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4/9/12

Pocket Survival Kit Entry #4

OutdoorSurvivalists – PSK (Pocket Survival Kit) Essentials

This is my PSK submission. It has taken over the course of a year to properly refine my kit to the
most basic items that I can use to sustain mine and my wife’s life, should we find ourselves away
from our primary kits for a period of time. I personally feel that knowledge & wisdom alone
can always keep a person alive under a wide array of circumstances… but having a ready-made Pocket Survival Kit can only enhance your chance of seeing another day!



My primary PSK case is from Ultimate Survival Technologies. It was an extra case from a
SaberCut Saw I keep in my primary kit, but I found it to be perfect for my needs because it has
a large belt loop on the back and a harness clasp on the front. I decided to use this case because
I keep my wallet in my front, right pocket for security purposes and tend to either keep keys or
misc. items in my left pocket; thus leaving me without a suitable space for my PSK. I always
keep my black oxide Leatherman Wave in its MOLLE sheath on the right side of my belt and
my Leatherman Crater c33Lx knife clipped in my right pocket, so my PSK balances things out
perfectly on the left portion of my belt. The case is barely larger than the PSK tin itself, making
the case form-fitted around the tin as you can see in the photo. Because of this tight fit, I had to completely re-stitch the entire case so the seams never fail me due to weight or size.

Editor: Click below for the full contents - there's some good stuff! I'm also going to start adding some feedback on each entry as a bit of extra value for entering!

The added benefits of my case was that I could not only keep my PSK tin in it, but I could also
keep my full size Swedish FireSteel with scraper & built-in whistle, ESEE survival card, 1 liter
WhirlPak collapsible container and my 5 Point Arrowcard with Knife & Saw Blades. This added a good deal of weight to my PSK, but allowed me to have all the needed necessities and keep
backup duplicate methods for survival (per Dave Canterbury; “Two is One and One is None”)
This has made my kit feel much more complete!

 This is my primary CRKT Ritter RSK Mk5 knife & tin. I made the decision that this would be
the only premade PSK item that I purchase. I really liked the concept of a neck knife that would fit inside of an Altoids-type tin. The aesthetics of the tin itself really drew me to this purchase, as I wasn’t entirely keen on using a candy tin for my PSK. Picky, I know… but I intended on forming my whole kit around this tin, so I might as well go for something that I didn’t mind showing to others and explaining its uses (I just did this with a female co-worker yesterday afternoon, while at work – and she initiated the conversation!)

Here you will see my PSK tin contents exposed. I will add that it took me a long time to get everything to sit perfectly inside the tin without things moving around or keeping the lid from closing. I completely took my whole kit apart just for this review; which was a challenge getting
everything back how I had it before. I still don’t like the “fit” as well as before, but hopefully you will enjoy seeing it piece by piece.


So here we are; the bulk of my PSK is completely exposed. I labeled everything for you to see for yourself what my kit contains. For the sake of space in the photo, I tried to keep my labels from going too in-depth. You will notice that I have backup methods of fire-starting, catching game & fish, purifying water, navigation, and knife blades. I won’t go into great detail here on how items can serve a dual purpose, other than what it was originally intended for; but with a little ingenuity, most items can provide the capability to resolve different survival tasks.

Here is a formal list of my PSK contents:
  • Ultimate Survival Technologies Case
  • ESEE Survival Card
  • 1 Liter Self-Standing WhirlPak
  • Light My Fire Swedish FireSteel
  • (Army Model) with Striker/Whistle
  • Equinox Coronado 5 Point Arrowcard with Knife & Saw Blades
  • CRKT Ritter RSK Mk5 PSK tin
  • Fresnel 2x Lens
  • Snare Wire
  • (10) Tinder Quik Tabs
  • (10) Aquamira Chlorine Dioxide Tablets
  • Pill Fob with O-ring
  • (8) 1 lb 1-1/2” Nails
  • Berkley PowerBait Crappie Nibbles
  • Micro Fishing Kit
  • (2) Ranger Bands
  • Streamlight Nano LED Mini-light
  • Spool of Nylon Thread
  • ESEE AH1 Arrow Head
  • (2) Liquid-filled Compasses
  • CRKT Ritter RSK Mk5 Neck Knife
  • with Lanyard
  • (1) 1964 Silver Quarter
  • (3) Pre-1964 Silver Dimes
  • (4) Large Safety Pins
  • Sewing Needle
Lastly, I wanted to touch upon the contents of my micro fishing kit. This is just the basic items needed to catch fish and other aquatic animals. You can finger-fish, as my brother and I used to frequently do as kids… or you can tie this strong fishing line to a hand-made cane pole and be ready in minutes to toss your line into the water. My hank of Spiderwire is 13 feet, so it could possibly be split in half to make two separate long cane poles.

This concludes your first-look into my Pocket Survival Kit. I really hope you enjoyed seeing my personal take on such a common piece of survival gear!

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Editor's Note: I think I'm going to start providing some feedback to these entries as a bit of value-add. I'll go back over the next few days at add some thoughts/to suggestions to the first three. It's all meant to be constructive and helpful.

I quite like this kit--it's fun to see some influence from things that we've talked about here on T-Blog. A few things to think about:
  • Between the arrow card and ESEE arrowhead, you have 6 arrow points, but nothing for a bowstring or fletching/feathers. I'm not sure how much extra value the ESEE arrowhead is giving over the arrow card, if you need to drop something, that's a potential.
  • I would probably drop one of the two compasses
  • Silver coins - not sure how a small amount of silver coins coming in useful in a short term scenario, either wilderness or urban, unless a barter economy has already developed in the area. If you want some currency, I'd just include some cash.
  • Consider adding some duct tape to the kit--it's got endless uses, including making fletching for your arrows. 
Interested in entering the Pocket Survival Kit contest? Check out the details.
 
