Earlier today, me and my coworker, who is also into weaponry, were having a discussion like we have every weekend. We were discussing swords and philosophy behind them. He told me something rather interesting, that personal weapons that a person has a connection or bond with should be giving a name to symbolize that it is more than a mere object but a part of you, an extension of yourself. He began giving me examples such as Needle, Arya Stark’s sword from the HBO series Game of Thrones and Sting, Frodo Baggins’s sword from The Lord of the Rings. After he left to go home, I began thinking about what he said. I have a relationship, so to speak, with a few of my blades and decided to give them names.
My Remington F.A.S.T. folding knife is my primary EDC (Every Day Carry) knife. I purchased it last year while on vacation at Chautauqua Lake at the Wal-Mart in Lakewood, NY. I was browsing the sporting goods section when I found it hanging on the rack of the hunting aisle for about $20. It was the last one they had in stock. After a while of thinking if I should get it, I ended up buying it, mostly because a few days before I had purchased its big brother, the Remington F.A.S.T. fixed blade. It has a long, aggressive look to it with partial serration that looks like teeth. It looks reminiscent of a shark’s head and has a rubbery handle, so I decided to give it the name, “Shark.”
As a secondary/back-up folding knife, I have my United Cutlery Rampage. I purchased this knife online a few years ago for about $15. It’s a drop point, spring assisted opening knife. When I first got it, it was my go-to primary EDC knife. After a while the pocket clip began to loosen up and shortly after the blade became dangerously loose. I decided to put it away and not use it, so it stayed in my footlocker (nicknamed, “the Toy Box”) until recently, when I purchased the tools I needed to repair it. Now that I repaired it, it’s as good as new. I decided to give it the nickname, “Scorpion.” This is due to drop point blade looking to me like a scorpion’s stinger, as well as it’s opening speed being quite fast like a scorpion striking it’s prey.
My coworker talked about how he has 2 “go to” swords. One for carrying around on the street and the other for when he goes to war, should the need ever arise. If ever I need a sword or any other long blade to carry on the street, I would have to go with my Cold Steel Two-Handed Katana Machete. Although Cold Steel calls it a “machete,” it is more like a weapon, a sword. Also, contrary to what Cold Steel calls it, it really isn’t a katana, but more akin to a ninja-to. I have decided to name the Katana Machete, “Vampyr” (pronounced: Vam-peer). One, because it has tasted my blood and that makes it mine forever. Two: it’s a strong, tough, menacing-looking blade that looks like its just looks like it is made for killing.
What really initiated this conversation between us was the fact that I was planning on getting a more traditional katana, in lieu of my shirasaya which hangs at the top of my wall rack. The katana I want to get is mostly all black and is made of stronger steel and has a better grip than my shirasaya. I have already given it a name, “Lilith.” I chose it because of its sleek, curved, sexy-looking blade like a beautiful woman, as well as being a blood-thirsty killer. This would be my “go to war” sword.
A lot of people don’t understand the appeal of blades. One of the many issues of today’s society is that people tend to focus and place an importance on the exterior and ignore the interior. They just see blades a dangerous piece of steel that can harm them, they do not see the beauty and the hard work put into the blade, nor the advantage of having one around. An object is only evil when it is used for evil purposes. A knife, like a gun, is a tool with many uses, it is not just a weapon, it is much more than that. When a sword or knife needs to be used as a weapon, they are lighter than guns and do not require ammunition. They are also silent for when the need arises that you be stealthy, such as in an urban survival situation where there is a gang of thugs running throughout the streets. All you need to keep a blade ready-to-go is a sharpening stone and some oil, depending on the type of steel you have.
Tuesday afternoon I received a shipment from BudK containing the 3-pack United Cutlery M48 Kommando flasks. Pics will be uploaded soon and a video will be up in 2 weeks. Currently, I am locked out of my main YouTube channel due to a false flag on a mirrored video. This was my second strike after my “Homemade Explosives” video was flagged. I am operating off of a back-up channel but will not upload any survival/zombie hunting videos to it. If I have the money I plan on purchasing quite a bit of military surplus equipment. More updates soon.
