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+1 Vote -1 Vote +1BlindSquirl
September 10, 2010 at 11:05 am

I also have to admit a strong sense of “something” while holding a quality edged implement in my hand. I appreciate the ability to disconnect things.

My favorite knife for all-around use is the Mora Swedish Military model. They’re high-quality and pretty much, dirt-cheap.

In addition to a knife, I think an entirely overlooked piece of kit that everyone should have is a hand pruner. Fiskars makes a wide variety of them and you can get an anvil style pruner that will cut branches up to 5/8″ thick with a single squeeze for about $15-$20. If you scoff at the idea, consider how fast you can cut limbs for a shelter or kindling for a fire with one compared to using a knife or a saw.


Vote -1 Vote +1jeff loiselle
September 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm

i prefer a spyderco rock salt knife and a leatherman charge titanium also a good kukri machete and a sog fusion tomahawk. these four tools will handle damn near any survival job that comes up. granted your not gonna build a house with these tools but for survival they are not ment too. each tool has its area it is best at and will save your from OVER burning calories. And from what i have experienced all four are reliable. i always carry a fire steel and a diamond sharpening tool and a compass.


Vote -1 Vote +1Bob Mozingo
September 11, 2010 at 3:37 am

Great comments on knives, pocket firts aid kits as usual. However, wasn’t 9 yrs ago on 9/11 when the world changed a Tuesday morning, not a Saturday as you said?


Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
September 11, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Hey Bob. 9/11/2001 was on a Tuesday. 9/11/2010 is a Saturday. I posted the article on Thursday night, so at that time it was correct to say, “9 years ago on Saturday” 🙂 If I would have said, “9 years ago on A Saturday” it would have been incorrect. 🙂


Vote -1 Vote +1Bob
February 11, 2011 at 10:59 am

Good idea. I carry a pair of bypass pruners (look kinda like a heavy pair of scissors) with me in my Turkey Vest for hunting. It does make quick work of bushes to get back in there and be completely camouflaged. That is an awesome idea to add it to a backpack kit. They are small enough and very lightweight.


Vote -1 Vote +1Dan Smith
September 10, 2010 at 11:44 am

How about a REAL KA-BAR USMC Version sharp enough to shave with?


Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
September 10, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Yup 🙂 REAL Ka-Bar’s have better steel than the cheap knock-offs and are impressive knives. They’re the perfect size for fighting, but a little bit long for my taste for survival. Any good stories about your Ka-Bar(s)?


Vote -1 Vote +1jamo
September 10, 2010 at 7:35 pm

My battle buddy and I actualy butchered a whole cow in Iraq with only 2 k-bar knives..


Vote -1 Vote +1Paul Wortman
September 10, 2010 at 10:13 pm

Actually, my K-bar story is sad. I still possess the K-bar issued me when a Corpsman with the Marines. It was perhaps my favorite memento of my service. A “friend” needed to borrow a knife for a camping trip and asked to use the K-bar. I told him of its significance to me but was assured that he “Knew how to take care of knives. Stupid me, I believed him and loaned the knife.

When the knife was returned, I inspected it. To my horror I was staring at a blade which had obviously been ground by a Dremel tool. Only the spine of the knife had any of the original black oxide finish left and tthe flats of the blade had long grooves and gouges where the grinding wheel had skipped and slipped in unskilled hands. When I asked my (now former) friend what had happened, he said he was trying to “Get all the ‘reust’ off” for me.

Some friend!


Vote -1 Vote +1kenneth s
April 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Paul,there are only a few things that I won’t loan even to my best friend.They are my Model no.1 Randall All-purpose Fighting Knife (made in 1964),my flintlock rifle made by Mr.W.Gussler,and my hunting dog.I was going to add “my wife”,but since I don’t have one,I’ll have to stay with those three.Everything else can be replaced.


