Jim Cobb’s Survival Weekly Dispatch v11:3

Hey everyone, thanks for checking out the newsletter this week. I hope all is well in your part of the world.

I spent last weekend in Escanaba, Michigan, which is in the Upper Peninsula. It’s a trip I make every June and September for the Bark River Knives Grind-In events. During these get-togethers, groups of anywhere from about 50 to over 100 participants make their own knives using materials and equipment provided by Bark River Knives. It’s an incredibly fun time, and family friendly to boot. I haven’t made a knife since my first trip there. Instead, for me it’s a time for networking and fellowship amongst my fellow knife nerds.

It’s a long drive, nearly five hours each way, and I’m usually exhausted by the time I return home, but it’s worth it. We all had a blast this past weekend and I can’t wait to get back up there in September.

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Prepper Tip — Okay, bear with me, as there is a preparedness angle here that I’ll get to in a minute. “Lovie” is apparently the current popular term for a young child’s favorite stuffed animal. Most kids have at least one that they get pretty attached to, right? One of my boys had a stuffed Husky pup and another had a weird pink/purple cow. Our granddaughter loves these particular ones that are part stuffed animal, part miniature blanket.

Ever experience a child losing their favorite lovie? Yeah, that’s not a fate I’d wish on an enemy. If you have a young child or grandchild who is attached to a specific stuffed animal or toy, do yourself a favor and buy a spare one. Do it now, today, before you forget.

Here’s the prepping angle. Keep the “emergency” lovie with your evacuation kit. If you end up having to beat feet in a hurry, your child might not have time to grab their stuffed animal. Having a near duplicate might go a long way toward calming them down.

I am bummed that Jim did not come down to Blade Show. I would like to hang out with him again.

There is a lot more of this newsletter at his substack: https://jimcobb.substack.com/p/the-survival-weekly-dispatch-volume-f70

For those unaware, Jim is Editor in Chief for both Prepper Survival Guide and Backwoods Survival Guide magazines. He also authored the Prepper’s Long Term Survival Guide, which I reviewed here.

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