Urban Survival Tips: “Crocodile Dundee” Was Right!

Ok, I know it’s just a movie, but that scene from Crocodile Dundee is always going to be one of my favorites.

Dundee, a tough guy from the Australian wilderness, is visiting New York City when a mugger pulls a switchblade on him.

“He’s got a knife!” says his smoking hot lady friend.

“That’s not a knoif,” Dundee says.THAT’S a knoif.”

Then he pulls out a HUGE knife that he’s carrying across his back, under his jacket.

The knife is so big that the switchblade-wielding punk fills his pants and takes off running… but not before dropping his puny weapon first!

Well, “Crocodile” had the right idea about surviving in the urban jungle of Manhattan – and the reasons why all have to do with…

7+ Urban Survival Uses For The Machete

Best Urban Survival Machete: The Guardian

Now, I’m not saying you should carry a giant knife or machete around with you as an “everyday carry” blade.

But for survival purposes – especially in urban areas – you may want to consider something much bigger than your pocket knife.

And I realize that when most people think of “urban” tools and weapons, they don’t really think of the machete.

That’s because the machete has always been more of a wilderness survival tool – or at least, most people think of it that way.

That’s a mistake!

If you treat it like it’s only for when you’re out in the woods, you’re missing out on a great tool for survival and self-defense in ANY environment, including urban and suburban places.

Even if you’re miles away from the nearest blade of grass, the machete can do TONS of things for you:

You can use the blade for leverage, making the machete a crowbar and even a breaching tool (to bust open locks that might be between you and safety).

You can use it as an emergency extraction tool, for cutting your way through seat belts, smashing your way through glass, and even cutting holes in sheet metal to rescue somebody in a car accident.

In a short-term collapse or “WROL/SHTF” sort of situation, you can use it as an urban and suburban foraging tool – to do everything from chop wood from suburban trees, to digging latrines when the plumbing stops working (too bad about that public park, but you gotta do what you gotta do).

It also makes a great general purpose utility, escape, and evasion tool, which you can use to smash open doors while searching for supplies in abandoned buildings, cut sections of tarp, or lengths of rope, and much more.

And yes, just like “Crocodile Dundee” did, you can use the machete as a kind of “urban sword,” as a powerful and intimidating self-defense weapon!

There’s just one problem…

Not all machetes are created equal.

That doesn’t stop some manufacturers from trying, of course.

Recently, for example, Wal-Mart upgraded their cheap, piece-of-junk “camping” machete…

…to a slightly better cheap, piece-of-junk “camping” machete.

That’s not the kind of “weapon” you want to trust your life to!

My guardian machete, though, is one badass piece of hardware.

It’s heavier than all the other machetes on the market (on purpose) because of the special steel we use that’s so much stronger than what other companies – even the ‘”big boys” – try to pass off for field use.

It’s a knife that even Crocodile Dundee would look at and say, “Now that’s a knoif,” and you can check it out for yourself here.

Frankly, there is no better machete on the market.

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Combat Machete? Sword Fighting? The “Big Blade” Fail People Don’t Think About!

Almost everybody loves “fail” videos.

It’s a fact of human nature.

We like to watch people try – and hilariously fall on their faces.

I don’t think that’s “mean-spirited”…

Especially if we learn from other people’s mistakes!

I have to warn you, though:

If your favorite “combat blade” is a lime-green zombie-killing fantasy cutter, this post might make you mad.

That’s because this old “viral” video I’m about to share with you PERFECTLY illustrates…

The “Big Blade” Fail A Lot Of “Fantasy Preppers” Don’t Think About!

Combat Machete: How To Fight With Swords And Big Blades – The Fail Most People Miss!

Now, if you’re rolling your eyes and saying, “Jeff, I saw that video back when people still had America Online,” what can I say?

I’m a few years behind! 🙂

If you haven’t seen it, though, or you don’t want to watch it, it’s pretty funny.

One of the guys from the Shop at Home “knife collector’s show” is selling a dirt-cheap, bargain-basement “katana.”

