Updated survival neckchain.

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Updated survival neckchain.

Post by Woods Walker » Wed May 21, 2008 5:41 pm

I added a new item to my survival neck chain. The chain now has the following gear items.

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1. Yellow paracord.
2. LMF firesteel.
3. Princeton Tec LED light.
4. SAK Classic SD.
5. Whistle.

The knife is small but not looking to add too much bulk.

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This chain is mostly worn on my neck or attached to the PFD when using the kayak. The reason being I need access to the whistle. Other than that I tend to keep it inside my pocket. Good to have a little extra that is separate from my main pack just in case it goes MIA.
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Re: Updated survival neckchain.

Post by TheLastRifleMan » Wed May 21, 2008 6:04 pm

Nice! I have all of those items and need to make one up myself!
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Post by Paragon » Thu May 22, 2008 5:05 am

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Looks good, although I would seriously consider adding a break-away feature to the necklace itself. There are obviously any number of senarios where the necklace could become snagged onto something with your head inside, resulting in anything from a nasty friction burn to a broken neck.

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Post by Dak Kovar » Thu May 22, 2008 1:07 pm

WW I like the para chord color. I was going to get the orange for mine later on. As I know you have seen mine all I would add is a button compass. You know best what you want and need on that though. Thanks for sharing, it is what got me to make mine and it has seen a lot of use. I would not have put one together otherwise.

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Re: Updated survival neckchain.

Post by Woods Walker » Thu May 22, 2008 4:16 pm

No question that I will be adding a little compass. I just need to find one small enough that works.
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Post by TheLastRifleMan » Thu May 22, 2008 8:58 pm

Check around and you might find a compass that designed to be put on a wrist watch strap. That would be small enough and have a slot so you could slip it right onto the lanyard.
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Re: Updated survival neckchain.

Post by The Highwayman » Thu May 22, 2008 9:10 pm

Woods,

CTD has this one, that has a thermometer, magnifying glass, whistle, and compass, here.

I was actually looking at the same exact one today at Gandor Mountain (they just opened a brand new store in my town), and they looked pretty nice. I was going to buy one when I go back, but now see that CTD has it for less than half of GM's price, at around $9.99, IIRC.
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Re: Updated survival neckchain.

Post by Dak Kovar » Thu May 22, 2008 9:29 pm

DTOM,
I bought this same one at Wal-Mart for about $5. After trying everying to start a fire with the lens I gave up. The wistle works, the thermometer froze then boiled and is broke. The compass does seem to point north.
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Post by Squirrley » Thu May 22, 2008 10:26 pm

Oh poop. I was gonna say that looks like a very nifty little whistle thing, but if it all broke that sucks.
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Re: Updated survival neckchain.

Post by Woods Walker » Thu May 22, 2008 11:28 pm

Paragon.

I hear your cry but this is something that I really don’t want to drop. The few times it is around my neck I place the thing under my shirt. On a personal level I don’t like anything on my neck so 99% of the time this is in my front pocket the paracord looped around my belt or placed in a jacket pocket than zipped. The yellow cord is more so I can find it if dropped and when combined with boot laces offers a bit of cordage incase separated from my pack.

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That looks good but I have never been a fan of those multi thingy gadgets. I need a compass that is a little bigger. Those little tinny button compasses sometimes get stuck than spin around when tapped. Happened to me once when I was about 20 miles from the nearest town. It was a holly shit moment.
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Re: Updated survival neckchain.

Post by crypto » Fri May 23, 2008 11:22 am

WW, I found a nice little Brunton compass last year that I really like, I keep it on a piece of 550 cord too. It's smaller than a pocketwatch.

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Re: Updated survival neckchain.

Post by TheLastRifleMan » Fri May 23, 2008 1:01 pm

Crypto, I have 2 of those. They work like a charm!

