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Old February 24th, 2013 #1
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This bottle is heavy, and gets heavier when filled. I carry mine empty and use the water tight properties to store fire tinder and other items. This bottle is also a little noisy when walking the water swooshes around. If you experience this mere formality just add a bandanna into the bottle and it will serve as a barrier for water movement. It took a little bit to warm up to this bulky heavy chunk of steel, but after some experience I have found it un-replacable as a kit item. It is a bullet proof item. The wide mouth accommodates cooking food. The container is probably the most difficult item to make in the wilderness. Considering that water is number one priority, this item is number one in my kit for its purification and water storage abilities.

 
Old February 24th, 2013 #2
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From Sweden, hands down the sharpest factory grind out there. I have posted this before, but it bares repeating. Buy two when you purchase.
 
Old February 24th, 2013 #3
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Why would someone pay 125 bucks for an axe? If I lost my Gransfors Bruks, I would buy it again. Ray Mears would agree. Here is why.


 
Old February 24th, 2013 #4
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Tar Bankline. This cordage is tarred to add grip to knots and as a protective barrier to your line. It is a great replacement to 550 and helps preserve 550 when doing smaller tasks that would otherwise use up your 550 supply. This cordage has varying strengths up to 340 pounds. This is my number one go to cordage. Great for fishing, anything around water, traps, net making. It can be found on some fishing gear sites and net making sites.

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Old February 28th, 2013 #5
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I keep going on about Mora knives and their quality for 12-15 bucks.
But for higher priced knives, here are three makers to look at.

Helle Knives
http://www.helle.no/

Turley Knives
http://www.turleyknives.com/

BlindHorse Knives
http://www.blindhorseknives.com/knives4sale.htm
 
Old March 3rd, 2013 #6
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Becker BK2, 1/4'' thick chunk of steel for about 65 bucks. Here is a video on the Becker knives.

 
Old March 9th, 2013 #7
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Wasn't sure where to put this idea.

One of the things we have been doing for a couple of years now, is using simple outdoor solar powered led decorative lights to light the house during power outtages. They are innexpensive, and use a renewable source of energy (sunlight). They are safer than candles or oil lamps.

I will take one apart, keeping just the top for a renewable light in my kit.

Now as far as an idea, I see battery powered led head lamps for sale everywhere. Batteries run out. Why haven't I seen a solar powered one?


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Old March 11th, 2013 #8
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Ontario Knife company: Old Hickory Butchers knife.
1095 steel, full tang, sharp spine for throwing sparks, brass harware on the handle. I paid seven bucks for mine. On the cheap or just starting out, or just wanting to put a kit together for reserve and forget about, this would be a knife to consider. If you are on the cheap, go with this knife for chopping tasks and then get a 12 dollor Mora knife for carving tasks. Between the two brands combined, you will get a hell of a lot of cutting options for twenty bucks.


This video starts out slow, but he does increase the pressure on this blade as the video progresses, and he alternates between German and English.

 
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Now as far as an idea, I see battery powered led head lamps for sale everywhere. Batteries run out. Why haven't I seen a solar powered one?
They sell them pretty commonly at camping and fishing supply stores here, under the name of 'Eternal Flashlight' and other similar names.

You should be able to get them online?

They cost about $30 Australian (probably cheaper over the Internet/in the US), but they are worth it.

My only problem with them is that while they are the best in absolute darkness, if there's any amount of ambient light they are not nearly so good. The light seems to have very different qualities than regular incandescent light-bulbs; if I were a physicist, I could probably even tell you why that is.

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Spring is here and time to change out the pack configuration. Glad to dump that bulky sleep system. Here is a modular pack system built around the ALICE pack frame. This will be my second year utilizing this type of set up and looking forward to the advantages of mobility and ease. My pack is a few pounds heavier than this set up due to the added forest axe, that which I go no where with out. This set up emphasizes keeping it simple and that the more you know the less you have to carry.

