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Morakniv Companion Heavy Duty Fixed Blade Knife – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Morakniv Companion Heavy Duty Fixed Blade Knife.  This knife is one of the most popular bush crafting and outdoors knives in the world, for two reasons, it is damn good and it is stupid cheap.

I generally am of the school of thought that you can have great quality or a cheap price but not both, this knife is an exception to that well proven general rule.  There is a lot to love about this little knife but lets start with the price tag of $18.95, yep under 20 bucks.  I have talked to more than one knife maker who has said, “I can’t buy the material to make a knife that good for 20 bucks”.

Now don’t get me wrong this is not a Patrick Roehrman custom by a long shot but for 18 dollars I feel you are getting a knife that could easily sell in the 40-60 dollar price range and no one would complain.  This knife a thick, 1/8-inch (3.2mm) carbon steel blade with a slightly blunter 27 Degree edge angle for high load capacity and maximum sharpness resistance.

The Companion HD has an extra large ergonomic handle with a soft high-friction grip. The classic scandi grind combined with high quality carbon steel makes the knife easy to resharpen. Mora knives made from high carbon steel achieve high hardness, sharpen easily and are exceptionally tough.

High carbon steels are preferred in applications that demand durability and can be easily re-sharpened when needed.   The back of this bade also throws an awesome shed of sparks off a ferro rod!

This knife is basically the beefed up version of the Mora Companion MG which sells for $11.68 and while this knife is a good value as well, I definitely recommend spending 6 more bucks and stepping up to the Companion Heavy Duty.  While the two look very similar to the eye the Companion Heavy Duty is suitable for tasks like breaking bone and batoning wood where I feel you are asking to much if you do these things with the lighter version.

So check out this knife today.  I feel everyone should have a few Mora knives in their collection and this one is at the top of my list of recommended ones.

Remember you can always find the TSP Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – If you read the very few negative reviews of Mora knives including this one most involve the knife rusting.  These knives are made of CARBON STEEL and if you let it get wet without cleaning, drying and oiling it, yea it will rust.  I actually see little value in a shinny blade for a working knife so I accelerate the patina process on mine with vinegar, in today’s show segment on the item of the day I will tell you how to easily do that and why you would want to.

 

 

 

Mad Bull Propane Airsoft Adapter – Item of the Day

adapertEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Mad Bull Propane Adapter for Gas Blow Back Airsoft Guns. If you shoot and train with Gas Blow Back Airsoft guns (and you should) then you simply can not afford to NOT have one of these adapters. They pay for themselves so fast it is insane.

There are a lot of cheaper adapters but this one is what I always look for, maximum value to cost ratio. What good is a cheap plastic adapter that fails in a year or less, buy those over and over, or one of these and never need to buy one again.  Which of those options makes more sense to you?

Consider the following a one pound cylinder of propane at Walmart is about 6 bucks, I have seen twin packs for under 10 dollars all the time. You can get them anywhere and again it is about 5-6 dollars a pound.

Contrast this with “Green Gas”, at about 21 dollars a pound. That is a savings of 75%! Not to mention most of us must order it online and off line specialty stores often charge even more if you have one near you. But wait, propane is yucky stuff and “green gas” is all green and good for the earth right? NOPE! Green Gas is NOTHING but propane with silicone oil and odor modifiers in it, so it doesn’t smell like well, grill gas.

That is where these wonderful Mad Bull Propane Adapters come in. All you do is screw one onto the top of a 1 pound propane cylinder (due the cost of shipping get this at a local store). Spray a bit of silicon oil into the fitting for that purpose, charge your mags, fire away. Just a tiny bit of silicone is needed to ensure your gun operates well and functions properly.

In general I add a bit about every 4 pistol magazines. Below I included two youtube videos that show how this product works, its features and how to use it. I personally own two airsoft gas blow back pistols I train and shoot with. First is a WE Tech 1911 and the second a WE Tech Sig 228. These are very similar to my two primary carry guns.

Airsoft allows me to shoot as much as I want, in my own back yard, with a gun that 100% functions like what I carry and use for personal defense, I can do it for pennies a week by the way.

Let me ask you, how much range time do most of you really get? When you go to your range can your draw and fire? Can you double tap? Can you shoot and move? Can you engage multiple targets at multiple distances? Can you utilize cover and shoot from behind it? Can you set up scenarios?