Vote -1 Vote +1Shawn
September 10, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I have my Ka-Bar, and have several modifications to it to make it much more useful!!
I can use it as an ax, make sure I can’t “lose it” in a fight, Tell how long before sundown I have, Have shooting solutions for up and down hills with it, as well as how tall a tree is. All with a few mods I made too it.

Oh, and yeah, I COULD shave with it if I wanted :), However, I also have a straight razor that works better lol

Shawn M


Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
September 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Hey Shawn,

I think our readers would love to hear about your Ka-Bar modifications. Care to share?

Also, what kind of sharpening routine do you use to keep it sharp enough to shave with? Blade angle? Sharpening system? Frequency?


Vote -1 Vote +1Shawn M
September 13, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Hi David!

Sure, I can pass the mods I did on. Is there any way of posting pictures on here?
Some would be easier to show, than to try to explain. I can do a write up with pictures of all of them, if there’s a way to post that.

[David’s note: Here is the post with the pictures:
http://secretsofurbansurvival.com/428/ka-bar-usmc-survival-knife-modifications/ ]

Shawn M


Vote -1 Vote +1Dave W
September 10, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Dam stright.I have 5 Ka-Bars.I have the new fighting Ka-Bar and I opened a steal door like a can.You tell me what other knife can do that?


Vote -1 Vote +1Marcia
September 10, 2010 at 11:51 am

I have put together my own medical kit. I have looked at the extensive lists out there and just bought individual supplies which are much more cost effective than buying some of the all ready made kits. Plus, you can add all the other things that others have suggested and just buy your own bag to accomodate it all. I think the ready made kits are fine for on the go and we have one it the car but it just does not cover near enough for a disaster that could be much longer range. Thanks so much for the newsletters David. They are packed with so much useful information and I learn every week.


Vote -1 Vote +1Shawn
September 10, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Good idea Marcia!! Thats what I did also. I joined a fire dept and became an EMT so that I had the skills I needed to use them, and then decide what worked and what didn’t. Most kits you’ll throw half the stuff away as it is cheaply made!! Even if you’re kit ends up costing a bit more. knowing that it is well made, and will stand the test of time, it will be WELL WORTH IT!!

About the only “kits” I will by have bandages only…….not much you can mess up on with them……..and most don’t have these…………but go out and get a dozen, or 20 triangle bandages!!! MULTIPLE USES!!!! slings, pressure bandage, pinned up can be used as a carry pouch…….I’ve even been known to sling one over a branch and use it as a stabilizer for my rifle from time to time 🙂

Good Luck!!
Shawn M.


Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
September 10, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Hey Shawn,

I don’t know about not being able to mess up bandages…they’ve been the first thing I’ve thrown away in a few of my kits. Bandages with tape that doesn’t stick are pretty darn frustrating.

Aren’t triangle bandages the best? Ever have to pull traction using a pair of triangle bandages? 🙂 Remember that you can also use them for almost every survival task that you’d use a bandana for.


Vote -1 Vote +1Shawn
September 10, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Hey David, Yes, I’ll agree on the bandages that already have tape…..been so long since I used one of those, kinda forget they still make them 🙂 Yup, triangle’s are the way to go, you can do so many things with them, I just listed a few that aren’t necessarily as a bandage, just to give people an idea so they could think of other uses. I’ve even used them as socks in a pinch , when mine got wet, and couldn’t get back to base camp in a reasonable amount of time.


Vote -1 Vote +1atthebeach
September 10, 2010 at 12:09 pm

I think the anvil style pruner is a great idea.


Vote -1 Vote +1Rocky Justice
September 10, 2010 at 12:44 pm

My favorite survival knife and has been since my first contact with it is the legendary K-Bar Marine Corp Fighting Knife. My favorite survival knife and has been since my first contact with it, is the legendary K-Bar Marine Corp Fighting Knife. Now that’s a knife. Large thick blade with a clip point, great for cutting stabbing, chopping etc… It is sharp, it stays sharp and it’s easy to sharpen.

