CRKT Minimalist Folts Wharncliffe Neck Knife Review

The CRKT Minimalist set the standard in the knife world as one of the first truly affordable neck knives to enter the market that still offers a level of practicality that made it viable as a utility blade. While so many other neck knives at its price point turned out to be a gimmick, the CRKT Minimalist is actually quite useful as an EDC tool, and in my opinion, is one of the best back up blades in the business.

CRKT very wisely contracted Alan Folts for this design in order to recreate a production model of his very own custom Minimalist. This approach, which has been successfully used by knife companies (such as in the recent case of the Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K) leads to the best of both worlds – it gives exposure to the custom maker before an audience that may have never heard of him, and it also gives opportunity for those of us who are not in a position to drop a serious amount of cash on a full blown custom knife to get a “diet coke” experience for a substantially cheaper entry price. More collaborations like this please, CRKT. I vote for a Laconico or Fiddleback next!

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Aesthetically, the Minimalist is very utilitarian in nature with its dull green/black micarta (or similar material) scales. I’m not the biggest fan of the colour scheme choice, but CRKT now offers an alternate version of the Minimalist that I think looks better: black scales and powder coated blade; much more appealing.

It should be noted that as well as color options, CRKT offers the Minimalist neck knife in a wide range of blade styles: from my Wharncliffe blade, to tantos and bowies. You can check them all out here on Amazon.

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Notice the lanyard attached to the heel of the knife. In terms of functionality, it works great, but I cut mine off because it’s just too large and visible for me when I’m trying to use the Minimalist as a discreet EDC. Be advised that the lanyard hole leans towards the microscopic side, so don’t think you will be able to thread some nifty paracord lanyards through this one. Really thin lanyards only.

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The stock is appropriately thin for a 5.08 cm (2 inch) blade with a total thickness of 0.25 cm (0.1 inch). I also love the aggressive jimping over the middle of the spine. Really aids in control when doing finer cuts, and remains quite comfortable in use.

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When carried as a neck knife, deployment is fast and natural. The glass-filled nylon sheath is well molded, and the knife sits securely inside it. One quick tug and you’re 100% ready for business.

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The CRKT Minimalist also comes with a removable belt clip. I don’t use mine, as I prefer to use the Minimalist as a neck knife, but the option is there should you want it.

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The clip slips over your belt, with plenty of room for bigger belts. The clip can be adjusted so that the knife can be attached at various angles and positions. If you like carry options, this is a great option for you.

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Objectively, the CRKT Minimalist looks quite sleek on my belt, and if it weren’t for the fact that I really like wearing it as a neck knife, I’d have no problem carrying it this way.

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Deployment of the CRKT Minimalist, even from this position, is smooth and natural with no jerkiness or instability, as is common with smaller sheaths. Really nice work here.

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There’s no shortage of Minimalists at my house. I actually own quite a few Minimalists myself, and have backups to give away to friends and family. They make really good gifts. One of my neighbours actually requested me to pick up a couple for him specifically; said they’d be perfect for his grandsons to use while they were over at his place. Needless to say, his grandkids loved ‘em.

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My own Minimalist has been carried by me for quite a few years, and over time, I’ve made substantial adjustments/modifications to it. The most noticeable alteration I’ve made is the complete removal of the scales. I removed them because of the simple observation that they were just a teensy bit too chunky for discreet under-shirt everyday carry in the summer. Didn’t want a printed outline of a knife whenever I carried the Minimalist under my shirt. I definitely don’t regret taking the handles off, as now, the Minimalist worn as a neck knife is almost completely invisible, even when worn under T-shirts – exactly the objective I was going for.

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I contoured the handles and acid washed the whole knife. As you can see by the amount of wear on the knife and sheath, this thing has been heavily used. I wore it almost every single day for about 6 months as a back up blade and it got to the point that somedays I would wake up with it still around my neck. Obviously sleeping with a neck knife is probably not the wisest thing to do, so I would advise against that – regardless of how good the in sheath retention may be!

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I also chose to modify the grind of the blade into a full convex. The steel CRKT chose to use is 5Cr13MoV, which runs pretty damn soft at 55-57 HRC. If I had one complaint it would be the steel choice, but when you take a look at the price (under $25 – insane), you have to be understanding; sacrifices had to be made somewhere.

