced outdoor enthusiasts will assemble their own kit.

The basic survival kit an experienced outdoor enthusiast would have would contain the following; a knife (Survival Knife), waterproof matches, a water purification bottle, emergency food, maps and a compass, you will also need a signal such as a reflective mirror or a whistle. Perhaps the best tool for survival is letting someone, a friend or relative know exactly where and when you will be traveling.  Let this individual know that if you do  contact  them  by a specific date and time they must contact authorities and start a search and rescue.

Educate yourself for the “Rugged Outdoors”!

In addition to the survival kit it is also necessary to educate yourself on additional survival skills. Take some time to educate yourself on the type of wild plants that are edible. Take an class in outdoor survival, many colleges and universities offer classes in outdoor survival. Many colleges will also offer a three day weekend outdoor survival workshop. It is imperative that you master some very basic skills such as building a shelter in the wild and starting an maintaining a fire in the outdoors.

Don’t Let your Outdoor Adventure Turn into a Nightmare!!

With a complete basic survival kit, a good quality outdoor knife and a little knowledge one can survive the great outdoors. Remember outdoor survival is an exercise in preparation.

 

Hunting Knives | Entrek 11Bravo Outdoor Survival Knife

The Entrek USA 11Bravo Survival Knife

For those of you who are looking for a quality hand made knife, look no further than Entrek USA knives. Entrek knives combine the quality of custom manufacturing with low, factory pricing. Brought to you by renowned knife maker Ray W. Ennis, who has been designing knives for nearly 40 years, Entrek USA knives are made by hand and are used by professionals all over the world. 

“11Bravo” Entrek’s Most Popular Knife!

The Entrek 11Bravo is a popular model that has been used with our armed forces overseas. The Bravo is comprised of a 4.75 inch blade with a thickness of .25 inches, and is made with 440C stainless steel. This hand made knife is tough and resistant to corrosion, and it is heat-treated and sub-zero stabilized. The Entrek 11Bravo has an overall length of 9.375 inches. You will notice that The Entrek USA 11Bravo has a very solid gripping surface. This is because it is made with quality black canvas micarta, which is impervious to the elements and other substances that can cause corrosion or destruction of materials.

Styles Made For Both “Hunting” and “Tactical Use”!

This line of sturdy Entrek USA Knives is comprised of over 30 different models, ranging from the 6.5 inch Lynx to the Strike Eagle which measures an overall length of 14.5 inches. Entrek knives are designed to meet the needs of a vast array of knife users – whether you are using it for hunting, utility, tactical or other purposes. Entrek knives feature sheaths made from black Kydex material. You will notice that the sheath is molded to each knife in order to hold the blade more securely. This means that the blade will stay sheathed in extreme situations where you may be climbing or crawling. Additionally, the sheath features a belt clip that can allow you to strap the knife to your gear or leg.

Quality Hunting Knives Still “Made In The USA”!

The manufacturing process at Entrek USA combines both technological and hand made methods. Each and every knife goes through multiple steps in the production process including blanking, surface grinding, marking, drilling, sandblasting and more. You will come to find that Entrek USA knives are made from the best materials available and are extremely consistent in quality. The Entrek USA 11Bravo most popular fixed blade knife In the Entrek Knife Lineup.

 

Fixed Blade or Folding Knife | “Which Style is Better for You?”

Fixed Blade Knife or Folding Knife

Anyone that has ever been hunting, camping or fishing knows how important it is to carry a high quality knife. Knives serve many purposes and are a very handy tool to have around. Whether you need to clean some freshly caught fish, cut open a pack of batteries sealed in an almost indestructible manufacturer’s plastic case, or cut up your food, having a good knife to do the job is essential.

There are many different kinds of knives, each designed for a certain purpose. Some of the more popular kinds of knives are a fixed blade knife, folding knife, hunting knife, lockback knife and pocket knife. Knowing which type of knife or knives to carry with you depends on what you are going to use the knife to do.

Is the Fixed Blade Knife The Right Choice?

A fixed blade knife is usually made of a thicker and stronger steel or other composite material. A hunting knife is a good example of a fixed blade knife. It comes with a thick handle that fits firmly in your hand and is capable of killing small game, cleaning a fish, digging a hole and doing a variety of other useful chores. The knife is somewhat heavier and harder to store than some other types of utilitarian knives. On the other hand, it is very durable and easy to clean and maintain.

Folding Knives are more “Compact to Carry”!

A folding knife opens when you need to put it to use and closes when it is not being used. This type of knife provides a measure of safety that does not exist with a fixed blade. Most pocket knives are of the folding knife variety. Everything from a single blade knife to a multiple blade Swiss Army knife falls under this category. Folding knives can be dangerous when using them to cut aggressively. If you are not careful, the blade can suddenly fold up and cut your hand or fingers. To prevent that from happening, lockback knives were developed.

Should you Choose a Lockback Knife?