The prize mix is pretty great! First prize will receive a neo-tribal forged survival kit from Randy Church, an AR-15 Essential Parts Kit and Car Rescue Tool from Choate Machine & Tool, $50 in credit from Shelf Reliance consultant Jade Garn, a bundle of survival gear from OscarDelta & SnakeDr666, a copy of the Doom & Bloom Survival Medicine Handbook, and a $25 certificate from Paladin Press. Second prize will receive an AR-15 Essential Parts Kit and Car Rescue Tool from Choate, a bundle of survival gear from OscarDelta & SnakeDr666, as well as at least $30 worth of survival books & gear from TEOTWAWKI Blog. Third Prize will receive a Choate Car Rescue Tool and at least $20 worth of survival books & gear from TEOTWAWKI Blog.

12 comments :

  1. Hi Mr. Wolf, IMHO I think feedback must be made when the contest is over, why? because the future entries can be influenced by your expertise advise and fill the holes that the first did not consider. This could be a little disadvantage for the ones that already have been posted and/or already send their kits, and of course, the fact that the contest is open all month long. Hope you consider this as a positive and constructing opinion. Thanks in advance for reading.

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    1. Garrison -

      Point taken! I don't want to put anyone at an advantage/disadvantage...

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  2. Thanks for the advice Alex!

    I have the ESEE arrowhead because I purchased it before the ArrowCard. I could take it out, but I favor having an extra arrowhead in my kit. As far as the string, I actually forgot to mention the King Cobra braid paracord bracelet that hasn't left my wrist once in the two years of owning it. I think that's the only thing I failed to mention, outside of the little glass vial that I keep the fishing bait in.

    I could also drop one of the two compasses... but like the arrowhead, I like having an extra. ;-)

    The silver is in there because I believe our currency (not backed by anything) is worthless compared to coins made of precious metals. I keep silver bullion & coin in my kits & wallet for that exact reason.

    The duct tape is actually in there as well (wrapped around my nail bundle); albeit, not enough to make fletchings for 6 arrows. I will definitely be adding more since it doesn't take up much space at all.

    Again, thanks for the advice and allowing my PSK to be a part of your contest!!!

    Bran <><

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  3. Love the idea of the WhirlPak bag...I've been looking for something to contain water for chemical treatment. Oven bags are thin but don't close well. Ziploc bags close well but the closures are bulky and don't like to be folded. Looking on their website, WhirlPak bags as a box of 500. Maybe Mr. Wolf can support a group purchase of these?

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    1. I like the Whirlpack bags too and use them in many of my pocket kits. I reviewed them a while back - you can see it here:

      http://teotwawkiblog.blogspot.com/2011/01/survival-resources-emergency-water-bags.html

      A website called Survival Resources sells them in packs of 3.

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    2. Thank you...apparently I haven't spent enough time browsing your blog...and that's a problem I'm happy to remedy.

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  4. A friend pointed out this site and contest today. This type of contest provides a fun way to learn and see what's out there in gear, inovation and mindset.

    The area I see lacking is in medical considerations. You carry things that can cut you, but nothing to treat a cut. I believe (at least) a couple of band-aids, steri strips, aspirin (pain, heart), and antihistamine (Alergic reactions, sleep) would be an improvement with minimal loss of space.

    A point regarding safety, that particular model of Arrowcard is designed to be carried in the bottom of a kit tin (Altoids, Newman's Own, etc.). If it is carried as shown losely in the pouch, it can eventually poke through the polytubing or nylon pouch material and injure the carrier.

    pb

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  5. GodfatherJsApril 28, 2012

    I have never come across those arrow cardsbefore, where did you find them? Great multi-functional kit.

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  6. @pb - You make a valid point. I think a couple bandaids, a styptic pencil, and a triple antibiotic ointment would be sufficient for me. The arrowcard, though, is not carried loose. It would certainly cause some damage to my kit & myself if it were. I keep it in the folded paper & plastic sleeve it came in. It was just taken out for the photos... :-)

    @Godfather - I only have the e-mail address of the girl, Erica, whom I ordered it from... ericag@equinoxcoronado.com

    It was on backorder since sometime last year when I saw it posted on a forum. They're still prototypes... so I'm not sure if they are planning a full production of them or not. I do know that they charge $20 plus $6 for shipping, which is a little steep... but they are great quality!

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  7. AnonymousMay 02, 2012

    Godfather Js, the Arrowcard seen is a production model and the U.S. patent was issued last week. They are currently made in small batches, the next will probably be in summer.

    I'm not trying to advertise here, just answer questions.

    pb

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  8. In case anyone is interested... just got this e-mail today,

    Hello Arrowcard Fans,

    PrimalWare’s 5 Point Arrowcards have just arrived and are ready for shipment. They are $20 each, plus $7 shipping, and tax, if you are in California. Shipping cost is the same for multiples.

    We take Paypal for payment, and if you are ready, I can email you an invoice. Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Thank you!
    Erica
    ericag@equinoxcoronado.com

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  9. First off, good kit! Lots of quality stuff.

    A few ideas for improvements:

    I agree with the earlier comment about the medical supplies. Band-Aids are super easy to store in small places, and the same goes for those little plastic suture things, should a cut be more serious.

    I would second the idea of moving the second compass. Not getting rid of it (redundancy!), but moving it to another location on your body. Consider that if for some reason you lost this kit, with things set up as pictured above, you would be losing two compasses.

    Also, I read somewhere (maybe even elsewhere on this blog) that when it comes to using the Fresnel lens to start fires, 2x magnification lenses aren't as good as ones with 4x strength or better. Never tested that myself, but it's something to think about. It would just be an easy swap for you.

    Overall, good work, though. I did some learning!

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