The Many Uses Of Survival Knives

Let’s face the facts: When you pack your bug-out bag, you don’t want to be bogged down with multiple items when one will do the trick.

One of the most valuable and variable tools that you can use in the wild is the survival knife.

Some people call it a hunting knife; but when you are in the wild or in a crisis situation, it takes on the much greater role of helping you survive. It would also be inappropriate to call it a hunting knife, as its uses are considerably more diverse than just hunting.

There are seven major ways to use a knife. Some of them may seem obvious to you; but, surprisingly, not many people know every use for a knife. Even in writing this, my eyes were opened to how important having a knife can be.


Hunting is the most rudimentary reason for owning a knife. It is so easy for us in the modern world to take firearms for granted. There are many scenarios wherein eventually we may not have guns and we will need to survive. In that case, hunting may be accomplished with a knife.

You can use a knife to snare a trap as well as stab your prey. This would take some time to learn how to do, but it works. A knife can also be used to skin the animals that you have killed.


If you need to defend yourself or family against an oncoming attacker, it’s better to have a weapon than not. Knives are one of the lightest and easiest weapons to use against any attacker, whether it be man or beast.

Cutting Wood

Knives are great for whittling and cutting wood. Most survival knives are strong enough to cut through moderately sized logs. You can actually saw fairly well with them. You can also use the knives to shave off pieces of wood that would be good for kindling, which leads us to No. 4.

Starting Fires

Knives are great to start fires with. Making kindling with a knife is just a start. Striking a knife on flint or similar rock creates sparks that can start a fire.

Making Other Weapons

In every war movie or film about fighting in the thick of things when you are “out of options,” the hero almost always makes weapons out of the materials around him using a knife. This would be no different for you in the wild. One of the first things that you can do is make spears, arrows and other simple and sharp weapons using a knife and nature.

Think about hunting in this environment. You are going to want to avoid having to get close to animals; that is an extremely difficult to do. It’s only smart to make other weapons that are more long-range, like spears and arrows. You could also fashion a bow to shoot the arrows with by using your knife.

Slicing Softer Materials

Knives are great for cutting rope, bandages and other materials that you will need to bind things with. It’s easier to have a knife on you than a pair of scissors and a knife.

Knives are also great if you need to cut your own skin to remove something from it. We hope that type of situation doesn’t ever happen, but you never know.

Cutting A Path

You just never know where you’re going to end up when you are in the wild. You may be in the woods or in the thick of things and need to get through in a hurry. Again, it sounds like something from movies like “Rambo,” but knives really can be used for this. After all, you want to see where you’re going and not have to drag through the unknown.

Knives are a must-have for any preparing that you are doing. As you can see from this list, there are many uses for the small, lightweight piece of metal that you can carry with you.

Be safe, be prepared and, as always, be smarter than they think you are.

–Tim Young
Managing Editor, Absolute Rights

Preparing A Bug-Out Bag For Kids

I think that it’s so easy to overlook the needs of children in potential crisis situations. We focus so much on what we adults need in our bug-out bags for us, but we overlook the obvious things like what our children could use in an emergency.

As an adult, you can pack just about any kind of ration to eat. After all, we know that even though it tastes terrible, it will keep us alive and kicking. If you have kids, you know that this concept won’t go over too well with them.

Sure, there are packaged, efficient rations that your kids could get familiar with after a couple of days and a lot of hunger. But, as a parent, you need to realize that it is also your job to make your kids as comfortable as possible when times get rough.

I think the easiest thing to do when packing for your child is to focus on familiar flavors that your children have already gotten used to. Dried fruit, peanuts and chocolate are great for kids. They are rich with vitamins, protein and carbohydrates that children need to stay healthy, but they are still considered comfortable to them.

Mixing these items together for trail mix is a good concept to play around with. Having a healthy combo mix of snacks is a great idea.

You can also add in protein or energy supplements that taste like chocolate for your kids, making sure that they’re safe for them.

