A while back, I reviewed a high quality hollow handled survival knife… Kizlyar Supreme’s Survivalist X. In the video accompanying the article, I went into some depth concerning the MOLLE panel on the front of its sheath, which I added a 50? hank of paracord to. I have since replaced the paracord with Kizlyar Supreme’s MOLLE Survival Kit SMP1… it attaches to a belt or anything MOLLE-compatible.
After having reviewed Kizlyar Supreme’s Survivalist X in the D2 tool steel, I chose to review another of Kizlyar Supreme’s knives… the Urban! The Urban is small full tang knife with a 3.5” blade. It is available in D2 or AUS8, both good choices for different applications/environments.
My fire making kit is composed of several very different items… from different tinders, to different ways to make sparks, and also to different ways to make flame. This is not only redundancy… two is one, one is none… but also overlap. Each item has a circumstantial strength, but also a circumstantial limitation compensated for by another item in the kit. As comprehensive and as complete my survival fire making kit is, I have long searched for an emergency fire making device that will produce flame in extreme circumstances quickly and easily… even if limited to using only one cold hand… and with respect to all the items in my fire making kit, I believe I have found a fire making device that just might be the “World’s Best Fire Starter”… a bold claim indeed!
A while back, I wrote an article based on a video I made taking a nostalgic look at “The Survivor”… the cheapo hollow handled survival knife inspired by the film First Blood. After making fun of that piece of crap knife that so many of us naive 10 year old “survivalists” got from Santa Claus in the early 1980’s… I went on to recommend a few that my research revealed as viable survival knives.
Hollow handled survival knives appeal to minimalist survivalists who like a complete survival kit in one item… and to those who like essential survival item redundancy.
The means to reliably make fire is essential to any survival kit. There are many popular firestarter choices, one being the magnesium bar with an attached ferrocerium rod. I have compared 4 brands both to their efficacy and their durability.