Monday, September 28, 2009
A Simple Survival Kit and Knife
This is one of my favorite outdoors knives although I prefer RAT Cutlery Co. edged tools to the Ontario models designed by RAT - Randall's Adventure Training.
Here are the RAT-7 (Ontario) Specifications:
1095 Carbon Steel Blade
Zinc Phosphate Finish
12" overall length
6.5" cutting edge length
Blade .1875" thick
Thumb grooves in spine
Green Canvas Micarta Handle
My RAT-7 rides in a now discontinued SpecOps Survival Sheath with a large, expandable pocket on the front of it which houses the following items that I have put together.
Left to right:
A water-resistant tube container with 100% cotton balls and #0000 Steel Wool stored inside for dry tinder.
A signal mirror and sighting paddle (heliograph) right above the tinder tube.
EZE-LAP (Pen) Diamond Sharpener, looks like a short writing pen.
ACR Coast Guard Approved emergency whistle (useless for self-defense, indispensable for outdoors emergencies).
Two fish hooks, monofilament line and brass snare wire.
Plastic tube with more fishing gear, lifelike grasshopper and ant lures, flies and braided nylon line and more.
BSA Hot Spark and striker next to it - a ferrocerium rod.
A non-lubricated condom below that. Along with a sock or stocking, you can carry a liter of water in that condom.
Katadyn Water Purification Tablets.
The sheath has a few feet of Mil-Spec ParaCord wrapped around it as well as some non - Mil-Spec Parachute "Type" cord that is braided.