Episode 81- Hyper Inflation, Nickels & the Screaming Aztec Death Whistle

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Gun Lawyer Episode 81


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Evan Nappen, Speaker 3

Evan Nappen 00:18

Hey there. Welcome to Gun Lawyer. This is Evan Nappen, and I am happy to have this opportunity to share some fun and stories. You know, we talk a lot about the laws and the impacts of the laws and these issues. But I want to step back for a minute. And I want to talk about some of the fun stuff. Every once in a while, there’s some good things out there that we as gun owners and fans of weapons and such like to talk about or get. I want to talk to you about something here that I think is really cool, and I have one of these myself. I just wanted to bring it to my listeners’ attention. Let me just say I have no interest in this financially. There is no connection or anything. I’m just talking about something that I really like. One of the things that I recently acquired is a Cold Steel 1917 Frontier Bowie knife, and I want to talk to you about this Cold Steel Frontier Bowie knife.

Evan Nappen 01:36

First of all, the knife is Jersey legal. So, there’s a yahoo, because if you’re in Jersey, you can have this knife. Furthermore, you can even order this knife, there are other sources, you can get it from Amazon, by the way. If you are an Amazon Prime Member, this Cold Steel Frontier Bowie is only 109 bucks. I’ve been a knife guy my whole life, and I wrote the book on U.S. Knife Laws. I have been a collector, and I write for Blade magazine. I write for the Knives Annual. I am into knives, and I have all kinds of knives. Some are just exquisite handmade and other stuff is just inexpensive stuff that I still appreciate. But the reason I want to point out this Cold Steel Frontier Bowie is that it is one hell of a knife for 109 bucks. I’m impressed, and I usually don’t get easily impressed. But this one I’m impressed with for that kind of money. First of all, the blade on it is 12 and a quarter inches long. The blade itself is over a foot long. The handle is a large handle that actually fits my big hand, and the balance on it is really sweet. It’s one piece of steel from top to bottom. It’s what they call a full-length tang.

Evan Nappen 03:18

It is one piece of steel. So, you’re less likely to have any breakage, where a handle would break, because the steel of the knife goes all the way through. All the way to the back of the handle, and the handle has these hardwood slabs of wood. The real nice s-guard bowie and the blade geometry on this piece is really sweet. When you hold it in your hand, it just feels good and that s- guard bowie allows for a great fencing grip or any other knife fighting grip. The guard is actually welded on to the blade so that it’s not just hanging there loose and rattling and you’re dependent on the handle to keep it pushed Page – 2 – of 7

forward. No, it’s actually welded to the blade itself. So, the guard is really well placed, and the handle is ample for even someone with a big hand.

Evan Nappen 04:25

The blade has this wonderful blood groove that goes through the whole blade which also makes it a little lighter because it is a quarter-inch thick steel, a quarter inch thick. It really has a nice balance and sweet. And it has a big choil. Now the choil is right in front of the guard. There’s a cutout that you could wrap your fingers through the guard so that your forefinger is actually in front of the guard and wrapping around the blade. Then your other fingers can really get a tight grip with the s guard in between your fingers and your front finger in front. Some people like to grip a knife strongly like that when doing certain kinds of work. But you really should check this blade out. I am really impressed. It’s got this very rich, deep bluing to the blade. It’s not just some shiny mirror polished thing. It is a deep rich blue.

Evan Nappen 05:38

Then to top it off, it has a spectacularly great scabbard. Not some cheap, nylon deal with Velcro. No, the scabbard itself is leather, but it also has the old school, I’m talking Spanish-American War period, of the metal kip that extends up the leather, protecting the bottom of the scabbard. Then a metal collar or throat to the scabbard with a really well-attached belt loop that’s on a metallic part of the throat that carries it. It absolutely is reminiscent of the Central American type Bowies at the turn of the century. I happen to have an original Argentine, very similar, really well-made scabbard for this thing. Very impressive. For 109 bucks, that’s a hell of a knife, and it’s Cold Steel. So, it’s guaranteed by them. And I tell you to check that out.

