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  Need some assistance
Posted by: ddennis2 - 09-29-2017, 11:24 PM - Forum: Questions and Answers - Replies (14)

Do any of my Hoodlum friends have some spare fuckitol tincture?

I could use a bit right about now.....


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  Review: Fiskars Brush Axe
Posted by: Benjamin Liu - 09-28-2017, 02:18 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (6)

I got this on clearance at Walmart for $10.00 very late in our woods clearing job, so it did not get as much work as the others.  Well, it did get more work than the SOG Hand Axe because that chipped after maybe 5 chops.

I think this would have been more useful at the beginning of the job when there was more brush and softer vegetation to cut, but it did a good job on the brush I used it for. 

This is basically a single-edged brush axe blade on a Fiskars hatchet handle.  There are some advantages with a single-handed brush axe over a full-sized one, but it won't replace the full-sized brush axe.

There is no sheath, just a plastic safety cover like with the other Fiskars axes.

So far I've had no problems, but then the blade still looks new and barely used.  I'll find out more next spring when it should get more use.

I think this is a good tool for working in the yard if you have woods or heavy brush.  I wouldn't put it in a survival kit in place of an axe or machete.

Maybe if one was around the less cowardly among the sheeple, the colors and look might make it look more like a garden tool than a "tactical weapon."

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  Canadian MRE
Posted by: randyt - 09-28-2017, 01:27 AM - Forum: Wilderness Cooking Forum - Replies (12)

I picked up a canadian mre in a horse trade of sorts. Here is a photo of the contents, it also came with a package of beans, franks and a package of cornbread. It also came with a long spoon, about like a long spoon from a ice cream shop. It was tasty.

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  Ruger Offset Scope Bases?
Posted by: Jimbo - 09-26-2017, 11:44 PM - Forum: Questions and Answers - Replies (1)

I did an internet search but did not obtain an answer, so can any of you fellow Hoodlums provide an answer?

How many different makes (Models) of Ruger Rifles have offset or stepped bases milled into their receivers.  If possible, I would like the model numbers or names with offset or stepped bases milled into their receiver.

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  Review: Gerber Bear Grylls Compact Parang
Posted by: Benjamin Liu - 09-25-2017, 11:44 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - No Replies

I did a short review on this based on its characteristics when handling it.  I did not like it or even want to use it based on the very thin handle and suggested that it could be a good chopper for a kid. 

While I still think it is a good blade for a kid, I've used it extensively over the past few weeks and have changed my opinion on this knife.

I don't do destruction tests on my knives, I use them.  While destruction testing might give us information on how much a knife can go through, I don't have an unlimited budget and I also mainly want to know if the knives will do what I want them to do.

Over the past few months my family and I have been working on my sister's house and yard (4 acres) to get it ready for my brother's wedding.  It was a lot of work, and the outdoor part involved a lot of clearing brush and vines as well as cutting down trees or limbs.  I carried this as a "sidearm" while my main tool was either a chainsaw, pole saw, loppers, axe, brush axe, or Cold Steel Barong Machete.

This knife chops well, and did everything I wanted it to do.  It could easily cut heavy brush and thick branches.  There was no damage to the edge after all this work.  It chopped through many times more vegetation than both the SOG Hand Axe and Cold Steel Kopis Machete combined.

I used gloves most of the time and the handle wasn't a problem.  It was even OK the few times I chopped with it wearing no gloves.

The sheath is OK, and I found it convenient to carry.  I usually carried it right next to my Cold Steel Recon Tanto, which has been proven as an outdoor tool over the years.

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  Review: SOG tanto machete and Hand Axe
Posted by: Benjamin Liu - 09-25-2017, 11:27 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - No Replies

I got a combo pack with a SOG tanto machete and a SOG hand axe for $25.00.


The blade is somewhat sharp with different grinds on the main and secondary edges.  It is not an exceptional chopper for its size, but also not bad, and is pretty much an OK chopper.  The saw isn't really effective.  The grip is OK.  The sheath needs to be squeezed when sheathing and unsheathing the machete, and looks like it might have been designed for a different knife.

Overall it would not be a bad small machete, but it isn't really a good one either.


This axe is small, so I did not expect much from it.  The handle was well-done, though maybe it is a better handle for a knife than an axe.  It appears to be G-10 slabs.  The sheath is average.

The blade, at least on mine, is junk.  It chipped when chopping small pine branches on a limb.  While the CS Kopis machete's edge deformed, this thing actually had half its edge chip out.

I'll re-profile it and give it a new edge eventually, but I do not recommend this axe.

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  My Compass REVERSED?
Posted by: Adapt-Overcome-Conquer - 09-24-2017, 06:22 PM - Forum: Questions and Answers - Replies (24)

Hi guys, I am blue  Huh my dang gear is malfunctioning (Ive had some great trips this year and will be posting about them, except, found out that my pricey new MSR gravity filter has been malfunctioning and I have been poisoning myself and all my friends with poorly treated water--myself I dont care but I am soooo angry at the company for building trust and then having me poison my loved ones--will post on this issue once I get an answer from MSR) but one issue at a time here.

check it out

my favorite compass....my only compass...it was a gift from our late Hoodlum 90 North and it has incredible sentimental value...it has saved my ass so many times...the leather around the compass and sheath and knife set (Theophilus now has the knife) was made by a former hoodlum J. Meaux I think.... I mean its only a material thing...so its not a big deal, just makes me sad is all.

anyways 90 North gave it to me and said it guided him on many adventures and it would do the same for me and it has, brought me out of a "lost my way, got turned around, alone at night, in the deep dark woods" scenario at least 3 times....

the last time I navigated by this compass (successfully) was in June.

