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Back up survival .

My smallest B.U.S (Basic Utility Series ) high carbon steel knife designed to fit in the classic tobacco survival tin, seen here in neck carry role with Multi -Cam kydex sheath and 550 cord lanyard.

The Mil-spec elastic Ranger band holds a Photon freedom micro light and a 6mm ferro rod with heat shrink tubing over lay that keeps the internal jute cord tinder safe from the elements till needed .

See this post here for more info on the fire-steel / tinder and here

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Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens Brown paper packages tied up with strings These are a few of my favorite things You’ll be humming that all day ;) 1. Ray Jardine uses a Victorinox Classic, but I reckon the Signature trumps it with a pen and tweezers. A whole tool/manicure set at 22g. 2. The Photon packs such a punch. I love lots of flashlights, but for EDC this is is as ‘light’ as it gets. Sowwy. 3. A Belgian master carver made this for me. I’d love to be able to carve as well as this. In Belgium they are called porridge spoons, but can be used for anything. A work of art. 4. This French Army satchel is my everyday bag. The inside is completely lined with the same brown leather. Bombproof. 5.Timepiece, masterpiece. Art Deco, 1922, green gold Abe Lincoln, 21 jewels. I could wax, so I’ll shut it. 6.Michael Morris is a wonderful maker of knives from the USA. He will make knives to suit you. Note this little devil has a hidden bottle opener. 7. Hat is old and battered but still keeps the weather at bay. I added some paracord, just in case. 8. This is Michael Morris’ EDC 60, made from an old file. 9. I wore this at my wedding so it means a lot. I usually only wear it when I wear a waisty 10. Copper imparts its fine purities into the water. Leave in the fridge overnight and all the goodies are there ready to be absorbed. 11. I copied this design shamelessly from a photograph. We need coins here so this fits the bill. I mean, the coin :) 12. This was my Grandad’s belt, handed down. Apparently it did service on my Dad’s derrière. 13. I made this to carry bits in, currently my fire stuff. 14. I always carry this loupe. At 20x it is excellent for seeing details in nature, and a splinter in your finger looks like a Cadbury’s flake in an ice cream! 15. Roger Harrington at Bison Bushcraft makes all his own excellent knives on special order. I am just about to get a new one after an 18 month backlog, so this is up for grabs. 16. I designed this case for a notebook a buddy had bought me. 17. I’m always looking at minimalist wallets and am currently designing a new one. This is an experimental fill-in, but very useful as it will just take a single folded £20 note, and about eight cards at a pinch. 18. Mr Pen in the UK is a wonderful gentleman, and gave sterling advice on purchasing a pen for life. My signature colour ink is sepia. It’s old, like me. 19. My handle on forums is White Knight, and part of my company logo. My white steeds have two wheels, however. 20. Just in case I spot that special piece of wood that has a spoon hidden in it. 21. I’m into Celtic stuff, and the triquetra is an ancient symbol, with many meanings eg eternity, earth symbols. Each of our wedding guests left with one. 22. A bandana has so many uses; I never leave home without one. 23. Fred Rowe is a wonder smithy. This feels great in the hand, and puts food on his table. Amen. 24. This compass is good enough for Ray Mears, and it works for me too. Love the magnetic declination adjuster and built-in clinometer. 25. This was supposed to last for at least ten years, and it’s 12 now. Still allows me to find my key easily in the dark. 26. This watch is so old they don’t make it any more. It is super accurate and was able to distinguish the height of two separate peaks 100m apart by three metres, saving me falling off a Scottish crag. 27. Making these bracelets is such good fun. It becomes a tad tiring when all your mates and their wives want one, however. 28. This means a lot to me as it was given by a special someone. Looks good on my sickles too. 29. Ray Mears even made me a case for my compass. Well, his lovely leather crafter Becky did, on his behest. I also use if for loads of other things - pack of cards, snifter flask etc. But not at the same time ;) 30. This was the first ever kuksa I made. It’s got lots wrong with it, but I use it all the time. Kuksa is Finnish for 'little cup’. 31.I switch cases but this is soo luxurious. Can you smell the leather from there? Samsung Note 4 fits in. I got a second Note 4 as the new 5 has no sd card / battery access. Humph, but I do love the phone, and the pen. The pen. NB. I usually only carry one of the knives, if it is appropriate to task, especially living in the UK.


PSK (Personal Survival Kit)

Rather than buy a pre-packed PSK you should carefully research and source the components.

These are some of the items that I have selected based on my skills, knowledge and training. They will fit in a 2oz tobacco tin or SUMA container :

○ Wire Saw - split rings removed and replaced with cord.

○ Photon Freedom Micro Light - ‘find me’ photoluminescent disc added.

○ 14mm SERE Button Compass - 'find me’ photoluminescent disc added.

○ Blanket Safety Pin, Safety Pins, Titanium Tooth Pick/Needle and Sewing Needles.

○ Water Sterilisation Tablets and Alcohol Wipes.

○ Signal Mirror.

○ Mini Light Sticks, Micro Firesteel, Ceramic Razor Blade, FireSteel and Folding Razor Saw.

○ Tornado Whistle.

○ Zero Dark Self Adhesive Credit Card, Luggage Tag with Sniper Tape and Electrical Tape.

This is not a SERE, Personal Recovery, Restraint Escape, E&E kit so you should not be packing handcuff keys, shims, lock picks etc. those items are carried and concealed on your person.


One possible version of a PSK or personal survival kit .

 All the above items fit into a belt wearable pouch in this case a Kifaru GPS pouch , this can also then be fitted to other kit such as packs or to a larger knife sheath via the malice clip  .

My personal choices for this kit include energy tablets ,small survival tin , a Spyderco Native 5 , TOPS folding saw , Boker Ti VOX tool with bottle opener and tungsten carbide breaker .