If you answered yes to all of those AWESOME, and I used to as well, when I lived in rural Arkansas, my range was my back yard and I could do anything I felt like in the bounds of safety and sanity. Today when I go to a range I am impeded by costs, set hours, a distance to drive and rules (for obvious reasons) that make me answer the first question with not enough and the rest with no.

I was a fan of cheap spring single cock airsoft guns for a long time, I still am for training brand new shooters and for deliberate practice. For the price most are amazingly accurate and quite powerful. But they are a limited training tool that simply will not function like a real firearm.  But to get started shooting, man they are great.

CO2 fed versions get expensive fast, there is no self fill option with them. But get yourself a Mad Bull Propane Adapter and some .2 grain biodegradable airsoft pellets and the gun or guns of your choice, and you can shoot for very little money. These guns are also very accurate at any reasonable distance for true defensive hand gun training.

You can shoot and move, practice reloads, holster and un-holser, and above all have the time and money to do it often enough to stay sharp so those skills are honed if you ever need them.

Lastly the biggest reason, is, it is fun as hell to do! Finish dinner, want something to amuse yourself, set up some targets and practice for 20 minutes, listen to some music and chat with buddy while you do it to boot! Have a friend of relative on the fence about guns, what a safe fun way to teach them about them in you own backyard or even in a basement on a cold or rainy day.

I personally feel that airsoft is the most underutilized training tool among shooters today. It is not just something for kids to pay games with on the weekends. The training can be as tough or as fun as you want to make it. Think it is unrealistic for a 1911 single stack to hold 13 rounds, well, put 8 in your mags, and get training!

Remember you can always find the TSP Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

Here are a couple of good Youtube Videos about today’s item of the day.

Zicome Set of 4 Basting Brushes – Item of the Day

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Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Zicome Set of 4 Basting Brushes.  Simple little item but these are the best thing out there in value and quality I can find.  I really enjoy cooking that is no secret and one of the great tricks to add flavor to food it is dry season and grill it, then baste it right at the end.

Now let me tell you silicone is the way to go here.  Unlike nylon or natural fibers it won’t burn on the grill when you hit it by accident.  The problem is every single silicon brush I have ever found is a multi piece arrangement.  The silicone head and bristles are in one way or another attached to the handle in a way in which they can be removed.

So you know what happens over time, the head gets loose and starts falling off.  So when I found these I knew I had found the solution to this issue.  These are formed from a single piece of silicone, so the head can’t fall off.

While we are on this subject let me give you one of my go to bastes for lighter fair like say chicken wings or quail or something like that.

  • 3TBS of Soy Sauce
  • 1TBS of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 TBS of Hot Sauce (I like Cholula)
  • 5 TBS of Jalapeno Infused Olive Oil
  • 5 TBS of White Wine
  • 1 TBS of Mustard (plain yellow is fine for this)

Put all this into a jar, put the lid on the jar and shake the heck out of it.  The mustard in this is an emulsifier.   In that capacity it will allow you to blend all the ingredients and they won’t separate including the oil. If you do have any problem with separation, squirt in a bit more mustard and shake again until you don’t.  Since I am not looking for a lot of mustard flavor in this I use as little as is needed to get the job done.

Brush this on to your meat in the last few minutes of your cooking.  To guild the lily a bit then sprinkle toasted sesame seeds on the sticking coating after you take it off the grill.

So for making this and other great bastes and not ending up with your brush head in the coals, check out the Zicome Set of 4 Basting Brushes today.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop on Amazon you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

 

Aurora Fire Starter and UST Titanium BASE Case – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is my personal EDC for fire starting that I keep on my key chain.  It is a combination of the Aurora Fire Starter by Solo Scientific and the Ultimate Survival Technologies Aluminum 0.5 BASE Case.

In the photo above you can see these items on my personal key chain.  I just checked my Amazon order history and are you ready for this, I got these items and put them on my key chain on August 5th, 2012.  So yea they hold up!

First on the firestarter, I have always preferred ferrocerium rods to about any other option.  These are commonly called ferro rods probably because ferrocerium is hard to say and harder to spell.   These things just work, even wet they throw hot sparks that will light any good tinder and get you a flame.

