How to use the Search Function: The "Search" function can allow you to find threads and posts that discuss a topic you are interested in. This can save time and wasted effort, and prevent duplicating an existing thread. When you open the Search box, you will find a field for entering your term. You can select "Find Threads" -or- "Find Posts". For most uses the "Find Threads" option will be better. When you type in your search term, you want to try to use as few words as possible, while being specific enough to narrow the search. For instance, try "survival kit", and then try "Brazilian Survival kit" . Compare the results. There are a few special "operators" you can use to make a search more precise. The most common operators are: "and" ;"OR"; "not". The "and" operator tells the computer to search for every entry that has each of the words somewhere in the same entry or record. For example, if you want information on Scandi knives, you might search the appropriate source in this way: [Scandi and knife] This will give only results that include both terms, and will miss a post with "Scandi grind" in it. The "or" operator tells the computer to search the for every record which has any of the words specified. Both words do not have to occur in the same record. For example, if you want information on either Leuku or Puukko, you would use [Leuku or Puukko]. This will give every thread where either term is mentioned. The "not" operator allows you to remove a word from your search. It tells the computer to search your first word, and remove any record which also contains your second word. For example, if you wanted information about Scandi knives but not Mora's, you could use [Scandi not Mora]. A couple of things worth knowing- first, search terms are not case sensitive, so typing "Mora" will get the same return as "mora". Second, punctuation is normally ignored. Exceptions are for the double parenthesis, the plus and minus signs, and a few other special use items. If you are looking for an exact phrase , you can put the phrase in double parenthesis and the search will return only that exact phrase. For instance, try this: ["swedish army rucksack"]. There are a number of advanced search options that can be of use, but if you master these few steps, you will be able to find most anything on the BCUSA site. If that is not enough, you can use your Browser search engine for even more powerful searches, including words of 3 letters or less, which our search engine will not do. Assuming Google as your search engine on your browser, got to the search bar, and enter your search term, with or without quotation marks ( as per above) followed by [ site:bushcraftusa.com]. Example: ["axe" site:bushcraftusa.com ] This will narrow the Google search to only our Forums. This will work with Bing, Ask, and other search engines as well, at least in my experience.