The black Crow .

 I love looking at Nature for inspiration especially for my knife blade shapes and have recently been re looking at bird’s beaks .

The Crows beak kiridashi was made from 5mm thick 52100 bearing steel which was jimped in 3 key areas for traction control and I added a top swedge to add a needle like tip to the beak .

 It was then etched in ferric chloride , the mirror polished edge and top swedge have gone a deep  dark color creating a great contrast with the flat of the blade .

The simple handle wrap is black sheathed Kevlar cord from and I will probably add a black kydex neck carry sheath with Kevlar lanyard to complete the package .

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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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Technora .

Left to right Technora 200 , 600 and 950 lb breaking strain (same thickness as standard 550 para cord ) great for handle wraps, EDC gear lanyards,survival stash cord and as as friction saw to cut wood if need be .

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A pair of Gitd kit markers made up for a US customer.

These ones feature double sided highly reflective Cyalume Cyflect with technora tethers and safety break away cord-locks .

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