I chose the Aurora Fire Starter by Solo Scientific because it has a screw on cover with a built in striker.  When closed on the chain it make a reasonable impact weapon as well, functioning like a small kubaton.

But you need tinder and that is were the Ultimate Survival Technologies Aluminum 0.5 BASE Case comes in.  I simply have mine stuffed with cotton balls with a dab of vaseline on the top of them.  To make a fire I fray some cotton and then put some vaseline on some as well, this gets a good fire going almost anywhere you can find decent fuel wood.

Perhaps you already have a EDC fire making solution, but unless you have one that involves a ferro rod I recommend adding one.  To me they are by far the best best for reliable fire starting in just about any situation.  The fact that I have been carrying these items for almost 5 years now says something about their durability and reliability.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

Bloody Dock – “Blood Veined Sorrel” – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is two sources to get growing a plant called Bloody Dock, also known as “Blood Veined Sorrel”.  I first learned about this plant in doing research for pond plants that are edible.  While sold as a pond plant it is more accurate to say that Bloody Dock needs fertile and moist soil and can be grown in a pond on the edges as well.

Your choices to get started with this plant amount to slow and cheap or fast and expensive.  I went the expensive route but I am now  going to also go the cheap route with seed and try to make a ton of plants that way too.

Side Note – You may really want to check out Ohio Heirloom Seeds full line up of stuff, they have some really cool hard to get things.  And check out the other offerings from Florida Aquatic Nursery as well, again cool stuff you just don’t find everyday.

Okay so back to Bloody Dock and why I love this plant, well because it hits my big four.

  1. Hard to Kill
  2. Tastes Good
  3. Perennial
  4. Looks Good

What else can you ask for?  So when I got my 4 plants they looked great, I planted them and by that evening I was pretty angry, they all looked dead.  The leaves just went flat.  The next day a few perked back up, I cut the other leaves off, kept them moist and in shade.  By the end of that week they were going full on again.  Today about a month later, this is what they look like!

That one plant will produce well over a dozen divisions in early fall making the 20 dollar price tag easier to swallow.  But I like this stuff so much I am going to get some seeds and see how they go, because I would like to plant a ton of this stuff in the margins around my ponds.  Mind you ducks and geese (and I am betting chickens) think this stuff is wonderful, so make sure to provide critter protection for it.

So should you go with seeds or plants?  The choice is yours really, my understanding is propagation from seed is about as easy as seep propagation gets.  I am thinking at 20 bucks a plant I may end up with a nice little cash flow from digging them up around my pond and selling them to our egg customers at half price, 10 bucks a pop!

Using this plant as food is easy as well.  You can use it raw in salads or gently sauteed like spinach or any other green.  While this stuff is good eating like many greens it is a bit sharp on its own, but blend it with a few others and it is just amazing.

It is a spreading perennial so making more plants is easy, dig up a well established plant, separate it into smaller parts (divisions) and replant.  Even if it looks bad, new growth will soon pop up.   Note that this is best done in spring or early fall after the high heat is done for the year.  But you can do this in summer too, the key is do it in pots, and keep it in shade until the shock passes.

Again this stuff is tough to kill, what it needs though is constant moisture, which is why it is so great as a pond plant but it will do great in a well watered garden, on a shady edge that gets morning sun, etc.

So consider picking up some seeds or plants today and again check out both Ohio Heirloom Seeds and Florida Aquatic Nursery as well. I have ordered from both sellers with great results.

Remember you can always find the TSP Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

UTG Ranger Field Bag – Item of the Day

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Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the UTG Ranger Field Bag.  Long time followers of The Survival Podcast will know I have been recommending this bag for years.  And I will tell you this is the best value large bag I have found so far.

This is my go to as a luggage bag when I fly on airplanes.  It is so much more convenient than a roller as you make your way though what ever shuttle bus hell exists between you and your rental car.

It is huge as well, bigger than I think most people expect, in fact there are a few negative reviews about it being “too big”, sigh, really!  One even said, “the picture makes it look smaller”, um, it is a picture with no other object for scale, face palm moment I guess.