Lockback knives have a locking mechanism that keeps the blade secure so it will not accidentally collapse while in use. There is usually a little button or other mechanical method that you must deliberately depress to close the blade on a lockback knife.

Or Do you Prefer the Smaller “Pocket Knife”!

A pocket knife is probably the most common of all knives. It can have a blade just 1 inch in length or some really large ones can have a blade of 5 or 6 inches. The smaller pocket knives are easier to carry around, but the larger ones are stronger and can cut through tougher materials with much more ease.

Deciding which knife to buy depends on your personal preferences and the needs for the knife. Most quality knives do not cost that much, so, perhaps you should buy a couple of different types of knives so you will be prepared for any situation.

 

Turkey Hunting | Bow Hunting Turkey From Ground Blind “Are You Prepared?”

Hunt Spring Turkey with “Bow and Arrow”.

Try to match wits with a spring longbeard while using archery equipment is a very challenging feat. To start with you must hunt from a  blind of some sort. I prefer a double bull blind now owned by the primo gang. The ground blind I like the best is a matrix 360. This blind offers  unobscured shooting in all directions by using a shoot through mesh netting that hangs from the top fabric. When archery hunting and using the mesh fixed blade broadheads are mandatory and range is limited because you will loose some kinetic energy when the broadhead passes through the netting. Some archers modify the netting by adding perminant shooting holes By cutting the netting and hemming to opening to keep the mesh from freying. The holes you cut also allow the use of mechanical broadheads. “Do not shoot mechanical broadheads through the mesh”.  It will deploy your broadheads an distort the arrow flight. I also will set the blind so the sun never shines into the blind creating shadows that will give your moment away.

When getting dressed for your hunt you want to wear a color that matches the inside color of the ground blind you are going to hunting from.  You will be suprised how much movement you can get by with if you dress to match the color of your blind. I use a camouflaged scent lock pullover because I can kill two birds with one stone. I can wear the camouflage “out” while going to and from my blind then turn it “inside out” when I am in the blind. I also use my Scentlock facemask, it is black on the inside because of the carbon layer. For me, wearing black is the best color to match the inside canvas of the blind

Practice, Practice, Practice!!

Practice, Practice, Practice if you are going to turkey hunt with you bow. Don’t think that going to the archery range and shooting is going to prepare you for a they hunt with a bow. You need to practice sitting in a chair and in a kneeling position. Selecting a ground blind that is not large enough to  to draw a compound or recurve bow unwilling cost you a wild turkey dinner.

Patience is a virtue! You are more restricted when you bow hunt turkey than carrying a gun so stand placement is a huge factor. Several things to consider when placing blinds and calling turkeys for archery. Morning fly down areas, morning strut zones and afternoon strut zone/feeding area.
Morning  fly down area is very productive early season because the longbeards are somewhat predictable. As the season wears on the gobbler will be roosting in several different locations making it harder to pinpoint where to set up and hens will be leading them in different directions. My philosophy, Don’t get to close! Try to set up in a travel area between fly down and there strut zone. You will have more success by doing this.

“Strut Zones” can be just about anywhere!

Strut zones can be just about anywhere!  I firmly believe a gobbler strut zone is a place  where he feels safe, it could be an open wooded ridge, creek bottom, pond levy. I’ve even seen them strutting next to a busy interstate. When you hunt a strut zone you may have long sits ahead of you but watching a longbeard work his way to you decoy setup is both awesome and rewarding because generally when he comes in his focus is on the decoys not a ground blind.

Get yourself ready for a new adventure!

There you have it! This valuable information comes from turkey hunting more than thirty five years and a success rate of over 75%. My phylosiphy in turkey hunting is the fun part, harvesting an adult gobbler consistently is the reward of hard work planning , scouting and setting up in the right place.

Hunting News | Kansas Spring Turkey Season

Hunt Spring Turkey In Kansas

Every spring residents and non residents flock to the wood to hunt  wild turkeys. The state of Kansas is home to more than 500,000 Eastern and Rio-Grande wild turkeys. Unlike many other states Kansas hunters are allowed to hunt from 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset, basically all day. Most other states regulations allow spring turkey hunting from 1/2 hour before sunrise until 1:00 pm.

Youth and Disability Season:    April 1 -April 12, 2011. for kids the age of 15 or less to try their luck at harvesting a bearded bird. The shotgun season opens this year on April 13 and runs through May 31, 2011

Archery Only Season:    April 1 -April 12, 2011        Regular Season:     April 13 -May 31, 2011

Kansas is home to 2 breeds of wild turkey, Eastern and Rio Grande. The Easterns are found in the eastern half of the state and pockets extending over the half way point in the state. The Eastern Wild Turkey population is the largest of the two in the state giving the eastern the bird of choice to hunt . The range of the Rio Grande is just the opposite with pockets extending  from central to the east. Predominately the Eastern wild turkey is larger in size than the Rio Grande wild turkey. Not to say you won’t find a Rio That  weighs more and has longer spurs than an Eastern but the average size is bigger. Check out Kansas turkey trophy records and see for yourself.

