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The Lazy Prepper’s Way To Sharpen A Knife

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Most of us know that one of the most critical skills for survival or for day-to-day living is to know how to sharpen a knife. That’s because using a dull knife isn’t just inefficient – it’s also extremely dangerous.

A dull survival knife can make an ordinarily easy job 10 times harder. Every try cutting a tomato with an extremely dull knife? Instead of nice, thick slices, you often get a squashed piece of produce with juice running all over the countertop. Not pretty.

Plus, not knowing how to sharpen a knife can really cost you in a survival situation. Since dull knives don’t work as efficiently, they require more force to press into the material you’re cutting. And, with that force, the chances are far greater your knife (or your hand) will slip. This could easily create an accident, and cause you to cut something you weren’t wanting to.

Knives are great for day-to-day use like cooking or opening a package. They’re also a necessity in survival situations, like when you’re cutting tree limbs for a bug out shelter, or cutting a seatbelt to free yourself from a burning car. However, a sharp knife if the best knife for any and all situations.

So what’s the easiest and quickest way to sharpen a knife?

I’ve found a few great ways that are simple and FAST to sharpen a knife. In fact, these methods are so simple even the laziest preppers can use them. And that’s saying something.

Better yet, there are often cheat-ways to make these methods less expensive.

Chefs, handymen, and preppers will rejoice once they read about…

The Lazy Prepper’s Ways To Sharpen A Knife

Day-To-Day Needs:

Ceramic Rod

Ceramic rods are an excellent manual way to sharpen a knife. These range in prices, but you can easily find a cheap one if you look around at garage cells, Goodwill, etc. You can also ask to borrow one from a friend, family member, or neighbor. You can also check online sites for a great deal – I found this one on Amazon for less than $10.


There’s also a lot of electric tools out there that will sharpen knives. These are an excellent means for day-to-day living, or for a bug-in scenario.

However, oftentimes many of these electric sharpening tools are crazy expensive.

Luckily, you can sharpen a knife AND go the cheap route, all at the same time. One of the ways to do this is to look for used tools online. Websites like Craigslist often have people selling their old knife sharpeners for cheap. This is a great way to save money! You can also visit pawnshops, garage sales, and donation centers (like Goodwill) to find some great sharpening tools for cheap.

You can also visit Amazon for your knife sharpening needs. Contrary to what you might think, they actually have some cheap, high-quality knife sharpening tools like this one here.

You may need to hunt around for a bit, but the search can often yield an excellent product!

Take a look at the video below – it’ll show you an excellent way to sharpen a knife using electric means. However, don’t be intimidated by the machine he’s using – he’ll teach you how to get practically the same results for cheaper!

Survival Needs:

The Door Window

One of the biggest arguments against carrying your own knife sharpener is the weight of it. Plus, it’s only a single-purpose item, which is a hard sell in a survival situation. After all, you want everything you have to carry a multitude of uses. It’s just more efficient that way.

Luckily, if you’re planning on taking your bug out vehicle with you, you’ve got everything you need to sharpen a knife. This is one trick most preppers don’t know. And it could easily be a godsend when SHTF.

Check it out in the video below:

The Leather Belt

When it comes to survival, multi-use items are the name of the game. If you’ve got a leather belt on-hand, you can easily transform it into a leather strop to sharpen your knife! The video below shows you how it’s done. (It starts at 9:02, but feel free to watch the entire thing. It’s got 24 more survival uses for a leather belt you may not have thought of!).

Keep in mind some belts may work better than others for this. The prepper in the video suggests Bull Leather and Daltech Force belts for survival.

You can also just use a plain piece of leather if you don’t have a belt or strop. Take a look:

A Rock

This is an excellent method to sharpen a knife, since it’s often pretty easy to find a rock in a survival situation.

Now keep in mind you’ll need to find a particular type. You can find everything you need to know in the videos below.