(Let me tell you, calling this thing a “sword” is an insult to swords; It’s more like a sword-shaped object.)

Well, the guy is trying to show how strong the blade is, so he starts whacking it against the table…

…and the thing practically EXPLODES!

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What was really funny was watching these guys try to make excuses for why this cheap piece of junk broke in half live on television.

(One of them even tried to blame a nail embedded in the table… but if your blade snaps in half when it hits a tiny nail, how could you ever rely on it for survival or self-defense?)

When I first saw this, it really hammered home why I took the time to use tough, thick 1095 carbon steel in the Guardian machete that I designed (and which is one of Modern Combat & Survival’s best selling products).

That machete is TOUGH – tough enough to do just about any job you ask of it.

You could trust your life to that blade, which was designed to be strong, to take and hold an edge, and to be a badass weapon and tool you could use for self-defense as well as survival tasks.

Would you trust your life to a $20 “katana” made in Pakistan?

Well, honestly, you probably wouldn’t… but it might SHOCK you to find out that many of the commercial, name-brand machetes on the market aren’t much better!

That’s right: I said it.

In fact, one of my employees lent a machete made by one of the big-name companies (I won’t name it here, but you’ve heard of it) to his brother-in-law.

The brother-in-law used it to clear some brush, but nothing extreme.

When he brought the blade back, it was bent into a U-shape.

That’s right: this name-brand machete, which he bought in a big-box hardware store, couldn’t even do the job it was designed to do without getting bent all to hell!

That’s why it’s so important that your “big blade” be something custom-designed to protect you and your family in ANY crisis (like my Guardian).

If you trust your life and your family’s protection to a blade that won’t hold up under SERIOUS use, you’re asking for a “fail” far worse than this guy who humiliated himself on television years back.

And if you just buy a name-brand machete that you THINK is “good enough,” you might be setting yourself up to fail just as hard.

That’s what the “fantasy preppers” with their Zombie Death Head-Splitter blades are doing… and that’s NOT who you want to be!

Pretty soon, I’m going to be unveiling the NEW version of my Guardian Machete.

The old one was great… but the new one is even better!

Keep an eye on our site for updates about this great product (and it’s “little brother,” a smaller, more compact urban survival machete that was the subject of a “virtual kickstarter” we did recently).

I mean, sure, you could spend your money on an inferior machete – or even a name-brand blade that looks good but performs just as poorly.

But… why?

The choice is yours – but I really hope you’ll choose wisely.

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Black Friday Sale – Before We DELETE Our Machete Page!

Jeff Anderson

It’s true – I’m going to pull down the webpage for my bestselling Guardian Machete.


Because I’m going to start selling a better one!

The thing is, though, before I get the new ones in and put up a new page for them, I still have some of the old ones left.

That means that for Black Friday, I’m going to let you buy the remaining, original Guardian machete at a HUGE discount.

Through “Cyber Monday” only, you won’t believe the incredible discount on the original Guardian!

This is the ONLY time you’ll have a chance to get this deal.

Now, the next generation Guardian, which is in production right now, will be made of the same tough-as-nails 1095 steel, which means it will still be the same beast of a blade.

It will feature a better finish, too (not that we were ever really focused on keeping this workhorse blade looking like a “safe queen”).

It also has a redesigned handle that I like even better than the original.

I’m really excited about these improvements… but the fact is, people LOVE the original Guardian, and have been praising it since we introduced it!

Doug Y. wrote us…

“Wow this machete is awesome!

I carried [a machete] for 10 years with 2 different sheriff’s departments for search & rescue.  We covered everywhere from Lake Tahoe down to Placerville CA. along with mutual aid calls from Yosemite, 29 palms and many others.

During that time, we did cliff, swift water, and helicopter rescues and a machete went with me everywhere. It was a standard part of my kit…

…and boy do I wish I had your Guardian machete back then!

Fantastic tool! Thanks again!”

And Ben W. wrote…

“I just took [the Guardian machete] with me to Belize and used it extensively while in the jungle around Monkey River.