The dimensions of the bag are 35.00″ x 13.00″ x 12.00″ and it really carries a lot of gear.  I did manage to kill one, after many many airline trips where I used it to carry t-shirts.  I am talking tight packed, rolled shirts, over 150 pounds of them!  Even then it beat the shipping charges I would have paid to mail them ahead of time and send the unsold ones back home!

The failure is was at the one point this bag could use some improvement.  There are four rubber feet on the bottom.  When thrown (think airline employees) and heavily loaded sooner or later they tear off and eventually that wears the bag out.

Used as a vehicle kit bag, and set down vs. thrown (ie the way you handle gear when you actually own it), they are extremely long lasting.  I’ll be honest this is not a bag like John Willis at SOE Tactical Gear would build, however, old John doesn’t make a bag anything like this one.  In fact I can’t find anything quite like this bag when you factor in all the compartments and the comfort of carrying it along with the durability.

I use this bag for my vehicle based bug out kits and air travel mostly.  I have talked to the guy who fills my CO2 tank about this bag too.  For you home brewers the best place to get CO2 tanks filled is a airsoft store by the way.  The guy I use has a store and a huge play area for paint ball and airsoft both.  He said about half of all players tend to use this bag for their gear, due to capacity, longevity and comfort of carry.

So if you have need of a large capacity duffel give the UTG Ranger Field Bag a shot.  I think you will be quite happy with it.

Remember you can always find the TSP Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – This video reviews three UTG Bags, the third one is the UTG Ranger Field Bag.  It does a good job of showing you all the features and how big it really is.  You can jump to about 6:40 if you just want that review.

By the way the second bag reviewed the UTG SWAT Responder Range Bag was an outstanding range bag, with huge capacity for such a small bag.  I still have one I bought before I even started TSP, I now use if for my blow back airsoft hand gun gear.  Sadly UTG stopped making it.  UTG if you are listening, two things.  1.  Bring Back the SWAT Responder Range Bag and 2.  Loose the feet on the Ranger Field bag, it would make a great product even better.

Otium Bluetooth FM Transmitter – Item of the Day

bluetoothEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Otium Bluetooth FM Transmitter.  I was turned onto this product by a listener and knew at once I needed one for my old F350.  About 2.5 years ago we got our Toyota 4Runner.  It was the first tech heavy vehicle I have ever owned.

I really love being able to play my iphone music and podcasts in it, to make phone calls hands free and hear them over the speakers, etc.  I have been trying to talk myself into getting a new stereo for my truck with features like that.

I just can’t justify it!  My old beast is a long ago paid for 2005 F350.  Not only is it an 05 but it was even when new a bare bones work truck.  I paid cash for it in 2011 and it has been a good partner.  I just don’t drive it that much any more, so I wanted the cool features and access to my music but couldn’t justify the expense.

I did have a FM Modulator in it for a while that allowed me to play music but it wasn’t really that good of a sound quality.  What I had been doing is taking my Bose Speaker with me, but I don’t really like having a 300 dollar speaker sitting in my truck when I am in the store or what have you.

Coming in at only 20 bucks, when I first reviewed it, I almost wrote this thing off but the guy that wrote in about it was raving about it so I gave it a shot.  Man this thing is slick.  First you pick an open unused frequency on the FM dial and set it to that.  You pair your phone to it and that is that.  And today it is an even better deal as the price has dropped to only 16 bucks!

You can now make calls, listen to music or podcasts, etc.  One really great thing is it also has a USB port so you can charge your phone and you don’t loose the outlet for that purpose.  It also takes an SD card if you want to put music or audio files on it that way.

Another great feature is that it has an aux port, so you can directly connect a non bluetooth device or not use bluetooth on your phone to conserve battery life, or simply because you don’t want to use it for any reason.

Most newer vehicles now come with these features built in but if you have an older vehicle this little gadget will give it a hell of an upgrade for only 16 bucks.  So check out the Otium Bluetooth FM Transmitter if you have an outdated sound system.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – My only word of caution is make sure you have some “empty space” on your FM dial based on where you live.  Here in Dallas I have 107.7 and one other frequency that are actually empty with minimal bleed over.  I have put presets for these two stations on my radio so I can swap if one starts picking up too much static or bleed.  I live in a huge market and the dial is really crowded, in many areas the dial is full of empty channels.  If anyone knows of a comparable product that uses AM bands, please let me know, TONS of empty space there!

