Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Rocky Mountain Bushcraft lands first-ever review of Jimmy Lile "First Blood" Rambo Knife

RMB is honored and excited to have been granted the first ever field review of the world's most famous survival knife-- the Jimmy Lile "First Blood" Rambo Knife! Jimmy Lile was the famed Arkansas custom knifemaker asked by Sylvester Stallone to create the knife for the 1982 film "First Blood."

Although cheaper copies of the First Blood Knife have been on the market for decades, none of the handmade Lile First Blood Knives have ever been officially reviewed or field tested. This is due in part to the fact that any First Blood Knife with a "Lile" stamp on it goes for at least $2,000 for an un-numbered version, and up to $75,000 for one of the numbered knives used in the film.

There has been a lot of speculation about how an actual Lile Rambo knife would perform in real life. Compared to the cheaper copies that have been on the market for decades, the original Lile knife is a meticulously hand-crafted custom knife made with premium knife steel (440C, premium for its time, still a very respectable knife steel with the proper heat treat). Jimmy Lile was quoted as saying that despite its over-the-top appearance, the First Blood Knife was actually designed for real world survival.

The Jimmy Lile Knife Company (now owned by oil magnate John Hill), has granted RMB an exclusive, first-time-ever review of their First Blood Knife.

Hill has authorized famed knifemaker Vaughn Neeley (Timberline Knives, Emerson-Neeley SPECWAR Knife, etc), current knifesmith for the Jimmy Lile Company, to begin hand-crafting a movie-spec First Blood Knife for our review. We expect to receive the knife sometime in February. After roughly 30-60 days of field testing in the Colorado Rockies, we should be posting our review this coming Spring.

Want to see how the authentic Rambo knife performs in real life? Stay tuned! Make sure to "Like" the Rocky Mountain Bushcraft Facebook page or sign our email list on the right side of the page and we'll let you know when the review goes live.

For more information, visit Jimmy Lile Knives at:  

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Tip and Tricks: Loose Axe Head? Add A Second Wedge

If the head on your axe is coming loose, here's a relatively simple fix- drive in a second metal wedge. You may need to use one that's smaller than the original wedge for it to fit correctly.

I've used this trick on axes that wouldn't tighten after soaking the handles in linseed oil. Worked like a charm!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Off to SHOT Show in Las Vegas!

Hey friends, come Monday, Leah and I will be off to SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada! I'm proud to say that this will be the third SHOT in a row we'll be covering. If you're not familiar with SHOT, check out our January 2013 writeup for more info. We will be on the lookout for cool new survival tools/knives/gear/survival guns to share with you.

If you are attending the show and see us, make sure to say hello!



Thursday, January 15, 2015

Chiappa X-Caliber and M6 Field Test UPDATE

Unfortunately, we've had to halt testing of both the X-Caliber and M6 Survival Guns due to function issues, and are awaiting an official response from Chiappa before proceeding further. With SHOT Show coming up next week, it's unlikely that we'll hear from them until sometime after the show but we'll keep you updated as soon as we receive more info.



Photo: Beautiful dusk sky in the mountains

I captured this beautiful dusk sky after a day of field testing in the mountains using our new Nikon D5300 test camera.

Enjoy! Jason

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hello Readers!

Hope you are well and are off to a great start in 2015! FYI we haven't forgotten about the giveaways! Stay tuned for more info which will be posted soon.



Sunday, January 4, 2015

NEW ARRIVALS: Chiappa M6 and X-Caliber Folding Survival Rifles

The Chiappa M6 and X-Caliber Folding Survival Rifles have finally arrived! We will begin field testing them immediately, so make sure to check back for the full review (best way to be notified is to sign up on our email list on the lower right hand side of the page or by liking the Rocky Mountain Bushcraft Facebook page).

For those not familiar with these cool new survival guns, check out our First Impression Review from last January.


Jason and Leah

Chiappa M6 20 Gauge/.22LR

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Chiappa X-Caliber 12 Gauge/.22LR w/ multiple caliber adapters

For more information visit: 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dual Survival star Joe Teti sues Mykel Hawke, Special Forces Association for defamation

By Jason Schwartz
December 20th, 2014

In another spectacular turn of events in an ongoing feud between two television celebrities, Dual Survival star Joe Teti recently filed a one million dollar defamation lawsuit against former 'Man, Woman, Wild' star Mykel Hawke.