The Guardian’s blade outperformed ALL of the local machetes used by both the Mayans and the Mennonites!”

If you already own one of our custom-made Guardian machetes, then you know first-hand that it’s truly the best survival tool on the market today.

Because this is the LAST TIME the original model will be available, we decided to offer you a special freebie for a limited time…

One of the features of the Guardian package is our custom-designed, “covert blue” MOLLE sheath that easily attaches to a bug-out bag or can be worn by itself with the handy detachable shoulder strap.

The strap allows you to carry the blade AND add a few extra MOLLE tactical pouches as a standalone “mission pack” for carrying supplies during short-term survival tasks.

Now these tactical pouches don’t normally come with the sheath (that’s what our X-BOB bugout bag is for)…

But I have a killer freebie for you (through Cyber Monday only)…

Black Friday Sale!

If you buy one of the last remaining original Guardians right now, I’ll throw in TWO 8″ tactical pouches with your package (a $94 value – free) so you can customize your tactical sheath right away.


Even though the Guardian’s heat-treated 1095 steel blade is unmatched in sharpness and durability (you DID see us chop up a steel truck hood and then slice through a dozen beer cans in one swipe, right?), we’ve been looking for the perfect “field sharpener” to carry with your gear for ALL of your blades.

We found a “beast” built for the field!

So when you order your original Guardian this weekend – at a discount price you’ll NEVER be able to get again – we’re also going to throw into the box our favorite 2-phase tactical sharpener.

You can attach to your bag or sheath with the handy “D-ring” attachment (another $9.95 value)

This field sharpener features 2 tungsten carbide blades and two ceramic rods with preset sharpening angles for the perfect edge every time.

Just 3 or 4 strokes through the carbide sharpening slots after a full day of chopping up zombies will restore the edge in seconds…

… while the 2 crossed ceramic rods are preset at the correct finishing angle after setting the edge and are also good for a quick touch-up of already sharp knives.

Altogether, this is almost $104 bonus “tactical pack” you’re getting absolutely FREE when you order one of the remaining Guardian machetes this weekend.

But there IS one little “catch”…

I only have a small amount of these freebie “tactical packs” in stock right now, and only a limited number of the original Guardian machetes.

If I run out of either one at these crazy prices, I’ll have to shut the deal down.

So if you’ve been hemming and hawing about getting a Guardian, the time has never been better than right now – just in time for the holidays… at a HUGE discount… and with over $100 of tactical goodies thrown in for free.

Just use this special link for more info and to jump on this deal NOW while we still have machetes and freebies available.

(If you click and see a “sold out” page… well… sorry… you just weren’t fast enough on the draw, and you’ll have to wait for the next-generation Guardian to arrive. 🙂

Get your original Guardian machete and free bonus “tactical pack” now while supplies last…

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Best Survival Machete Features (Review & Buyers Guide): Worst 3 “Machete Fails”!

Best Survival Machete Features (Review & Buyer's Guide): Top 3 Machete Fails

He stands in the middle of the dark room, knowing he’s about to face several men in a fight to the death.

He’s calm — so calm that his attackers look at each other, suddenly unsure.

It’s far too late to back out now, however.

They know it…

He knows it…

And when he quotes the bible and draws the machete he carries on his back, there’s about to be blood on the floor.

In furious, almost graceful combat, he slashes, stabs, and otherwise takes down every last one of his enemies.

He’s the last man standing… the lone survivor.

You probably recognize that fight scene from the movie The Book Of Eli starring Denzel Washington.

Movies like this, and television shows like The Walking Dead have made machetes all the rage these days with survival-minded folks — and for good reason.

Machetes aren’t just great weapons; they’re also incredibly powerful survival tools.

However, DON’T buy a machete until you fully understand these…

3 Big “Machete Fails” Most Preppers Fall Prey To…

3 Big “Machete Fails” Most Preppers Fall Prey To…

Best Survival Machete Features (Review & Buyer's Guide): Top 3 Machete Fails
Best Survival Machete Features (Review & Buyer’s Guide): Top 3 Machete Fails

Look, every knifemaker and manufacturer out there has come out with some kind of machete, right?