Catahoula Manufacturing Tarred Bank – Item of the Day

cmitwineEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is one of my go to essentials for BOBs, Vehicle Kits and around the homestead, and frankly everywhere.  It is Catahoula Manufacturing #36 Tarred Bank Line.  Let me say that any size bank line by Catahoula Manufacturing Incorporated (aka CMI) is fine, if you want heavier or lighter stuff there are many options, check here.

I personally recommend that you get at least one 550 foot roll of #36 because it is such a good bang for the buck.  At 30 dollars with free shipping it isn’t just a monetary value either.  As a pack item you are talking about a spool that weighs only a pound and yet gives you 550 of 320 pound tensile strength line.  Tarred line is the best go to as a twine and binder for everything from “red neck repairs” to setting traps, building survival structures or fishing with limb lining or trot lines.

The key here is ONLY BUY Catahoula Manufacturing Line.  Most bank line is in a word, shit, it isn’t tarred line just because the label says so.  CMI is the only manufacturer I trust when buying this stuff online when I can’t inspect it by hand prior to purchase.

Look I know it sounds obvious but the entire point of tarred line, is that it is well, tarred.  Let me explain a bit further.  Tarred doesn’t mean it is black, or it has some trace bit of a tar like substance on it.  No it is supposed to mean that the twine is fully impregnated with tar.  It should be sticky, you should smell tar when you open it, get it tarred.

You know how they say you can’t push a string?  Well if it is a tarred string you should easily be able to push a foot or so of it.  Again, get it, tarred!

The point is that this twine doesn’t unravel and it holds both in knots and in wraps, the tar is what makes that happen.  That way the part you red neck reparied stays put till you fix it right, or you lean to doesn’t fall on your head, or that big catfish doesn’t yank it off the sapling you used for a limb line set.

Most so called bank line or tarred line has little if any tar on it.  CMI, is the real deal.  So consider adding some Catahoula Manufacturing #36 Tarred Bank Line or other sizes of it to your preps.  Again it is something I consider an absolute essential.

Remember you can always find the TSP Amazon Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – Yes the prepper/survivalist/bushcraft world is enamored with parachute cord.  Yes I do think it has its uses, but it can’t come close to the versatility, usability and bang for the buck good tarred line gives you.

 

 

Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Charcoal Baskets from Quality Grill Parts – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Charcoal Baskets from Quality Grill Parts.  I recommend these over the stock Weber Charcoal Baskets due to simple quality.  Now the Weber Baskets work just fine for what they are and at about 15 bucks with free shipping, they are a reasonable value.  I just got rid of mine after about 3 years of use, but the truth is they were pretty useless at that point and I have been using my Slow ‘N Sear as a basket more often than not for the past year.

So last week I decided to break down and buy a new set.  One of the reasons I had yet to do so was that I just wasn’t happy of the quality with the Weber baskets for the volume of grilling I do, we are talking 3-6 nights a week in Spring – Fall.  Then I stumbled on these.  What an upgrade, I would say they are three times the quality for only double the cost.  For me that is a winning cost/value ratio.

They are made from heavy duty 304 stainless steel and the product gets a Fake Spot Grade of an A with 72 reviews with 95% being 5 stars.  They are perfect as to dimensions with perfect coverage of the 12 inch center panel of my Weber 8835 Hinged Cooking Grate.

I personally see charcoal baskets for the Weber Kettle as being something you don’t really appreciate until you use them.  Sure you can just pile the coals in the center or on the side but you don’t get the uniform control.  As the pile burns it collapses unto itself, and if you want to move a hot zone you stir the charcoal and it goes nuclear with heat.

With these baskets you get superior control and your hot zone is uniform, which to me is very important.  Because the coals are held at a specific height and a specific density the entire hot zone is very stable so when searing your three steaks or chicken cutlets sear uniformly until moved to indirect heat.  It is a small thing but a big efficiency and convenience enhancer.  So check out the Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Charcoal Baskets from Quality Grill Parts today. Together with the Weber 8835 Hinged Cooking Grate I think they are the two best upgrades you can make as a Weber Kettle Owner.

