Monthly Archives: April 2015

Tobacco Pouch

by Woodsbum

I have been looking for a good tobacco pouch that really just screams “outdoorsman” for a while. Since I was in the process of having a sheath built for my son’s custom hunting knife, I asked the maker (Skab from BushcraftUSA) to make me a pouch. This is what he came up with.

Tobacco Pouch

Tobacco Pouch

I wanted something that was about 3 x 5 inches in size with a draw string and some fancy tidbits on it. Of course dark colored leather is one of my favorite colors, so that was a must as well. What Brandon came up with was quite remarkable. It is an elk hide pouch that was rubbed down with rendered bear fat to give it the worn look. The claw is from a badger and the other dangle is a piece of antler. The cordage is leather and done in a 2 strand twist style for appearance as well as strength.

Tobacco Pouch

Tobacco Pouch

The overall effect is quite nice and I love the style. This is how I will be carrying my pipe tobacco to the field from now on. It really is quite amazing work.

If you want to get in touch with Brandon, you can hit him up on BushcraftUSA.com in his vendor forum. His prices are quite reasonable considering each item he does is a one off in a custom design.

Skab's mark

Skab’s mark

If you run across this maker’s mark, you know it is quality and handmade. Make sure to hit him up if you need something that is quite rustic and antique looking. He works in leather and rawhide.

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Dispatches Book Review

by Gunguy

Dispatches is the fourth book in the Perseid Collapse series of post apocalyptic books by Steven Konkoly. Dispatches is broken up into two parts, The Big Picture, which gives the reader an insight into world politics without the presence of the US ground troops. We get reports from the Russian invasion of Estonia and the ISIS recruitment of jihadists near Mosul. The first part is a terrifying read throughout and gives terrific insight into what the world would look like if the US retracted it’s armed forces to deal with a massive internal problem.

Part two of this novel, The Little Picture, deals with our friends in Maine. The Fletchers have relocated to Belgrade, Maine. Alex, the protagonist, is beginning to worry about the status of their food supply for their 19 member group. Meanwhile, the Governor of Maine refuses to recognize the Regional Recovery Zone and hostile actions intensify as a result of her decision. Her actions result in a military coup, lots of deaths, and a white knuckled ride in a SUV as Alex tries to return home to his family. During the whole ordeal his son, Ryan, steps up big-time and plays a more prominent role in this book.

Dispatches is one of those non-stop action books that you will read quickly once you pick it up. Steven Konkoly’s writing is powerful and he wastes no words in telling this tale. I felt closure with this book and it was a very exciting finale in the Perseid Collapse series. Luckily this is not the last entry in the Perseid Collapse collection. Many gifted writers have written novelas in the Perseid Collapse World and their works can be viewed here. I look forward to reading them all.

Dispatches Book Four in The Perseid Collapse Series

Dispatches Book Four in The Perseid Collapse Series

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Point of Crisis Book Review

by Gunguy

Point of Crisis is the third book in the Perseid Collapse series of post apocalyptic books by Steven Konkoly. Point of Crisis has a very different tone than the earlier books in the series. The Jakarta Pandemic and the first two books in this series are fantastic in that they mix an apocalyptic scenario with human drama and military style combat very well. This book seems to have dropped the human drama in favor of a military government take over of New England.

Point of Crisis is not about Alex Fletcher and his family. This book is about Captain Fletcher and his almost superhuman abilities as a Military Intelligence Officer working against an evil insurgent and blundering bureaucratic leaders. At times he’s an invincible character without flaws or weaknesses single handedly saving all of Maine from the forces of darkness.

This should had been another five star book following the super job the author did with the first two in this series. Point of Crisis is still a great action packed, intelligent, well-scripted story but this book took the story away from the focus on Alex’s family and their survival and more towards a criminal militia group and it’s leader Eli. Long chapters were devoted to cover the inner workings of this criminal militia leader which distracted from the focus of the two previous books. Overall it was a very well written solid book and I enjoyed it. I’m looking forward to Dispatches which is the last book in the Perseid Collapse series and is next up on my reading list.

Point of Crisis Book Three in The Perseid Collapse Series

Point of Crisis Book Three in The Perseid Collapse Series

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