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2/17/15

Ed: Disposable Kit


Via mi amigo Ed @ Ed's Manifesto:

"Friend of the page sent in this picture. He arrived in an unfamiliar place and went with the on site procurement method. Basically he built his cheap throwaway kit from just one trip to the Local Walmart. This method allows you to bypass a lot of problems as far as transportation of gear from one country to another for example." -  Ed

Commentary: Sometimes circumstances separate you from your tools. Air travel is a big 'un, especially if you're packing light and limiting yourself to carry ons. A little cash and improvisational ability can get you re-equipped in no time.
Or plan ahead and cache it.

I'm seeing maybe $40 worth of stuff here, but well rounded set for daily carry.

11 comments :

  1. The only thing that I see that would be "instrumentum non grata" (An unwelcome implement) on a flight or other public transportation would be the knife and maybe the cuff key, everything else would be fine to take on a flight etc.

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    1. The blade is the big one - Ed is a knife fighting instructor. A flight is just one circumstance that could separate you from important tools, or force you to need to improvise a bit.

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  2. I'm wondering if you can take the Gerber EAB folding knife sans blade on an airliner. No blade, right? Just buy the utility blade when you get to your destination - maybe a $1 or so.

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  3. On international flights you can't take the lighter or any multitool

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    1. I've never had any trouble taking a lighter on any sort of flight, domestic or international.

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    2. TSA allows a big lighter and I think one book of matches, if I remember right.

      Flying is just one example, though, of why you might need to procure quasi disposable tools on location.

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  4. Great post and excellent point.

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  5. Great post and excellent point.

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  6. True with the "Gerber EAB folding knife sans blade", but then again for about same price could buy a bunch a blades at discount and hardware stores.

    If your going to go buy the blades anyways just buy a knife or the whole item on other end.

    In the USA there is a Walmart or similar store in most cities or even Dollar stores.

    I agree the knife is the only major issue but the lighter can cause issues to, so matches or other fire starters maybe the way to go there also.

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  7. My carry-on list includes a bic lighter, small bottle of hand sanitizer, bandana, paracord bracelet, and a couple of DVDs that don't appear to be out of the norm. If something happens on the plane, I'll snap the DVDs, wrap the bandana around them, and use them as an improvised shiv. You could also probably start a nasty fire on the plane with a lighter and alcohol based sanitizer...but that doesn't seem to be of any worry to TSA...I mean, not when people may be carrying on keychain size multitools and all!

    I'll either pack the rest of my gear in my suitcase and check it, or I'll pick up items upon arrival at my destination. A tip I got from somewhere once to purchase a useable kitchen/cooking knife from a typical store (Walmart) at your destination, then keep the receipt and knife with you at all times. If you are ever questioned, you can explain that you purchased the knife with intent to use it for whatever, but have decided to return it for a refund and that is why you have it with you now. Then you can show the receipt as well to back up your story. I've only had to do this twice though. The first time I "rented" the knife and returned it with no problems. The second time, I felt bad about renting the first knife, so I kept the second knife and just left it in the kitchenette at the condo we were staying at.

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