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Knife chainsaw: Does it top the machete slingshot?

Steak knife chain saw

From the man who brought you the pleasantly absurd machete slingshot comes his latest masterpiece of destruction: the chainsaw made of steak knives.

On his YouTube channel The Slingshot Channel, Jörg Sprave creates a variety of innovative devices, mostly slingshot-related, for fun. Like all of his creations, the steak knife saw is surprisingly simple. He took a power drill purchased through Amazon, attached it to a wheel, which is connected to yet another wheel, and affixed a slew of razor-sharp steak knives around the smaller wheel.

He got the idea for his homemade steak saw after someone suggested he find different ways to weaponize household products. So, he went through his cabinet, saw a steak knife and decided to make this unbelievable device.

Here’s some clever posturing from Gizmodo:

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How to identify an old knife

So, you picked up an awesome knife for $3 at a yard sale or your grandfather gave you his favorite blade and now you’re curious about what type of knife it is and what it’s worth. If you’re looking for an easy way to identify what type of knife you have, here are good places to start.

Find any identifying marks or symbols

The first, and most obvious, place to start is with the knife itself. Look for any sort of symbols, initials or identifying marks. Certain symbols or scratches in the handle or steel of the blade are usually calling cards of certain knifemakers or brands. Sometimes a simple Google search on whatever is on the knife is enough to identify the brand or maker.

Narrow down any possibilities by analyzing the construction

If there aren’t any intentional identifiers on the blade, it’s still possible to narrow down the possibilities of where, when and who it came from by simply looking at the qualities of the knife. For example, if you have a knife with a specific type of lock, you can usually narrow the date it was manufactured with a little research. You could also narrow down where it was made by looking at its style and influence.

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Challenge Bear Grylls and win 10K

Bear Grylls Eating a Fish

Whether you find his feats of wilderness survival awe-inspiring or his heavily-accented narration downright irritating, Bear Gyrlls is undoubtedly a survivalist star.

Back in April, we ran a contest in which our readers were asked to give Bear a hand in a sticky situation (he was stuck on a rock in the Amazon River) in order to win a Bear Grylls signature Gerber multi-tool.

Now, the folks over at Solo (it’s a lemon soda, in case you didn’t know) are holding a contest in which you can face off with Bear for a chance to win 10k.

The contest rules are pretty simple.  All you have to do is find something you can do better than Bear and challenge him on the Solo website. Users will vote on the best challenges and a handful of winners will eventually be chosen to face off with Bear in Sydney, Australia.

The man above (Tom) is a gymnastics instructor who will be going one on one with Bear in a gnarly handstand competition.

The contest is only open to Australia residents, but,there’s 10k on the line, so if you’re thinking about expatriating, this is probably the time.

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NH knife rights preemption bill finally signed into law

Knife rights enthusiasts rejoice.

The New Hampshire knife rights preemption bill was finally signed into law by Gov. John Lynch meaning the law will take effect in 60 days, according to Ammoland.

For anyone who’s been following this story, the bill passed the state’s senate and house of representatives a while ago thanks to the effort of Rep. Jenn Coffey, author of the new book “Knives, Lipstick, and Liberty One Woman’s Journey.” But, with Gov. Lynch’s signature, the bill becomes law after 60 days.

New Hampshire is just the third state to enact knife law preemption, but the bill is another victory for the Knife Rights’ National Knife Law Preemption Campaign.

Essentially, what knife law preemption means is that counties or cities within a state cannot enact local ordinances prohibiting the use of certain knives. For example, a person with a several inch hunting knife might be fine in one county, but in the next, they might be breaking a local ordinance.

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William Wallace sword winner revels in conquest, frolics with hot babes

The following is an essay written by Eino Hill, the winner of the William William Wallace sword contest held in April.  The Cutting Edge does not endorse, comprehend or validate in anyway Mr. Hill’s medieval fantasies, delusions of grandeur or other strange musings, though we do think that his experience is a prime example of the awe-inspiring power of a sword.