The suit, filed Nov. 26th in North Carolina Superior Court, claims that Mykel Hawkeye, popularly known as Mykel Hawke, conspired with four other individuals to defame Joe Teti and intentionally deprive him of valuable sponsorships with Cabelas, TOP Knives, Casio and several other companies.

Joe Teti
Photo credit: Discovery Channel

At the heart of the matter are public statements from Hawke claiming that Joe Teti lied about his military qualifications, impersonated a combat veteran, and due to negligence, caused the death of three people during the filming of a TV show that was originally scheduled to air on the Discovery Channel last year.

Here is one of Hawke's public statements:

"This is not about a man (Cody Lundin) who was hired for not wearing shoes for 20 yrs and 4 seasons on a show (Dual Survival), and then fired for the same thing. It's about what changed. That change (Joe Teti) came with a truck load of falsehoods. Those got 3 men dead. Now this real survival guy (Lundin) has been fired. 

It is easy to see the fake drama created to make the new 'expert' look like a hero, but his real record is anything but, and now, he continues to risk more folks' safety. Sorry, truth hurts sometimes. Anyway, next article in the installment of soap opera drama, and somewhat belittled again, by the media, failing to grasp the real issues. Nonetheless, I share, as was shared with me. Judge as you will."

Teti claims in the lawsuit that he did not embellish his military record. He says the real reason Hawke, his old friend and former commander, started the smear campaign is because he had "tried and failed to initiate a television career based upon his military service" and was "driven by the motive of jealousy to destroy Mr Teti's successful television career."

The suit further claims that Hawke enlisted the help of Special Forces Association President Jack Tobin, Special Forces Association member George Davenport, 'Military Phonies' website creator Scott A. Hughes, and a private individual by the name of Monique Haina to carry out the defamation campaign against Teti.

The Special Forces Association website:


According to the court filing, Teti's attorney, former Special Forces Officer David Redding, says Special Forces Association president Jack Tobin and Special Forces Association member George Davenport assisted Hawke in his defamation campaign by intentionally giving false information to the Army Times regarding the cancelling of Teti's membership.

The article in question, titled "Dual Survival star stripped of SF Association membership," was widely circulated in internet forums and made major news headlines when it was released on October 1st. (NOTE: It appears the Army Times has taken down the article as of this writing).

Teti's attorney says Tobin and Davenport were not being honest when they implied that Teti was kicked out of the Special Forces Association, after soldiers that Teti served with came forward to them with allegations of his misconduct.

Davenport was quoted as saying "He’s an embarrassment to the Regiment, because of the falsehoods, lies and embellishments he’s used in association with his Special Forces qualifications. I personally checked with the Special Forces schools and he did not go to those courses. There is no record of him attending.

Special Forces Association President Tobin was quoted in the article stating "Mr Teti is no longer a member and cannot rejoin."

Davenport, who also runs the “Special Forces Poser Patrol” Facebook page, added Teti to the group’s “Wall of Shame” September 30th after the Special Forces Association's decision to discontinue his membership.

Redding says that all Teti did was miss paying his annual dues, causing a lapse in membership. When Teti went to make a payment to reinstate his membership, he was told he could not re-join the group. 

According to Teti's attorney, Tobin and Davenport spun the story into something much more serious when they spoke with the Army Times regarding Teti's membership being discontinued.

Going into more detail in the suit, Redding says:

"Mr. Tobin refused to comment further on the specifics of Mr. Teti's disassociation from the SFA in order to implicitly affirm Mr. Davenport's slanderous statements about Mr. Teti. By the conduct of Mr. Tobin, the SFA has adopted the slanderous statements of Mr. Davenport. 

As a result.....the public is left to conclude that the disassociation was based on Mr. Teti's conduct...when in was (done) without cause and was done by the SFA in violation of its own constitutional due process requirements.

Casting an even wider net, the lawsuit names 'Military Phonies' website owner Scott Hughes, whom Teti says defamed him by publicly accusing Teti of stolen valor, and Monique Haina, a private individual who apparently posted numerous critical posts about Teti around the internet.