Evan Nappen 07:00

If you’re a fan of big blades, boy, this is really something and the geometry, the handle, and how it’s constructed, all the grips that you would want to take in terms of any type of large fighting knife. I mean, really, it’s essentially almost a short sword and extremely impressive. So, look for 109 bucks, check it out on Amazon, and you won’t be disappointed if you get one of these. It’s made from 1055 carbon steel. So, carbon steel definitely holds an edge and is superior to stainless steel. The key to edge holding is carbon and that’s why stainless blades aren’t completely stainless. If it was completely stainless, it would suck. It wouldn’t hold any edge. It’s stain less. But carbon really holds an edge because carbon is critical to edge holding. By having that deep, beautiful blue and carbon steel, it can really take quite a nice edge. If you’re into knives at all and you want to have something like this with really not a lot of money invested into it for such an impressive piece, that’s the way to go.

Evan Nappen 08:32

Then you might say, well, how do I sharpen my knives? What is the best product you’ve seen for knife sharpening? Now let me tell you folks. As a kid, I mean, when I was 17, 18, 19, I worked in the knife store in the mall. I sold knives and worked for a company called Herders Cutlery. One of the things that we did sell a lot of was a thing called crock sticks. I know a lot of folks have their own favorite way of sharpening a knife, and if it works for you, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that. If it works for you, that’s great. But I can tell you that based on my experience and what we used to do is, we just got whatever the small wage was in those days. But with crock sticks, for every crock stick we sold, we got a 50-cent bonus. What I loved about crock sticks is I would set them up, and individuals would just Page – 3 – of 7

come in and they’d have a pocketknife, their EDC of the day. I’d say hey, would you like me to sharpen it? They were like yeah, sure, why not? Free sharpening. I would take their pocketknife, and I would sharpen it to just a razor sharpness on the crock stick. And the greatest thing about it is I never worried about scratching the blade. Because unlike a sharpening stone, which if any of you fool around the sharpening stone you know how easy it is to scratch a blade. But with crock sticks, I really never had a problem of getting a blade scratch and that’s because the way crock sticks work.

Evan Nappen 10:10

It’s a base of a block, and these two ceramic rods come up in a “V. And when you pull the blade in a slicing motion, straight across, with into the V, it takes and places the edge upon the knife. You literally go ch, ch, ch to cut into that V each side, and the sharpening process takes place. Now, if you ever wonder what sharpening actually is, if you looked under a microscope at the edge of a blade, you would see what is miniature saw teeth, essentially microscopic saw teeth. And what happens is, when a blade dulls, those microscopic teeth are kind of busting off, and what the crock stick does is put that fine edge by recreating those microscopic teeth to the edge of the knife in a very efficient way. I’ve used crock sticks my whole life for sharpening knives very quickly, thoroughly, and easily.

Evan Nappen 11:23

But one of the problems is that it’s hard to get crock sticks. I can’t, at least that brand of the big 12-inch sticks. But luckily, I’ve found that there’s another product out there. The Lansky Sharpener called the MEDGE1, MEDGE1 sharpening system. This is essentially crock sticks, but with a really better engineered base. Because the old crock stick base was just a block of wood with two holes drilled in it. This is a plastic or nylon type base that holds the sticks very nicely underneath, and it has coarse and fine and even another stone that you can do fishhooks and even broadhead arrows, broadheads for archery and such. But this Lansky is actually, I think, even better than the old crock stick because of its design that can protect your hand in the sharpening process. I took that frontier Bowie to my set of Lansky crock sticks, and you can shave with it now. Not a problem. So, if you really want a great device for sharpening, I tell you look seriously at the Lansky, particularly the MEDGE1. It’s like 41 bucks or something like that on Amazon. You can find it other places too, I’m sure as well. But it’s one of those proven things that I just really like and just want to share with you once we have something that works really well.

Evan Nappen 13:04

I’ll tell you another product that I use a lot and that I get a kick out of and that is gun magnets. I don’t know if you’re aware of gun magnets. What a gun magnet is, is a strong magnet, and they’re normally rubber coated. The magnet can screw or stick anywhere you want. The magnet can hold a gun to it, literally by a magnet. So, you can hide guns anywhere in your house, under tables, wherever. I mean you can’t allow a miner to access a loaded firearm. You got to be careful about all that kind of stuff. But if you want to hide guns, I’m telling you one of the best tools for hiding guns are these gun magnets. They’re great. You can also hide knives with them, too, if want to have them. This one that I particularly use, but there are other ones out there, I’m just telling you just one that I have personal experience with, is a GMW gun magnet, and it comes in a two pack. The point is that its rubber coated over the magnet; so, it won’t scratch your gun or your knife. Yet it really holds it solid, and I’m impressed with Page – 4 – of 7

gun magnets. I readily use them. I’m not going to tell you where or how. But I sure do. So, look into gun magnets, if it’s something you’re looking to do, because it’s a great tool. It truly is a great tool.

