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GrimWorkshop – Credit Card Sized Survival Spear

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

GrimWorkshop on Etsy makes a variety of credit card-sized survival kits. This one, their Survival Spear, is exactly what it sounds like. The card consists of three individual pieces, that can be combined into a full sized broadhead spear tip; just add handle and lashing and you’re ready to go. The pieces are made of stainless steel, and can even be put back into the storage card thanks to a patent pending tool retention system developed by GrimWorkshop.

Made in the USA.


How To Make A Soup Can Stove

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

YouTube channel NightHawkInLight shows off how to make a camp stove out of a used soup can.

You can check out more of NightHawkInLight’s videos on his YouTube channel.

RE Factor Tactical – Survival Shoe Laces

Friday, May 5th, 2017


Survival Shoe Laces are laces made of 550 FireCord, a material which features one red fire-starting strand, along with 7 additional paracord strands for survival usage. The Survival Shoe Laces are sized at 72″ long, and RE Factor included a hidden handcuff key for escaping illegal restraint.

Available in Black, Tan, and Ranger Green.


Innovation Factory – Trucker’s Friend Survival Tool

Friday, October 21st, 2016


First off, I want to start off with this: ‘Trucker’s Friend’ is a great name for a survival tool. Since that’s now out of the way, here’s the details: the Trucker’s Friend is a multi-purpose survial tool which combines an axe with a good number of additional tools, including but not limited to a hammer; pry bar; wire twist; and grapple hook in a 19.25″ long package, complete with “shock-absorbing PowerGrip” and fiberglass handle. Plus, it’s made in the USA (the city of Industry, CA, to be exact), which I always like to see.


12 Survivors cooks up adventure with the Off-Grid Survival Stove!

Monday, September 12th, 2016


(MANSFIELD, TEXAS) – Whether you are on a weekend camping trip with family, nestled into a backcountry paradise or simply trying to survive long enough for help to arrive, the 12 Survivors Off-Grid Survival Stove makes even the worst situations a bit more appetizing. This ultra-compact, lightweight, flat-folding camp stove adds a trace amount of luxury to any situation, including backpacking, hunting or fishing, without bulking up your gear.

Small enough to fit flatly in your backpack but big enough to cook up a mighty tasty off-the-grid meal, this innovative stainless steel stove burns wood and other organic materials and features hinged panels for quick setup and takedown. The included grill grate provides the perfect surface for direct cooking or supporting containers while an ash pan keeps the ground cleaner.

Set up, this stove measures 5.75”W x 5.75”L x 6”L. When the meal is over, the camp stove conveniently folds down to just 5.75”W x .6”L x .45”H and stores in an included nylon pouch. Total weight is 13.5 oz.



Saturday, June 11th, 2016


The Timahawk is a 27″ long survival tool which consists of a 6″ axe blade, 2″ pry-bar, and 2″ ADZE hammer head. The tool is constructed of 4130 pre-hardened steel, with recycled hard custom plastic handles. It comes complete with a 900D polyester sling back carrying case, with PALS-compatible webbing and additional storage compartments.


Superesse Paracord – The Bug Out Bracelet

Thursday, June 9th, 2016


Superesse Paracord is a Veteran Owned/Operated store on Etsy, which, as you may have guessed from the name, makes and sells a variety of crafted-to-order paracord-based products. The Bug Out Bracelet is Superesse’s most comprehensive offering, consisting of a fully-loaded paracord bracelet, which is essentially a wearable bug-out bag with 30+ items, allowing you to “start a fire, build shelter, purify water, signal for help, waterproof a poncho, replace a shoelace, fish, carve an arrow/fashions bow, set a snare trap, tighten a lose screw, boil/cook, open a can of food, skin an animal, white a note, signal, suture a wound, etc.”

You can check out Superesse’s full offerings at the link below:


Massdrop – Ultimate Derlin Safe Combo

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016


Massdrop currently has a drop on a combo pack for two Derlin capsules manufactured by CountyComm. Derlin is a low-friction thermoplastic, and the capsules also feature a waterproof O-ring seal. The capsules come in two sizes; the larger capsule is sized for objects like spare ammo, paper, and emergency bandages; the smaller capsule can hold items like water tablets, or extra cord.


Primitive Technology – Woven Bark Fiber

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Soylent The Wonder Food, Not So Wonderful

Monday, January 4th, 2016


Just at the close of 2015, I was “voluntold” to try out Soylent, the meal replacement beverage. That’s a pretty common occurrence around SSD. Anything that is faddish or sketch; I’m the Guinea pig. Soylent is a powder that is mixed in water, which is formulated to be nutritionally complete; a single bag provides 2000 calories for a full day’s use. It also shares a name with the subject of that classic 1970s dystopian flic. While its referred to as a “wonder food” the taste was anything but wonderful.

