Solar Storm: A Potential Disaster Situation

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Hi Ferfal, check this story out:

http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/07/25/in-2012-earth-narrowly-escaped-solar-blast-so-powerful-it-could-knock-civilization-back-to-18th-century-nasa-says/
Sounds like it’d be pretty bad… and a 12% chance of it hitting in the next 10 years is not small. Would you recommend anything different to be prepared for such an event?
PS Bought your new book, and left you a glowing review on Amazon.
Cheers!
-C
Hi! First of all thanks for the review. I’m glad you liked my new book. The 5 Star review helps a lot so I do appreciate it!
Indeed, we came close, and as you say the statistics regarding how likely it is to happen again are a bit scary. Here’s an interesting article from NASA about the incident:

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2014/23jul_superstorm/
Such an event would fry electronics so as often stated its better to keep gear and tech as simple as possible.
Depending on where it hits and the magnitude we could be talking about most States being left without power for weeks, maybe months. Then again, the bulk of it may land in the middle of the Pacific or Atlantic, resulting in very limited damage to the infrastructure. There’s simply no way of knowing.
Regardign how to prepare for such an event, start with the basics for sheltering in place (bugging in) covering the most likely disasters first and go from there towards the least likely ones. Plan for long periods of time without power and communications, maybe even without tap water. Your gear should cover the essentials: Staying warm, protecting yourself, having water, food and means of cooking it. Have plans in place in case you have to bug out in a hurry. Make sure you have a potential bug out abroad location in case you may have to leave the country, even the continent due to the event. Fires due to busted lines and centrals are likely and no doubt the services will be overwhelmed. At least in this case, towns and cities with lower population would be an advantage.

FerFAL

 


“The Modern Survivalist” On Kindle!

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You guys asked for it so for a very limited time only, “The Modern Survivalist” will be available on Kindle!

At that price range, authors make about half the money selling on kindle than in paperback books. I know, makes no sense, but that’s Amazon some times.

Also, and just for today,“Bugging Out and Relocating”(kindle version) for $4.97! If you didn’t get it already, this is it.
As always thanks for your support!

 

FerFAL


Testing, testing…

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Don’t panic, this is just Mr. Bill testing a feature that automatically creates a forum topic from each blog post.


Free! Kindle Enemies Trilogy by Matthew Bracken

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Just for a few more hours, MatthewBracken is offering his Enemies Trilogy for free in Kindle.
Matt is a great guy, I have the greatest respect for him and his work, which is some of the best, most realistic survival fiction I ever came across and I cant recommend it enough.

Just go and get it, and check his other book, “Castigo Cay” a well!

FerFAL


Survival Knife: Steel hardness and sharpening‏

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Maybe you can shed some light on this on your blog.  I have a Spyderco Endura, VG10 steel.  It was razor sharp out of the box, but in time the blade got dull, and I have never been able to sharpen it with my wet stone back to factory standards.  Meanwhile, I also have a Boker Magnum (looks like a Buck110 knock-off).  It’s probably some cheap stainless steel, judging from the price I paid for it, but it takes a razor sharp edge with a couple of passes on the same wet stone and it retains the edge relatively well.  So what make the VG10 steel better than say 1080, if it’s so hard to sharpen?

Jose

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Hello Jose,

The knife market is saturated with products and everyone wants the strongest and sharpest. These days, in many ways knives companies live or die depending on what a guy on youtube says. Does one knife cut 20 pieces of cardboard before failing to cut paper while another cuts 15? Guess which one ends up making the crazy sales after one of those videos hits 100.000 views.

Because of this knife companies are looking to make sharper knives, that cut better (although sometimes they sacrifice a tougher blade geometry in the process, like in the case of full flat grind knives) and hold an edge longer (although this same thing makes it much harder to sharpen). The Endura is a great knife, but I prefer the saber grin over the more fragile full flat grind.

Hardness is another hot topic. Everyone wants to have the harder knife. Joke about it but its true. “My knife is 60HRC” “Oh, yeah? Mine’s 61!”. In the good old days a knife was simply a high carbon steel blade similar to 1055 or 1080 and hardened to 50-55HRC. It would be tough as nails, hold an edge well enough, and a breeze to sharpen.

Today, we have knife enthusiasts that can’t even sharpen a knife themselves and want a knife that holds an edge longer before sending it over to someone to sharpen it for them. That’s how we end up with knives that are too hard, even brittle and may fail catastrophically or in the best case a knife that is at least a pain to resharpen.

Answering your question, what makes VG10 is the same thing that makes it a pain to sharpen: It’s a tough steel that holds an edge well, but holding an edge well means that it has resistance to wear, that the blade material, may that be for losing the edge or for putting it back, its harder to remove.  VG10 is a high end knife steel that doesnt need resharpening often, but it will take more work to sharpen well when needed.

 

Spyderco Endura 4 Folding Plain Edge FRN Knife

 

Spyderco Endura Folding Knife$67.07

I see this as more of an advantage in smaller blades that you want to use but you don’t want to sharpen often. For bigger knives its more of a pain, and sharpening becomes an even harder job. 1080 is a very nice, no frills high carbon steel. As you notice, its tough but not as hard as VG10. This means its easier to sharpen as well. My daily pocket knife is a surplus German Army Knife by Victorinox. Its X55CrMo14 hardened to 56 HRC. That’s a nice balance of edge durability and ease of resharpening. That pocket knife is a joy to use and although I use it and resharpen it often, its easy to keep razor sharp.

At the same time, my most used multitool is a Leatherman Charge. This one has an S30V blade and like VG10 its not as easy to resharpen, but it does hold the edge longer.
FerFAL


Bugging Out And Relocating” Kindle $7.95

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Folks, you asked for a Kindle edition, here it is!
Bugging Out And Relocating” in Kindle $7.95


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