Evan Nappen 14:36

Now I’ll give you one last little product that I’m having a lot of fun with. I don’t know if you can still get them though. They may be out, maybe it’s just temporary. But this thing is just hilarious, and I guess it has some use maybe in survival or tactical. I don’t know. Or maybe I’m just trying to rationalize it. But if you ever can get a hold of a Screaming Aztec Death Whistle, I would highly recommend getting one. I was online, and believe it or not, Amazon has the Screaming Aztec Death Whistle, which is an authentic human-sounding scream from the ancient Aztec war whistle replica. It’s blasting out at over 125 decibels, and let me tell you something, this thing is loud. If you blow it right, it sounds like an absolute scream of terror. So, I blew this, of course, by my wife, who I was glad was not holding a 1917 Frontier Bowie Knife, because I’d be dead. But if you want to play with something that maybe has some weird importance in post Armageddon world, I would highly recommend getting a Screaming Aztec Death Whistle. When we get back, I got some letters and maybe some other interesting recommendations for you.

Speaker 3 16:12

For over 30 years, Attorney Evan Nappen has seen what rotten laws due to good people. That’s why he’s dedicated his life to fighting for the rights of America’s gun owners. A fearsome courtroom litigator fighting for rights, justice, and freedom, and unrelenting gun rights spokesman tearing away at anti-gun propaganda to expose the truth. Author of six best-selling books on gun rights, including Nappen on Gun Law, a bright orange gun law Bible that sits atop the desk of virtually every lawyer, police chief, firearms dealer, and savvy gun owner. That’s what made Evan Nappen America’s Gun Lawyer. Gun laws are designed to make you a criminal. Don’t become the innocent victim of a vicious anti-gun legal system. This is the guy you want on your side. Keep his name and number in your wallet and hope you never have to use it. But if you live, work, or travel with a firearm, that deck is already stacked against you. You can find him on the web at EvanNappen.com or follow the link on the Gun Lawyer resource page. Evan Nappen – America’s Gun Lawyer.

Speaker 3 17:27

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Evan Nappen 17:33

Okay, folks, we’re back. And listen, thanks so much for being a Gun Lawyer radio listener and make sure you tell your friends and keep the word getting out there. Because this is how we can spread the word and have our forum to talk about stuff that they don’t want us talking about, especially, you know, Aztec Death Whistles. Keep that on the QT. What I want to also bring forth is some things to think about now that we’re dealing heavily with Bidenflation. I have a good letter coming up as well that I’m going to share with you, but I do want to mention about this because we’re all suffering through these inflationary times. With record inflation, record trade deficit, record supply shortages, record breaking stat after record breaking stat, just seeing our economy crumble, and you know that we’re heading into a recession. I know that a lot of folks that are into firearms and such, also have tried to prepare Page – 5 – of 7

themselves for such problems. One of the best hedges against inflation, as many of you know, is metals. The old line is, you know, you want to save and have a good supply of gold, silver and lead. And I guess there’s something to be said for that.

Evan Nappen 19:08

The reason that metals and such are a hedge against inflation, so are guns, so or knives, so is anything that’s material, is because of material items gain in value, whereas the dollar ends up decreasing in value. So, when you have certain actual goods, they rise with the inflationary times. The standard classic definition of inflation is too many dollars chasing too few goods. Now you may say, where do I get off even talking about this? Well, I do also have my MBA and studied economics both at the graduate and at the master’s level as well. And look, I don’t claim to be an economics professor and economist, but plainly I do know about inflation and its impact. There were famous times of hyperinflation, as I’m sure you’re aware of, and various places have been hit with it. One of the most famous was the Weimar Republican in Germany after the war, where the money essentially became worthless because of hyperinflation.

Evan Nappen 20:22

There’s this old story about two brothers who were in Germany. Prior to the Weimar Republic, one was an accountant, and the accountant was very meticulous with his money. He saved every penny, was very careful, and did what folks would consider to be the right thing. The other brother was a drunkard, and every mark that came his way, he spent on booze. Then he threw the bottle in the basement. Well, when the hyperinflation hit, the accountant brother was wiped out. But the alcoholic brother, the habitual drunkard brother, he made out fine, because he had a basement full of bottles, and they were worth something. And you see, it’s the material goods that make the difference. So, I don’t tell you to go drink and save bottles. It’s not the best plan against inflation. But I do want to point out an interesting thing that was pointed out to me.

