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    Off Grid Cabin Design.

    The ones I have seen had "pure" clay used not just any earth. Apparently in Hungary it was always first formed into bricks that were dried in the sun before construction, not just packed or pasted into walls. I lived in one clay house in Hungary for a few weeks and it had the property of...
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    Any thoughts on this axe from mil-tec?

    I guess the reason is that they work. :) As I see things a "plate axe" would not really be an axe but a slightly different kind of tool. I don't now how much use all the present day "tactihawks" have actually seen but I suppose sometimes one has to look cool if nothing else.
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    Off Grid Cabin Design.

    Well, one could use unfired clay bricks too. In Hungary and surroundings there are probably tens of thousands of clay buildings. Made usually from clay mixed with straw, needles, sand, etc. there is a book describing them (Miklós Mednyánsky, Vályoghazák), so far I have found it only in...
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    Any thoughts on this axe from mil-tec?

    I have seen a few but they were for wannabe soldiers and not interesting, I had no idea so many known companies had tried. As you said earlier the Miltec one is too thin to have strength especially in the handle, using thicker plate like 6mm will more than double it. As the handle has very...
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    Off Grid Cabin Design.

    Nothing illegal. :) I looked the page here where I have found them previously but they are updating all the drawings and nothing is up now. I have no idea how long to wait for them to come up again. You can find commercial solutions when you look for "grillikota" and pics.
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    Any thoughts on this axe from mil-tec?

    Maybe, it is made to look "tacticool", that does not mean much. Could it be made better>certainly, does the shape make sense>no. While I agree that Miltec usually produces rubbish, every blue moon something is not, it probably is against the company rules but I have met some items that...
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    Any thoughts on this axe from mil-tec?

    In my opinion that is not an axe or hatchet - in their traditional meanings. I don't know what to call it. That does not mean it could not be a fairly handy tool for cutting and splitting smaller diameter wood. I see no reason why not. On the plus side when produced from flat plate the cost...
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    Show us your kit.

    About 5 knives :thumbsup: and a few SAKs etc. you wouldn't get caught without one I guess.
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    Covid-19 Travel for exercise - Reasonable distance

    Before this there were at least four corona variants causing short fairly harmless flu like symptoms. Referring to them. Ok maybe I'll go back to Wuhanvirus. I do. But there are more than few people who do not habitually think much and when what they see are travel restrictions that's what...
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    Off Grid Cabin Design.

    Well here they are sometimes called "nut cabins" not because one goes nuts in them but because the cross section is that of a nut ... (called grill cabins too). Not very difficult to build if one is even a half way builder. Come to think of it there might be plans on the net for the ones the...
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    Covid-19 Travel for exercise - Reasonable distance

    Last spring we had the capital almost totally isolated from the rest of the country for about a month, just necessary traffic allowed, police on almost all roads blocking. In a few days some invented it as a game to try to look for unblocked roads to go through, in the end it was not very...
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    Is it stil worth carrying a compass?

    Hmm.. a compass and a GPS receiver do not really provide equivalent functionality. A compass shows the direction of Earths magnetic field that often can be used as geographic north (or south). A GPS gives coordinates in the WGS84 earth coordinate reference system, an electronic map that is...
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    Snow

    "Inflected" I think Finnish would beat that. There are a lot of possibilities in a language that works on endings. The Sami language has more names for snow than Finnish which has more than one, some of them dropped out of use though.
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    Snow

    We have had about half a meter of snow in the last 48 hours. In some areas it is close to an abnormal situation but not quite generally so. Isolated houses might be temporary snowbound and as it is still snowing it might take several days before all roads are clear again. So far we have not...
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    Survival Tins - Updates

    Multitools sound like tools and repair work an that's "a man job", sigh. Hmmm ... maybe some mini version.