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Emergency Prep Knives

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by sabre cat, Mar 3, 2019.

  1. hexenjager

    hexenjager Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2016
    @sabre cat , my reading of your op gave me the impression that the emergency kits would be put together by the congregation in order for them to get to and gather at your church in the event of an emergency. Please correct me if I'm wrong. If that's the case, the gear selections/suggestions should probably be kept pretty budget friendly where possible.

    As others have said, the Mora Companion is a great choice for an emergency kit. Cheap, capable and very lightweight, it's a natural fit. Being a knife weirdo, the main knife in my bag tends to say Carothers, Busse, Swamp Rat, etc these days, but there's still always a carbon Companion in there too. Just saying.

    Compliment it with a few other tools. Something like a Cold Steel shovel (or similar) will work acceptably in most circumstances for digging, chopping, light machete work and light hammering. A good pliers based multitool is too much utility in a small package to ignore. This should be a good one, preferably with a bit kit like the Leatherman Wave/Charge or Vic Swisstool/Spirit Plus. Bad/soft screwdrivers can be worse than having nothing in a pinch if you mess up a screw head so that not even a proper tool will work anymore. This may very well be the most expensive tool in the kit. A folding saw is also a good idea if wood processing might be needed. It's easier and safer than chopping, which isn't a bad thing. Especially since many in your church might lack experience with axes or choppers.

    Good luck and keep us in the loop.
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  2. rpn

    rpn Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 17, 2008
    In the cars emergency bags I keep moras...in a go bag a Glock knife and SAK...always have a quality folder on me and can grab a high quality blade when I want too.
  3. Weiss


    Jan 3, 2007
    What types of emergencies are you preparing for? That seems the place to start. Malpaso already seems to do this, too, so have a chat.
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  4. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    Your impressions are correct. Or, at least, that's my understanding as how things are going to work.

    I have to agree with you that gear selections/suggestions should be kept pretty budget friendly. I've been considering focusing on a different topic every month and having a handout that church members can take home. Maybe have basic information about that month's topic and some suggestions as to where to start looking for products.

    I'll be happy to keep you guys in the loop. I am a firm believer that two heads are better than one when it comes to solving problems.
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  5. 5150Vitto

    5150Vitto Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2019
    +1 on the Mora due to cost : quality/durability.

    I may get slapped for saying this: but scandi grind knives though not great at it, actually can be used for food prep (slicing things).
  6. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    I'll be happy to ask for advice. Thanks for the offer.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2019
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  7. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    Napa Valley is known for earthquakes and the main river through the valley floods about every ten years. When the river floods you can get stranded on one side of town with no way to get across. Recent flood control work has helped some.

    Oh, we did have the high winds and fires in October of 2017.

    Does this answer your question?
  8. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    I think my Benchmade 162 is scandi or saber grind and I use it for food prep sometimes. Between that and a small folder, I should be set.
  9. Mitchell Knives

    Mitchell Knives Knifemaker Moderator

    May 21, 2000
    This is a great suggestion. I probably have 10 Moras stashed in various bags and vehicles. Cheap, but very functional.
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  10. jaseman

    jaseman Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 28, 2016
    I'm still a bit confused on what/who you're planning for. Are you putting together an emergency plan for the church itself? Are you teaching/helping members how to prepare at home? A combination of the two? Or are you just generally consulting on general preparedness? All of these are different roles, and require different lines of thinking (even if similar in some areas)

    Disaster plans for organizations (such as your church) are much more about logistics and coordination of people in an emergency, than what goes in a bag. It's also a much more in depth conversation.

    As for the individual, and which knife? The thing you need to remember is that, and I'm making an assumption here, the majority of the church members aren't going to want to invest much, if anything, into a bug-out/get-home/go bag (this is across the board for the majority of the populace at large). My advise to people just starting off at preparedness is to start with things they already own. So recommend they put in some kind of knife or multi tool that they have floating around. Could be grandpa's old hunting knife, the cheap multi someone gave them as a gift, or the small SAK with their company logo on it. The thing is to get them thinking about how the things in there bag can be used in an emergency situation, and less about what those things are. Then use that for follow up discussions as the weeks/months go by. (For what it's worth, my various bags cost me nothing to put together, as they were all built from stuff I already had around)

    I don't recommend knives to most people by they way. Unless they're already an outdoors type, a tool guy, or such, a MT and a small pry/wrecking bar are gonna serve the average person much better.
  11. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    I have the same questions and concerns that you do. Lots and lots of questions, actually. Right now I'm like the new guy that has just been hired for a job but doesn't know anything yet.

    Like you, I also would recommend that someone starts with what they already own and then upgrade if needed. I figure that most people already have most of what they need. They just need to look at things a little differently.
  12. Weiss


    Jan 3, 2007
    It does! Thanks! But the question was largely rhetorical. Knowing the kinds of problems you may face will help you prepare solutions for them. Not that you didn't know that already, I just seem to have missed where you mentioned them before.
  13. BOSS1

    BOSS1 Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 16, 2008
    Based on what you've provided thus far, assuming there's a need for cutting tools, either for individuals or as a group, I'd say a stainless Mora and a multi tool. A pair of medical/safety shears probably isn't a bad idea if you have the means/room. Those items are light, compact, capable, easily obtainable, and not too expensive if you you don't go top end on the multi tool. If vehicle based, you could add in larger items...axe, saw, shovels, etc.

    This is assuming you're providing guidance to those not too familiar...folks with knowledge/experience will have this base covered.

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  14. shunsui

    shunsui Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 12, 2008
    Estwing Sportsman's Axe - 14" Camping Hatchet with Forged Steel Construction & Genuine Leather Grip - E24A

    Under $40 and the big river will ship it to your door for free.
    Throw it in the trunk of your car, done.
  15. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    I'm not sure that I did.

    Thanks for taking the time to add your two cents. I do appreciate your time, ideas and wisdom.
  16. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    LOL! Great idea.

    I know some of the church ladies would be horrified by someone with an axe.
  17. sabre cat

    sabre cat Basic Member Basic Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    Very logical and sound suggestions. I don't own a Mora but, I guess I should try one. Considering how many times it has been suggested in this thread.

    I'm sure that there are many people at church that are more qualified for this position than I am. Certainly there are people that are more prepared.
  18. shunsui

    shunsui Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 12, 2008
    A hockey mask makes a great optional accessory. :D
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  19. collector rob

    collector rob

    Jun 3, 2011
  20. Currawong

    Currawong Gold Member Gold Member

    May 19, 2012
    That’s a big manual :eek:

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