Hughes reacted to the suit by telling the Military Times "I'm not worried about it,"I'm actually glad to see it, because hopefully this will force him to show his DD-214 and his NGB-22, which is what we've been asking all along. There's a lot that will come out in court, if it comes to that."

Haina denies she was enlisted by Hawke, telling the Military Times "I don't believe I defamed him. We've simply been asking for him to prove his claims."

The Plot Thickens- Hawke Family granted permanent protective order against Teti in Texas 

The lawsuit also reveals that Mykel Hawke was able to secure a permanent protective order against Joe Teti in the State of Texas on the grounds that Teti stalked Hawke and his family. The protective order caused Teti to lose his rights to own firearms due to federal law.

Mykel Hawke and The Special Forces Association's reaction to the Lawsuit

Jack Tobin and the SFA "did not respond to repeated requests for comment," according to an article in the Military Times. Davenport also declined to comment, pending consultation with his attorney.

The Times article states that Joe Teti declined to comment, but Teti has been posting photos on his Facebook page to counter critics who say he hasn't completed certain training, such as Combat Diver School (link to photo).

Mykel Hawke, however, has not remained silent.

When asked about the suit, Hawke told the Military Times "We actually are looking forward to a court case so we can subpoena his real records and finally show the truth."

Hawke also took his argument to his Facebook page, telling his fans "According to this (lawsuit), we are all liars conspiring out of jealously and only one man is honorable? The same man who makes military valor claims to the public for profit, but says his records are too secret to show and prove his claims."

Teti's attorney David Redding, says Teti will seek more than $1 million in damages in the suit.


Has "resume embellishment" returned to Dual Survival? Bloggers claim Joe Teti is not a combat veteran

Facebook War Erupts between Mykel Hawke and Joe Teti

Former 'Man Woman Wild' star Mykel Hawke speaks out about the firing of Cody Lundin

Major sponsor drops 'Dual Survival' star; Teti fires back at critics

TOPS Knives Drops Joe Teti

Military Times- Discovery survival stars take fight to the courtroom


Courthouse News Service- Discovery Channel Star Files Defamation Suit

Dual Survivor' star Joseph Teti denies he lied about military service as sponsors retreat

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Running into a childhood hero: Dan Haggerty AKA "Grizzly Adams"

Last January when I was covering SHOT Show, I had the good fortune to run into Dan Haggerty, star of the 1970s TV Show "Grizzly Adams." Dan was at SHOT on behalf of Young Adventurers, an organization that helps young people build character, hope and vision through outdoors experiences.

Dan on the cover of TV Guide in the late 1970s:
Grizzly TV Guide

For those not old enough to remember Grizzly Adams, it was a TV show about a guy who lived during the mid-1800s who had to "bug out" and live in the mountains to escape charges for a murder he didn't commit.

While making his way into the mountains, Adams ran across an orphaned Grizzly Bear cub stuck on a ledge. He felt bad for the stranded animal and decided to rescue it. The cub and Adams quickly bonded and became lifelong friends.

As outlandish as the story sounds, it was actually loosely based on the real life story of "John Capen Adams," a famous mountain man and grizzly bear trainer who traveled the west during the mid-1800s with his pet grizzlies.

Dan Haggerty's portrayal of a grizzled yet warm-hearted mountain man struck a chord with millions of Americans at the time and left an indelible print on American culture.

Evidence of this enduring influence can be seen in movies such as "Happy Gilmore. Where in one scene Christopher McDonald's character, Scooter McGavin, mouths off to Adam Sandler's character Happy Gilmore, saying 'Yeah right, and Grizzly Adams had a beard!"

Here are some photos I took of Dan while he was at the Young Adventurer's booth, joined by actor Darby Hinton, who starred on the popular TV show "Daniel Booneas a child:

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I had a great time talking with Dan, and got to share with him the influence that Grizzly Adams had on me as a kid. Dan was really down to earth and had a great sense of humor. He was even gracious enough to offer to let us interview him, so check back again as Spring draws closer and hopefully we'll have an interview posted.

Cheers! Jason

For more information about Dan, as well as the Young Adventurers organization, visit

Tuesday, December 16, 2014