Category Archives: Product Reviews

Prince of Peace Red Panax Ginseng Extractum Ultra Strength – Review
Today we will review the Prince of Peace Panax Ginseng Root Extract Ultra Strength (POPRPGEUS henceforth, just kidding). This is an alcohol extract in a little, .34fl oz bottle, reminiscent of the vials of ginseng sold in convenience stores. The ingredients per the label are Panax Ginseng root extract, purified water, honey, alcohol, sodium benzoate, and potassium sorbate as preservatives. In terms of price, this consumable comes in at an attractive .33 cents per bottle; in the world of ginseng this is a rarity. It is reddish brown in appearance and the aroma of the ginseng...
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The Spark in the Machine – Book Review
I have spent a lot of time studying, reading, and deciphering works on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Taoist texts. Through this effort, combined with regular Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong practice, and acupuncture treatment, I have been able to arrive at an experiential and fundamental understanding of the subject. However, I sometimes run into those interested in Internal Chinese arts who do not believe in “Chi”. In many instances there is a complete dismissal of the TCM principles as nonsense. Besides the obvious questions that come to mind such as, why would one be...
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Thunder Ridge Fixed Blade Tanto Knife Review
Ever heard of Thunder Ridge Knife?  Chances are you probably haven’t. Especially if you’re not native to Maryland.  I actually consider the guys at Thunder Ridge to be one of my best-kept secrets, although I tell a lot of people about them.  Billy Meekings, the face of Thunder Ridge Knife (TRK henceforth) has been making knives for around 56 years and primarily sells his wares at various regional shows and on the Arizona Custom Knife website. [gallery link="file" ids="1812,1818,1815,1816,1817,942"] This featured knife is a custom Damascus tanto point fixed blade.  It is a full tang construction featuring...
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Seeking the Master of Mo Pai – Book Review
To say Seeking the Master of Mo Pai is a unique publication would be an understatement. Being an account from the “first Western student” of this secretive system definitely has some historical significance, not only for the Mo Pai tradition, but also the broader subject of energy work, Chi Gong, Nai Gong etc.  Initially, I had great hopes for this book after having seen the Ring Of Fire and the other documentaries and YouTube videos on John Chang aka Dynamo Jack, as well as having read the book Magus of Java by Kosta Danaos. The first...
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Emerson Sheepdog Knife Review

Did Ernest Emerson Just Set A New Standard For Tactical Knives?

What do you get when you combine a request from iconic figure Lt. Colonel David Grossman (the author of On Combat and On Killing) and the knowledge and capabilities of legendary knife maker Ernest Emerson? Evidently, it is the Sheepdog aka Rangemaster Sheepdog. [gallery ids="1728,1727,1729,1730,1731,942"] The first thing I noted once unboxed is that the G-10 is incredibly grippy, the first indication that this knife is built for serious business. The second indication is the blade deployment… and holy cow! This thing deploys fast and...
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