Damascus Knife Maintenance Tips

May 27th, 2011

C244398 Damascus SkinnerMade from Damascus steel, a Damascus knife uses a particular type of metal developed for sword making in about 300 BC. A Damascus blade knife has a distinctive banding and mottling pattern that appears wavy, like flowing water or wood grain. Swords made of Damascus steel had a reputation for being shatter-resistant, strong and capable of maintaining a sharp edge for a long time.

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Rafting the Grande Ronde River

May 25th, 2011

Grande Ronde RiverOregon’s network of rivers is a gold mine for rafting enthusiasts, with a wide variety of rapids ranging from mild to highly technical. Whitewater rafters travel to the Northwest from all over the world to navigate the region’s renowned rapids and scenic rivers. For beginners, or rafters who want a more laid-back experience, the Grande Ronde offers a stunning combination of mild rapids and scenic beauty.

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Folding Knife Safety Rules for Kids

May 18th, 2011

folding knifeDetermining when a child is old enough to carry his or her own folding knife is a big decision for any parent. Parents often ask what age a child should reach before being trusted with a hunting knife. The truth is there’s no hard-and-fast-rule; it all depends on the maturity level of the child.

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5 Hunting Knife Tips for Field Dressing Game

May 12th, 2011

deer antlersYou’ve spent hours patiently scoping the woods and waiting for just the right opportunity to aim, fire and down your prey. Flushed with adrenaline and success, you head in to claim your kill. Now it’s time to pull out your hunting knife and get down to the dirty work.

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3 Edible Northwest Plants

May 10th, 2011

cattailsThose who spend a lot of time hiking or backpacking in the wilderness understand the importance of bringing extra food and other emergency supplies. You never know when an accident, injury or wrong turn can cause you to become lost or stranded. In such a situation, your emergency food store would ideally last you until help arrived – but what if it didn’t?

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Hunting Knives 101: Folding vs. Fixed-Blade Knives

April 28th, 2011

C244305 Damascus FolderChoosing a hunting knife can be a difficult decision, and opinions vary widely as to which types of sporting knives are best. In particular, beginning outdoorsmen are often stymied by the question of whether to choose a folding or fixed-blade knife.

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5 Northwest Caves to Explore

April 27th, 2011

ape cave lava tubeThe Pacific Northwest doesn’t have the reputation for crushing heat that some regions have, but in an area known for its heavy rainfall and mild temperatures, the hottest days of summer can stand out sharply in contrast. Some outdoor adventurers like to beat the heat by exploring cool, shady locations such as caves.

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Choosing LED Lights for Bicycles

April 27th, 2011

Bicycle LightAs people are increasingly choosing to rely on bicycles as their primary mode of transportation, more and more cyclists are now sharing the road with cars. Because bicyclists are more vulnerable to injury than motorists, it’s important to practice proper bicycle safety in order to remain safe and avoid life-threatening accidents.

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9 Survival Tips for Solo Backpackers

April 25th, 2011

BackpackingThere’s safety in numbers, and nowhere is this more the case than on a hiking or backpacking trip. However, there’s also something special about venturing into the wilderness alone, to commune with nature and enjoy the peace of solitude.

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Tips for Teaching Kids to Hunt

April 12th, 2011

Damascus Folding KnifeMany hunters dream of the day when their children will join them in the woods and learn how to track and kill their own game. Unfortunately, the number of hunters across the nation is steadily dwindling as fewer and fewer kids are exposed to this once-common outdoor activity.

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