I received a cool piece of work from 'saxman' during the recent Knot Everything forums Winter 2015 Gift Exchange.
Inside the large box that arrived was a Fiskars hatchet with a paracord 52 part casa knot(long Turk's head) and braided wrist strap with gaucho knots.
He also made the scabbard, to protect the very sharp blade of the hatchet, produced from a section of PVC pipe, another neat piece of handmade ingenuity.
An excellent knot work job and a great specimen of modified gear. He also sent along some horseshoe nail crosses that he made, cut and soldered together, so that I could add some knot work to those as well. Thanks, Scott!
For my gift exchange recipient, covertknots, I chose to tie a pineapple knot paracord handle wrap on a boot knife, using midnight blue and white (glow-in-the-dark) gutted paracord.
And I also tied gaucho and pineapple knots with 0.9 mm white and black braided nylon cord around the center section of an antique brass finish key shaped bottle opener for EDC keyring/keychain use.
Only a few folks have posted what they received so far from the gift exchange on the forums, and I'm looking forward to seeing the work that was done as it's added to the thread.There are some very talented and knowledgeable knot tyers there and some do a good bit of more advanced work that's cool to see, and many are glad to help if you're interested to learn, so do check the forums out and join if you're so inclined. ;)
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Gotta love it when Ron Paul was spot on and no one listenedback in 2002 he predicted, before congress, what the future would look like and he got it all right. He accurately predicted the Middle East as it is today including how the Iraq and Afghanistan wars would go, the Arab Spring, and the rise of radical Islam.
He Predicted the ramp up of Police militarization and the off setting of it with more social welfare. He even predicts the financial collapse in 2008 and the rise of interest rates. Like him or hate him, Ron Paul was a visionary.
Setting up your rifle is a very personal affair, much like setting up your gear. With todays accessories available for the AR and AK platforms, the sky is pretty much the limit, barring agency resrictions. In the end, your rifles setup needs to be effective and efficient for you. As with any other gear choice, mission drives the gear and its setup. With that in mind, Ill present my thoughts on rifle gear choices from sights to lights to slings 
Guys, think of this next you're forced to run to the store for a box of tampons for your partner: The feminine products could actually save your life.
In fact, think of them as a "Tactile Adventure Medical Preparedness Outdoor Necessity." Not so girly anymore, huh?
In a post for The Art of Manliness, Creek Stewart enlightens readers on how to turn those Kotex and Tampax products into medical bandages, water filters, fishing bobbers and more.
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Stewart, who's an instructor at the Willow Haven Outdoor School for Survival, Preparedness & Bushcraft, acknowledges men might have a hard time buying into the idea of a "Swiss Army Survival Tampon," but he stresses the "sterile" and "well-packaged" items are cheap, practical and multifunctional, meaning it might not be a bad idea to keep a few stashed away with the old camping gear.
But if outdoor adventure isn't exactly your thing, it turns out there are plenty of other uses for the feminine products.
Just ask author Jenny Gardiner, who brainstormed "101" things to do with tampons that have become unraveled. The list includes some rather amusing tips, such as using them to absorb grease off pizza, sponge-paint a wall or brush your teeth.
And for those who like the fancier things in life, Cafe Mom blogger Megan Van Schaick notes tampons make mighty fine garland, dresses and, yes, even chandeliers.
Who knew all the possibilities a $7 box of tampons could hold?
You Make Any Of These Projects In Your Spare Time And With Minimal Tools...Metal working has been as prevalent in the past, as in present times. As the name implies, its a procedure of transforming a plain piece of metal into something substantial and innovative.
Some people do it to earn a living, while others do simply do it to fulfill their hobbies. Either way, its a fantastic experience having to build a fine object from a mere piece of metal.
The following metal working projects are ideal for novice and intermediate level metalworkers.
#1: Hand Shaped Key Rack
A key rack is indeed a necessity for all those who possess a bunch of key chains. This brings us to
US Officials Ask How ISIS Got So Many Toyota TrucksU.S. counter-terror officials have asked Toyota, the worlds second largest auto maker, to help them determine how ISIS has managed to acquire the large number of Toyota pick-up trucks and SUVs seen prominently in the terror groups propaganda videos in Iraq, Syria and Libya, ABC News has learned.
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