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5 Top Choices

Discussion in 'JK Handmade Knives' started by JK Knives, Oct 12, 2018.

  1. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    I think these threads are fun to see the different opinions, so here goes.

    What are your 5 choices for survival items? This is actually a two part question.

    A) Urban Survival
    B) Woods Survival
  2. Creaky Bones

    Creaky Bones Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    Do you mean apocalyptic urban survival? If so, my first 3 are the same for both. A knife, something to purify water, and some way to start a fire. The other two would depend on the situation. I don’t own any guns, but I’d likely want one for this. Of course if I don’t have my wife and children you can keep all of the gear. I’m not interested in survival without them..
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  3. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    Good suggestions. Not necessarily apocalyptic survival, maybe just rioting or something like that.
    Let’s have some fun with this, hopefully B JACKSON will post, he always has “entertaining” answers.
  4. markisharp


    Jul 24, 2010
    So I'll try and make my answer a bit more entertaining since I feel my top 5 for both scenarios are the same and the items are kinda boring. So Ill just assume that I have a knife, gun, fire starting, water purifying, and cover. Ill choose some stuff that I have in my urban and woods gear that might be different than some peoples.

    Urban: Silcock key, Lock picks, portable power-bank, EOD bar, Add-a-lock.

    This stuff is always in my EDC bag. I have a pretty extensive get home system in my truck. This is my "I gotta walk and things arent wonderful" stuff. Practice if you want to lock pick. Im pretty decent, but I dont want to take the time to single pin pick, so all of my picks in this kit are rakes, rockers, and lock bypass tools. EOD bar is from CountyComm, just a nice flat little pry bar. And add a lock is for if I break a lock and dont want anyone in behind me. All this assumes that I need to find shelter somewhere for the night in an office or warehouse and smashing a window isnt a good idea.

    Woods: Tyvek ground cloth, Kevlar cord, DJI Spark Drone, Tenkara Fly Rod, Garmin Dog GPS

    All this is pretty self explanatory. The spark is a cool little drone. Decent range and picture and very portable. Tenkara is a very packable fly fishing system. And the Garmin GPS is great to both track my dog (hunting) and for navigation for myself.
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  5. JK Knives

    JK Knives Moderator Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Mar 6, 2001
    Looks like you have given this a lot of thought.
  6. 1066vik

    1066vik Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2009
    depends on how small you want the list broken down.
    5 items in my pocket or in the pocket of my lunch bag every day:
    swiss army huntsman (because life without a SAK is worse than life without good beer)
    stuffable parachute nylon grocery bag (carry found items, foraging, etc... can also be used as a sling or tourniquet)
    first aid kit - includes important personal medications.
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    Sep 19, 2012
    ok I'll play

    Urban (assuming USA)
    1. -Cash, including some gold or silver US coins
    2. -Handgun, loaded of course with spare ammo (Concealable size, in my case a .38 snub revolver
    3. -Leatherman multi-tool
    4.- Gas Mask (for the original intended purpose, plus to avoid facial recognition software)
    5.- Water filter straw

    Woods (assuming non-alpine)
    1.- large coil of parachute cord
    2.- Carbine & ammo (Ruger 10/22, 22lr or Rossi 94 .44 mag, depending)
    3.- JK Herters Improved Bowie (with hump and sheath)
    4. -Fire making ferro rod ( if I was sure it would be SHORT term then I would prefer a disposable lighter)
    5.- full size axe

    Not entertaining, I know!
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