Only missing 3 throwing knives, neck knife, BudK boot knife and samurai machete
NEW WEAPON ACQUISITION
This is the SOG Tactical Tomahawk. Features a 2.75 in (6.985 cm) stainless steel head with a glass reinforced ballistic nylon polymer handle. The ACU camo form wrap on the ‘hawk is not included, something extra I added for a better grip. The picture on the right shows the SOG Tactical Tomahawk with it’s little brother, the SOG Fast Hawk.
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NEW WEAPON ACQUISITION!
Say hello to the Trademark Colossal (top) and Gerber Gator Pro (bottom). The Trademark Colossal features a 20 in (50.8 cm) full tang, stainless steel blade with high quality polymer grips. The Gerber Gator Pro, featured on the hit television series The Walking Dead, is a unique 10.5 in (26.67 cm) full tang, high carbon steel blade with a distinctive hook on the back. The Gator Pro has a rubberized plastic handle with lanyard for excellent comfort and grip.
Fun With Gerber Bear Grylls Parang: I got this machete last week and it was dull as hell. I didn’t want to sharpen it myself and risk screwing up the blade so I took it to Povinelli Cutlery in Cheektowaga and they sharpened it up very well along with a few other items. Afterwards I found a jug of iced tea and a bottle of root beer in my truck while cleaning it as well as a jug of tea in the basement and decided to have some fun.
Fat Guy Gets Pepper Sprayed: Last weekend I took a pistol safety course at Security Weapons And Training and while I was there, the instructor advocated carrying around pepper spray for self-defense since we do not have CCW permits. After the course, me and my fellow students went to the front and bought a container of pepper spray. When I got home, I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to test it out so bad. Curiosity got the best of me and I opted to use it on myself and record it for YouTube.
And the collection grows further. That Gerber machete is the same one used in the hit TV show “The Walking Dead” on AMC.
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Yesterday, I had the pleasure of watching a very awesome video on the Alliance of Demon’s YouTube channel. This video, entitled “An Atheist at a Catholic Funeral,” was uploaded by the user known as AlexGoesPlaces.
I found this video to be very artistic and very thought out. While watching it, I found myself empathizing with Alex, as well as angered. The empathy comes from the fact that I had gone through a similar experience when my uncle and godfather had died from a short battle with cancer. At the wake, I stayed off to the side, like I always do at wakes. After some time, a priest entered the room and began with a brief sermon followed by prayers. During prayer time, I just stood there doing nothing until it was over. After the priest left, I walked into the hallway and was followed by my little brother and cousin. My cousin then confronted me about not participating in the prayers. I simply told him, “I’m an atheist, I don’t believe in it.” He then retorted, “Well you could have done it for Uncle Jim.” Slightly irritated, I rebutted with, “Then that would make me a hypocrite and I am not.” That shut him up for the time being.
At the funeral, I again stayed off to the side in the main hall of the church. Just standing there watching people file in, basically doing what I am trained to do as a security officer. When the service began, I sat towards the back of the church, participating as little as possible. The time came when the priest approached the podium and gave a sermon. The sermon was the most unbearable part of the service, I felt like standing up and shouting at him and punching his daylights out. It took every shred of self-control I had to maintain my composure. Thankfully the service ended without incident and I exited the church and rendezvoused with my step-mother and brother. Nobody said anything about sitting in the back instead of with everyone else.
My second reaction to Alex’s video was anger. Anger for all the hatred and despite religionists have and show towards atheists. I have done nothing wrong to deserve the negative treatment other than be myself and except/value truth and evidence. I’ve always gave to the homeless who approached me on the streets of downtown. My benevolence and kindness apparently make me inherently evil because I refuse to believe the lies I’m told. I was so angered at the end of Alex’s video; the first things that popped into my head were anti-Christian songs. One of which was this one.
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