Survival: Bug-In Situation

There’s one more method that you can use to sharpen a knife in a bug-in situation. By using an ordinary coffee mug, you can get your knife sharp in no time! Be sure to use a ceramic mug with a rough, flat bottom.

All you have to do is place the mug upside down onto a flat surface. Then run the knife over the edges of the bottom, similarly to how you would run it over a stone. (Don’t know what I’m talking about? Check out the first video under the section “The Rock.). This will get your blade sharp in no time!


Be sure to prepare in advance by trying out all these methods before the next crisis. Remember – Prepare Now, Survive Later!


Biden’s Reckless Election Stunt: Draining Strategic Reserves to Lower Gas Prices


In a desperate and ill-advised move, the Biden administration announced on Tuesday that it is releasing 1 million barrels of gasoline from a Northeast reserve established after Superstorm Sandy, ostensibly to lower prices at the pump this summer. This blatant attempt to manipulate gas prices ahead of the election underscores the administration’s willingness to jeopardize national security for political gain.

The gasoline will be sold from storage sites in New Jersey and Maine in increments of 100,000 barrels, creating a competitive bidding process to ensure it reaches local retailers ahead of the July 4 holiday. The Energy Department claims this will help “lower costs for American families and consumers,” but the real intention is clear: to curry favor with voters by artificially lowering gas prices.

The release follows a congressional mandate to sell off the 10-year-old Northeast reserve and close it. This reserve, established under President Obama, has never been used and costs about $19 million a year to maintain. Its sale, which provides only minimal relief during a severe shortage, highlights the administration’s short-sightedness and disregard for strategic planning.

Gasoline prices average about $3.60 per gallon nationwide, up 6 cents from a year ago, according to AAA. Tapping into the gasoline reserves is one of the few actions a president can take to control inflation, a major election year liability for the party in power.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm stated that the Biden administration is “laser-focused on lowering prices at the pump for American families.” However, this short-term solution ignores the primary purpose of strategic reserves: to provide emergency relief in times of severe national crises, not to manipulate market prices for political benefit.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre touted this release as part of Biden’s efforts to lower gas and energy costs, including historic releases from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) and investments in clean energy. Yet, Biden’s previous decision to drain the SPR in 2022, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, already pushed the stockpile to perilously low levels not seen since the 1980s. This reckless depletion of a critical national security asset for short-term political gain drew sharp criticism from Republicans.

Despite attempts to refill the SPR, it still stands at over 367 million barrels, significantly lower than pre-Russia-Ukraine war levels. This makes the U.S. vulnerable in the event of a true energy emergency, as the SPR is intended to be the nation’s emergency oil supply, not a tool for electioneering.

The release of the 42-million-gallon Northeast reserve, which must be transferred or delivered by June 30, is a misguided strategy that offers minimal impact on gasoline prices nationally. As analyst Patrick De Haan from GasBuddy points out, the reserve amounts to just 2.7 hours of total U.S. gasoline consumption, providing negligible relief.

This ill-conceived plan not only undermines the strategic purpose of the reserve but also sets a dangerous precedent of using emergency resources for political maneuvering. Biden’s actions highlight a disturbing trend of prioritizing political optics over national security and long-term stability.



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Biden Authorized “Deadly Force” In Mar-a-Lago Raid


In an alarming display of federal overreach and political maneuvering, it has been revealed that Joe Biden’s administration was prepared to have his main political rival, Donald Trump, and his family killed as part of a dramatic publicity stunt.

On Tuesday, Judge Aileen Cannon unsealed a series of motions related to Jack Smith’s controversial classified documents case against Trump. Among the shocking revelations was the fact that Biden’s FBI authorized the use of deadly force during their raid on Mar-a-Lago in August 2022.