 
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Old March 18th, 2013 #13
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Ferro rod is gear you need to have. These same vids are posted on the thread about warmth. There are many people who are not necessarily looking to get into outdoor activities, but are simply interested in putting together a kit as an emergency contingency plan. For that you need a few ferro rods that are priced at about 7-8 bucks. If you are already actively interested in outdoor agenda, then the ferro rod conversation is most likely redundant.
 
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This bush-wacking video ranks at the top three on sensibility, and is squarely in keeping with the title on this thread as gear you have to have. Rather you are packing 80 pounds for war, or your approach is about the reduction on a pack, the material in this video is at the core. My personal goal is twenty pound pack but usually gets stretched to twenty five pounds on a summer rig. This video is how a person gets by on twenty pounds of gear.

 
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I thought of this last week while on the road, and then spent the last 3 days trying to remember it.

Super Glue.

This is an item that should be in every first aid kit. The risk of injury requiring medical attention for a serious cut warrants the inclusion of this little tube of wonder. If you are ever cut bad enough that you think it should be stiiched, just clean it and glue it closed.

There is a reason why super glues instantly bond to skin and nothing else. Of course it is recommened to use an FDA approved medical super glue such as Dermabond.

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Old March 19th, 2013 #16
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My twenty pound pack, give or take.

4 lbs: Medium ALICE skeleton frame with straps and caribeaners.

9 lbs: Bed roll and shelter, 7x10 tarp, 6x6 space blanket tarp,Thermo-rest sleep pad, military wool blanket (5lbs)(Italian officers version).

2.5 lbs:Forest Axe/with sharpener-puck style.

8 lbs: Gear bag. Size: fits into a 12pack beer box.
Mora Robust for general carving/with mini diamond sharpener.
Mora Companion for skinning. Virgin blade.
Tops hunting/survival blade, soon to be replaced. Chopping.
Leatherman multi-tool.
Fold up saw.

1 roll tarred Bankline, 130# test, 500 ft.
550 cord/ 100ft.
1 roll Jute Twine.
12 inches bicycle inner-tube for Ranger Bands.
Leather Gloves.

32oz Stainless Steel bottle/ w SS GI cup.
Stainless pot w/lid.
Both containers are used to store these other items.

Compass.
Duct tape, Gorilla brand.
Neosporin.
Iodine, for water treatment and first aid.
Bees wax.
Headlamp with spare batteries.
Sail needle.
Writing pad/w pencil.
Bandanna.

FIRE:
Altoids Can for making char-clothe.
Flint Steel kit.
Bic lighter(s)
Magnifying glass.
Steel wool.
Jute twine, best stuff for getting a flame from a spark.
Pine resin ball.
Dryer lint.


Add to this 3 liter water bladder= extra 6 lbs.

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I picked up a small - telescoping fishing pole at a flee market a few years ago. Comes in a small case about the size of a wallet and there is room in there for some hooks and even a few lures. I've tested it many times, and its perfect for catching bluegil/crappie. I'd recommend such a pole for any survivalist's backpack. These are compact and cheap enough where you can buy 2 or 3 as backup in case one of them breaks.

Carrying a spool of 50lb test line is also a good idea. Lets say if you kill a small animal - and don't eat 100% of it you could then save some of it as bait, and throw some trot lines out - and you might catch a big catfish or a turtle. Catfish and turtles love rotten meat.

Also you can buy fold up shovels from a local army surplus store. The one I got has a sharp edge and the guy said it was designed to also double as a weapon. Its the perfect size where you could tie it to the outside of your backpack, and it won't be cumbersome to carry around.

Think of something you might need? Look for a version that folds up and is compact.

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So far no mention of cotton balls & vaseline.
I know those were in several of the videos, but not sure if they were here, or in the Warmth thread for fire starting.
 
Old March 22nd, 2013 #19
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Surplus link for packs, many are European models.
http://www.swisslink.com/products/pa...6/p4/#products
 
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This bottle is heavy, and gets heavier when filled.
You mean Anal Rammer's bottle of Patron?
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