It can be had now with a partially serrated blade. The handle is large and durable with a large pummel and nice oiled leather sheath. In very wet climates the leather requires a little more care but that is its only drawback I have experienced.

Balance is just behind the hilt and first finger. Black finish is covert and tactical and it has been combat proven for the better part of a century. Having been a US Marine one of my hold to truths is “If it’s good enough for the Marines it’s good enough”.
Keep up the good work I enjoy your newsletters.


Vote -1 Vote +1Shawn
September 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Don’t know why my comment didn’t show up, so I’ll repost it.

One item that I suggest looking at is the Henry AR-7 Survival rifle. It stows everything in the stock, so its only 16.5″ long stowed. Its a 22LR with 2 8-round clips, and is totally water proof!! Less than $300 and is accurate!!

Maybe it won’t let me as I’d added a link too it. I’ll leave it off this time.
Just do a search on Henry AR-7 survival rifle and you’ll find it!!

If you buy subsonic 22 rounds…..its not much louder than a pellet gun!!

I like the idea of the pruner!! I’ll have to give that some thought!! Other than a firearm,
I don’t have any mono taskers in my kits!! I’ve got to be able to come up with at least 3 different uses for it, otherwise, my grab and go kit will have wheels on it!!!

Good Luck!
Shawn M


Vote -1 Vote +1Howie
September 11, 2010 at 2:25 am

Shawn, I have the Henry AR7 also. I like it a lot. As you mentioned, it is water-proof but it will also float in case it should accidently get away from you around a body of water. What I really like about it also is that if you didn’t want to carry it in your hand while hiking you can break it down to carry in your backpack.


Vote -1 Vote +1EricX
September 14, 2010 at 1:35 am

Another gun to lug, no matter how useful and compact, is still extra weight and space.
I keep a 22 conversion bolt, magazine and 3 varieties of 50rnd box .22 (MiniMag, Subsonic & standard HV) in the bugout bag (or on the back accessory pouch on the CIRAS) for use in the M4. It takes the space of 2 mags and all stores nicely in a 2X mag pouch. It saves your primary ammo for defense or larger game and takes only a few seconds to convert. This is the way to go if you have a AR15-type rifle (or Mini-14 or AKM using Ceiner’s and there’s a G3 .22 conversion out there).
.22s are GREAT in a survival situation (low noise, small game, etc) but an extra rifle, even a breakdown/stowaway-type is impractical, especially if you have to go light.
The AR7 is a great “stow-away” or pack gun but I’ve found it’s more sound to pack a .22 conversion for the primary.
Another bonus in this area is a .22 conversion for pistols… while not as accurate as the rifle counterparts it’s still a viable alternative to using a full-powered round for taking small game.
Just my opinion.


Vote -1 Vote +1Grinch
September 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Favorite fixed blade is my Mission MPK, Multi-Purpose Knife. All titanium so will never rust. Salt water is its friend! Deals with heat and cold and will not become brittle from either. Nice solid sheath made of hard thermoplastic and will go on the leg, belt, or wherever, you supply the straps. Large enough to be a small machete, heavy enough to chop wood. Trusted it on 5 tours to the sandbox so far.

Favorite folder, Emerson CQC-7. Solid knife with tanto blade and partial serrations, wave feature so faster out of the pocket and opened than an automatic knife, and like the Mission, USA Made! It’s my go everywhere knife.


Vote -1 Vote +1Doc Rogers
September 10, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Fixed blades are the way to go, and Ka-Bar’s are Very good!!


Vote -1 Vote +1Leonard M. Urban
September 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm

A tough, sharp knife I use for filleting large fish (Channel Cats 2′ and longer) is a Cold Steel Master Tanto–mine is the original issue, laminated steel with a brass pommel. It sharpens up well, and can purportedly penetrate body armor. It makes for a very decent camp knife, and although I’ve never been called upon to do so, I suspect it would be a perfect fighting knife.