William Wallace Medieval Sword

Eino Hill celebrating with his William Wallace Sword

The elongated cardboard box with my name on it could only mean one thing:the Sword of Galleon had arrived.

Alas, the quest was now over.  After many years of searching for the fabled sword, its whereabouts having been shrouded in mystery for centuries, a signature was the only thing left standing in my way of its possession.  I signed and ran to my room, box in tow.

Flipping through the scriptures, I read again The Passage of Righthood for the One in Possession of The Sword of Galleon.

Turn any man of dust and sand, from across the land o’er yonder,
Who once a pawn thou now shall spawn a mortal man no longer.

There is the Fountain of Youth.  And then there’s Immortality!  Who wants to be young their whole life when they can have everlasting omnipotence?  Powers we, as man, cannot even conceive due to our paltry, insignificant existence?

“Just call me God Jr.,” I said to the heavens above.

Cleverly disguised on the Cutting Edge Blog as the William Wallace Sword, obtaining the Sword of Galleon was much like capturing Bin Laden.  It took years of searching, just to discover it was hiding in plain sight.

“It’s too bad I didn’t obtain this sword a month earlier,” I mused.  I would’ve gone to that compound in Abbottabad myself and turned him into a Taliban Kebob with this damn thing!”

I wasn’t fooled though.  I followed the path.  I did as the Scriptures told.

Follow the pen, whose might shall rise,
Not that of swords, but in disguise.

It took me some time to figure out.

We, as children, were always taught that the pen was mightier than the sword.  But let’s get serious.  They clearly weren’t referring to the Sword of Galleon!  The Sword of Galleon will bust a pen up!  I don’t care if it’s ballpoint!  I don’t give a damn if its a Mont Blanc or even a Bic?

So that part made sense.  The sword was still mightier than the pen.  But how could a pen’s might rise and be in disguise?

I Googled it.  Specifically, “How could a pen’s might rise and be in disguise?” Google had no answers for me,  Ask.com had no clue.  It did, however, lead me to this woman with a drawn on beard evading the police. Wikipedia wanted me to learn about Optimus Prime. “Robots in disguise” was what triggered that one.  After countless minutes of frustration, I realized not finding the answer to this all-important question was a good thing.

“If someone had the answer, they would already have the sword,” I thought.

Then I started thinking.  Pen.  Writing.  Words.  A pen writes words.  Words form sentences.  Sentences form paragraphs.  Paragraphs form chapters.  Chapters form books.  Books form libraries!  I must go to the library!

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Vote for Your Favorite Entry in Our Bear Grylls Contest

So, after reviewing numerous entries, we’ve narrowed down the field in our Bear Grylls contest to two.  One of these knife enthusiasts will win a 12-component Bear Grylls’ signature multi-tool. Check out the entries and vote for your favorite by either typing 1 or 2 in the comment field. Voting ends on Sunday at midnight Central Time.  Here’s the scenario, once again.

Bear is standing on a rock in the middle of the Amazon River wearing nothing but camouflage briefs. On one bank there is a nest full of anacondas. On the other, there is a vicious-looking jaguar. The river is full of piranhas.

Bear has possession of the following things: a coconut, a monkey, two Budweiser bottles and 10 palm leaves, in addition to his Ultimate Multi-Tool with 12 components. Give Bear advice on how to escape to safety by entering your answer in the comment field below.  You can’t submit an entry after Friday.

(1) By: Robert Worsham

OK guys, this is too easy. Using the multi-tool, pop open the beers and give ‘em to the monkey. After two beers, he’s not gonna give much of a rip about anything. While he’s drinking the beer, tie all of the palm leaves together, making a makeshift rope. Tie one end around one of the monkey’s ankles. Yeah, you guessed it, sacrifices must be made when it comes to survival. Toss the monkey towards the jaguar, getting him as close to the shore as you can. The jaguar will see the monkey splashing around as the piranhas go to work on him, smell the drunken fresh monkey meat (easy pickings, he figures) and jump in the river after him.