A Leatherman PS4 multi- tool , refillable Peizo lighter with fuel window and built in red LED flashlight , Fire steel wrapped in jute tinder with tungsten carbide striker and a silver foil emergency blanket .

 Also included are a Fenix PD20 180 lumen with SOS and strobe with a 66 hour run-time on low 9 lumen setting plus a spare CR123 battery in a Delrin case, a Cyalume 10 hour Visipad , wet fire tinder and several feet of Kevlar sleeved cord from

 The small Tin is 11cm long x 6.5 wide and only 1.3cm deep meaning its compact enough to stash away in clothing if I need more space in the pouch .

It features a basic personal first aid kit compromising of steri-strips ,plasters , disposable gloves and a resuscitation shield and water purification tabs .

The lid features a mirror circle , 3m orange high reflective and a GITD dot , £40.00 in tenners , x3 4hour mini Cyalume light sticks and a micro fire-steel with needle .

Also included are a folding razor /saw , mini tungsten carbide saw , photon freedom with a 12 hour run -time , P38 can opener , surgical blade and a custom made fire spark'er with jute tinder wrap .

All these items can of course be interchanged with other kit depending on the carry needs and environments traveled in and would always carry a more comprehensive first aid kit as standard .

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Some ideas for EDC or survival  E&E / SERE type tools .

From locking and non locking cutting tools depending on your carry laws through to Custom and production key chain and emergency use tools  .

Personal flashlights, strobe beacons and signaling options through to fire-steel’s and fire starters, tinder and strikers there’s just something about gadgets that I love .


Camo EOD tanto sorted for a US LEO .

6MM thick 01 tool steel American tanto style tip with camo laminate G-10 scales and torx chain ring bolts .

The customer requested I add a matching fire steel loop to the kryptek Highlander sheath with one of my slimline army sized fire-steels and a long malice clip for pack carry .

 My original intention had been for small of the back scout carry with 2 Blade tech IWB loops which I could then run a Tactical Tailor Molle mag pouch off to carry key survival / SERE kit in .

 Kit contents include an @oscardelta mini Gotube with Photon Freedom micro , @topsknivesofficial folding hacksaw ,cyflect pimped APALS Britestrike strobe , baddest bee fire fuses with tinder paper circles and fire-steel toggle , a spool of nano cord with mono filament test fishing line core , GITD SERE compass and a mini  Leatherman tool .

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Prototype Cyflect pouch’s

Just a rough idea but certainly will look into getting some proper versions made up as these were just stitched together about 30 mins ago .

2 sizes of Glint &Glow Cyflect sew on material with Velcro hook &loop closure with technora pull tabs .

The large was sized to take a DPX Gear Danger Tag , and the small x8 10 hour mini chem-lights  the bigger can also take several other similar sized items and the small fitted both a Photon freedom and a universal cuff key . 

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Survival Hatchet.

 Whilst I had the Technora 950 out to wrap up my AK knife I thought it may be cool to wrap up the haft of my Gransfors Bruks belt hatchet too .

The small axe lives in my Kifaru E&E pack and just wanted to see what add-ons I could add to the existing set up to make it better .

I wrapped the haft in over 200 inchs of the technora 950 cord from (many thanks Sync_below) giving a great grip but also a load of 950 lb breaking strain cord .

To the existing kydex mask I added a fire- steel toogle to the shock cord retention system , a Photon freedom Micro with 360 degree rotation and one of my Mini MK3 double sided Glint &Glow markers in 3M orange reflective and cyflect reverse .

 To the technora lanyard I added a mini Go-tube from snakeDr/ oscar delta which is perfect for stashing small SERE / E&E kit in this case a micro fire-steel/ needle  wrapped in several feet of micro cord ,  x2 swan Norton scalpels blades wrapped in waxed brown tinder paper , x2 Hammero tinder card circles, a baddest bee fire fuze sealed in heat shrink and a 10 hour red mini chem light .

 Apart from the obvious benefits of the axe with increased range, cutting/ chopping  power, use as a hammer  etc , there’s the added benefit of using the technora as a friction saw that will cut through wood , there are now also 2 ways to make fire , x5 forms of tinder and x5 lighting / signaling options .

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I was speaking to a Customer yesterday who asked me to have a think on a simple way He could carry x2 spare CR2016 batteries for His Photon freedom flashlight for short term use .

I know he carries a CF Go-tube from Oscar Delta so checked that the small flat batteries would fit in the rubber end cap , they did but were a little lose .

 I don’t know if a similar  technique has been posted before by someone else,if it has then my apologies .

 I decided to add a section of heat shrink squeezing the ends together to further seal and protect and the spare batteries are easy to access quickly with a small sharp blade . 


Final Prototype Testing once again:

This final prototype is one thats really simple but really useful! An elastic closure holds everything tightly together and expands or contracts depending on what you carry. Once you pull it back over itself you can unfold the roll and lift the cover.

Inside there is plenty of space for a combination of tools, and if required a light to help you. Sections that are sewn help organise your shims, EZ Decoders, lock pick sets, Photon Freedom light, handcuff keys, quick sticks or anything else you need including mini cyalumes! Not just one of each, you can pack a few of each into the kit and it will still close.

The rear has a loop for adding a lanyard for easy carry or just drop it into a pocket. By far one of the most useful tool kits you can have with you at any time no matter what you are wearing. The all black 1000D cordura means it will take all of the work day you have and still not cause a problem.

The lid is sewn to favor it wanting to close preventing loss while you get to grips with the task at hand! When you are done, fold the sides in, pull over the elastic closure and off you go. Simple works best, this is the most complex item in its simplest form.

Once final testing is complete these will be made available! How do you feel about an item like this?