One is a glow in the dark model, which is handy when trying to find your way around in the dark.
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Post by Dak Kovar » Fri May 23, 2008 1:32 pm

I may get to Sportsman's today and I'll be looking for one to add to mine. I am going to rethink my neckless/keychain as a result of this thread. WW makes me do that a lot. :)
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Post by Paragon » Fri May 23, 2008 7:44 pm

Woods Walker wrote:I need a compass that is a little bigger. Those little tinny button compasses sometimes get stuck than spin around when tapped. Happened to me once when I was about 20 miles from the nearest town. It was a holly shit moment.
I have a liquid-filled Silva Forecaster on my supplemental wilderness keychain.

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The compass is approximately 1 3/8" in diameter, and as you can see is very easy to read. There is also a thermometer, as well as a wind chill conversion table on the back. The whole thing is only about 1/4" thick, and weighs 13g.

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Re: Updated survival neckchain.

Post by Woods Walker » Sat May 24, 2008 12:33 am

Paragon.

Nice little Keychain. I use the same SAK.

Ok I purchased the below compass and LED light combo. It is about the same size as the whistle and a little over ½ oz. I like the fact the LED light can separate from the compass.

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Removed the Princeton Tec keychain light as it is now redundant. I was thinking about replacing the SAK Classic SD with my Kershaw 1710 but decided against this as the little 1710 is often with the EDC. I tested out the compass today during a short 2-mile hike. Used a friend’s GPS compass as a base line. Seemed to be fairly accurate. Will take it out on a 7-mile hike later Saturday and compare it to my Silva Polaris or Suunto M-2. I think Silva now calls this the field 7. Don’t know the reason for the name change. The M-2 is probably the most overall liked compass I have ever owned. I know testing a silly little compass sounds like OCD but no gear is packed without field testing. I will post some photos of the neckchain after the final testing.

I am going to hold the line at 5 items. These should give me basic navigation, fire, knife, signaling and 3 feet of paracord in a fast easy package.
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Re: Updated survival neckchain.

Post by Lucretius » Sat May 24, 2008 9:20 am

Paragon:

I see that you have that sweet Swisstech multitool.... I love mine, but it hasn't seen much heavy use yet, though. (Since I tend to be a fanatical Leatherman-on-the-belt kinda guy).
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Re: Updated survival neckchain.

Post by Woods Walker » Sat May 24, 2008 7:27 pm

I took out my warm weather pack and did some testing of the new compass/LED combo. I nearly forgot how comfortable the summer pack is during warm weather. :D I did about 9 miles.

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Here is the finished survival neckchain.

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Post by Fenris » Sat May 24, 2008 8:09 pm

Any reason not to use a Leatherman Micra?
Also, I find a Fox40 whistle a little smaller.

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Re: Updated survival neckchain.

Post by Woods Walker » Sat May 24, 2008 8:36 pm

I considered one and tested out a friend's. Found it too heavy. Sure it is a little under 2 oz but didn't like the extra weight on my neck.
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Re: Updated survival neckchain.

Post by Paragon » Sat May 24, 2008 9:24 pm

Lucretius wrote:Experiences with the Swisstech?
It appears to be well made, in that there isn't any slop in it. It was actually a stocking-stuffer that I received several Christmas' ago, so I figured I'd put it to use.

The blade wasn't super sharp originally, although I've since introduced it to my Sharpmaker (I don't use it enough to know if it will hold an edge very long, although I rather doubt it). I've used the #1 Phillips to fix a pair of sunglasses, and the bottle opener to drain my share of Corona's.

I also have a Swiss+Tech Micro-Pro XL that is on one of my other supplemental keychains, and I have been pleased with that as well. I wanted something with pliers just in case I didn't have my Leatherman (Charge) handy, and all the mini Leathermans I looked at seemed to be overpriced considering what they were (I think I paid ten bucks or so for the Swiss Tech).

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Re: Updated survival neckchain.

Post by Lucretius » Sun May 25, 2008 1:28 am

Thx Paragon.

The reason I carry the Swisstech is exactly that of glasses. Of course I carry a spare part in the BOB, but if I get separated from that, the ability to repair glasses seems to go high up on my priority list. Thus, the Swisstech on the keychain.

Could be a fluke, but I've got a really sharp edge on mine, but as you say, it probably won't last past much use...

Btw, I like the look of those pliers, haven't seen them before. Seems like a good backup option.
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