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Shomer-Tec – Fire Cards

Saturday, July 28th, 2018

Shomer-Tec’s new Fire Cards are credit card sized fire-starting tools which take up minimal space in a survival kit or fits in your wallet so you’ll always have it when needed. They come in two flavors; an accelerant and a fuel.


Due to its thin profile and easy gripping, its very easy to create magnesium shavings, which when ignited by ferrocerium sparks will burn extremely hot to ignite your tinder. Size: 3.26” x 2.10” x 0.05”. Weight: 0.28 oz. Made in USA.


The Cedar Card is a survival kindling card made from a solid piece of Western Red Cedar, known for its hot burn (even when damp) due to its natural oils and resins. It’s pre-scored and ready for breaking into pieces and forming a fire base. Works great when using magnesium shavings and ferrocerium or even just a match. Size: 3.37” x 2.13” x 0.10”. Weight: 0.1 oz. Sustainably grown and made in USA.


WNDSN XPD – Acrylic Pocket Quadrant Telemeter

Friday, July 27th, 2018

I recently ran across this pocket quadrant telemeter. It’s not something you see very often, and as some SSD readers like to keep it old school, I thought it was worth a share.

It’s a navigation, measurement and rangefinding tool. Once you inderstand it, it’s very simple to use. You locate an object of known size at the distance you need to measure and rely on trigonometry to give you the information you need. Sure, some of this can be done with a weapon optic, but that’s not always something you’ll have readily available.

Made in Germany, it comes with a Dyneema plumbline and tungsten carbide weight.


ORSM 18 – VSSL High Output Mini Camp Stove

Tuesday, July 24th, 2018


Canadian company VSSL got their start crowdfunding survival and first-aid kits packed in waterproof cylinders. Their latest development is a High Output Mini Camp Stove.


Users will need to a divide their own gas canister, but the actual stove is designed to boil one liter of water in under three minutes. It weighs 4.5 oz and fits in a cylinder which incorporates a light and compass for a combined weight of 11.8 oz.


Supresse Straps – Signal Tablet

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

This signal tablet is smaller than a quarter, with one side a mirror and the other with one of four optional backers.

Luminous Glow Light Surface: charge in seconds from natural/artificial light source(flashlight, sun, phone screen) generates minutes of a low glow output for seeing a map or operation orders in dark environments.

SOLAS, Safety Of Life At Sea Reflector: Hi-Vis, Coast Guard approved signal and safety tape adhered to buckle. Use to communicate your location or MORSE Code. Waterproof. Long distance visibility.

Glint Tag, Infrared reflective signal: Non-fabric surface glows to provide covert combat identification. Reflects IR light brightly to identify friend or for when viewed through night vision equipment (Domestic Shipping Only).

Tinder Paper Sheet: Waxed parchment pine sheet of wood. Slow burn time, strong flame, good for one emergency fire. Peel off backing from mirror and ignite.


SOLKOA Survival Systems Launches New Website

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

SOLKOA Survival Systems is my favorite company for survival gear. Recently, they relaunched their website, adding the entire PRO-level Modules line as well as additional components and kits with over 50 unique items.

Additionally, based on recent demand from deploying warfighters whose units are unable to make organizational contract purchases through SOLKOA, they’ve now made several restricted kits available for individual purchase for active duty military, sworn law enforcement, or other at-risk government personnel deploying overseas. After vetting their credentials they can purchase kits with expanded capabilities that are normally restricted by ITAR or general sale to the public at large.

Now with the new website up, S3 intends to launch even more S3 components, task-focused modules/paks, and complete kits throughout the coming months including a Traveler line for global business and recreational travelers, as well as some new container form factors for carrying and packing your S3 contingency gear.

Lastly, as part of this launch and to celebrate our Independence Day, S3 is offering a sale of 10% off all products and free shipping for any retail orders over $50. The code for the discounts is: FREEDOM10 and will be good from now through midnight on July 4th, 2018.


The AEGIS Pocket Survival Kit by Fire Water Survival

Friday, June 15th, 2018

At Blade Show I met Craig Tonelli, owner of Fire Water Survival. He was showing the AEGIS Pocket Survival Kit, which boasts a rather unique combination of components.

When you first see it, it looks common enough, what with the 12 foot of 550 cord wrapping. But once you remove that, you expose what appears to be a metal capsule.

Turns out, it’s a collapsible metal cup which also stores the other components. In addition to the cordage and water purification capability, it also contains fishing kit, fire starter and cutting tool.


There is a larger kit named the Chief which is based on the same concept but with more of it.


-Eric Graves

Blade Show 18 – Exotac RipSPOOL

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

If you were a BattlBox subscriber you’d already have a RipSPOOL. Exotac recently released the first batch through the monthly subscription box service.

Equipped with a fire cord lanyard so you won’t lose it (and start a fire), RipSpool is a mini repair kit. In addition to an outer wrapping of over 4′ of Duct Tape, the end cap is wound with 60′ of 30 lbs test line.

When you unscrew the end cap, it contains a #16 sail needle which is mounted inside the end cap so that it can be used as an awl. Additional dead space inside, leaves room for fish hooks or other small items.


Friday, April 27th, 2018

VSSL started out as a Kickstarter Campaign but has now transitioned to a product line with five flashlight-based products with watertight storage, made from extruded aluminum including Flask, Supplies, First Aid, Mini Cache abd Mini Cache with Suunto Compass.

The VSSL Supplies kit contains:

• Triple mode LED light/lantern (including SOS mode)
• Compass (oil filled)
• 6 hour pure Canadian beeswax candle
• Razor blade
• 6 Aquatabs® water purification tablets. Purify up to 3 gallons (each tab purifies up to 2 liters, depending on water quality)
• Wire saw (high tensile, 60lb working strength with handle straps)
• Aluminum beadless emergency whistle
• Waterproof matches
• Tinder Quik® fire starters
• Fishing Gear
• Signalling Mirror
• 25′ of marine grade rope (250lb breaking strength)
• Reflective trail markers
• P38 military GI Type can opener
• First aid supplies
• VSSL priorities of survival and instructions

The VSSL Supplies is available from Extreme Outfitters.