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Re: What 5 Wilderness Survival Items...

Post by ODA 226 » Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:02 pm

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ODA 226 wrote:
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ODA 226 wrote: 5. My "Solution" Knife. (Combination knife, axe, saw, gut-hook, brass-knuckles and hammer complete with compass and fishing equipment in the storage compartment.)
I'm having a hard time picturing all that...got pics?
Here's a link: http://cutlerscove.com/survival-knives/ ... lution.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; I don't think they're made anymore. I carried mine on my LBE for over 20 years and I swear that this is the greatest all-around field knife I've ever seen. Mine has a leather sheath instead of the Cordura one pictured. I'll try to put up a demonstration video with it sometime over the weekend if you guys and girls are interested.
Despite being one of the most hideous tools I've ever seen, that looks awesome :D
I'll put up some pics and a video soon.
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Re: What 5 Wilderness Survival Items...

Post by Biggin » Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:58 pm

1. Large survival knife: most useful tool in the world

2. Sharpener: a dull knife is no good

3. Fire steel: to umm.... make fire

4. Canteen: cup would boil water, canteen would store it

5. Paracord: traps, shelter, clothing repairs, etc.

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Re: What 5 Wilderness Survival Items...

Post by Mister Dark » Mon Sep 13, 2010 7:40 am

Biggin wrote:2. Sharpener: a dull knife is no good

A good flat rock can also sharpen your knife...

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Re: What 5 Wilderness Survival Items...

Post by Biggin » Mon Sep 13, 2010 8:48 am

Mister Dark wrote:
Biggin wrote:2. Sharpener: a dull knife is no good

A good flat rock can also sharpen your knife...
Sure if you are a professional knife sharpener.... I am not. I will be bringing a sharpener :)

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Re: What 5 Wilderness Survival Items...

Post by Mister Dark » Mon Sep 13, 2010 9:08 am

Heh. Good 'nuff!

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Re: What 5 Wilderness Survival Items...

Post by Tater Raider » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:35 am

  1. SPOT GPS w/ GEOS Member Rescue Benefit (So I can push the "ET Phone Home" button and have air search and rescue come save me and not worry about the first $50,000 of the SAR bill even if it is completely and totally my fault I got stuck out here int he boonies - average responce time from 911 to someone on scene world wide? 11 minutes.)
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  2. Flare Gun with Many Flares (rescue)
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  3. Signal Whistle (more rescue)
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  4. Analog Watch (direction, time keeping, and so I can complain about how long it is taking to get rescued/keep myself calm about how short of a time it has been since I pushed the SOS/911 button)
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  5. Fixed Blade Knife, 4" or so blade (pass time while awaiting rescue, fire building, fire starting, spear fishing, trap making, digging shelter, etc. - everyone should have one)
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Once you get past getting yourself rescued all you absolutely have to have is the knife and a head full of knowledge. Everything else people have mentioned helps make things more comfortable and keeps you going a bit longer but not all of it gets you out of there, so I thought I'd focus on something others hadn't.

I would be willing to swap out the watch for a Boy Scout Fieldbook in half a heartbeat if it was circa early 80's.
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Re: What 5 Wilderness Survival Items...

Post by Biggin » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:50 am

Cheater......

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Re: What 5 Wilderness Survival Items...

Post by Tater Raider » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:54 am

Nah, I'd get home alive and possibly even on the same day. To me, that's survival at it's best.

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Re: What 5 Wilderness Survival Items...

Post by Biggin » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:58 am

Tater Raider wrote:Nah, I'd get home alive and possibly even on the same day. To me, that's survival at it's best.
Well what would you take if you could only take 5 things to live in the woods for 2 week then youcann leave?

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Re: What 5 Wilderness Survival Items...

Post by Tater Raider » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:04 am

Biggin wrote:
Tater Raider wrote:Nah, I'd get home alive and possibly even on the same day. To me, that's survival at it's best.
Well what would you take if you could only take 5 things to live in the woods for 2 week then youcann leave?
Now that's a whole different question. If I know at the end of those 2 weeks I'm outta there, dead or alive, then:
  1. Fixed blade knife, 4" or so.
  2. Tarp for shelter and gathering water (cordage previously attached).
  3. Water Purification system for, well, purifying and storing water.
  4. Surivival Blanket for warmth.
  5. A picture of my kids to remind me why I need to survive.
6th Item would be the Watch/BSA Fieldbook swap thing, but 5 is the limit.

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Re: What 5 Wilderness Survival Items...

Post by roOism » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:04 pm

Knife (gerber LMF)
Paracord (fire making, shelter, fishing, etc)
Firesteel
Titanium pot (boiling water, making tasty stew)
Ukulele (it keeps me sane)
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Post by Veritas » Sun Oct 10, 2010 2:03 am

Holy crap, I just read through this thread, and elkhills is the freakin' winner. I can't decide if I think the "AirScooter II" or the lady is funnier. I assume you were bringing the lady, and not the scorpion...

