A Great Deal on a Super Bright 3800 Lumen Light

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Why you should put together an emergency bag

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Most people don’t think this could happen to them. But, whether it’s a tornado, structure fire, flood, or getting caught in an ice storm on the road, someday you will need your emergency kit.  Over many years, I have personally assisted in putting together thousands of packs of emergency gear that our Kiwanis organization (Texas and Oklahoma District) have delivered to people who lost their homes or were stuck in shelters. I have learned what most people need to have with them in such an emergency. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars putting an emergency kit together. Most, if not all, of the items can be found in your home or apartment. Take a look at my emergency kit list. Visit my website at www.tincross.com if you need additional items that will make the first 24 to 48 hours easier to manage if you should need to leave your home or find yourself in a shelter for a few days.

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Newest Section Added – Great Articles!

Dan Sullivan with www.survivalsullivan.com has added the first article (of hopefully many) to grace the new Tincross Blog section “Great Articles!”. Thank you Dan for your contribution. Check out Dan’s website for great information on survival medicine, urban survival, and survival skills.

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Be sure to check out the new section “Emergency Lists / Favorite Links”

I’ve been adding new websites to this section as I read the material they offer. There are hundreds of great websites from users that follow me on Twitter and it takes a while to read through everyone’s website/blog and pick out some to link to here.   Being prepared for natural disasters is everyone’s business. But, if you have a friend or family member that is “emergency preparedness” deficient, then visit my website and pick up an emergency kit as a gift. I’ve got many to choose from including kits that are perfect to include inside backpacks, luggage, or just to throw in the car when planning to travel for some distance. After getting caught in that Arkansas ice storm last winter that shut down parts of I-40, I can guarantee that having an emergency kit with you is very important and can be life-saving!  Go to www.Tincross.com to see this great gear.

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Bringing the Coghlan’s brand to Tincross

Coghlans%20Red      Tincross is glad to be able to add the Coghlan’s brand to our product offerings!  “Coghlan’s Ltd. is recognized as the world leader in outdoor camping accessories. Founded in 1959 and based in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada; Coghlan’s is a family owned company and has built its reputation on core values of product quality and innovation.”

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Tincross has a new look!

After 10 years with the old website, TincrossMilitaria has moved to a new location – www.Tincross.comWe specialize in camping, hunting, survival, tactical and prepper gear.  We carry lines from Rothco, Dvor, Fox Outdoors, OpticsPlanet, Guardian, Survivor, and more.  Visit us at the new website and get 5.00 flat rate shipping until March 31st, 2015.

Also, even though the Dallas Market Hall Gunshow got snowed out this weekend (Feb.28th), you can make use of the coupon code “gunshowdeal” and save 10% on your order!  Go to www.Tincross.com

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Check out our new portable steel pit grills

DSCF5564  This 12″x12″ steel grill is light but very strong. The legs fold up under the frame and the unit easily fits into a canvas bag, which is provided free with the 12×12 grill. Excellent grill for campers, hunters, RV campouts, boy scout troops, and anyone else that needs a light grill. Made of steel with expanded, flattened, steel cooking surface. Simple wipe down after use with vegetable oil and put into the canvas bag for safekeeping. The bag can be washed many times. We carry replacement bags and legs for the grills.  These are just 39.95 with 5.00 flat rate shipping in the U.S.

Go to Tincross.com to see pix of the 12″x24″ grill and to purchase your own grill.

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440 Stainless Steel vs. “Carbon” Steel

In my personal knife collection, I have both carbon steel and stainless steel knives. I use them for work and have to cut a LOT of boxes that I use for shipping materials around the country. Both types of knives work well for this and both wear well. The environment is dry so neither types of knives have the opportunity to get wet and possibly rust. Even though the carbon steel knife maintains a sharper edge for a longer period of time, both are easy to sharpen and I have to sharpen both the carbon steel and stainless steel knives on a regular basis. I would have never figured that cardboard boxes are so tough on a blade edge, but they are. Here’s a bit of information on both types of steel that are commonly used in camping and utility knives. I got the information from wikipedia.

“Type 440—a higher grade of cutlery steel, with more carbon, allowing for much better edge retention when properly heat-treated. It can be hardened to approximately Rockwell 58 hardness, making it one of the hardest stainless steels. Due to its toughness and relatively low cost, most display-only and replica swords or knives are made of 440 stainless. Available in four grades: 440A, 440B, 440C, and the uncommon 440F (free machinable). 440A, having the least amount of carbon in it, is the most stain-resistant; 440C, having the most, is the strongest and is usually considered more desirable in knifemaking than 440A, except for diving or other salt-water applications.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAE_steel_grades)

“Carbon steel is steel where the main interstitial alloying constituent is carbon. The term “carbon steel” may also be used in reference to steel which is not stainless steel; in this use carbon steel may include alloy steels.” ” Case hardening processes harden only the exterior of the steel part, creating a hard, wear resistant skin (the “case”) but preserving a tough and ductile interior. Carbon steels are not very hardenable; therefore wide pieces cannot be thru-hardened. Alloy steels have a better hardenability, so they can through-harden and do not require case hardening. This property of carbon steel can be beneficial, because it gives the surface good wear characteristics but leaves the core tough.”  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_steel)

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