Remember you can always find the TSP Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – Check out the video below to see how you can set these up several ways and the quality of the material they are made from.  Also check out my recent episode on cooking with the Weber Kettle to learn more about the value of this set up.

Rapala AC/DC Electric Fillet Knife – Item of the Day

Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is the Rapala AC/DC Electric Fillet Knife.  So bottom line up front, 95% of the items I review I personally own, I don’t own this one yet but I soon will.  Many years ago I was taught that the fastest way to filet fish was with an electric knife.  I learned this from my late friend Howell Dodd.

This week I took a good old solid “mental health day” with my buddy David and we hired fishing guide Omar Cotter of Luck ‘O the Irish Guide Service.  We had a great day on Tawokini.  We left the ramp at 0630 and were back well before noon.  Total haul…

  • 50 Sand Bass (aka white bass)
  • 4 Yellow bass (that were worth keeping)
  • 1 Blue Cat
  • 1 Striper

We also caught a lot of hybrids just a few inches under the legal limit of 18 inches and tons of yellow bass that were hand sized.  Here is a photo of our haul below.

Now one of the best parts about fishing with a guide other than they know exactly how and where to put you on fish all season long is well, they generally clean your fish for you.  I was not at all surprised to see Omar whip out an electric knife, every guide I know in North Texas seems to use one.  Speed is life in business.

What did surprise me what the particular model he was using of course it was the Rapala AC/DC Electric Fillet Knife.  There was a good cleaning station at the ramp and he simply had this knife clipped onto the battery in his boat and went to town, cleaning about 1 fish both fillets off and skinned in about 30 seconds a fish.

Again 95% of the items I review I personally own and have put though the ringer a while before recommending them.  In this instance though I have no qualms taking Omar’s recommendation.  Omar fishes for a living running about 2-6 trips a week almost year round and has been doing this now for over 20 years.  If there was a better tool for this job he would own it.

From a flexibility stand point this tool is awesome.  Because it uses both AC or DC if you have power you can use it, because I have yet to see a power option besides AC or DC.  This means when you are camping with your 4 wheeler you can use it, if you have a battery on your boat you can use it, heck the thing will even work if the grid is down with your Steven Harris approved battery back up system.

It comes with 6 and 7.5 inch blades so it is up to cleaning just about anything you would be cleaning in bulk.  It made short work and never slowed down going from 11 inch white bass to a 18 inch blue cat and on to a 20 inch striped bass.

One recommendation I have would be to add a couple Rapala Filet Gloves to your kit with this.  You only need one in the non knife hand but they do wear out in time, so two is one and one is none you know.   While these will help prevent cutting yourself, the bigger thing they do is help you hold onto a slimy fish so that your work is easier.

The entire kit comes in a great hard case to keep everything organized and dry if you store it in a boat, etc.  If you wear the blades out you can replace them with out buying an entire new kit but let me tell you such blades last a long time anyway.  The cost is a great as well, the Rapala AC/DC Electric Fillet Knife will only set you back about 42 bucks with free shipping on prime.  So if you want to clean more fish faster than you ever have before check out this piece of kit today.

Remember you can always find the TSP Item of the day by just going to TspAz.com and by shopping at TspAz.com anytime you shop online you help support TSP and the work we do here no matter what you buy.

P.S. – As soon as Omar finished up I was ready to kick myself for not videoing him in action with this knife.  But I checked YouTube an found this video of some guys cleaning sand bass with the same knife.

Just ignore the end where they talk about the second board and the blood line and other bones, it is all mythological nonsense.  Tune in today to episode 2020 hear how to skip all that when it comes to sand bass.  They are also going a bit slow because they seem new to using this knife and are doing it to teach.  Once you get skilled with this tool, it is amazing how fast you can really go.

P.S.S. – It likely goes without saying but I can’t recommend Omar Cotter of Luck ‘O the Irish Guide Service enough if you want a guided trip in North Texas.  His lakes of choice are Lake Grapevine and Lake Tawakoni.  Either way a trip is 275 bucks and all you need to bring with you is a license and a cooler with ice to take your fish home with you.   Two guys splitting that is about 140 a piece and that is not expensive for a great day on the lake and a cooler of fish.

And if you guide any guide does a great job for you please consider tipping them, it is a tough job these guys do and good ones always work hard to make sure client get a great trip.