How to sharpen a knife

I just finished reading a post on Wolf Tracks by Shy Wolf, in which he goes into great detail on how to sharpen a knife. The reason he did this post was in reply to a post on M.D. Creekmoore’s survival site.

I really like not only the post, but the fact that Shy went out of his way to point out that idea behind the post came from a question on Creekmore’s site, so in hopes of starting a trend among prepper bloggers, besides the fact that I am packing like a crazed lunatic to move to the farm, and don’t really have time to post on my blog, here is a link to Shy’s post.

Whetting a Blade


New Rules?

This one is a round up, over the last week I have come to the conclusion that there are several things that I should have done differently right at the beginning. If I was to make these lessons into rules for my own life I would make the following into stone. The end result would be to end up being prepared. Call them if you will the ten rules of prepping.



Stocking up for disaster, is pointless. What needs to be done is to rotate food supplies, and have a very long roll on it. The other is to get to the point that you live off what you grow and raise yourself. I know this sounds like the same thing as stocking up, but it isn’t, there is a different mind set. Instead of shopping for next week, you are shopping for next year. It takes planning. Therefore the rule would be to buy what you need well in advance, and actually use it.



Every time you use something like a band-aid from the first aid kit, take an inventory, you should have more then twice as much as you think you need. This goes for all the things in your house that you use only when you really need it, flash lights, batteries, laundry soap, hand soap, toilet paper, etc.



There are things that you can not make your self, the rule here would be to find alternatives, even if you don’t actually make them yourself. Knowing how to replace something is at least in the right direction to doing it yourself, and using the same things that you can make yourself gives less of a culture shock when they cease to be easy to get.



Own it, don’t rent it, or buy it on time. It is way better to live in a cheaper out of the way place that you own out right then to buy a place on time. Credit is pure evil, you don’t need it, learn to live without it. This is likely the hardest rule to follow, and the most important. It is because our generation is living on credit in so many ways, that we are facing the worse economic collapse that the history of man has even seen.


Home school. This rule applies even to those without kids. There is something in the way that public school works that allows us to forget things after we leave it. How many of you remember how to do algebra? Don’t think you’ll need it? Your wrong. The first thing I learned after leaving school was that I needed to know french, it was the only class I ever dropped. The summer I spent in France would have been better had I known just a few more phrases. There are so many things we need to learn in order to thrive beyond mere survival that home schooling is the only way to do it. The advantage here is that you cut out the dumbing down of America, just remember to start with yourself, it will help when teaching your kids.


God helps those who help themselves. If that is good enough for God it should be good enough for you. Charity is all well and good, but free hand outs to those who have not learned that there is no such thing as a right to food, clothing and shelter is more harmful to them then nothing. If you want to give for a need, give the need not cash.


You only work for yourself. Any job you get for some one else is ultimately for yourself, so why work for some one else? This isn’t a rule that can be applied in one shot. You have to grow into it, and discover what it is that you can do successfully. The best way I can think of to do this is to cut it up into percentages. If you are working full time for the ABC company, you should add a small percentage of your work week to starting your own business, when that business makes you the same percentage of income as the time it takes to get the income increase the time you spend on it.


There is only two types of people on this planet. You can categorize them into any two labels you want, but what it boils down to is those that you want to know, and those you don’t. Be very strict on who they are, and you have to include everyone around you with no exceptions, into which group they are in. Be goal orientated, if you are always traveling towards your goal of being self-reliant and self-efficient you will meet those on the same road as you.


Good security is sound sleep. It is always better to be prepared for the worse so you can enjoy the best then to be ill prepared and suffer. Having a secure home, which is not easily invaded by evil out law bikers, or nosy neighbors, is the first step to getting a good night sleep. Security isn’t just an alarm system, or a fence. It’s a mind set, not telling some one what your birth day is prevents them from making a copy of your birth certificate, the less some one knows about you and yours the more secure it is from being taken.

RULE #10

Do it yourself, create it yourself, make it yourself, supply it yourself. The less you need the grid, oil, gas, hand outs, welfare checks, a job, health care, the doctor, the repair guy, electricity, new shoes, etc. the less you will need it when it is gone.

– Wolfe

Letter: Ultimate Food Shortage Survival by Jason Richards

Dan …

I got a question for you. For the past five months, I’ve been seriously researching and putting together my own bug-out plan. I’m coming along nicely with my backpacks, and was gonna buy the Jason Richards books from the site for $27 (Ultimate Food Shortage Survival) to pack even lighter, but wanted to get your opinion on it first. I’ve checked reviews online, blogs… seems legit… I can also find the book on Amazon for $10, but he’s offering another 2 or 3 along with it on his website, which look just as interesting. Got any other important reads for someone who’s basically starting out green?

Though I’ve seriously known about the SHTF for over 15 years now, I still feel as though I don’t know anything at all. Your input is gold to me at this point. I have a deep dark sense that we’re all running out of time…

  • Mary

Dear Mary,

I went looking into this set of books, checking out various sites from a Google search, and checked out the original sales site as well. My first impression was, this is a scam. Not a single site I could find in the first three pages of a Google search was a prepper blog, emergency disaster preparedness site, or even a self-reliance related site, they were all marketing sites. My recommendations, don’t buy it. Good products and services, even new, don’t need to swamp the internet with paid reviews, word of mouth is enough to get the ball rolling, especially with products related to the prepper movement, we tell each other everything.