With a lean, full convex, my Minimalist is now a robust slicer. Paired with the fact that since the handles were removed it is literally invisible when worn under shirt, the knife is pretty damn awesome if you ask me. Like I said, I do carry another knife on me at all times, but I don’t technically have to. The CRKT Minimalist is excellent as a back up knife or in case you just keep forgetting to pocket a regular everyday carry knife. Just slip the Minimalist around your neck and forget it: it’ll always be there when you need it.

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Thinning out the blade and adding a needle tip drastically altered the cutting performance of the knife. It now cuts ridiculously well (edge retention not withstanding) and the tip bites in with almost no effort.

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In terms of ergonomics, an unmodified CRKT Minimalist is very comfortable. Much more comfortable than my own scaleless version, but that should be apparent.

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The stock CRKT Minimalist is shockingly comfortable in saber grip for a small neck knife. The finger grooves lock your fingers into place and the jimping adds some much-welcome traction. Really great ergonomics.

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Choking up on the Minimalist for added pressure is still comfortable. If you need some extra leverage for a hard job, you would be surprised as to how much pressure you can crank out of this tiny 2-inch blade knife. Wharncliffe blades seem uniquely suited for utility tasks in my opinion, so if you’re a fan of this kind of use in particular, strongly consider the Wharncliffe blade version of the CRKT Minimalist over the others.

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Perfectly placed finger grooves mean that there’s no way in hell your hand is sliding up to the blade should you make thrusting cuts.

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Reverse grip, the CRKT Minimalist is also comfortable, but unless you’re using this knife defensively, I would suggest sticking to a more traditional saber grip.

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In the pinch grip, the CRKT Minimalist is also very comfortable. Definitely not my first choice for a hunting blade, but certainly viable in a pinch (heh).

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I honestly find that the CRKT Minimalist’s combination of discreet carry, quick and easy deployment, and secure grip design make it an ideal back up as a tactical knife. It points very naturally, and whilst the blade is a mere 2 inches long, a slash from a sharp 2 inch blade is no picnic.

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As an everyday utility blade for cutting abrasive materials like cardboard? You’ll want something with a more durable steel. If you use the Minimalist regularly for cutting cardboard, you’ll have to sharpen the edge every other day, and that can grow to be quite frustrating. I’m really not a fan of 5Cr13MoV, and I’m not sure if the money saved is worth the performance hit. CRKT if you upgrade the steel to 8Cr13MoV you will have one hell of a neck knife. As it stands the Minimalist is a fantastic everyday carry option as long as you understand its edge retention limitations.

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Ultimately, it’s hard not to like the CRKT Minimalist. It has great utility and use for pretty much any task besides cutting cardboard for extended periods of time. It’s one of the least threatening looking knives I own; it’s tiny and discreet, yet is able to do its job as a backup EDC better than pretty much any other neck knife I can think of. Again, I’ve also purchased quite a number of these for giving away, and as of yet, it’s definitely been the most well-received knife I’ve offered as a present. Being so affordable, it’s one of the best introductions to cutlery on the market for non-knife people. It’s also quite possibly the best option for children and young adults as a first knife.

Recommended. You really can’t go wrong with this one, ‘specially at its price point.

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Winter Emergency Supplies: Get ‘Em While It’s Still Warm!

Not sure if winter’s begun to show it’s frosty fingertips where you live, but here in Toronto, the weather’s slowly begun to take a turn for the colder. Last December, Thomas and I had the misfortune of living through 5 nights and 4 days with no electricity in sub-zero degree Canadian weather, as the Toronto power grid went down and emergency vehicles were having trouble getting the electrical lines back up. Being left without working central heating, and without a working stove (yes, ours was electric) really had us wishing we were more prepared than we were.

This year, we’re doing our best not to relive our mistakes. After all, the past could repeat itself. However unlikely, we could be stuck in yet another ice storm, maybe one that knocks out the power grid for even longer this time.

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Just after the events of last year, we took a hard look at our winter preparedness gear and decided it just wasn’t enough. After all, we didn’t just want to grit our teeth and get through a winter emergency, we wanted to live through it as comfortably as we possibly could (and maybe not freeze as much?). From our tech to our cookware, to our heating methods and all the way down to our clothes, there was just all around more that we could have had to have been better prepared.