As an avid health nut, I personally know that a lot of protein bars taste and are set up like candy bars to make them more tolerable. Using these to help fuel your children could be a great thing in a crisis. I can’t stress enough though that you make sure they are safe for them to consume first.

Other great foods to pack for kids are dried soups and noodles. Again, these are good foods for them because they are rich in vitamins and literally the stuff kids need, but they are also familiar flavors.

I loved picking out freeze-dried corn from Cup Noodles® as a kid. Food like that is not only good for your kids, but fun to eat. I know that a lot of you have stocked up on freeze-dried things because of their ability to last for years in storage. Your kids will love that kind of stuff.

A good trick to prepare them for the long haul is to familiarize them with the food now. If you think about it, the freeze-dried items in Cup Noodles® are a great introduction to stored foods. If you get them to like it now, they’ll have no problems with it on the road.

In my travels, I have also seen freeze-dried yogurt, which I loved. It tastes like astronaut ice cream, if you ever had that as a kid. It’s delicious, and it melts in your mouth. It also gives you much-needed calcium for your bones and vitamins that you wouldn’t necessarily get from other freeze-dried products. I eat this as a snack now, and I’m willing to bet that your kids would love it.

It’s also critical that you keep children’s chewable vitamins in their bags. Kids will generally have trouble swallowing the pills that we do, and the last thing that you want is to have the children sick because of a lack of nutrients.

Children’s vitamins come in gummy forms now and have been so popular that the companies who make them have decided to create a version for adults. Why not pack these types of vitamins for kids; it only makes sense.

I can’t say it enough: Your goal as a parent is to make sure that your child is as comfortable as possible in the face of a crisis. No matter how much you can prepare them for the worst, they’re still children. They still want to have fun, play and eat fun things. Knowing that, you should never pack for them like you would yourself.

Keep in mind that you want to make a bad situation better for them. So, when you pack their bug-out bag, make sure they have some comforts, rather than all utility.

Be smarter than they think you are,

–Tim Young
Managing Editor, Absolute Rights

Are You Ready To Barter?

With Greece in a perpetual economic collapse over the past month, the serious concern and timing of our own economic failure has come into play.

When you think about it, economies could very well be like dominoes. Once you push one over, the rest will subsequently fall. With one Western country falling, more will be on the way. It’s only a matter of time until we see something hit us here in the United States.

When the dollar begins to drop, what will we do? I know that you probably have storage of your own already and you are prepared for at least a short amount of time, but what happens when that runs out?

Sure, you can hunt for food and you can filter your own water. But at some point, we will need to build back the communities that we once had and function together. The economy will grow again, but in a different way: by bartering.

When you think about bartering, you think about the olden days: walking into a general store with some sort of good or service and coming out with a product or going to a neighbor’s rickety wood house on the prairie and negotiating your ability to fix a roof for a good meal.

These situations aren’t that far-fetched even now. Did you know that a town in Greece has been functioning off of a barter system now for a few months? And that it’s been successful?

The town of Volos stopped operating on the crappy economy that was happening around it in Greece and began to function on its own. More than 800 businesses and the townspeople work on a barter system. They have monetized their economies by creating what they call the TEM.

The TEM is a currency that was basically created to make negotiating easy; it’s not really money. For example, one person will offer a chicken worth 2 TEM for yard work also worth 2 TEM. It’s nearly exactly what happened hundreds of years ago, and it’s happening now.

There are even luxuries in this barter system. Need to take yoga classes? They are offered in this system. And the magic of it all, the town of Volos is fully functional in its own economic system.

We currently use bartering systems and don’t realize it. Think about it, have you ever used Craigslist or an online system like it?

Craigslist has become the new town center, uniting thousands of people in a region in order to barter for services and goods. It has replaced the markets of old with the same type of trading, just on the Internet.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m certainly not saying we will have computers, electricity or the Internet to play with in certain scenarios. But if we did, you could barter for almost everything you would need right there, in your own home.

Are you ready to barter and bargain for what you need to survive? These are skills that you may not think to acquire and work on, or even teach your children about, but they may be necessary to survive.

