Another of my recent acquisitions is a little folding Coleman Shovel and Pick.
I keep in my truck and it’s small overall size and ability to be easy assembled and disassembled means that it takes up practacilly no room whatsoever.
It’s small size also makes it suitable for most survival situations and you could easily throw one in your Bug Out Bag without having to worry about it taking up a large amount of room or weighing you down.
•Small carrying pouch with belt loop included
•Can be used as a pick, shovel
•Positive locking collar which hold the blade firmly in configuration
•Open length 58 cm (23″) , folded length 25 cm (10″)
•Breaks down easily to a 10″-long compact kit
All and all I think the Coleman Camping Shovel/Pick is of very good quality.
I find the compact belt size package to be quite useful especilly if you want to strap it to your Bug Out Bag, belt, webbing, etc.
If you want a small camping/hiking/Bug Out Bag shovel then this is a great package, but it you are looking for something to dig trenches with then look elsewhere.
The other day I was in the gun shop picking up some supplies and I spotted a roll of Camo Form® Protective Camouflage Wrap.
I’ve heard some good reviews about this stuff so I bought it and it’s been sitting in my desk drawer ever since!
But today I’m stuck inside due to the weather so I thought I’d grab it and camo my Ka Bar knife handle.
It worked out pretty well.
I mean I certainly didn’t do a perfect job but it gives my knife a good grib and it look quite nice.
Here’s the official camoform tutorial which also shows you how to camo your gun with Camoform.
It’s always a good idea to know how to make fire with flint and steel or by rubbing sticks together but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pack a lighter for when you need a quick flame with minimal fuss.
The Windmill Delta Stormproof Lighter lets you make a quick fire without having to burn those precious calories you need to survive if TSHTF.
Designed to light in winds as high as 80 miles per hour, this survival lighter will also work in temperatures down to 40 degrees below zero F!!
The Delta Storm proof lighter utilizes a platinum catalyzer coil to ignite butane fuel via piezo-electric ignition. This allows it to make a flame even when damp(very handy in a survival situation).
The manufacturer claims the lighter will perform thirty thousand ignitions. With a full tank butane (one gram) , you can expect about 300 three to five second ignitions, easily enough for several week long expeditions.
The Delta Shockproof Series has a large fuel window that makes it easy to check on fuel levels.
Two other handy features are it’s adjustable gas flow which allows for usage at varying elevations and O-ring seals that keep water out when the cap is closed.
All in all I find it too be a very robust, strong and powerful little lighter than will definately be your best friend in a survival situation.
I haven’t gotten a chance to run a feild test with this lighter yet due to a Fire Ban currently being in effect in my area but as soon I can I will conduct one and post it on the site.
Duct tape is an essential tool to be included in any survival kit or bug out bag.
Invented in the early 1940s by scientists at Permacell (a division of the Johnson & Johnson Co.), duct tape was built to fill the need for a strong, flexible, durable tape that could help the war effort, according to Henkel Consumer Adhesives, one of the world’s largest makers of the stuff.
The main point is that it has a number of uses and can help you make emergency repairs on just about everything.
Ideal for a SHTF or TEOTWAWKI situation!
Here’s just a couple of things you can do with it in a survival situation:
- Make emergency repairs on, tents, gear, bags, tarps, pack, sleeping bag, clothing, rain gear, etc….
- Medical Uses – making large bandages, adding padding to blisters, and making slings. It can also be used for wrapping sprained ankles in an emergency.
- Sealing Windows and doors
- Making emergency temporary repairs to you vehicle.
- Stopping Leaks
- Repairing Torn Clothing and Warn out shoes.
- Wrapping plastic water bottles to prevent cracking and leaking.
I bought a few spare .50 and .30 cal ammo tins from my local Army Surplus store a while back and I’ve been using them to store heaps of crap in.
I think they make excellent little storage containers because as long as the seals are good, they are pretty much dust-proof and water-proof!
Plus they’re usually pretty sturdy and are good for storing lots of different “stuff”.
Here are some different uses for ammo tins.