RE: Firestarters. You can make excellent ones from cotton balls impregnated with petroleum jelly (Vaseline). They light easily, and will burn for about 5 minutes. I’ve lit very damp wood on autumn fishing trips, and never had them fail. I keep mine in my packs contained within old-school aluminum film canisters, although Rx bottles would probably do as well. I got the idea from “Backpacker Magazine” about 10 years ago.


Vote -1 Vote +1Dave Rugenstein
September 10, 2010 at 1:37 pm

HI David and all,

Just back from camping near Yellowstone/Grand Teton area…(first trip for Maya, our “rescued” Siberian Husky) except for shedding dog hairs all over truck, all went great!

Our background is five week long classes with wilderness teacher and tracker, Tom Brown, Jr.

We really like this column and letters from readers…thanks! D & L


Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
September 10, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I’m a big fan of Tom Brown. Kudos to you for getting in on 5 classes that he taught!


Vote -1 Vote +1william
September 10, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Tom Brown’s tracker knives are actualy very good…a bit costly but strong, sharp, heavy, and capable of most tasks. Another good thing is the sheath will swivle to hold the knive horizontal on you belt. My only dislike with his Tracker knife is the size, its a mini-axe :).
I also have the gerber and I am a fan of smaller blades, especially for fighting, so these two knive (though excellent survivors) are not my ideal for personal protection. For that I stick with Kelly Worden’s “scorpian’s tail” made by Tops USA.


Vote -1 Vote +1Mr. Eric
September 10, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I spent $15 on a K-bar in 1985. I’ve used it, abused it and no matter what knife I’ve used in an effort to find “the perfect knife” I’ve always defaulted back to my good ole’ reliable K-Bar. It still hacks small branches, splits firewood, serves as a screw driver at times, and opens cans when I can’t remember where I last left the can opener. Bottom line last, it has served my purposes so well that it’s given me confidence enough to stay with it. As a by line, my Laplander knife I traded for in Norway is the best one for field dressing large game, but my K-Bar will do if I need it in a pinch. I use a cheap old whetstone and spit to sharpen both; I’m cheap/practical that way;)


Vote -1 Vote +1John B
September 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm

+1 on the Ka-bar. can’t beat the classics! & you can get ’em for ~$50 if you look around.


Vote -1 Vote +1Eric Drayner
September 10, 2010 at 2:55 pm

I have two favorites: for a belt knife I use a Spyderco Woodlander. Full tang, 6″ blade of GOOD steel that’s VERY corrosion resistant, takes and holds a shaving-sharp edge and battons well. The blade has a lot of belly, and is excellent for field dressing game animals.Trouble is, can’t always carry a 6″ blade belt knife without raising a lot of eyebrows.

My constant companion is a Lone Wolf Harsey Ranger T3 folder…razor-sharp 4.8″ blade of S30V steel, Ti liners and clip. This thing is built as solid as an M1 Abrams tank.

I have a Leatherman Wave in a belt pouch, a tiny InCendio LED flashlight and a Brunton storm lighter in my pocket (nope, don’t smoke).


Vote -1 Vote +1Jim Blum
September 10, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I have to agree My K Bar is the best knife for any thing but it is too large to carry everyday.. so I have a benchmade gripptillin It has never failed me in the woods or at work I use it and abuse it wich I’m not proud of but so be it, when you need it , It’s there and always works..


Vote -1 Vote +1Tom Masten
September 10, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Where did you get the $100 deal on 2 Ka-Bars?


Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
September 11, 2010 at 1:27 pm
Vote -1 Vote +1Chris
September 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I just recently purchased a knife called the Yarborough or known to some as the Green Beret Knife. Man is it sweet, It has a 5.5 inch blade, full tang construction, Handle is made of canvas Micarta weighs 11.08 ounces. Blade material is CPM s30v stainless steel. Blade hardness is 55-57Rc and has KG gun kote for the blade coating> It st made in Boise Idaho By Chris Reeve Knives… Havent yet put it through its paces yet, But i know is to too well constructed to fail…. $300.00 on ebay $450.00 if it is autographed……


Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
September 10, 2010 at 6:00 pm

My brother has a “Yarborough”…not the “Green Beret Knife” 🙂 It IS a great knife…and it better be for $300. If you’re looking in that range, you should also look at another Idaho knifemaker: TOPS….incredible gear.


