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Best Survival Gear

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Just Machete, Jul 22, 2018.

  1. Just Machete

    Just Machete

    Mar 10, 2018
    Hi All,
    In your opinion, which is the best survival gear that you list as first choice in any survival situations?
  2. unwisefool

    unwisefool Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 22, 2007
    There is an outdoor gear section, might get better responses there?
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  3. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    Just machete, what do you currently do? You looking to assemble some stuff or a kit? The topic is discussed from time to time over in the Great Outdoors/gear sub-forum.

    Lots of variables on what gear makes sense.... climate and season of the year, terrain, a time element. Starts with a knife, fire starting materials, first aid stuff, rain gear, WATER.
    katanas likes this.
  4. Pilsner

    Pilsner Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 28, 2017
    I’d add a tarp and a survival bag. Much as we all relish the notion of hacking away at saplings to make a picturesque, comfy shelter, in reality, a bright orange survival bag weighs next to nothing, takes up a minute amount of room, and will make any shelter that much better. Same goes for a tarp.
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  5. RBid


    Apr 6, 2014
    Probably a Shirogorov.

    When emergency services fail, nature unleashes a hurricane over an earthquake, a wild fire is raging, and ISIS coordinates a massive trans-oceanic rowboat attack, the one thing everyone will want to have is...

    That flipping action.

    Don’t we all want our last thought to be, “It’s so smooth! Wow!”

    That’s the best I’ve got, pre-coffee.
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  6. Tommy-Chi


    May 25, 2017
    This is a difficult question and the answer required is very lengthy, it could be a book. I have been working on documentation regarding survival for more than a year, covering many situations and the list is incomplete and runs for hundreds of pages.


    Now that I have a working document and am sure of what the problems are I am starting to buy things that fulfill missions within "survival." But my lists are incomplete b/c research in to any of these areas takes a lot of reading and video watching and years of knowledge.

    Your best bet is to
    - join many knife related forums and learn abt steels and manufacturers.
    - join many survival forums and start to develop your own lists.
    - follow as many knife, primitive living and survival accounts on YouTube as you can find.

    Surviving what exactly?
    - survival by sheltering in place vs on the move?
    - the cold or heat?
    - lack of water or food?
    - an earthquake, civil war, tsunami, radiation, nuclear war, conventional war, political unrest, riots?

    Start to buy books on
    - edible plants within 1,000 miles of your home.
    - bushcrafting.
    - hunting, fishing, trapping with little/few weapons.

    Take lessons on
    - shooting, hunting, using weapons / small arms
    - survival.
    - camping, trapping, hunting, self defense...

    - what weapons
    - home made weapons
    and it goes on and on.
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  7. jaseman


    Jul 28, 2016
    Best survival gear? For any situation?

    Your brain, and its ability to adapt and improvise. Everything else is secondary, and be replaced with something else.

    - an acquired kitchen knife or old axe can replace the best survival knife I'd need be
    - garbage bags can be taped together to form a tarp OR rain gear

    Anything in your kit is replaceable. Your ability to adapt and overcome is not.
  8. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 20, 2005
    A couple garbage bags is a handy item. But using as a tarp is more difficult since there are no eyelets to tie a rope to. You can improvise if you have to obviously. I carry a small tarp with me on hikes that are over a couple miles each way. I need to buy a lighter tarp just to have available for this purpose. Add a little 550 cord (like 15 feet) and some jute cordage.
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  9. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    Scotch. Preferably 20 years +.
    allenC, red mag, jc57 and 3 others like this.
  10. SteelJunkee

    SteelJunkee Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2018
    for 24 hours survival kit I would include.

    large heavy duty poncho
    25 feet of Paracord
    Sisal twine
    my favorite bushcrafting knife
    fire starting kit + accelerator
    2 reinforced mylar blankets
    LED head light with fresh batteries
    stainless or titanium GI canteen or small billy pot
    gorilla tape
    lots of calories
  11. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel

    Feb 11, 2016
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  12. SteelJunkee

    SteelJunkee Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2018
    Yup! Your biggest asset, not to be found in the backpack.
  13. SteelJunkee

    SteelJunkee Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2018
    That is a most well thought answer !!! Worth pinning imo.
    Tommy-Chi likes this.
  14. Tommy-Chi


    May 25, 2017
    I've spent the better part of two years working on such a document and it's huge. It is still incomplete b/c I don't spend every waking second working on it. Maybe some year I'll take it upon myself to investigate all of the areas of the document to see what there is on the Internet that has been discussed.

    Prepping for "everything under the sun" is not cheap.
    SteelJunkee likes this.
  15. DJC72

    DJC72 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 1, 2014
    People really need to maintain a decent level of physical fitnesss too. I was thinking about the Battles of Lexington and Concord. The British soldiers marched close to 40 miles round trip and saw combat in a short period of time. Many Americans today couldn’t hike 8 miles without their hearts exploding.
  16. SteelJunkee

    SteelJunkee Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2018
    Many policeman can`t ride 2 miles of bicycle. (eye witness)
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  17. jc57

    jc57 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 28, 2012
    Cell phone and a credit card.
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  18. SteelJunkee

    SteelJunkee Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2018
    No pun intended ?
  19. SteelJunkee

    SteelJunkee Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2018
    ohhhhhh Yeah!!!

    I have always thought prepping as "Having the best chance for the situation" so it is not a real big investment, if the Earth tilt out of orbit or your nuked right on top of your head at this point "prepping" sounds like a joke. Even the toughest bunkers wont withstand that, so your better of dead even if you have a million .50 rounds or a slingshot, it wont change anything.

    I just keep with the three 3.... 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food.
  20. csp203


    Aug 4, 2010
    Knowledge and physical fitness. You can have all the 'stuff' in the world, but it is worthless if you don't know how to use it or carry it for long periods of time.
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