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    Silky Saws PocketBoy – Best Compact Folding Saw for Bug Out Bags / Get Home Bags & Bushcraft

Silky Saws PocketBoy – Best Compact Folding Saw for Bug Out Bags / Get Home Bags & Bushcraft

The Pocket Boy made by Silky Saws is a small professional Japanese style pruning saw designed obviously for tree pruning and is used extensively by arborists but it can also be used in survival, outdoor and bushcraft applications. It is made in Japan where the best saw blades are manufactured.

The PocketBoy is available in two blade lengths: 5-inch (130 mm) and 6-3/4-inch (170 mm). The blades are interchangeable within the same blade length. Every blade length is available in four teeth sizes/configurations (tpi – teeth per inch): 7 tpi – Large/Coarse (pruning, green wood), 8.5 tpi – Medium (soft wood), 17 tpi – Fine (hard wood, bamboo), and 22 tpi – Extra Fine (dry hard wood).

The PocketBoy boasts a rust-resistant, hard chrome-plated, taper-ground blade with an impulse-hardened non-set tooth design for greater cutting efficiency. The steel used in the blade is SK4 High Carbon Steel.

The high quality rubberised handle is very comfortable, has a good grip and prevents slipping even with sweaty hands. It is also very comfortable to use with leather riggers gloves. At then end of the handle is a lanyard hole where you can attach paracord or rope.

The blade locks securely into one of two open positions, in line with the handle and flush cutting. The blade resists the effects of tree resin and easily wipes clean which is a huge plus in my opinion because who likes cleaning tree resin from their saws and axes? Each PocketBoy has a color-coded handle associated with the teeth configuration: Red – Large teeth, Black – Medium teeth, Yellow – Fine teeth, and Purple – Extra Fine teeth. For example the handle of this saw that they sent me is kind of pink (although it is advertised […]

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    True Utility FireStash Review – Fantastic Keychain EDC Fire Starter

True Utility FireStash Review – Fantastic Keychain EDC Fire Starter

We’ve just received some products from True Utility for testing, evaluation and review. A huge thanks to them for sending them out to us. True Utility® describe themselves as a British design company that specialises in stainless steel gifts, gadgets, and key-ring accessories. Creating clever things for key-rings, True Utility provides people with minimalist and practical solutions to everyday problems.  You can find out more about them at www.trueutility.com

In a survival situation one of the first priorities of survival is the ability to keep yourself warm. Fire as we all know provides just that and a whole lot more. One easy way to carry fire making capability around with you is to carry a small butane lighter in your pocket, purse, bag or on your keychain.

True Utility has produced a convenient EDC-friendly firestarter called the FireStash which is a small waterproof key ring canister housing a mini butane lighter. Once the fluid in the FireStash runs out, you don’t have to worry about throwing it away. It can be conveniently refilled with standard lighter fluid available from most supermarkets and newsagents.

The exterior is made from dark chrome plated zinc alloy. There is also a waterproof neoprene O ring around where the cap screws on to the canister to keep the lighter dry – something that is very important especially with fire making implements. A wet lighter is of no use especially when you need it most.

The FireStash took me about 4 strikes to get a cotton pad burning as the striker is a little bit too small for my thumb so makes it a little awkward to roll – but what do you expect from a mini butane lighter. What is important is whether it lights every […]

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    NEXT 72 Hours Snake Bite Management Kit – Best Aussie Snake Bite Kit EVER!

NEXT 72 Hours Snake Bite Management Kit – Best Aussie Snake Bite Kit EVER!

A couple of weeks ago, I did an article on why it is important to carry a snake bit treatment kit with you whenever you venture anywhere into the bush and information on how to treat a snake bite (you can check out my article here). Well, now I have found an excellent snake bite kit that I wholeheartedly endorse and it has everything you need to treat a bite from a snake or other venomous creatures (e.g. Cone Shell, Blue Ringed Octopus and the Funnel Web Spider). Up until now, I was recommending the Bob Cooper Snake Bite & Venomous Creatures Kit and although there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it, this new kit I’ve got has a bit more to it than Bob’s kit (his contains only 3 compression bandages and an instructions sheet housed in a small zippered case and goes for $21.95).

As I stated in my article, the sooner you treat a snake bite, the greater the chance of the casualty surviving. Imagine you’re out bushwalking, it’s summer and you receive a brown snake bite on the trail. Not only will medical assistance/rescue teams take a significant amount of time to get to you but also you would most likely die because there’s nothing you can do to stop the venom from spreading.

With a good snake bite kit you or someone else can use the included compression bandages to maintain the correct amount of pressure on the affected limb/body part thus stopping the venom from spreading.

This kit is made by Next72Hours which is a small emergency preparedness business based in QLD Australia run by a couple of guys, Matt and Phil, both of whom are involved in the emergency services – […]

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  • 16/06/2012 NEWS: Picture of Bob Cooper at Harry Waring Reserve where he teaches people nature survival  in the bush or desert He is also launching a book about survival .Picture of Bob Cooper  using striped bandages to tie up sticks for a shelter . Pictures Theo Fakos
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    The Bob Cooper Survival Kit: Tailored To & Tested In Aussie Conditions – Our Review

The Bob Cooper Survival Kit: Tailored To & Tested In Aussie Conditions – Our Review

Well a couple of weeks back I had the opportunity to review Bob’s book “Outback Survival”. Today I’m going to be reviewing his Survival Kit which is in use by Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, government agencies, pilots and mining companies as well as prepared people like me. Bob originally developed the prototype for this kit back in the late 80’s. He’s also personally tested it out on a 10 day, 160 + km trek through the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia. This current kit is the result of Bob’s extensive testing and refining.

Let us first take a look at the container. It is made of sturdy, durable aluminium with a water-resistant seal in the lid.  You can see the Bob Cooper Outback Survival branding on the front. The container is designed for cooking in which is one big plus in my opinion. The total weight of this kit is 434 grams. The dimensions of the container are 130 x 95 x 43mm – small enough to fit inside a pants pocket.

The kit contains 32 fantastic components – the absolute bare essentials for surviving out in the bush:

Compass, flint and hacksaw blade
Cotton pad, whistle, knife and plastic mirror
Tweezers, and plastic bags
Needle, fishing line, hooks, swivel and sinkers
Trace wire, cord and pencil
Stock cubes, tea bag, coffee and glucose
Puritabs, Condy’s crystals and paracetemol
Scalpel, bandaids and alcohol swabs
Antiseptic wipes (contains iodine)
Pencil and instruction sheet
Magnifying lens and multi tool
AAA Torch and playing cards

We will now take a look at each of the contents individually:

Folding Knife
Included in this kit is a decent fine-edge folding knife: a Smith & Wesson Extreme Ops. It’s one of my favourite folding knives and is excellent at what it is capable of. A […]