One of the ways that you can teach your children about the bartering system and even survival in a collapsed economy is by using popular culture. If you had a chance to see the movie The Hunger Games, the film entails a desolate future wherein communities must work together to survive with basics such as food.

The movie and book series portray a future where there are tradesmen and markets and a limited supply of food. The people in the film are forced to barter, just like the olden days, in order to survive. This could be a great opportunity for you to start the conversation about a barter economy with your kids. Don’t get me wrong here either, I certainly am no fan of using Hollywood to teach children. But if it opens the window to their mind and they can picture the reality of it, you may have a great teachable moment.

It is my goal for you to be as prepared as possible in case the worst were to occur. I know that if you’re already reading this, you’re probably in better shape than most. But we can always prepare more and be better ready for the oncoming storm.

I wrote a report that goes into more depth about how to trade and barter in last month’s Lamp Lighter Report. I encourage you to access and read it if you have a chance. Our parents weren’t kidding when they told us to remember that knowledge is power.

Be smarter than they think you are,

–Tim Young
Managing Editor, Absolute Rights

Say Goodbye To Your Personal Liberty And Money

If you haven’t thought your rights were under attack lately, think again.

Have you heard of the “Ex-PATRIOT Act” (“Expatriation Prevention by Abolishing Tax-Related Incentives for Offshore Tenancy Act”)? No, this has nothing to do with monitoring your phone calls or Internet. The government already does that through the Patriot Act.

The Ex-PATRIOT Act is the brainchild of Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Bob Casey (D-Pa.). The concept of the act is to completely restrict your freedom — not as an American, but as a human being — to live wherever you would like and keep your money out of the U.S. government’s hands.

A press release on Schumer’s website states: “Under the proposal, any expatriate with either a net worth of $2 million or an average income tax liability of at least $148,000 over the last five years will be presumed to have renounced their citizenship for tax avoidance purposes.”

Does this law seem to you like a restriction of your rights? If it doesn’t, maybe you should already be living in a prison camp.

I can personally understand the outrage that has led to this law’s creation. As you may already be aware, Eduardo Saverin, one of the guys behind Facebook, decided to hit the road and leave America just before the initial public offering of the company. He is expected to save some $67 million since he renounced his citizenship.

It doesn’t seem right to me. After all, I pay my taxes whether or not I like the concept. But for as many of our rights as we are losing in America, I’m proud to be in a place that at least for the moment gives me the right to write about the problems I see occurring.

If a law like this passes, we are a giant leap closer to having no rights whatsoever in this country.

What would we do if we had no ability to control even our money? Think about that. I know that when we prepare for a crisis, we pack items that are necessary for survival, but we assume that we will still have some sort of currency to trade with.

If the U.S. government now says that you can’t freely leave the country without having your money tethered to it, we are basically told that everything that we have worked for over the years doesn’t belong to us, but to the Federal government.

What does this mean for you? I recently wrote an article for the Lamplighter Report wherein I discussed the loss of money and the rise of the barter system in the world. People around the globe are learning to function without paper currency, not because they want to, but because they have to — and America may be next.

Look at Greece, where they are literally running out of cash. There are now towns that function solely on trading services and items. Sure, that sounds far-fetched for our mighty economy, but where would we be if we have no rights to own our own money?

The Ex-PATRIOT Act ensures that if you are going off the grid, this country will keep an eye — and a hand — on your money.

According to this law, if the Internal Revenue Service assumes that someone gave up his passport for tax purposes, the IRS will impose a tax on that person’s investments no matter where he resides.

This law is a dangerous, slippery slope and an obvious attack on your rights. What will happen next with this? We don’t know yet.

The Ex-PATRIOT Act is just now being proposed. It could take months before it’s passed — although we have seen things move a lot quicker in certain situations.

Either way, you should know that the team at Absolute Rights is working hard to ensure that you maintain as much of your liberty as possible.