Vote -1 Vote +1John
September 10, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Since I was a kid, I’ve always been interested in wilderness survival skills. I was a boy scout, took additional survival courses at Thomas College and studied environmental science at Unity College in Maine. I’m a hunter, I fish and have been a big fan of all the new age survival “reality” shows these days. It is pretty much a given for me and my family that we would stay in place if the “shit” ever hit the fan, as we allways have a big stock of food from our garden, raise rabbits and chickens etc. . We are in the rural country area of Maine…..not in an “urban” area……..what I’m wondering is…., do you discount these country people and figure they allready know how to survive and don’t need instruction? My experience is that MANY country folk are NOT as prepared as me and my family and don’t have any more of a clue how to survive than the city dwellers. Why is your course set up to only help those “Urban” city dwelling folk?


Vote -1 Vote +1Travis Shelton
September 10, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Asking with Tom where did you find the deal on the 2 Ka-bars?


Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
September 11, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Here you go: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BSWE9Q?ie=UTF8&tag=surviveinplac-20

Click on the link and then scroll down about 1/2 a page and you’ll see the offer for 3 knives and a kydex sheath.


Vote -1 Vote +1Jason Williams
September 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm

The knife I carry everywhere is my Benchmade 707. It’s about the best combination of blade length and pocketability. I prefer a folder because you have to have a knife with you or it’s useless. A rugged folder that is the maximum legal carry length is what I count on. Again, it’s useless if it’s been confiscated so I take as much as I can. 707 or 710 (same knife except the 707 is 2.9″ and the 710 is 3.9″) depending what state I’m in.

I keep a number of pocket sized kits on hand. I usually buy a pocke sized first aid kit and add a couple of items like a Bic lighter and some tape, whatever I think is missing form the kit when I bought it.


Vote -1 Vote +1Mike Kuykendall
September 10, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I use my large folder – my Swiss Army knife with the sawblade. The blade is great and I have never found a need for a bigger knife. Even building a shelter with 3″ branches, I just snap them between two trees using the leverage of the long branch so I don’t need to chop / cut them. Plus, it’s great to have a toothpick and tweezers!


Vote -1 Vote +1Craig
September 10, 2010 at 9:50 pm

Natchez Shooter Supply has the KA-BARS for less than $50.00.


+1 Vote -1 Vote +1Dave W
September 10, 2010 at 11:00 pm

First of all you should have more than 1 survival pack.I have a survival pack for evey family member in the house.I see it too often the backpack gets swepped down the river then everyone is screwed.We all have a survival pack.I put it all together my self.What should be init?
1.Back pack.I have Moll gear back packs.
2.Small water proof case.In it,Bic lighter,water proof matches,small folding knife, magnesium stick,and toothpicks.Toothpicks take a flame realy well.Try it.
3.Full first-aid kit.I modafide all mine with full bottles of pain killers,never mind the 2 tablets they give you.I put in a small bottle of hand sanitizer and 4 folded paper towls.In a pinch you can start a fire with the hand sanitizer.
4.Shake flashlight.No battries needed.
5.Small LED flashlight.
6.5 MRE’s
7.2 packs of beef jurkey.Be careful eating beef jurkey,It can suck up water out of you.Just use it when you need to eat something.
8.Small bottle of water purification tabs.
9.Small water proof case with fishing gear.Hooks,string,split shots,and 2 small bobbers.I have and can make a fishing pole out of a stick.And I have,and can catch fish.
10.Wind braker in a small bag,and 2 survival blankets.
11.On the side of the pack.Ka-Bar fixed blade knife.
12.On the side of the pack.Metal canteen with cup.
13.Tied to the left strap of my pack.Compass on a lanyard.
14.Hand can opener.Doller store.
The whole pack waighs under 5 labs.
I have 6 packs made up and ready to go.So don’t just think of your self when it comes to survival.


Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
September 11, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Hey Bob. Great post & good kit…you’re right. As I discuss in the SurviveInPlace.com Urban Survival Course, you should not only have kits for each person but kits pre-positioned at home, work, and in your car if possible. What I was talking about in this article was a kit that’s under 2 (or even 1) pounds that you can have with you all the time. When you add the weight and size constraints, you just can’t add much. I’d guess that my entire kit is the size of the waterproof case that you talked about on number 2…small enough to fit in a cargo pocket.

I carry little kits like this when I go trail running, I throw it in the bottom of our stroller when we go out, it goes in my DOP kit when I’m traveling, and I’ve got a few scattered about.

When you add the weight and size constraints, you also can’t carry enough calories to take care of anyone but yourself. But kits like this are very valuable. I use mine frequently. In addition, they’re small enough and inexpensive enough that almost anyone can QUICKLY buy them and have them ready to use. Your kit is great, and people should develop a kit like what you shared, but in the meantime, they should have something that will handle a broad range of situations that they can quickly buy and have in place ASAP.

In a sense, this is a case of perfect being the enemy of good. These tiny minimalist 72 hour kits won’t take care of every situation, but they’re a GOOD step in the right direction.

Thanks again!


Vote -1 Vote +1Korum Emrys
September 10, 2010 at 11:11 pm

I have been using the Gerber LMF II for over a year now and love this thing. I still use my many TOPS, Cold Steel, ESEE, RAT, Leuku, and other knives, but for a blade under 5 inches, this thing rocks!! Besides Bear Grylls went to the Black Gerber LMF II this year after having been using a $700 Bayley Knife for the last few years!! Guess some sense finally came to the show!! No one can relate to a guy using a knife that expensive in “The Wild”…. I could get two Mission knIves or three TOPS knives for that!!!


Vote -1 Vote +1Leon Pantenburg
September 10, 2010 at 11:19 pm

I have carried and used a Cold Steel SRK for nearly 20 years. The knife is great for what I use it for, which is field dressing big game animals. It has been used on over 50 deer and several elk, and is the knife at hunting camp people generally want to borrow! The handle doesn’t get slippery when wet with blood or other body fluids. I once quartered three deer with the SRK without it needing sharpening.
I also always carry the keychain-sized Swiss Army Classic, since I must have those tweezers and a toothpick. On most of my Classics, I re-shape the end of the file to fit my glasses hinge.


Vote -1 Vote +1BILL TINNELL
September 11, 2010 at 2:28 pm

“Here’s a sneak peak at one of the knives I tested that failed miserably…it was a knock off KaBar from a discount store & I’ll be sharing pictures in the near future.”

The only problem is you never tell us what that knife is! Any chance of you telling us about that, so we know what NOT to buy?


Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
September 13, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Absolutely. I am just not in the same location as the knife and won’t be for another week, so I can’t share the details. In short, I have a lot of readers who can’t afford $300, $100, or even $50 knives. (Fixed Social Security income, unemployed/underemployed, etc.) And even a lot of the readers who CAN afford one great knife can’t afford great knives for all of their 72 hour kits, caches, home, cars, work, etc. I’m in that group, and so I’m on a continual lookout for knives that are rare gems…cheap AND good.

There’s always some factor that gives…steel, hardening, made in China, the tang, etc.

The particular one I was referring to is a knockoff KaBar Marine fighting knife from Big 5. That’s as specific as I can get without the knife in front of me. In short, after using it to chop through a 2×6, the last 1/2-3/4 of an inch of tip broke off, the finish wore off, and the handle got a little loose. I ground the tip into somewhat of a tanto tip and it’s not a horrible self-defense knife to have stashed, but it’s definitely not a work knife, 72 hour kit knife, camping knife, or survival knife.