Go After “Eastern” or “Rio Grande” Long-beards!

The two breeds have very distinguishable color traits to identify each species. The Eastern has Chestnut brown-tipped tail feathers and dark-buff or chocolate-brown tail tips. The  gobbler’s breast feathers are tipped in black, while other body feathers are colored with copper or bronze metallic iridescence. Rio Grande which is typically a very light to medium brown in color over the body. The feathers are tipped with a lighter color of buff or yellowish buff colors. The head of a Gobbler/Tom weather an eastern or a Rio is white and the waddle is very dark red and highly visible and has fleshy growths called “caruncles”. When males are excited, a fleshy flap on the bill expands, and this, the wattles and the bare skin of the head and neck all rapidly fill with blood, almost concealing the eyes and bill. The long fleshy object over a male’s beak is called a snood. When a male turkey’s excited, its head turns blue; when ready to fight, it turns red.

More Gobbling activity in the Spring!

Turkeys are very “Vocal” during the spring of the year, why? It is breeding season!  Why do they gobble? To show dominance for breeding rights and to attract  females. That is what I love most about spring turkey hunting. The adult male turkey will start gobbling in the morning on the roost consistently around mid March in central US. Earlier south and later as you move north. The reason they gobble is to let the female “hen” know where he is located so she can find him to be breed. When the season opens the time usually gobbble while on the roost and quit gobbling shortly after hitting the ground. As the season progresses they will gobble longer after coming off their roost unless hens show up from the gobbling immediately. Hens will stay with a tom most of the day in the early part of the season until they start laying eggs Late morning then becomes the better time to call one in because the hen will leave and the gobbler gets lonesome and will respond better to hen calling.

Buy your Tags and “Get Out There” and Hunt!

Spring Turkey hunting in Kansas is challenging! It is also very exciting and fun. Getting outdoors to watch the sunrise and pinpoint and setup in a gobbling Tom to match wits with him and then wrap a tag on his leg and be able to say “Mission Accomplished!”

Sport Knives | Functionality vs Style and Looks

Sports Knives – Making the Best Choice

There are a variety of sport knives available to the consumer today, and the first and foremost question to ask yourself is, “What do I plan on using this knife for?”

Is the “Hunting Knife” Best For you?

If you are a hunter, the logical choice is a hunting knife used to field dress game. For those hunters who travel off road on snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles, a solid, fixed blade hunting knife makes it possible to field dress an animal and bring it back. A gut hook is a common feature, although it does add bulkiness to the knife and some hunters dispute its usefulness.

Camp/ Utility Knives

If you are an outdoors man, such as a backpacker, hiker, or fisherman, but not a hunter, then a camp knife may best meet your needs. A camp knife can have a small blade or a very large blade and either style you choose will help you perform chores necessary for setting camp, such as chopping wood, cutting rope, and cutting meat for cooking. Another option for a Camp/ Utility knife is the lockback knife. It is compact to carry by means of a pocket clip, in your pocket or in a belt sheath. It is considerably less bulky than the fixed blade knife.

“Survival Knives” for wilderness trips

When you think of a survival knife, the one that first comes to mind just might be the “Rambo” knife. If you think of a knife as a tool, and the only thing standing between you and death in the wild, then a survival knife is your choice. Yet even an ordinary family can find themselves stranded and fighting to survive, such as the Kim family who took a wrong turn and were stuck in the Oregon wilderness for nine days. Desirable features in a survival knife may include a saw edge, a large blade suitable for chopping and cutting, and a fire starter or compartment for matches. The Bear Grylls knife, named after the renowned star of the Discovery Channel’s “Man vs. Wild” show, is a good example of this type of knife, with bright orange coloration, a pommel suitable for hammering, a built-in fire starter, and a lanyard.

“Self Defense” Knives

If you are more concerned with survival in the city than in the country, then tactical knives are what you need.Tactical knives” is simply a term to describe a knife intended for self-defense. If you carry a knife for self-defense, you have a choice of a fixed blade knife or folding blade knife. The fixed blade is made to carry on your belt making it faster too grab in an attack. If considering the folding blade knife for self defense look at the assisted opening blade knife. This type of knife offers fast blade deployment.  Carrying  a folding knife is less conspicuous but also considered a concealed weapon. A sure grip handle and a strong blade are also necessary features when considering tactical knives, because a dropped knife or a broken blade can be fatal in an armed encounter.

Regardless of the types of sport knife you buy, always be mindful of the laws in your area affecting knife legality. When deciding on which type of Sport knife to buy keep in mind “How do I want to Carry this Knife”. I myself carry a mid-size lockback knife on my hunting trips. I use it as a general purpose knife around camp as well as field dressing smaller game.