Oops, too late!! Cats are so stupid. Instant monkey and jaguar meat piranha feast. Grab the coconut, jump in and swim for shore right past the disappearing monkey and jaguar. Those piranha will be so overwhelmed by the fresh monkey and jaguar meat that they won’t even notice a skinny little guy in camo skivvies. Once you make it to shore, use the multi-tool to crack open the cococut for a refreshing and energy-building drink and then get outta there. Don’t even go NEAR the snakes! I HATE snakes!!!

(2) By: Conner Bircher

Use the knife to kill and skin the monkey, save the meat. Drench the body in beer since it will leave a sticky residue, use the palm leaves to wrap around your body using the monkey skin to tie the palm leaves on. Throw the monkey corpse in the river distracting the piranhas, break bottles open with knife as a swimming/thrashing tool, keep multi tool between teeth while swimming. Once on shore dig a hole with a split coconut deep enough to cover the snake completely, use broken bottles as a impaling tool, cover hole with palm leaves and when the snake falls in, jump on top of it and stab its head with the blade… that’s how I would do

Vote for your favorite entry by typing either one or two in the comment field. A winner will be announced on Monday.

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Is Man vs Wild Fake? Give Your Opinion and Enter to Win a Free Knife

This the last day of our Bear Grylls contest.  See the contest rules at the bottom and enter to with a Bear Grylls’ Signature Ultimate Multi-Tool.

Bear GryllsIf you’re a Bear Grylls fan, you’re likely an avid viewer of Man vs Wild, where Bear battles the wilderness while exhibiting his top-notch survival skills.  The show features a number of incredible scenes, from Bear lassoing wild mustangs to traversing  a lava-filled volcano.  However, in recent years, critics have identified a number of inconsistencies in the program, leading some to allege that Bear is misleading his viewers.

What’s the Man vs Wild Controversy About?

Critics of the show start by pointing to the premise as being contrived.  Most Man vs Wild episodes consist of Bear parachuting into a harsh climate, surviving for a number of days, and then eventually venturing to safety.  Many say the show is framed to make viewers believe that Bear is alone in the wilderness, when in fact he consistently has aid from a camera crew.

In addition, prior to entering a new setting, it has been revealed that Bear and his team perform weeks of recognizance, briefing Bear on possible locations where he can peform survival skills.

“I get a really good briefing before we go,” Bear said.  “I know there’s a big river there, there’s going to be a great cliff climb there, there’s loads of snakes in those rocks, watch out for an alligator.  So, I do have a good idea of 80 percent of what’s going to happen.”

Does Bear stay in hotels?

There have also been allegations, which are fairly substantiated, that Bear sometimes stays at hotels during survival missions.  According to a 2007 article in the Daily Mail, Bear stayed at the Pines Resort Hotel in the Sierra Nevada mountains during an episode in which he bit the head off a snake and boasted that he was living on “just a water bottle, a cup and a flint for making fire.”

In an additional episode, where Grylls was supposedly stuck on a desert island, he was actually on a Hawaiian archipelago, where he retired to a motel at night.

Faking Scenes

There have also been two allegations that Bear faked scenes in his shows.  In an episode where Bear is supposedly lassoing wild mustangs, it was revealed that the mustangs were actually tame animals from a nearby ranch.

One of the most controversial episodes involves Bear traversing an active volcano in Hawaii.  According to reporting by the Times in London, smoke generators were used off-screen to make smoke fumes, and molten magma was supplemented by burning hot coals that were brought in by the production team.

A fan site of Survivorman, a survival show that features Canadian bushman Les Stroud, posted a video debunking the episode (shown below).

Lastly, a survival consultant who worked on Man vs Wild revealed that in one episode, the production crew built a raft, which Bear would later claim on camera to have constructed himself.

