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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.

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.

High Angle Solutions – Lifesystems Dual-Action Firestarter

Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

UK company Lifesystems has introduced a Dual-Action Firestarter to their Outdoor Survival range. The compact Firestarter incorporates two rods offering a complete fire-starting solution and weighing just 42g you won’t notice it in your backpack when exploring the great outdoors.


One rod produces the ferrocerium spark which is used with the integrated striker, the other Magnesium rod provides tinder. It is suitable for use in all weather conditions and altitudes and boosts 8000 strikes.

Being prepared and having the right kit for emergencies should they arise is essential for any survival situation and the Dual-Action Firestarter could be just the item you need. With our 25 years of survival and expedition experience, you’ll be safe with Lifesystems by your side.

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Imminent Threat Solutions – SPIE Pouch

Monday, April 9th, 2018

The ITS SPIE Pouch (Special Purpose Insertion Extraction) provides a compact and versatile carrying method for your escape and evasion kit.


Whether your insertion is simply getting back into the door you just locked yourself out of, or your extraction is escaping from illegal restraint during a home invasion scenario, the SPIE Pouch has you covered.

The SPIE Pouch can be simply slipped into a pocket, routed horizontally on a belt through the elastic closure loops, or mounted vertically on a belt to facilitate working out of the pouch by pulling off the lower elastic loop (see photos).


The unique pouch design combines nylon webbing and elastic to create a very low-profile storage solution. Various stitched elastic-storage pockets allow you to easily organize tools so they’re easy to locate and access.


While designed to hold the contents of the SPIE Kit (available as an add on product) the SPIE Pouch is only limited by your imagination. It’s available in Black, Coyote and MultiCam, the ITS SPIE Pouch is handmade in the USA from Berry compliant materials.


Leatherman Signal Now In Green

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Already available in Steel and Black, Leatherman has added Green as a color option to their Signal Multitool.

Its 19 features include a Hammer, Safety Whistle, Ferrocerium Rod and a Diamond Sharpener which accommodates both straight and serrated blades. Made from 420HC Stainless Steel and featuring DLC (diamomd like coating).

HemiSERE is a Titanium Lapel Knife by Gearward

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

HemiSERE is a modernized version of the OSS Lapel Knife made of a Titanium/Ceramic composite.

Because the knife only weighs 4 grams, it can be attached directly to the collar with a “glue dot;” unlike other “lapel knives,” the HemiSERE really can be worn on the lapel 😉 At 1mm thick, it can also be stuck to a credit card, or slipped into a phone case. And of course it can also be integrated into a mini SERE kit.

High Angle Solutions – Lifesystems Heatshield Blanket

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

UK company Lifesystems has introduced a new Heatshield Blanket to their Outdoor Survival range and with a weight of less than 100g, there’s no excuse not to carry one in your backpack when exploring the great outdoors.


Made from a heat-reflective, metalised low density polyethylene, the advanced Headshield Blankets are capable of retaining 90% of your radiated body heat. The blanket’s wind and waterproof material also helps to reduce wind-chill and can therefore play a crucial role in keeping you warm if you become injured or lost on the hill. The durable Heatshield Blankets are tear-resistant, meaning you can easily reuse them time and time again, and each blanket is supplied with a bag to keep it safe inside your rucksack.

The exterior of the Heatshield Blanket is a highly visible, safety orange that makes it easy for help to spot you during an emergency situation. For even greater practicality, the outer surface of the blanket is also radar reflective, making it much easier for emergency services to locate you when you’re far away from the beaten track. Crucial safety information is printed directly onto the outside of the blanket, helping you to take Lifesystems’ extensive survival knowledge out on your adventures with you.

Available in both single and double versions, the Heatshield Blanket is particularly useful for situations where someone has fallen and you can’t risk moving them. By tucking the Heatshield Blanket around the injured individual, you can help them retain crucial body heat, reducing the risk of hypothermia – a real, year-round threat on the British hills. Before you head out onto the trail, make sure that not only have you prepared for the unexpected with your kit, but you are also aware of the early symptoms of hypothermia so you can deal with situations before they arise.

Slurred speech and mumbling
Shallow breathing
A lack of coordination
Drowsiness or confusion

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