As far as preparing food to make it lighter for a BOB (Bug Out Bag), making your own by dehydrating is the way to go, but first there are a few things to think about.

A BOB is different then a 72-hour-kit.

The purpose of a 72 hour kit is to help you survive until help from somewhere gets to you. This is an OK plan if the disaster, or event is temporary and local, but a trap if it greater then the rescue services can handle.

The purpose of a Bug Out Bag is to get you from where you normally live, to a place where you can take care of yourself. When you put together a BOB, you include enough food supplies to get from Point ‘A’ to Point ‘B’. I have practiced bugging out, and I can give you a few tips. First, make the kit as light as you can. If you can hold the bag straight out with one arm for ten minutes it’s good.

Dehydrated food is the lightest, but your best making it your self, and experimenting with what works for you. We use a NESCO food dehydrator, and jerky maker we picked up on sale at London Drugs. It works great, but a little bit hard to clean. From what I have heard from other preppers by comparing notes, the Excalibur Food Dehydrator ( is better then the one I have, but costs more.

As to what to dehydrated, I suggest the food you already eat. Since making meals from scratch is both cheaper and healthier, dehydrating it for preserving is just another step, and it is not that hard to learn. There are many sites on the net that can help you learn, and I do suggest Jo’s site first since she tends to post articles about the harder to get right stuff.

As far as any other books that I think should be at the top of the reading list I can name three right away.

  1. How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times by James Wesle, Rawles

  2. The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse by Fernando Ferfal Aguirre
  3. Fannie Farmer Cookbook by Marion Cunningham (A real copy of this book might cost as much as $120 so look on ebay etc for deals)

Best of luck…

  • Wolfe

Changes around us

I have to mention that I totally blame Ferfal for opening my eyes to some of the things that I have started to notice. If I had not started to read his blog it is likely that I would not have noticed a pattern forming around me. Canada is likely to be the next Argentina, maybe even before the States.

There are several things that Ferfal mentions in his blog about the new normal Argentina. One of the first that comes to mind is the Tent Cities that pop up in empty lots, the others are about safety or rather lack of it.

Here in Canada the crime rate is not only climbing, it is becoming a risk even to go to the local mall. Gangs have started to take over the streets, and poverty is getting more common. The number of homeless in Canada must be at an all time high, but I doubt that where it is at now is the highest it will go.

Take note that I am writing this from British Columbia. This province is likely the least hit from the current economic situation, until the Olympics come and go, which means that what happened on Friday is just a example of what is to come.

Friday night was spent like most, watching a movie in front of the idiot box. It was getting late, and I went outside to get some air and do a perimeter check. We live in a sort of dead end in an industrial zone. We have almost no neighbors and the streets are quiet normally.

There are no houses directly across from us, there is just a fourteen foot cement wall that separates our street from the highway. Between the road and the wall is a grassy area, a small cement barrier to prevent trucks from knocking over the fire hydrant. At the other end of the street, there are rows of small industrial shops which have an alley way between the building and the highway. In that alley way, homeless people tend to make camp. Note again, I am not in the downtown core, I live very close to the suburbs, this is not the inner city.

When I went outside I noticed that a couple were casing the house next door. Doug, our only immediate neighbor is hardly ever home. He works in the movie industry, and often has to work nights. When he isn’t working, he is hauling supplies up to his acreage up north, getting ready for the coming crash himself like us. Friday night he had not returned home yet, the lights were off in his house, his car gone.

Because I had gone outside, I believe the couple decided to wait until I had gone back inside and gone to bed. So we parked ourselves in front of the television, in the living room, so we could watch them. And called the police.

The homeless man was obviously to me a crack head. Skinny, dirty, and off center in the manner he spoke, I believed he was high on some sort of drug. The woman was quiet, looked only a little over weight, and just as dirty. They carried with them sleeping bags which they had laid done on the pavement in front of the cement barrier by the fire hydrant. They were planning, it looked like to me, to sleep there if we did not give them a clear opportunity to break into Doug’s place.

The police arrived. The first police car took almost an hour to show up, after it arrived, six more showed up within a few minutes. Then two ambulances.

The woman was in full labor, her water had already broken, she was going to give birth right there on the street in front of our house.

After they had left, I went to the local gas station to get some air. I told Josh what had happened, he’s another Libertarian survivalist in the area, and we chatted for a bit. Doug ended up walking into the store, and we told him. Eventually I found myself laying in bed and thinking about what had happened. And several things occurred to me.

Years ago, I wouldn’t know another single survivalist/prepper in person, let alone almost four that I can think of within walking distance of where I live. Having one live next door was unheard of. Tent cities never happened when I was a child, protests were something of the 60’s and 70’s and had more to do with civil rights then poverty. Gangs in Canada when I was a teenager were a joke, literally. Even the Hell’s Angels were not big news up here. That has all changed.

If a socialist country like Canada can turn the corner towards civil unrest within small suburb, what of the cities when the buying power of the dollar drops through the floor? How many people that are only a single paycheck away from poverty are there here, and what of those that are near the end of the two year limit on welfare, and the one year limit on unemployment? My own uncle is at risk of loosing his entire pension from working over 20 years at the same plant because the auto manufacturing sector has collapsed and has filed for bankruptcy protection. We are not closer to the end of our current way of life, these are the last breathes of life in it.

Lesson Learned: We blind ourselves to how bad things are until it stares us in the face.

– wolfe