Vote -1 Vote +1TPPatriot
March 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I bought a Bowie knock-off made in Pakistan for $20 over 20 years ago. I have cut EVERYTHING with it, batoned it with everything else including an old framing hammer, sharpened it on everything: rocks, glass, rusted iron rail tie, grinder, belt sander. Sure some wear and dings but nothing serious. 15″ blade full tang 22″ overall, wood handle, leather sheath with swivel & leg tie, weighs about 2 pounds! Still my go to out in the wild.



+1 Vote -1 Vote +1steve senick
September 11, 2010 at 8:49 pm

I am a very old survivalist…two essential items that take almost no space and are virtually weightless: Incense and potato chips…burning incense is simply oriental insect repellent, mosquitos won’t go anywhere near it…..and potato chips make excellent kindling, as well as providing comforting, long-lasting light. Don’t believe me? Try it…light a single potato chip….most brands burn with a clean bright smokeless flame for 5, 10, even 15 minutes!


Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
September 13, 2010 at 7:40 pm

Your post made me smile, Steve. When I guided, I used to use Fritos to start fires. It’s pretty amazing how much oil they have in them.


Vote -1 Vote +1William
September 13, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I have 4 got to have knives.
1. Real marine K-Bar 7 7/8 non serated
2. Becker companion 1/2 serrated
3. Old timer lockback hunter I’ve had for 25 yrs
4. Leatherman Wave

I never leave my house without the leatherman and the old timer and have at least one of the other 2 in my truck with other gear.
God bless and keep em sharp.


Vote -1 Vote +1William
September 13, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Great sorce for good knives is garage sales! I have picked up a cold steel hunter for $10.00, my becker companion for $25.00, a Western bowie $15.00, and a W.C. Davis hand made custom skinner ($375.00 online) for $30.00.
Go crusing and look for the gems!


Vote -1 Vote +1Harold Daniels
September 15, 2010 at 11:52 am

Good info on all the knife postings. Instead of a Swiss Army “Classic” consider their “Executive” – all the same features – plus some, a little larger, has two blades instead of one ( save the smallest blade for cutting on self when needed). Can deal with both slotted and Phillips head screws, has a much better file, etc. The perfect pocket knife – only drawback is that it is so useful you forget that some consider it a weapon and I’ve “lost” several to the TSA folks at the airport.


Vote -1 Vote +1Roger Hartsell
September 15, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I ordered the Gerber from Amazon this week for 67.95. Got it today. It looks and feels amazing/simple.
Does anyone know how to get anti-biotics to keep in a kit? Shelf-life issues? Without proper medical attention, a wound w/ infection can ruin the best laid plans.?


Vote -1 Vote +1TPPatriot
March 6, 2012 at 2:04 pm




+1 Vote -1 Vote +1An American Woman
October 24, 2010 at 12:41 am

The only over the counter stuff (I think) you can currently legally stock up on now a days is—“Good ones to have on hand” are—an many tubes of antibiotic ointment (for cuts, scrapes and bug bites) individual Alcohol sterile mini-pads, Vitamins, The band aids with the antibiotic ointment already on it, Ear ache medicine (that numbs the ear) for babies, Tylenol, aspirin, Aloe-Vera for burns or that expensive Silver- white paste or spray for burns, Listerine mouth wash works well for an antceptic too. Peroxide you can get at any local store, Mosquito spray or cream. ((Collect as many of the tiny hotel bars of soap, shampoo, salt, peper, teabags, coffe bags)) you can–It makes a great barter item. ((Although once our government realize we are buying this up in (mass handfuls) they will put it on a list/Bill to Bann it or make it illegal also–Like the home gardens they are currently working on making illegal. If I am missing anything here please let me know. I would love to add to MY supply for my family, before we can no longer do it.