We’re taking a hard look at that winter emergency supplies list now, reworking it a little, then checking up on our stock to make sure we’d really be ready this time, in the case of another city-wide winter emergency. Whatever we haven’t yet added to our stockpile, we’ll start ordering ASAP, to make sure it will get shipped to us plenty long enough before we need it.

Take a look below to see if there’s anything you feel would be an asset to your winter emergency stockpile as well. If you have tips/suggestions for us, either in terms of products to get or in terms of which products not to get, please let us know in the comments! Last year, one of our readers recommended an excellent portable propane heater, and if we didn’t already have a propane heater, you sure as hell better believe it’d be the first thing on our to-buy list! I firmly believe that it’s always incredibly wise to learn which items have proved useful to other preppers, and which products have turned out to not be worth the investment. After all, you don’t want to be stuck with a problematic product that you haven’t tested (you should always test – but hey, sometimes you’ll forget, it happens) in the middle of an emergency situation. Passing on information about the good and bad products out there really helps us to be better prepared as a community – at least I think so.

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Please note that this list is not exhaustive: we know that there’s plenty more we could add in terms of emergency supplies, but we tried to concentrate on those items that would make living through colder weather easier. For a much more exhaustive prep stockpile, check out our Ultimate Survival Gear List.

And now onto the winter emergency supplies…

1. Winter Emergency Supply List of Gas Heating

Staying warm during winter emergencies is indubitably your top priority. Hypothermia is no joke, and while there are many different ways you can insulate your body that don’t require gas heating, few even come close to keeping you as warm as the emergency supplies on this part of the list.

2. Winter Emergency Supply List for No-Electricity Cooking

While it’s very likely you’ll still have running water during a winter power outage emergency, chances are you may not have a working gas stove to use. If your stove is electric like ours, you might want to add one or two of the cooking devices below to your stock of winter emergency supplies. Although it is completely possible to eat only cold food, you’ll get a huge psychological boost if you’re able to eat a warm meal here or there. There’s nothing like a hot bowl of soup on a freezing cold day.

3. Winter Emergency Supplies List of Warm Clothing

What you wear will be very important in any cold weather emergency. Even if you do have other methods of keeping warm, none will replace the necessity for well-insulating clothes that can be layered on top of each other to keep in extra heat.

  • Wool socks (different sizes for layering purposes)
  • Wool hats, gloves, scarves
  • Leggings/long johns
  • Down jackets
  • Lined hunting pants
  • Warm pants + shirts/sweaters (different sized thickness and tightness for layering purposes)

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4. Winter Emergency Supply List of Misc Heating

While having a gas heater is certainly a benefit, you definitely don’t need one to stay warm in case of a winter emergency scenario. Adding many of the following items to your stockpile should help you keep plenty warm regardless of whether or not you have a gas heater, or in case you happen to run out of fuel before the emergency situation ends.

5. Winter Emergency Supplies for Illumination

You’ll likely want some way of seeing in the dark if the power goes out in the middle of the winter. It’s not absolutely necessary, but we found it very helpful to at least keep a few candles lit in the room while we slept, and a flashlight on a bedside table in case we wanted to make a trip to the washroom in the dark of the night. Lighting and illumination products typically last a long time and are relatively inexpensive anyway, so it doesn’t hurt to have them in case of an emergency like this.

6. Winter Emergency Supplies for Communications

It’s always a good idea to keep a cell phone working in case you have family or friends you’ll want to get in contact with during an emergency. You never know who may need some help. Keeping a wind up or AA-battery radio will also help you keep up-to-date on what’s happening in your city, so you can have a good idea of how long the emergency will last and how likely it is to continue past the estimated resolution date.

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7. Winter Emergency Supply List of Short-Term Consumables

While it’s a huge benefit to have long-term non-perishable survival foods stockpiled anyway, we’ve found these short-term consumables really helped us out during last year’s emergency. Hot soup is amazing on a cold day, and it’s always nice to have some spreads and canned tuna on some bread in case you really feel too exhausted to be cooking.

  • Bottled water
  • Boxes of breakfast/energy bars
  • Soup cans
  • Canned fish/meat
  • Sandwich ingredients: spreads (peanut butter/jam/nutella) & refrigerated bread

8. Winter Emergency Supply List of Pet Items

Going through last year’s winter emergency with our pet cat opened our eyes to how vital it was to have some extra supplies lying around that are specifically geared to helping your pet survive. We kept our cat huddled up in the same room as we were in, only letting him out through the cold house a couple of times a day for exercise. You might also want to feed your pet a bit extra in case the power goes out in the winter, as producing heat requires more calories to be burned.