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Re: What 5 Wilderness Survival Items...

Post by Maeklos » Sun Oct 10, 2010 4:13 am

Any 5 survival items?

Hmm....

1. A can of Chef Boyardee spaghetti and meatballs (with the pull-tab top)

2. A nice hatchet

3. A coil of snare wire (15-20 feet or so)

4. A big ol' rat trap

5. Les Stroud

I go with Chef Boyardee because I love it. Reminds me of my innocent childhood. Plus, you don't need a can opener for it. And you can use the can to carry/boil water. Double-packed awesomeness.
Hatchet is for making my cozy cabin and hammock.
Snare wire is pretty self-explanatory. I'm inherently lazy, so I like mechanical devices that work for me while I'm sitting on my lazy ass.
The rat trap is same as the snare wire, but tends to work better. And I really hate having to crush the heads of small animals with my hatchet because they weren't good enough to choke themselves to death for me.
And I'd bring Les Stroud so he'd make fire for me and regale me with tales of his many journeys with Rush. He'd tell me about his wife and kids and all the people he'd met, and I'd tell him how great the spaghetti was and how nice his fire is as I swing in my hammock and make him check my snares.
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Post by Lucretius » Sun Oct 10, 2010 10:16 pm

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Re: What 5 Wilderness Survival Items...

Post by mr.trooper » Sat Oct 16, 2010 4:09 pm

1) Beaver-tail machete
2) Swedish fire steel
3) Kleen Canteen
4) Kelty or Kiffaru ultralight tarp
5) 40oz of Mickeys.
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Re: What 5 Wilderness Survival Items...

Post by MadMatt » Sat Oct 16, 2010 4:14 pm

mr_slappy75 wrote:
MadMatt wrote:1. PACMUL Wastelander; includes firesteel, sharpener, and para-cord (shameless self promotion here :wink: )
2. Canteen w/ cup
3. Tarp
4. Multitool
5. (and most important) Survival reading. After all, the more you know the less you need. Right?

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Went and found your PACMUL Wastelander post...Son, I am appoint. on the want list.

Althought you may have just inspired me to attempt modding an Ontario machete myself, just because it looks like a very rewarding project. Would you consider selling blueprints for those of us who would like to take the DIY approach?
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Re: What 5 Wilderness Survival Items...

Post by MasterMaker » Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:42 pm

Axe(with wooden handle)
Rope(black para-cord 60ft)
Knife(thick blade between 6" and 10" long" with full(handle)size tang)
Tarp(fiber reinforced 6'x12' minimum)
Stainless steel bucket(thick walled, one piece construction and not larger than 5 liters)

Axe for thick wood,while a synthetic handle might sound like a good idea the way the axe head is designed makes it difficult to make a new handle for it if it breaks.

A piece of the tarp can be cut of and tied around the bucked to keep water from sloshing out and it is very good for cooking.

A fire steel is a convenience and if one has a knife to make wood/bark shavings(scrapings) for tinder using a fire-bow is quite effective.
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Re: What 5 Wilderness Survival Items...

Post by troll1000 » Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:12 pm

1. BKT2 http://www.knivesplus.com/CM-BK2-BKT.HTML" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
2. firesteel.com deluxe firesteel bunker http://firesteel.com/products/Deluxe-Fi ... unker.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
3. wool blanket
4. 1000 feet paracord
5. stainless steel water bottle.
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Re: What 5 Wilderness Survival Items...

Post by Heimdall » Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:37 pm

1. A knife, of course,
2. a small shovel, something like the CS shovel with the solid handle, or the CS shovel. aside from using it like an axe its also a shovel.
3. An AK with at least 2 mags.
4. a fire starter of some kind.
5. a book to identify edible plants, Im still working on that skill.
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Re: What 5 Wilderness Survival Items...

Post by carrion » Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:39 pm

My HB hatchet
Ferro rod/striker
Stainles steel canteen
tarp
blanket
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Re: What 5 Wilderness Survival Items...

Post by apocoliptic refugee » Tue Nov 02, 2010 1:13 am

1. one of my all purpose hunter/tracker knives. With a knife i can do more things than with just about any other tool.

2. a fully packed parachute. With this not only do i have a good amount of cordage, but i also have the materials to make a shelter, and rain gear. plus it gives me a backpack.

3. a three-pack of lighters. While i can start fire in many ways, these just come in handy in a pinch.

4. a good, Vietnam issue tomahawk. Good for defense, wood cutting, and cutting animal bones to get to the marrow.

5. A good camping cook pot.

The things that i would be wearing would be a different story. but i'm sure that will be a different thread.

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Re: What 5 Wilderness Survival Items...

Post by aa1pr » Mon Nov 08, 2010 6:50 pm

Kind of amazed that I only seen one post for a compass, which I even overlooked until now.

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Re: What 5 Wilderness Survival Items...

Post by carrion » Mon Nov 08, 2010 7:05 pm

You can make a rudimentory compass with 3-4 sticks even on a cloudy day
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