Carbon steels, they are my favorite! 1080/1084 I think gets a bad rap because it is recommended as a beginner steel due to its ability to be dead soft when annealed (great for files/hacksaw) and a wide latitude for home heat treating like with a fire pit and motor oil! When they are used on better equipment, and stricter standards for HT they can produce very durable blades with great edge holding capabilities. Even when done at home with a fire pit and oil quench it produces very good quality blades. I'll take a known composition 10xx knife over a file knife any day of the week.
That blue camo is good for the urban jungle if your a guy who likes to hide in the shadows, but to blend in with the natives you need grays and browns. Gray t-shirt, brown jacket, blue jeans, shades and a hat and you are now so unnoticeable you're practically invisible! I love big city life as well as the wilderness. I have no problem being solo for weeks on end, but in a city it is a strange sense of being alone while you're surrounded by all this activity. I used to live in San Francisco and would just go on walks at 3am because I couldn't sleep. All sorts of strange things go on, the real wildlife comes out, people and animals. Don't overlook us city dwellers as codependent, naive, unable to survive and food for the wildlife! We have the same skills and abilities as you "mountain folk" just specialized for our setting! C'mon, I want to try turning you guys lose for a 3 day "survival" experiment in the urban jungle, whad'ya think?!