  • Extra bags of dry pet food
  • Extra bags of litter
  • Carrying cases (in case there’s a need to move to a warmer location)

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&&: If you found this article useful, you may also be interested in taking a look at our other survival gear and survival food item lists. Starting with the article, The Ultimate Survival Gear List, we also have an article about The Best Survival Foods, this article about Winter Emergency Supplies, as well as more to come.

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Kershaw Cryo II SpeedSafe Assisted Open Knife

When Kershaw announced a partnership with Rick Hinderer, the excitement was almost palpable. Rick has been a mainstay of grail knife manufacturers for years, with his XM series of custom/midtech knives (depending on your definition) being on most everyone’s “would kill for” list. Finally, with the introduction of the Kershaw Cryo and Cryo II, we mere mortals, who couldn’t afford or justify dropping close to 4-figures on a folding slab of steel – no matter how awesome and sexy it may be – were finally able to get a slice of the Hinderer experience.

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The Kershaw Cryo and Cryo II are two identical birds of a feather: the only difference being their size. The Cryo II, which I own, is 20% larger than the Cryo, so keep this in mind if you like the Cryo II, but for any reason wish it were just a bit smaller.

Right off the bat, let me start by saying that the Kershaw Cryo knives, aesthetically speaking, are very “Hinderer-like.” They are framelock folders that feature the Hinderer lock bar stabilizer (more on that later) and flipper deployment. Yet although the knives are Hinderer-like, the more I play with my Cryo II, the more I see the Kershaw Cryo knives as being 100% unique, different from any of Hinderer’s other work. The Cryo knives certainly do have Hinderer attributes, but I would never mistake one for a true Hinderer knife. Whilst this statement may seem obvious, after the Kershaw/Emerson collab on knives like the CQC-6K, you can understand why I anticipated there would likely be more overlap in terms of design and overall functionality.

In hand, the Kershaw Cryo II feels every bit as sturdy as its 55.9 g (5.5 oz) implies. The Cryo II is without a doubt a heavy-duty beater knife; it’s certainly not designed as a discreet gentlemen’s everyday carry option.

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Interestingly, the knife is aesthetically very busy on the reverse/pocket clip side, having its blacked out hardware, pocket clip, writing on the blade, and lock bar stabilizer all on this side. Part of me wishes Kershaw had opted to keep the Cryo as minimalistic and neutral as the other side of the knife, which hits all the right marks for me with its matte uniform design.

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The 8.3 cm (3.25 inch) blade is somewhat reminiscent of the XM design by Rick. Instead of a spanto ground blade, however, what we have is a relatively lean hollow ground blade with a very surprising acute tip.

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The various scribbles detail the knife manufacturer (Kai/Kershaw), the knife designer (Rick Hinderer), the steel used (8Cr13MoV) and the place of origin (China).

I do prefer have more rather than less information about my knife, but I do feel that all this information is a bit misplaced being on the blade of the knife. Concerning the inevitable groans from people who don’t like China made blades – it’s a Rick Hinderer design for $45 shipped to your house. You have two options here: deal with it or save up for the real thing! In any case, options are always appreciated so thank you Rick and Kershaw for this collab.

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The balance point on the Cryo II is too far back into the handle for me, but what can you expect with full (410) stainless steel construction and no pockets machined out to remove some weight. It definitely makes its presence felt in the hand, which is not necessarily a bad thing if you like that sort of thing. Personally, I prefer a lighter construction, especially if durability and toughness is not affected.

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You can see the tip below. In the photographs, the tip looks far more reinforced than in the hand. I wouldn’t call it a needle tip, but it’s definitely very stabby, and I would not advise prying with it. Not that I typically advise prying with knives anyway.

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The pocket clip on the Kershaw Cryo II is of the deep carry variety (when affixed tip down). Not the best looking clip I have ever seen, but it’s perfectly functional. It can be attached in all 4 positions, so if you’re left handed, this one’s gonna suit you just as well as the rest of us.

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In pocket, the Cryo II is basically invisible. Great if you want a discreet option for a folding heavy duty EDC knife.