My first taste was like eating liquidized paper, as in, it tasted like printer paper smells, with a creamy consistency. As I kept trying it, I kind of… ‘got used to it’, but there was never a point where I found it completely palatable. For me, the taste shifted from “liquidized paper” to “liquid bread” as I kept drinking it, which was better, but also still pretty disconcerting. I realize there are people who have transitioned completely to Soylent for their day-to-day nutrition, but for me, it’s a last resort option.

The clip below summarizes my feelings about Soylent completely:


Gearward – A-K Band

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015


Gearward’s A-K Band or Anti-Kidnapping Band is a tube that is designed to fit onto any standard watch strap, which contains the tools necessary to escape from rope, duct tape, zip ties, and handcuffs. The band contains a ceramic razor blade, polymer handcuff key, and a 4′ Kevlar friction saw. The A-K Band is designed for use by Military personnel, foreign aid workers, journalists in conflict zones, or even travelers in countries with a high risk for kidnapping.



Sunday, December 13th, 2015


Manufactured by nendo for SUGITA ACE, the MINIM+AID honestly reminds me of an extremely upsized VSSL. Roughly sized the same as a standard umbrella, the MINIM+AID is an emergency preparedness kit that “includes the bare minimum necessary for a city-dweller to make it to a place of refuge during an earthquake or other disaster.”


Included within the MINIM+AID is a whistle, handcrank radio/charger, raincoat, lantern, drinking water, and a general purpose plastic case. This is all contained within a 5cm wide tube that is waterproof and buoyant.


The MINIM+AID is, according to the manufacturer, slimmer and more compact that conventional emergency kits, and comes with an included strap to wear over the shoulder. The tube is available in Black, Silver, or White, and each tool is available in three different colors.


Sparky Fire Starter On Kickstarter

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

Sparky is a project on Kickstarter for a battery-powered fire starter. Sparky is powered by two AAA batteries, and has a solid copper conductor tip which will ignite steel wool upon contact.


Z.A.P.S. Gear – Survival Grenade

Monday, November 9th, 2015

ZAPS Grenade

The Z.A.P.S. Gear Survival Grenade was developed by a former Marine Scout Sniper, and contains 28 individual components designed for use in a survival scenario. The components include:

– 45′ of 550 cord
– Compass
– Duct tape
– Ferrocerium firestarter
– 3 fish hooks
– 3 weatherproof matches w/striker
– 6 water purification tablets
– And more…

You can check out a breakdown video of the Survival Grenade below:


Zombie Tinder

Monday, October 12th, 2015

Zombie Tinder

Yeah, I know, zombies. To be fair, though these do look like a pretty good bit of tinder to bring with you on any outdoor excursions or for an emergency kit:

– Waterproof
– Non-toxic
– All weather fire
– Never expires
– 1600 ºF burn temperature

Plus, they look like eyeballs, and they’re made by hand in the USA.


Tactical Intent – Mykel Hawke Arrowhead Set

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015


The Mykel Hawke Arrowhead Set is composed of five unique hunting tool accessories inspired by the cultures Mykel Hawke encountered during his service with the Armed Forces. The tools are made of black oxide coated stainless steel, featuring hollow ground edges for sustained sharpness, and can be used for numerous hunting techniques including spear hunting, trapping, and fishing. Additionally, the set comes with a small storage pouch.


This post was originally featured on Soldier Systems Daily.

TiWhistle On Kickstarter

Monday, July 20th, 2015


The TiWhistle is a project on Kickstarter for a 100% titanium whistle. Despite its small size, it is capable of an output of roughly 120 decibels.


SURVCO – Tactical Credit Card AX

Friday, May 15th, 2015


SURVCO is a disabled Veteran owned and operated business based out of Fort Mitchell, Alabama. The products developed by SURVCO are survival-inclined, such as the Tactical Credit Card AX. Made of 12 Gague 304 stainless steel, the Credit Card AX is a credit card-sized survival tool which comfortably stores inside a wallet. The head features 21 individual functions, including being lashed to a handle to function as a tomahawk, ax, knife, scraper, skinner, or shovel, depending on use.


VSSL Flask Light On Kickstarter

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Last August, I wrote about the VSSL (pronounced like the word vessel), a hollow Aluminum tube for storing survival and outdoor items in, with an LED flashlight at the end; a bit like one of those old school large-sized Maglights, but with a hollow handle for storing items instead of batteries.