This brazen action by armed FBI agents, ready to confront Trump, demonstrates the extreme lengths to which Biden’s administration is willing to go. The filing stated: “Should FPOTUS [Trump] arrive at MAL [Mar-a-Lago], FBI MM EM and OSCs will be prepared to engage with FPOTUS and USSS Security Team.” Furthermore, it added, “Should USSS provide resistance or interfere with FBI timeline or accesses, FBI MM EM will engage with [redacted] and [redacted] will engage with USSS POC’s per existing liaison relationships.”

A chilling screenshot of the deadly force instructions outlined the conditions under which DOJ law enforcement officers could use deadly force: only when necessary, when the officer has a reasonable belief that the subject poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury.

This unprecedented move comes after Biden paved the way for his Justice Department to arrest his political opponent by retroactively revoking Trump’s executive privilege. This revocation facilitated the subpoenaing of Trump, which in turn allowed the Justice Department to charge him with federal crimes.

Following the subpoena, federal agents arrived at Mar-a-Lago, retrieving documents and instructing the former president to add an extra lock to his storage locker. However, two months later, the FBI conducted a full-scale raid on Mar-a-Lago, ransacking Trump’s belongings without allowing his lawyers to be present.

The situation escalated when, in November 2022, Jack Smith was appointed special counsel to investigate the documents at Trump’s Florida residence. By June 2023, Trump faced an indictment on 37 counts related to Smith’s classified documents case, including charges of willful retention, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and making false statements.

This entire episode underscores the alarming extent of Biden’s politicization of the Justice Department and the dangerous precedent it sets for using federal power to target political opponents.


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OUTRAGEOUS: Biden Offers Condolences to Dead Iranian President


In a move that defies common sense and American values, the Biden State Department issued an official message of condolences on Monday after learning of the death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash. Raisi, notorious for leading “Death to America” chants and demonizing the U.S. at every turn, has been a symbol of Iran’s relentless hostility towards our nation.

Raisi’s deep-seated hatred for the United States is well-documented. Just this past February, during a rally where American and Israeli flags were burned in a grotesque spectacle, Raisi vehemently criticized the U.S. for supporting what he deceitfully labeled as “the Zionist regime’s crimes against humanity in Gaza.” His incendiary words stirred the crowd into chanting “death to America” and “death to Israel,” as reported by The Free Beacon.

In a move that can only be described as a betrayal of American principles, the Biden administration extended its condolences. “The United States expresses its official condolences for the death of Iranian president Ebrahim Raisi, foreign minister [Hossein] Amir-Abdollahian, and other members of their delegation in a helicopter crash in northwest Iran,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said. He added, “As Iran selects a new president, we reaffirm our support for the Iranian people and their struggle for human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

This statement is not just perplexing; it is an outright disgrace. Raisi, infamously known as “the Butcher of Tehran,” was one of the architects of the 1988 massacre in Iran, where around 5,000 regime opponents were mercilessly executed. As a member of the regime’s “death committee,” Raisi was instrumental in issuing death sentences to scores of political opponents, cementing his legacy as a ruthless enforcer of the regime’s brutality.

In 2019, Raisi was rightly sanctioned by the U.S. government for his involvement in decades of mass human rights abuses. Despite these sanctions and Raisi’s clear anti-American stance, the Biden administration’s conciliatory tone is both alarming and indefensible.

This move epitomizes a dangerous and cowardly appeasement strategy, reminiscent of the disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal. By offering condolences to a regime leader with such a blood-soaked history, the Biden administration not only betrays American values but also risks emboldening hostile regimes. This episode starkly highlights the administration’s weak and inconsistent foreign policy approach, particularly towards malevolent actors like Iran.

The Biden administration’s failure to confront evil and defend American principles on the global stage is a glaring reminder of its inadequacy. This incident demands a reevaluation of the U.S. stance on Iran, emphasizing the urgent need for a firm and resolute policy that unapologetically prioritizes American interests and holds oppressive regimes accountable for their atrocities. We must stand strong against tyranny, not offer condolences to its leaders.


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