In fact, even though we hadn’t expected something like this law to pop up as soon as it did, we at Absolute Rights were already working on strategic plans to protect and diversify your assets to counter such attacks on your wealth. Stay tuned; we’ll be rolling that out in the near future.

Every day, I am shocked that we’re even in an America where you are threatened in such ways.

Remember to keep an eye out for threats to your rights and as always, be smarter than they think you are.

–Tim Young
Managing Editor, Absolute Rights

Don’t Drink The Water (Without Taking Precautions)

A lot of folks believe that finding water in the wild is an easy thing to do, and it is in most of America’s climates.

I recently had a talk with Wallace Streete, Absolute Rights’ resident survival expert, about my trip to Cambodia a few years ago. He just got back from the same area and had a good laugh at me when I told him what I had done. I don’t think I’ve ever had a conversation with Streete in which I didn’t learn something. This time was no different. After we finished talking, I wrote down what I learned because I knew I had to share it with you.

Where most people make mistakes is by both underestimating their environment and the way they purify what they need to drink. I certainly did, and I hope that you can learn from what I did.

As you know, water is one of the most critical things that we need for survival. The human body needs only 2 quarts a day to survive. That number might seem low, because we consume a lot of water and liquids in general all day long, but that is the baseline that we need to stay alive.

I personally suffered from dehydration and almost had heat stroke at one point in my life. On a trip to Cambodia just a few years ago, I was suffering through 110 degree weather and 100 percent humidity. I’m from Washington, D.C. We don’t get heat like that, and we have air conditioning to get relief on hot days.

But in Cambodia? Shocker! There wasn’t regular A/C.

I was drinking water at what I thought was a regular pace until I came down with flu-like symptoms. I was cold — that’s right, freezing cold in the middle of a 99-degree evening — and then I started to get dizzy.

Before I passed out, I chugged as much water as I could get my hands on, which I was told later saved me from heat stroke.

What I didn’t think about in the middle of that chugging — because, frankly, I wasn’t thinking — were all the bacteria and bugs in the water. I woke up in the morning feeling groggy from the dehydration, followed by an immediate sharp pain in my stomach.

Over the remaining two weeks of my trip, I ran to the bathroom constantly. You can go ahead and assume what was going through my body at that point; it wasn’t pretty. All in all, I lost about 12 pounds from the runs over the remainder of my trip. I wasn’t cured until I returned to the United States and took a very basic, and free, antibiotic that my doctor gave me.

I wanted to share that story with you to make three very important points:

  1. Always be prepared. I was not. I wasn’t drinking enough water to begin with, and I didn’t have a very basic antibiotic that cured what could have easily killed me. The kicker was that it was such a common antibiotic that it was literally free. If things head south, you may not have access to antibiotics like the one I was given. They certainly didn’t have them in Cambodia.
  2. Pay attention to your environment.I certainly didn’t. As Americans, we take a lot of things for granted, including air conditioning, a decent climate and clean water. I stupidly assumed that I was going to have these luxuries when I went to Cambodia. Yes, now I realize how stupid I was. It is critical that you know what you are getting into and where you are going to need to go in the case of an emergency. If you don’t, you’ll be in trouble like I was.
  3. Always make sure the water you drink is purified. I don’t want to recount the stern lecture I got from my doctor after my trip. I also don’t want to recount what I suffered through throughout my time in Southeast Asia. I literally would have died had I not had that basic prescription. I was losing 6 pounds a week. Now granted, it gave me that swimsuit body that I wanted, but I was on the way to the grave.

What’s the bottom line? If you drink bad water, you can die very quickly. You really can’t trust any of the sources of water in the wild that you’ll have. It is critical that you purify whatever water you put into your body. And it’s easy. There are kits for that. Even if you don’t have a kit, you can boil your water to quickly kill any bacteria and bugs that may be in it.

Did I say boil? You don’t even have to do that. In actuality, most bacteria in water are killed off at lower-than-boiling temperatures. But I’ll tell you right now, after what I went through, I will always boil water before I drink it in those conditions again.