Since then, VSSL has planed an expansion to their line of hollow body flashlights with the Flask Light. Made of food-grade stainless steel rather than the aluminum of the original VSSL flashlight, the Flask Light is a multi-compartment system which consists of a compass end cap, a 10 oz. liquid container, a hidden compartment with two collapsible shot glasses and a bottle opener, and of course the dual mode LED flashlight.


The finalized VSSL Flash Light will be available with either a matte green or polished steel exterior.


Taurus – FIRST 24 Kit

Sunday, February 15th, 2015


Taurus is selling the FIRST 24 Kit, a package which consists of components selected by a team of industry experts, put together for the purpose of surviving the first 24 hours of any crisis and making one’s way to safety. To that end, the kit includes a Taurus Judge and CRKT Sting Survival Knife, customized by Aimpro Tactical to their exacting standards. The kit also includes the following items:

– Brite Strike EPLI Flashlight
– Brite Strike APALS
– Zippo Outdoors Emergency Fire Starter Kit
– Power Pax Slim Line Caddie
– Energizer E92 AAA Batteries
– 20mm Spherical Survival Compass
– 550 Survival Paracord Bundle

All the components of the kit come in an SKB Waterproof/Drop-Proof Survival Case.


Titaner – Machined Capsule

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Machined Capsule

Titaner has released this Machined Capsule. Milled from solid titanium, the capsule is waterproof and corrosion resistant. Its size makes it ideal for carrying items such as first aid equipment, fire starting kit, and more.


Danger Ranger Bear App

Monday, September 1st, 2014


The Danger Ranger Bear app by Prometheus Design Werx “…shares the how to’s, what’s, why’s, do’s and don’ts for your next outdoor adventure.” It offers constantly updating outdoors tips such as recipes for outdoor meals, how to read a topographic map, bushcraft, and gear maintenance, as well as gear reviews and campfire tales.

Currently available on iOS.

You can get it here: itunes.apple.com/us/app/danger-ranger-bear/id905506238?mt=8

VSSL Outdoor Utility Tools

Friday, August 15th, 2014


The VSSL is a waterproof metal tube 8″ x 2″ made from milspec 6061 seamless extruded aluminum. Utilizing a high-powered LED light with a small form factor, the VSSL is essentially a flashlight with the extra handle space that once would be used to house the battery supply instead useable as a survival canister. The VSSL can either be purchased stand-alone, or ordered with one of three package configurations: Supplies, First Aid, and Shelter. The Supplies configuration, for example, features a vareity of survival tools, such as fire starters, fishing tackle, trail markers, and first aid, all bundled in individual tins custom fit to the VSSL.

Made in Canada. Orders are expected to begin shipping Fall 2014.


Motopeds – Survival Bike

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Motoped is a company formed from a successful Kickstarter venture for a motorized bike kit that utilizes an XR50/pitbike engine and standard mountain bike components. They’ve recently unveiled a prototype of their next product, the ‘Survival Bike’.

Survival Bike

Although the specs haven’t been released yet, the base model Survival Bike shown above has changes over the standard model including a subdued color scheme with Olive Drab overtones, additional fuel canisters, and a carry rack.

Survival Bike Black Ops

Pictured above is the ‘Black Ops’ model, which features the following tools and accessories:

– Barnett Recruit Compound Crossbow

– Rotopax RX-1G Gas Packs – 1 Gallon

– United Cutlery M48 Tactical Survival Shovel

– United Cutlery M48 Hawk Tomahawk

– United Cutlery M48 Hawk Harpoon

– Gerber Fixed Blade Saw

– Blackburn X6 Light System

– Black Diamond Carabiners / Climbing rope

– Cree Mini LED Flashlight

– BioLogic Bike Mount for iPhone4/gps

– Tool Logic Tactical Multifunction Knife / light

– Tool Logic Credit Card Companion multi-tool

– CRKT Guppie multi-tool

– Tactical-Warrior Neck Knife

Be sure to frequent the Motopeds Facebook page for continuing information on the Survival Bike, including final specs and pricing, as it becomes available.


The Three Amigos – Bushnell Bear Grylls BackTrack D-Tour

Monday, July 28th, 2014


The BackTrack D-Tour is designed to allow the user to find their way back to a custom waypoint that can be marked with the device. Using the D-Tour, we found that it’s best to travel a steady pace to allow the device to calibrate your directions. It’s worth noting that use in an area with a strong presence of iron or other magnetic metals can cause an error in the path finding. Additionally, the D-Tour is compatible with most personal computers, and can show the course, length, speed, elevation, and temperature of the most recently logged trip.

The BackTrack also comes with a rescue mirror which includes a handy Morse code guide.

– The Three Amigos