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As mentioned before, the Kershaw Cryo II’s blade is ground surprisingly lean. I had expected similar performance to the Kershaw Volt SS, but surprisingly, it’s an extremely good slicer, closer to the Kershaw Tremor than anything else I own. The Cryo II came razor sharp out of the box, like most Kershaws.

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The scales are chamfered perfectly, and for two slabs of steel, are very comfortable (more on the ergonomics later) with some smooth jimping (not the cheese grater variety). I also really like the oversized lanyard hole – all manner of paracord will fit through with absolutely no issue. Very similar to the Spyderco Paramilitary 2‘s lanyard hole in terms of size and implementation.

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Take a look below and you’ll see for yourself that no weight saving measures were employed on the Kershaw Cryo II scales. No skeletonizing here. I would have preferred that they milled some pockets in, but of course, more CNC-ing would mean it would cost more money, and I certainly won’t be complaining about the price.


Centering and fit and finish – pretty much perfect. The coating used on both the scales and the blade of the Kershaw Cryo II is advertised as a “carbo-nitride” coating. I’ve never been a huge fan of coatings, especially on stainless steel blades, but so far I’ve noticed no wear of any kind on the scales or the blade, so whatever carbo-nitride is, seems to me it’s pretty damn tough. Feels good to the touch as well, so don’t be scared off if that was a worry.

Aesthetically, the Kershaw Cryo II reminds me a bit of a dark titanium with its pseudo-matte finish. Think of it as semi-gloss.

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Deployment of the Cryo II is lightning fast, like most of the assisted SpeedSafe flippers by Kershaw. The detent doesn’t require much pressure to disengage, and it deployed to full lock up every single time.

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Lock engagement on the Cryo II is rock solid. No blade play in either direction, and the lockbar settled on 50% after only a few flips. No change as of yet. Design seems very robust, I am pretty damn impressed with how well the lock was implemented. A good framelock is a damn pleasure to use.

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The flipper on the Kershaw Cryo II acts as a giant guard, almost like a choil, protecting your digits should the lock fail. It won’t but it’s nice having something there anyway.

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In the saber grip, the ergonomics on the Kershaw Cryo 2 are very neutral with some nice jimping for your thumb to rest on. I wish the balance was as neutral as the grip, but you can’t have everything in life.

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Choking up on the Cryo 2 is pretty comfortable: except for the blade having a swedge. The swedge is certainly not sharp, but it’s by no means comfortable to hold either. In any case, the knife remains perfectly usable when choking up.

If you’re planning on choking up a lot with your EDC, I definitely wouldn’t recommend this knife. Designs that have deep choils, like the Spyderco Sage 2 for instance, are much better for that kind of thing. I find that flippers add too much space between my hand and the blade.

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Reverse grip on the Kershaw Cryo 2 is unsurprisingly neutral. You’re ultimately holding two slabs of steel with no real curves or grooves. Think of a flat, almost straight banana, and you will have a decent idea of what to expect.

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Pinching the Cryo 2 is less than ideal, as is true of most flippers. This is not a design flaw, but a compromise one must make with 99% of knives that deploy by flipper.

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Almost forgot to mention. That little disc in the middle of the frame lock acts as a way to stop you from over extending your lockbar when disengaging a framelock. Sounds like something obvious but someone had to come up with it, and of course that someone happened to be Rick Hinderer. In practice it works very well, and will truly make you question why all framelocks don’t have this feature.

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A Rick Hinderer design at $45 was enough of a sales pitch to get me in. I can’t find much to disagree with, especially at this price point. Sure, if you threw in an extra $30-50, the knife could have better steel, have skeletonized/pocketed scales, and perhaps KVT bearings instead of assisted deployment, but that’s a whole different ballgame, and a very different price point.

The Kershaw Cryo II is a great knife from an excellent designer made by a consistently reliable manufacturer. The knife features a solid (if a bit heavy) build, with a surprisingly lean blade, and an incredibly beefy lock. There’s not much else to say about the Cryo II, as there’s nothing besides its weight that you can really hold against it when you take into account the cost.

If you like flippers, and love the aesthetics of this knife, you can’t go wrong buying it. Certainly recommended.