1.) Garden seeds (as you can see from the photo above ammo tins and great for this and the seeds are kept nice and dry thanks to those waterproof seals!)
2.) Sandwiches and drinks (a heavy duty survivalist lunchbox, ideal for all us bad asses out there )
3.) Flares (keeps them nice and safe)
4.) First Aid Supplies (what else can I say, they’re great for safely storing all sorts of medical supplies)
5.) Electronics (you can use an ammo tin as a makeshift Faraday cage to protect your electrical gear from EMP!)
So what have you used your ammo tins for other than ammo?
Right now my favourite little pocket knife is the Boeker Magnum Shadow Folding Knife.
I bought mine a few months back after I lost my other folding blade while out hunting.
Once the Boeker arrived I could see that it was a quality product and I can honestly say that in the past few months this little knife has endured a wide variety of bumps and crashes (including one involving me dropping it from a two storey roof onto concrete! It survived unscathed!)
The Boker Magnum Shadow is a lightweight, black aluminum handled knife.
This sleek black knife is a lightweight companion that will never let you down when your out and about.
The sturdy aluminum handle scales feature apertures for weight reduction, and the black-coated 440 stainless steel blade is secured by a liner locking mechanism(no risk of it closing up on your fingers )
Another handy little feature is the pocket clip on the back and lanyard hole.
It’s overall length is 7 1/2″ and it’s blade length is 3 1/4″.
Weight is 2.9 oz.
All and all it is a dam good little, lightweight folding knife which is ideal for hunters, hikers, campers and survivalists.
I personally like the fact is very light but has a very strong stainless steel blade that tends to hold it’s edge nicely.
So TSHTF and you find yourself in the wilderness for some reason or another.
You only have a couple of things you managed to throw into a rucksack.
One thing you don’t happen to have is an axe and it’s starting to get cold and dark and you need a fire.
Now every good fire needs some kindling to help start it up but with no axe what are you to do???
Break out the Ka Bar!
First grab some wood, a hard surface (stump, rock, etc to use as a chopping block) and your trusty sheath knife.
I prefer to use my Ka Bar for things like this but you can use any type of strong sheath knife.
Grab the wood and place you knife at the end of it so it spilts with the grain.
Next pick up a big ass piece of wood and give the end of the knife a good whack while firmly holding onto the handle.
Keep whacking the blade until you make it all the way through the wood and repeat the process as necessary.
Once the pieces of kindlings are smaller you can just use the weight of the knife to spilt them further.
It arrived a couple of days later and I took it out on an overnight camp with me.
My verdict after testing it out:
I would never consider taking any other knife(except maybe my Kukri) with me into the wilderness or during a survival situation.
Ka-Bars are well-known for being indestructible pieces of metal that are built like tanks.
I can honestly say that this is true!!
I used mine as a hammer, axe/hatchet, wood splitter and general purpose hacking knife.
With it’s 7 inch blade I kept it beside my sleeping bag in case a possum attacked and I couldn’tgrab my Rossi 92 fast enough!
After all, the knife has used by the US Marine Corp proof for over 50 years so it has to be good for defending yourself!
Note: I highly recommend getting one with a Kydex Sheath as the leather ones tend to warp if they get to wet.
Another issue with the leather sheaths is that they can retain moisture which can damage/rust the blade.
Anyway here’s my basic rundown:
. The blade stays nice and sharp, and it hacks through branches like butter.
. The handle is grooved making it nearly impossible for your hand to slip, and if your hand does slip (not likely) there’s a guard on both sides to keep your hand from the blade.
. This knife can handle practically anything you throw at it(or throw it at anything!).
. If buy the version that comes with a Kydex Sheath then the knife locks into it even before you secure the cross strap at the top. No risk of it falling out and slicing you.
. It’s been used by the US Marine Corp for over 50 years and is also the standard issue knife for the Israeli Commandos, and I don’t think these guys would be using sub standard equipment.
. The leather sheath can cause some issues if it gets too wet but this can easily be remedied by picking up an aftermarket Kydex/Plastic Sheath