Jason, except for alligator, everything we eat down there is well cooked. So far no parasitic problems even though Patricia did get Giardia after one trip - water was the suspect there though. The alligator we eat is sometimes eaten raw as a ceviche. The meat is chunked up and lemon juice put over the top. Excellent dish. I realize that it could potentially cause problems but we have eaten it on numerous occasions without any problems. Anyway it's not anything that Flagil won't cure Our med kits have just about everything needed to cure most problems such as this, from Cipro to Flagil to Epi.
To your other question:
The guys that used the BK9 down there loved it. Even though they live on cheap machetes it always impresses them with the sharpness of some of our knives. I have a LOT of good things to say about the knives we used there but would rather hold the information for future publication. I hope everyone understands.
Will, to make your point clear. Yes, we are "competition" for Camillus however like you, Wallace, Ethan, Mike, Patricia, and I have discussed on numerous occasions we don't look at it that way. If something works, regardless of the manufacturer, then we're going to tell it like it is. I was highly impressed with the BK9. In fact it's a better chopper than our RTAK, but even with me saying that it will not hurt the sale of RTAKs because most folks who buy a BK9 will probably buy an RTAK also. Even if they don't, no big deal. I want people to buy what they feel is right for them and what works for what they do, nothing more. I think it's very good for this industry to have "friendly competition" among honorable people. Too much cut throat business in this whole industry and it doesn't have to be that way. I don't have to run down Camillus to increase Ontario sales, and the reverse is true. Hell, I enjoyed my time sitting in the Camillus booth with your dad trying to sell a Becker Patrol Machete even though I had an Ontario badge on. As long as there are honorable folks in this game then it makes it all worth it to me. I'll continue to use Becker, Camillus and Ontario products as long as I'm alive. If someone tells me it has to be one or the other...oh well, they can kiss my.....