The take-away here is simple: Be safe and in the best condition you can be if a crisis occurs, even if it’s self-inflicted. Don’t be unprepared like I was in Cambodia. Know what the conditions are where you are headed; get your supplies in hand and your protocol in order. And be smarter than they think you are.

–Tim Young
Managing Editor, Absolute Rights


The 5 Things You’d Better Have in Your Bug Out Bag, But Probably Don’t

When you are preparing for the worst, it becomes very easy to overlook simple items that you’ll need to survive. Sure, you’ll have your basic first aid kits and rations of food, but there are a few items that you should always remember to have with you — items that might be so commonsense that they can be easily overlooked.

I wanted to share with you five items that you should definitely have in your bug out bag that most people won’t. And if you think that you have an upper hand being prepared now, then ensuring that you have these will solidify your survival when the stuff hits the fan.

1. Energy: What are you going to need most in an emergency? What’s the thing that’s going to pull you through? Energy. I know what you’re thinking: I can’t pack energy. Yes, you can. Some good items to pack for this would be NoDoz® pills or 5-hour ENERGY® shots.

You’re going to need to hustle to get to a safe place, whether that is away from a natural disaster or a stampeding human herd. You will have to keep yourself going in those crucial first 24 hours; you will need all the edge you can get. It would be great to say that you could have a fresh start in the morning after eight full hours of sleep, but we all know that’s probably not going to happen. You’ll need to wake up quickly and maintain that energy. The way to do that is by literally packing energy.

2. A flask of whiskey or alcohol: As much as I’d like to say that this is to make an emergency more entertaining, it isn’t. You won’t be partying when a crisis hits. A flask of alcohol can be used for a lot of things, whether it be cleaning wounds or relaxing you if you need some type of medical treatment.

Throughout history, when troops have been hurt on the battlefield, alcohol has been used for just about every surgical procedure. Having whiskey in your bug out bag can make your life so much more comfortable when you’re in a world of pain.

3. A weapon: Common sense, right? Well, it may not be for a lot of people. If a crisis hits, you as well as I know that it’s going to be every man for himself and his family. You want to be able to protect yourself and what you have. A small, concealable weapon can accomplish this.

Don’t pack something that can be found in nature. A rock is not a weapon. A baseball bat could be good, but you can find sticks and branches and make that yourself later on.

You’re going to want to pack a quality knife or a small gun. Both will fit in your bag and both will protect and provide for you. A knife, as you know, has multiple functions and can be used for surgery, starting fires, hunting and defense — just to name a few uses. A gun can be used for protection, hunting and signaling. Protection will be paramount in a crisis.

The choice is yours as to what to pack, maybe even both items. But if you can choose only one weapon, a good knife is best.

4. Vitamin supplements: You know what your mother used to say, “Eat your vegetables.” Why is that? She wasn’t working for the Department of Agriculture, so it wasn’t to promote the sales of vegetables or a government function — it was to keep you healthy.

Vegetables and fruits have vitamins in them that keep your body’s defenses up and keep you healthier for longer periods of time. When you’re out on your own, you may not have a lot of options for food. Taking a good vitamin supplement will keep you kicking longer. It will prevent you from catching colds and allow your body to heal faster if you get hurt.

Vitamins are critical to your survival, especially when you don’t know what kind of attack you may be avoiding. They will also provide you the long-term energy that you need that can’t be provided by the energy resources above.

5. Duct tape:  I mentioned your mom, so let’s talk about your Dad. Remember how he could fix anything with duct tape? Guess what? So can you.

Think about the functionality of Duct Tape. You can hold things together, whether it’s a splint for a broken bone, torn skin or the bumper of your truck. You can fix holes in tents and shoes, and hang things in trees if need be. Duct tape fixes literally anything. In a worst-case scenario, you can even make a belt out of it.

These five items will make a major difference in your life if you remember to pack them in your bug out bag. Sadly, not many people will know to pack them, but you will, and that may make the ultimate difference in your life in a crisis situation.

Be smarter than they think you are.

–Tim Young
Managing Editor, Absolute Rights