Response from Bear and Man vs Wild

Few , if any of the allegations made by Bear’s critics have been denied by Bear or the Discovery Channel, which airs the show.  Instead, Bear and the network have said that the show never claimed that Bear was unassisted in his survival techniques and issued the following statement.

“The programme explicitly does not claim that presenter Bear Grylls’ experience is one of unaided solo survival.  For example, he often directly addresses the production team, including the cameraman, making it clear he is receiving an element of back-up.”

The Discovery Channel also said that future episodes would have a disclaimer at the beginning stating that Grylls had assistance, and since the controversy, Grylls states on camera when he receives help.

Public Response

Though some viewers felt betrayed by revelations that parts of Man vs Wild was faked, the controversy did little to affect the shows popularity.  It still attracts hundreds of millions of viewers across the world.

Win Bear’s Knife, Get Tough

We’re currently giving away a Bear Grylls’ signature 12-component ultimate multi-tool and to win all you need to do is advise Bear on how to get out of the following situation, which, considering his reputation, is totally realistic.

Bear is standing on a rock in the middle of the Amazon River wearing nothing but camouflage briefs. On one bank there is a nest full of anacondas. On the other, there is a vicious-looking jaguar. The river is full of piranhas.

Bear has possession of the following things: a coconut, a monkey, two Budweiser bottles and 10 palm leaves, in addition to his Ultimate Multi-Tool with 12 components. Give Bear advice on how to escape to safety by entering your answer in the comment field below.

You must submit your entry (and you can only submit one) prior to Friday 10 p.m. Central Time. Then, we’ll pick our top three favorites and publish them on the blog for readers to vote on. Be creative. Be imaginative. Good luck!

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Who is Bear Grylls? Find Out and Win His Signature Knife.

Bear Grylls Drinking Turtle Blood“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is often just that little word, extra,” said Man Vs. Wild star Bear Grylls at a speaking engagement in Durban, South Africa.  If anyone, Bear should know.

The 37-year old survivalist and T.V. star has captivated millions of viewers across the world with his death-defying wilderness skills.  Since we’re currently giving away a Bear Grylls Ultimate Multi-Tool (contest rules below),  I thought it was time to shed more light on one of the world’s greatest survivors.

The Birth of a Bear

Bear is British—you have probably gathered as much from his accent—and split his time as a child between Northern Ireland and the Isle of Wright.  He learned to climb and sail from his father at an early age and it was his sister who gave him the nickname “Bear,” when he was just a week old. Always the outdoorsman, Bear became a Cub Scout at eight; he also learned to sky-dive and practiced karate in his youth.

Bear Joins the Army and Almost Dies

Like any proper survivor, Bear celebrated graduating from Birbeck University in London by spending a few months hiking in the Himalayas.  From there, he joined the British Army and served as a trooper, survival instructor and patrol medic.  In 1996, he suffered a near-fatal parachuting fall in Zambia, in which he landed on his back and partially crushed three vertebrae.  It was initially unknown whether or not he would walk again.  Yet, after 18 months of rehabilitation, Bear was back to full strength and ready to fulfill a goal he had been pursuing since his childhood.

Bear Climbs Everest at 23

When he was young, Bear’s father had shown him pictures of Mount Everest that had made an indelible impression.  Since then, he had always had a goal of summiting the mountain, but the broken-back he suffered seriously jeopardized those aspirations:

I remember lying there during those long months of recovery and suddenly this dream that I had clung to so tightly and for so long, of climbing Everest, just felt a million miles away. It was beyond what I could believe and I remember vividly looking at the pictures my late father had given me of Everest years earlier, and taking them down. I dismissed it as something childish and something that could no longer become a reality.

Yet, on May 26 1998, Bear reached the summit of Everest, making him the youngest British climber to do so.  His expedition had taken four months just on Everest’s southeast face alone.  He was nearly killed on numerous occasions and three other climbers making the trek lost their lives.

