You can try to pull strings on bags of dog food and horse feed, but most of us get annoyed with it and just grab something sharp, jam it in there and be done with it. I had kept an old Ozark Trail knife from Wal-Mart on the porch for just that use, until it broke. It literally fell apart. But it was a 5$ knife, fifteen years ago, so I’d say it had a good run.  I didn’t want to leave my pocketknife out there, and my wife didn’t have a pocketknife of her own, so lets just call it an excuse to buy her one. In purple. Read More

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One of the first knives my father ever bought me, was a Gerber. It was a neat pocketknife with blades you could swap out. It came with a saw and a gut hook that I never used. My wife still has a Gerber multi-tool that she has had for as long as I can remember. So while I was browsing online, I decided to take a peek at what was new-ish from Gerber, and in multi-tools. And I found this, the Gerber Curve Read More

I was out shopping with the wife and kids a few months back, when I replaced a friend that had been with me daily for over a year. It took about 30 seconds to make the decision. Sometimes, you must look at your old friend, realize that they are broken, and move on. That’s how Kershaw’s tanto-bladed Freefall ended up in my pocket. Read More

EDC Classics: The Zippo

A little over a year ago, I quit smoking. At this same time, I also quit carrying a lighter. It just seemed the right thing to do since I didn’t need to light a cigarette every 45-60 minutes. But I have, on rather frequent occasion, missed carrying a lighter. My need for nicotine is firmly in my past now, but my need for fire never will be.  Read More

Mental Magdump

So, what’s going on with No Budget Outdoors?

Over the last year, I have had to not only ask myself a lot of hard questions about what we are doing here, but also face a lot of harder answers. The result, was a year of nearly nothing following last SHOT show. While it may seem to some that we had given up, this is not the case. We needed to find our place. We were grasping at anything and everything before. Trying to chase some up-to-the-minute news post one day, or trying to please some random marketing guy I didn’t even know. Read More