They’re all looking to capitalize on the surge of interest.

(In fact, Wal-Mart recently upgraded their “house brand” machete from a clunky piece of junk… to a slightly NICER piece of junk!)

You really need to be careful about what you buy, so here are the 3 biggest “fail” warnings I can share with you for when you go machete shopping…

Fail #1: The “Tacticool” Wasteland Warrior

Too many people buy machetes that “look cool.”

The Book of Eli machete is a good example of this.

One of my buddies bought a replica of that machete. . .

. . . and that’s exactly what it was: a replica!

It’s made for putting on the zombie trophy shelf next to the heads you’ve decapitated.

It’s not made for actual use, and it’s both fragile and horribly balanced.

Remember, just because something looks really cool, or even looks like something you THINK a soldier or “operator” might use, it isn’t necessarily functional.

If it looks like something out of a video game, that’s the ONLY place where you’ll want to be using it.

Fail #2: Putting Form Before Function

This might seem like a stupid question (at first), but…

WHY do you want a machete?!

There are different types, sizes, and shapes of machetes and not all are best for survival purposes.

For example, if you’re just using your machete for clearing branches from trees or chopping up some kindling for a fire, “almost” any old machete you find at Wal-Mart for five bucks will do.

But I (personally) take my life – and my family’s lives – more seriously than to think that this is all I might need a machete for in a REAL life-or-death scenario.

For me, I consider things like:

  • Will I need to hack through wooden beams or concrete fast enough to save a family member trapped under rubble?
  • Will I need to hack off a steel padlock or chain to bypass a gate halting my evacuation? (This scenario just happened and multiple people were burned alive when fleeing a CA wildfire in a convoy of vehicles!)
  • Will I need to use it as a weapon?

Ok, I get it… not everyone is as serious about the equipment they use to protect their family as I am.

But frankly, thinking any other way just doesn’t make sense to me when the people I love the most in this world are depending on me.

I’m thinking you feel the same way, am I right?

Anyway, a real life survival machete requires MORE than just chopping a few limbs – which brings me to. . .

Fail #3: Falling For “Big Brand” Cheap Steel

I carried a machete the entire time I was in the military – including into combat.

I’ve used a machete in deserts… jungles… mountains… arctic conditions… urban cities… you name it.

By far, the most challenging of those was the urban combat.

Now you might not think that a “military-grade” machete is necessary to chop through not just wood – but also concrete and even metal.

In fact, you probably didn’t even know that a machete COULD be strong enough to do something like that, eh?

Well, truth is, not all machetes CAN… and it all comes down to the cheap steel that even the “big name blade makers” out there use for their brands.

Most either use cheap-ass metal with a “tacti-cool” machete… or they try to use the same steel that they use for their knives – which may be good for a pocket folder… but we’re NOT talking about a “knife”.

That’s why, when I designed our Guardian machete, I made sure it was made from top-grade, heat-treated 1095 steel.

I don’t know of anyone else using this high-quality steel, and I understand why: It’s hard to work with… and it’s expensive.

But frankly, the difference in performance is MASSIVE!

This is SO CRITICAL in a survival situation because it allows you to “maximize your strength and power”.

I mean, face it…

You might be tired, even exhausted.

You might need to do the work of multiple people yourself, especially when clearing debris or breaching obstacles.

You might have to fight someone who is bigger and stronger than you. . . or fight a whole LOT of people who outnumber you.

A weaker machete means you’ll tire faster and perhaps not even “finish the job”.

But a strong machete allows you to do more work with less effort, and transforms you into a powerful protector.

In fact, you can see it for yourself with a side-by-side comparison with my old U.S. Army machete in this “torture test” I shot with some of the challenges you might face in a REAL survival scenario.

Bottom line… it brings me real peace of mind knowing I have a tool that can keep my family and I alive when it matters.

You’ll sleep easier when you can say the same.

Happy “machete shopping”! 🙂

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