Sunday, May 4, 2014

Tops Knives / Norseman - SNAP Kit

I have been working with TOPS Knives USA to produce my second knife design with them.  My first design is the HOG 4.5.  I did not Blog about it but that will be coming soon.  This post is about my latest blade which actually comes in a small tin survival kit. The SNAP Card (Survival Needs And Preparedness.)  The little tool that fills some big shoes when it comes to survival in the wilderness.

We all have different ideals about what makes the perfect outdoor and survival blade.  This is what makes the knife industry so diverse and exciting.  But for all the millions of designs out there I could not find a single one that fit snugly in an altoids tin and could also be used for more than skinning a sparrow.  So I set out to design one.  What I came up up with is the SNAP Card.  The tool itself comes in the SNAP Kit produced by TOPS Knives.  It is 1095 HC Steel with a coating of Ceracoat in canyon red.  It is 1/8" thick and it has sort of a modified chisel grind on the two cutting edges.  We are still working out the price for the kit but it is rumored to fall somewhere within the 50.00 range.  All in all, a fair price for a pre-fab survival kit with contents that are actually useful and complete.  The full kit weighs in at just 5 oz and the blade alone is 2oz.  So at 5 oz and about the size of a pack of cigarettes you can carry it practically everywhere and never leave home without the ability to survive a few uncomfortable nights stranded in the wilderness.

the kit contains:
1 SNAP Card Knife
1 Metal storage box
1 Fresnel lens
1 Signal whistle (126 Db)
1 Button compass
1 Cotton pad
12' Orange marking tape
25' Fishing line
2 Fish hooks
12' Nano cord
1 Sail needle
2 Safety pins
1 P38 can opener
1 Ferro rod
1 Acrylic signal mirror
1 Heavy rubber band
1 ID card

As you can see from the contents list that this kit contains just about everything that you need to get you through a rough day or two.  It lacks any major sized water container but that is a small trade off.  You can always boil and drink water directly out of the metal tin and there is almost always some trash around that you can put water in.  So here is a bunch of pictures of the tool in use.  Take a look and comment below to let me know what you think.

 Truncating a small tree for shelter or tools

  Hide scraping and removing hair from hide leather...or anything else that needs a good scraping.

Traditional cutting and game preparation tasks.

Bark scraping and truncating for traps and camp tools.

Notching and battoning for traditional camp chores and processing resources.

 Starting a bow drill or hand drill divot and notching the hearth.

Prepping wild edibles and shaving up some fuzz sticks.

Prepping some birch bark for camp tools or fire making, same techniques used to cut leather and prep meat for smoking and drying.

Attaches to a staff for the big chores.

Reach the resources up high without the risk of climbing the tree.

Defend yourself and your camp in the woods or anywhere you need to.  Also useful for dispatching live game caught in your traps.

So there it is, the SNAP Card,  the most useful tool that you can fit in a pocket survival kit.  here are a couple of other options for carry that I have been working on.

The first picture is an I phone case with credit card slot that I picked up at the dollar store.  The second is a Kydex neck sheath that I whipped up in the garage...Perhaps I can find someone to produce them in the future.

I hope that you enjoyed this sneak preview of the SNAP Kit from Tops Knives and I hope that you can see the endless possibilities that it presents for the true survivor.  After all, the key to survival is adaptation and imagination.  With the right mindset and some basic tools you can survive anything that comes at you.

Be Well, Norseman

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Gopher up!

Took a short break from the shop for some gopher therapy...the boys decided to get in on that :)

Sent from my iPhone

Dehydrator at work

Over the past few weeks we have had a surplus of eggs thanks to my feathery ladies. Last week I found a great blog post

detailing the dehydrating process and I decided to give it a shot.

A worker may be the Hammer's master, but the Hammer still prevails. A tool knows exactly how it is meant to be handled, while the user of the tool can only have an approximate idea.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

ANARCHY is upon us...

Hello Everyone!
For some reason my time between blog posts keep getting farther & farther apart.  Sometimes I forget that I am now supposed to be a "blogger"   I also get it stuck in my head that I need to write a whole big blog post, instead of just a little one.  For this post though I plan on going big! :)
Norseman is a now a MOVIE STAR!!! 
Hahaha, I'm just kidding...well sort of.  Norseman is in a wicked cool new web series called Anarchy The Series. 
Anarchy is a No Budget original series from Ervin Studios in Spokane Washington.  Ervin Studios has produced successful television campaigns, short films, music videos and much more.  This production house has won multiple awards over the past 8 years!
Anarchy is an original series written by Dale Fruit.   Anarchy takes place 9 years after the fall of the American Government.  The  primary characters in Anarchy consider past Governments, past leaders, some of the great philosophical thinkers as they work to build a new society that maximizes liberty and minimizes tyranny. 
Anarchy The Series made its debut September 2013.  There are as of right now 2 episodes available and episode 3 is in pre-production.  Here are some behind the scenes photos from the first 2 episodes.



Now that these photos of Anarchy has wetted your are the episodes :)
Anarchy Episode I
Anarchy Episode II (mild graphic violence & an F-Bomb)
Keep in mind that this wicked ass series is a NO-budget production.  The cast and crew are all volunteers and love what they do.  You can follow Anarchy on Facebook, just click the link below and like their Facebook page to get updates & behind the scenes photos on upcoming episodes.
Don't forget to invite all your friends to their page and share their videos!!!
Maybe if we get Anarchy to go viral, they can get a budget and we can all be Chillaxing on the couch watching it on the big screen!
Norseman says..."Now go spread it like VD"!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Culling the flock

Back in April, Norseman and I bought 24 one day old chicks.  They were all supposed to be females (pullets).  While waiting for them to grow up he and I built a chicken coop, and bought 6 laying hens and a rooster (Braw) off an old woman.  When our baby chicks got older we realized we had ended up with 5 roosters.  Last week thanks to Norseman, we are back down to 1 :)
Below is Noseman's YouTube Video "Culling the Flock"
Off with his head!

Skinning process

Carbon fiber Trapper from
One of our dearly departed roosters.  :(
We miss you Two Tails, but you sure were yummy!
Poor Braw, he knew his day had come.

Braw was a tough old bird. We cooked him up for dinner but the smell of his meat cooking was horrible.  We ended up feeding him to the dogs.  We learned a good lesson from him, and will rotate our flock much younger than we had planned on. 

Remember Chance? 
Our baby chick that Norseman saved from getting his head bit off from our little black devil dog.  He grew up to be a beautiful and friendly rooster.  He is now the "Cock of the walk" at Ydalir!
Somebody is sucking up to Norseman...I think she is worried that she might lose her head!

Norseman says..."Start laying or start praying"!

I hope you enjoyed my chicken pictures, don't forget to check out Norseman's "culling the flock" video at the top, and his many other video's on YouTube. 
I would just like to add, to any of you sensitive types, that our chickens were happy, healthy, free range chickens.  They were bought for the purpose of feeding our family, and died humanely serving that purpose.