Evan Nappen 21:27

I know a lot of us like to have our gold and our silver and our lead and all that, which is all good. But there’s another item out there that is somewhat overlooked, and I want to tell you about it. And that item is the nickel. That’s right, the American Jefferson Nickel. Do you know that the American nickel is worth more, right now, worth more in melted metal than in its face value of a nickel? Right now, a nickel is worth more than a nickel. Now, I don’t think there’s any other bit of American currency out there, where you can say that the value of the metal is worth more than the face value of the coin. Keep in mind that Russia was one of the largest exporters of raw nickel before the war and 21% of the global supply of nickel came from that country. The next was Canada. They had I think, 17%. So, what’s happened is the nickel in terms of face value, if you were to melt a single nickel down, it’s worth about 60% more than the coin’s face value. So, a $2 roll of nickels that you went to the bank and gave two bucks for, the value in nickel of that $2 roll of nickels is $3.18. And that includes nickels currently made because they haven’t changed the composition of the nickel. So, nickel is the bargain in currency.

Evan Nappen 23:26

Now look, we think gold, we think silver, we think those things. But right now, if you buy nickels, the one thing I’ll guarantee you is that it’s always worth a nickel. Because that’s the face value of it. It’s not Page – 6 – of 7

going to be worth less than the face value. A nickel is worth a nickel. But right now, and I think even in the future, the value of that nickel is probably going to increase more and more because it is ready worth more in metal than the face value. And so, this is something to think about. Because if times get really bad, worse than we’re living now, the nickel and the value of a nickel, you may be able to move nickels for a lot more value as a real piece of currency and a real piece of material good in metal than any paper dollar. This is something to think about. As my friends, gun owners, preppers and folks who care about these things, something to consider when you get those nickels in your change. Well throw them in a little jar and hang on to them. Because it’s worth more than a nickel. And who knows? Maybe that’ll be something that you might be able to trade for, I don’t know, baby formula or things like that. So, there you go. Just a little thing to think about.

Evan Nappen 24:50

Now, I did get an interesting letter from John regarding carrying on his property. He says Evan, longtime listener, every episode, greatly appreciate what you do. I have a question about carrying a firearm on the property where I reside. I live on a piece of land in South Jersey, 50 plus acres. While doing yard work and property maintenance, I frequently carry a pistol. It’s been my understanding this is legal. When I listen to you talk about in your home but nothing about on your property. Is it legal on your property? I wish to stay within the law and am looking forward to hearing the decision from the Supreme Court in the New York case as well. Me too. Can’t wait to get that decision. We’ll have a hell of a great show once that decision comes out, and we can talk about it.

Evan Nappen 25:34

But about this specific question. Yes, in New Jersey, there is an exemption, and the exemption is found under NJS 2C:39-6.e. Under that exemption, you’re covered on your property, and your home, residence, your property, etc. You can carry on your property. As long as you’re actually on your property, you are covered. You have to be careful, though, because it doesn’t include the sidewalk. If it’s a townhome, it doesn’t include shared areas with neighbors. You know, with your neighbors, common areas, that kind of thing. But if you’re on your actual property that you own, then you are covered. Let me read you exactly so you can be confident. NJS 2C:39-6.e. says, when dealing with the handgun possession and rifle and shotgun possession, and other weapon possession, which would include a taser, by the way, none of the prohibitions under 39-5., that’s where we find those prohibitions, shall be construed to prevent a person keeping or carrying about his place of business, residence, premises or other land owned or possessed by him any firearm. So, it’s black and white. On your land that you own or possess or your residence or your premises, you can carry concealed loaded on your person with no permit. You’re fine.

Evan Nappen 27:28

But beware about stepping off your property. If you walk into the street, you walk onto the sidewalk, or you do something like that and you’re carrying, you now do not have the protection of the exemption. And that’s where you got to be very careful. So, the answer is yes. But make sure you’re strictly on your property and don’t even accidentally wander off your property, maybe to a neighbor’s property, and then you’re not covered. Even if you thought you are, you’re going to have big problems. You got to be on your property. But if you are, then you’re covered. Hey, this is Evan Nappen, reminding you that gun laws do not protect honest citizens from criminals. They protect criminals from honest citizens. Page – 7 – of 7

Speaker 3 28:27

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