Vote -1 Vote +1An American Woman
October 24, 2010 at 12:47 am

Ever since our government got into bed with the pharmacy companies and made it illegal for US to buy ANY medicines overseas—(because it was way cheaper) the Free Trade Agreement really screwed us all… The only way to get antibiotics NOW is either from (Mexico and hiding it on the way back in, or to know a med-tek, EMT, doctor or a veterinarian that would help you-which most of us don’t.) Or unless you are able to go to the Dr. often as with a chronic illness (with insurance) and then hopefully you don’t use up all the medicine they give you–to get healthy. That way doesn’t work so well. lol


Vote -1 Vote +1Bob Marcotte
February 10, 2011 at 8:02 am

Absolutely some of the best info I have seen anywhere. Lots of great ideas for a newby like me. The experiance and clear thinking out there is amazing. Willingness to share is beyond words.
Thanks to all.


Vote -1 Vote +1BaldEagle
April 1, 2011 at 11:06 am

I agree with the comment about knives…I don’t know anymore how many I have…but it is
amazing what you can find at garage sales.

My everyday pocket-clip-carry folder is a “made in the USA” BUCK KNIFE with a 3″ blade & a Swiss Army knife in a leather sheath on my belt…use them both with Scouts, boundary-water-treks & rebuilding a flooded house. However, for pliers I have never found anything to equal a simple small blue handled, made in the US “Channel Lock.” Seems like the multi-tools with pliers are either too small or are likely engaged in other activities when I need the pliers.

The tip on carrying the Fiskars is excellent, as I’ve often thought when teaching “survival shelter building” to Scouts, that the effort in cutting is not worth the calories expended.
I also always have a double-sized “Space Blanket” in the cargo pocket or daypack, as
with only a string or a branch bent down, one can make a very nice shelter. Stay safe.


Vote -1 Vote +1kenneth s
April 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I am 70+ years,so I am one of those that can’t afford a $300+ knife.I do have them,but I bought them years ago when they were less,but the same.My Randall No.1,for instance,cost $165 in 1964-5.Of course,a Chevy pick-up cost $2000 then,too.My 1967 Toyota Land Cruiser with locking hubs,Warne winch,soft top,doors,and roll bars cost me $1989 out the door.’Nuff of that.I knew several custom knife makers back then.Dan Dennehy,Lloyd Hale,etc. and I had a bunch,but you never wanted to use them for fear of screwing them up.Lately I have been using a Gerber knife that I think is the answer to a maiden’s dreams.It has the appearance like the Gerber ASEK,but it comes in black only.The grip feels like it is molded of alloy with a rubber insert.It has a very sticky feel to it,and is absolutely slip-proof even when wet.The sheath is a molded polymer liner housed in a nylon carrier.There is a front pocket for tools or survival kit.The sheath is configured to use any carry that you would want,MOLLE,slip-on,etc.The best part of all of this is that I bought it on Amazon for less than $50.Now I don’t know why the ASEK costs 2-3 times more,but you can spend a whole lot more money and still not have as much knife as the Gerber Prodigy.
Another item that I carry that is lightweight,inexpensive,can be sharpened,tough,and eminently useful is a 12″ Ontario machete with cordura scabbard.Total cost-less than $20.I hope this can be of some help to some of my dinero-challenged friends.
One other thing: This as a WARNING! If you are considering buying a Marbles knife,be advised that their knives are Chinese-made.That is not the bad part.The bad part is if the knife that you are considering (this applies to fixed blade knives only) has a hidden tang,or if you cannot see that it has a full-profile tang,avoid it.Their hidden tang knives have a tang that is only 1″-1 1/2″ long,and is glued into the handle.I found out the hard way.Knife failure in the outback.The folders are OK.


Vote -1 Vote +1kenneth s
April 2, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Sorry folks.I kept referring to a knife,”the ASEK”.I had my brain in another pocket.What I was referring to was the Gerber LMF II.My apologies.


Vote -1 Vote +1David Morris
April 4, 2011 at 10:42 am

Hey Kenneth,

Just so you know, the LMF II isn’t a $300 knife…it’s about $60 🙂


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