Sometime between July and last weekend, my compass reversed...almost got me in trouble on a night hike to camp up on a mountain last weekend but I started to get this weird feeling that something was not right about my bearing and spoke with Joe and he's like HELL NO thats not right at all, the river is South...good thing I didn't just blindly follow it--Joe, Aaron and I were (yet again) foolishly hiking in the dark, to a spot we saw on Google Earth, and heard about by word of mouth...I KNOW 100% the portage trail runs West to East, North is civilization and South is towards the river and deeper bush.....

Compass said the river was North and we were heading West but we knew we needed to be heading South East...so we found the big dipper and the North star and it was exactly opposite of North on the compass, our suspicions confirmed we quickly opened Aarons phone to the virtual GPS and aha North was in line with Polaris, it was exact opposite of what my compass said...my compass says North is South and South is North and West is East and East is West..

Check this out--the button compass on the black bag says the right bearing...North my front door--towards Quebec, South--my back door towards South Keys shopping center.... the tan compass is reversed.

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  made a purple PVC bow for a 11 year old girl
Posted by: Adapt-Overcome-Conquer - 09-22-2017, 04:58 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (12)

Made a little purple and black PVC bow for a 11 year old girl......
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Now this ain't no regular 11 year old girl...this is a Canadian country kid here...we'll just say she is quite active and strong for her age, I measured her draw length at near 25" and the little gal can do pull ups-- I made this little bow a draw weight of 18# at 25"... 48" long...leather arrow rest. shoots nice! Cool

she had attended an archery camp the year before and got bitten by the bow bug...then she saw me shooting my bow and I told her I made it and my own arrows......and then came the invariable...

"oh my gosh, could you make ME one?! Pleeeez, I have like almost 30$ saved from all my birthdays".

She is the neighbor of a friend, a real good kid.... not the most stable in home life... she been asking me for a while... so I figured I'd let her keep her money and (spoke to her mother) and offered to make the bow and throw in 3 of my old original 1$ dowel arrows...even though they are 28" long, I figure it shouldn't interfere with her anchor point too much, maybe as her arms grow longer she could pull back farther on it, it pulls 23# at 27".

Hoodlum archers what do you think about giving her the 28" arrows?? will it mess up her form? I marked a line at 25" on the shafts and I'll tell her to stop pulling there. I know Mr. Cover might have a thing or two to add about this idea? maybe she needs proper length shafts....It's not too much trouble to cut 3" off and re-do the tips.

Im going to tell her IF she still has all those 3 arrows next time I visit I'll give her a few more better quality. My POC shafts are too precious to me and I cant just give em up too easy hahah.

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  Mean Little Sucker tanto, bushcraft knife, plus carry pics
Posted by: Stormcrow - 09-21-2017, 06:05 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (1)

A couple of knives that went out into the world not too long back.  Forged 80CrV2, approximately 6 1/2" blades, marine epoxy-impregnated paracord handles, Kydex sheaths.  The usual from me.  Smile

First up is a long drop point bushcraft knife that went to a bushcraft school owner.

[Image: 37211631015_b153fe49a0_c.jpg]busa02 by James Helm, on Flickr

Then a Mean Little Sucker tanto to a LEO.

[Image: 37039461762_0f52eba36a_c.jpg]mls02 by James Helm, on Flickr

[Image: 36374607014_9fd5ca8631_c.jpg]mls03 by James Helm, on Flickr

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And some pics that past customers have sent me recently of their blades set up on their gear.

A Ranger sniper.

[Image: 37211550775_d167d7714f_c.jpg]sniper01 by James Helm, on Flickr

A Texas SWAT team member.

[Image: 36396955943_34fc4da932_c.jpg]swat01 by James Helm, on Flickr

And a fellow who helped with dealing with Hurricane Harvey's aftermath took this prototype Fire Chief rescue 'hawk with him.

[Image: 36548918613_b49e26c81a_c.jpg]Untitled by James Helm, on Flickr

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  New Members: Important Registration Email Reminder
Posted by: wmerrin - 09-20-2017, 11:53 PM - Forum: Welcome To The Hoodlums - No Replies

If you are a new user registering for an account, please watch for an email confirmation message from Info@survival.com with the subject "Account Activation at Hoods Woods New Hoodlums Forum".  We require a valid email address to sign up, so if you don't validate the email from the response sent you, your account won't be activated.  A significant percentage of new accounts on the old forum were never activated, which leads me to believe the recipients lost them in their spam folders.

So if you don't get a validation email from the board fairly soon after registering - be sure to check your spam folder, wherever that might be.

We're sorry for the inconvenience but the board has been a target for spammer registrations for some time now, and we have had to take defensive measures to keep the joint clean.


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