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Knife Drop: Mods and Upgrades

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One of our friends does some killer knife modifications. He’s been getting so good at them recently, couldn’t help but taking shots of them and featuring them in a knife drop. My favourite mod is the one of the Kershaw Strobe, what’s yours?

Knives Featured

1. Kershaw Strobe EDC Knife
2. Kershaw Tremor Assisted Open Folding KnifeReview.
3. Kershaw Volt SS Folding KnifeReview.
4. Spyderco Southard Folding EDC Knife

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What Success Looks Like for a Prepper

Let me start off by noting that success comes in many different shapes and forms. Success for one individual often looks very different from the picture of success another person paints. One individual may see a stable corporate job with fixed hours and the chance to go home and forget about work as dream come true. Another may see working long hours into the night on a creative small business that doesn’t pay nearly as well as more rewarding, and therefore his or her personal idea of success. Thus, what can be classified as a success really depends on the individual who is assessing the goal.

The same success can also be attained in many different ways: while one person may be able to acquire financial success by putting in long hours, another may use a valuable acquired skill to fast-track how long it takes them to reach the same financial success goal.

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Having a successful career may mean investing long hours to get hard-earned promotions, or it could mean learning to charm your way to the top. Being successful financially could mean finding a new, better job, or it could mean taking public transportation instead of using hard earned cash on a car, insurance, and gas. Being successful at school could mean sacrificing social time for the sake of studying, or it could mean blowing the summer cash fund to live on campus during the year: so that valuable time isn’t wasted on commutes.

But what does success look like for a prepper?

Again here, it’s important to remember that the picture of success will look different for every individual. It’s likely that no two preppers will have the same exact idea of what the ultimate prepper success would look like for them. While some will picture having their ideal stockpile and an underground bunker in their house as the ultimate preparedness success, others will likely imagine the perfect bug-out location, pimped out and ready for action in case the SHTF. Others yet are likely to imagine their home being a completely self-sufficient haven, where electricity, food, water, and shelter are all fully off-the-grid.

There are so many different facets of prepping that it can become overwhelming to really think of what success as a prepper might look like to you. That’s why it’s beneficial to have a plan, no matter how vague that plan may be. If you do have a plan in place, once you’ve fulfilled it you can take a look back and see that you’ve attained at least the first glimpse of your success as a prepper. From there you’ll be able to make more complicated plans, set more difficult goals to accomplish, and continue on your life long quest to be the most prepared that you can be for any SHTF or TEOTWAWKI situation.

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Each of your plans and goals, once accomplished, should be considered a separate success, all boosting the ideal of your life as a prepper to be the most prepared you can be. Having a 1-3 month stockpile is no small feat. You should feel good about having accomplished that goal, even though there’s of course more to be done as a prepper. Having doubled that stockpile to last 2-6 months is a second feat, and again, you should feel extremely successful for having accomplished yet another very important prepper task. Growing a fruit and vegetable garden that will allow you to be more self-sufficient is a further success. Don’t belittle your individual successes just because you haven’t yet attained your ultimate prepper goal to have a vast stockpile, say, and a garden that will never run out of fruits and vegetables to feed your family.

The ultimate picture of success for a prepper would likely involve a level of complete self-sufficiency. If a prepper manages to be completely self-sufficient, and can defend themselves and their preps in case of an emergency or SHTF situation, there’s not really much that can happen in the outside world that said prepper won’t be able to handle. Thus, self-sufficiency should be involved in one’s ultimate prepper goal.

But there are many ways one can plan out their route to self-sufficiency, and thus ultimately, how one gets there is up to them. A prepper can be self-sufficient with or without a self-sufficient form of electricity, for instance. A person doesn’t need electricity to be self-sufficient, and so while having solar panels may be very important to one prepper, it may feel completely unnecessary to another prepper, one who does not deem electricity ultimately important for their own self-sufficiency.

Successfully attaining your prepper vision is difficult: we all know that. As prepping is a lifestyle, it’s also true that we will likely never be finished prepping. Even once you do reach your ultimate idea of prepper success, there will likely be a new idea; a few more things you thought up to do, buy, or learn, that will help you further in emergency situations once completed. This is why each step of the way should be seen as a separate success, and you should begin to see yourself as being a successful prepper as soon as your picture of success finally starts to come together.

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Have you begun to count your successes as a prepper, watching some very important preps of yours come together? And what does ultimate success as a prepper look like to you?

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