Bear Gets Gnarly, Seriously Gnarly

Post climbing Everest, Bear was booming with enthusiasm and completed a string of survival feats, such as:

— Circumnavigating the UK on a jet ski

— Crossing the North Atlantic on an inflatable boat

— Having a dinner party in a hot air baloon at 25,000 feet

Paramotoring over the Himalayas.

—  Setting the record for the world’s longest free fall.

These freakish accomplishments couldn’t be ignored by the world of television for long. Bear made his media debut in a Sure deodorant commercial and in 2006, Bear’s current survival series, Man Vs. Wild, debuted and immediately found success.  Today, it attracts over one billion viewers a year.

Win Bear’s Knife, Get Tough

We’re currently giving away a Bear Grylls’ signature 12-component ultimate multi-tool and to win all you need to do is advise Bear on how to get out of the following situation, which, considering his reputation, is totally realistic.

Bear is standing on a rock in the middle of the Amazon River wearing nothing but camouflage briefs. On one bank there is a nest full of anacondas. On the other, there is a vicious-looking jaguar. The river is full of piranhas.

Bear has possession of the following things:  a coconut, a monkey, two Budweiser bottles and 10 palm leaves, in addition to his Ultimate Multi-Tool with 12 components. Give Bear advice on how to escape to safety by entering your answer in the comment field below.

You must submit your entry (and you can only submit one) prior to Friday 10 p.m. Central Time.  Then, we’ll pick our top three favorites and publish them on the blog for readers to vote on. Be creative.  Be imaginative.  Good luck!

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Win a Bear Grylls’ Ultimate Multi-Tool!

Bear GryllsBear Grylls is a survivalist stud.  He jumps out of planes, eats eyeballs, swims with alligators and hurls himself into freezing, ice water.  He does pretty much every badass thing possible and he does it all in style, which is why he needs badass equipment all the time.

The Bear Grylls’ Ultimate Multi-Tool

Enter the Bear Grylls’ Ultimate Multi-Tool, a 12-part multi-tool that’s as rugged as Bear.

This all-in-one offers 12 total components: needle nose pliers, both fine-edge and serrated knives, saw, Phillips screwdriver, small and medium flat drivers, lanyard ring, bottle opener, can opener, scissors and wire cutters.

So,  if necessary, you can pry open a can of tuna, remove a splinter, cut through wire, saw through a rope, unscrew something, unscrew something else, cut a bandage and then, to celebrate everything you accomplished, pop open a cold beer—all with one tool!

The multi-tool is also light, weighing under 9 ounces, and its spring-loaded jaw makes it easy for one-handed use. In addition, it comes with a sweet nylon sheath and a Bear Grylls’ pocket survival guide, which has survival basics designed to help keep you alive if you are stranded in the wilderness.

This last feature got me thinking: What happens when Bear Grylls needs survival advice?  Who does he call, the survival gods? Well, maybe he calls you, yeah that’s right, you.

How to Win a Bear Grylls’ Ultimate Multi-Tool

If you want to win this multi-tool all you have to do is advise Bear on how to use his multi-tool to get out of the following situation, which, considering his reputation, is totally realistic.

Bear is standing on a rock in the middle of the Amazon River wearing nothing but camouflage briefs. On one bank there is a nest full of anacondas. On the other, there is a vicious-looking jaguar that hasn’t eaten in weeks. The river is full of piranhas.

Bear has possession of the following things:  a coconut, a monkey, two 16-ounce Budweiser bottles and 10 palm leaves, in addition to his Ultimate Multi-Tool with 12 components. Give Bear advice on how to escape to safety by entering your answer in the comment field below.

You must submit your entry (and you can only submit one) prior to Friday 10 p.m. Central Time.  Then, we’ll pick our top three favorites and publish them on the blog for readers to vote on. Be creative.  Be imaginative.  Good luck!

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