Survival Hax 10 in 1 EDC Keychain

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EDC (Every Day Carry) are those items you want on you (or within immediate reach) at all times. Each person’s EDC kit will be different and will be based to a large degree on personal preference, and to some degree on your usual location.

When SurvivalHax.com sent me their 10 in 1 EDC keychain for review, I was pretty interested.  This is basically a mini-fishing kit with fire starter stored in a waterproof aluminum case attached to 4 feet of braided Para cord with a whistle attached to a small carabiner.

 The aluminum container holds :

3 Fishing lines 2 x Hooks 2 x Weights 2 x Floaters 2 x Sinkers 2 x Swivels 1 Knife 1 Tinder cotton 1 Ferrocerium rod 2 Safety Pins and  1 cable saw
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The first thing I tested was the whistle. Although not police quality, it got the immediate attention of both the wife and the cat, each vying to give me the meanest scowl. It is certainly loud enough for signaling purposes. The carabiner is of lightweight metal but seems to be of good quality. Although I did not unbraid the paracord, it also looks to be well made.

The small finger knife has a sharp edge and a saw edge. The sharp edge wasn’t that sharp, but a few swipes on a sharpener solved that, and it will now cut the fishing line if needed. The main use of the knife is as a striker for the Ferrocerium rod. Holding it by the ring end and striking it like a match down the rod produces a goodly ammount of sparks, certainly enough to start a fire with proper tinder. I didn’t try the small cotton tinder roll, as I am soaking it in Vaseline and placing it in a small plastic pill bag.

Living in the Sonoran Desert I am not real close to a handy stream to try the fishing gear, but it is certainly adequately made. The small wire saw is sufficient to cut a small pole for a fishing rod, but I doubt it would hold up to hard continuous use. But then again, it wasn’t designed to. This is an EDC kit to get you home to your main gear.

The aluminum case is indeed waterproof with a thin rubber gasket between the two parts.  I tend to adapt my gear. I recently did an article on the SurvivalHax.com nifty little Survival Shovel Both handels are hollow, and I filled one with cotton balls wrapped in a plastic bag to use with the fire starter. I am going to take the fishing components on the 10 in 1, wrap them in a [plastic bag, and place them in the second hollow handle. The shovel is attached to my get home bag I keep in the back of my Jeep.  As I require certain medication, I am going to fill the waterproof metal case with one weeks worth of medication and attach it also to the get home bag.

Conclusion

All in all, this is a pretty nifty little set up for the price. You can use it as intended as an EDC keychain, or divvy up the components as I did. Available from SurvivalHax.com  or on Amazon.

 

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The Best Battery Strategy For Your Bug Out Bag

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When it comes to survival, the key is having the right mix of gear and skill available to solve a wide array of potential problems that might come up. As most of us already know, a bug out bag (BOB) is a particular set of gear that is intended to keep you alive for up […]

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6 Tips for Choosing the Best Binoculars for Outdoor Activities

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Simple as they may look, binoculars are very useful for any outdoor adventure. They are especially a must-have for hunters and bird-watchers who need to be able to see clearer and farther in the wild. Picking the perfect binoculars is not as easy as finding the shirt that fits, though. Several things have to be […]

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Gear Review: Jastek Aluminum Multi Charging Cable

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I have reviewed several of these Jastek Multi Charging cables, at this point I do it just so I can get another set.  I love them.  I have one next to the be, in the laptop bag, in the truck, and at work.  The Aluminum Multi Charging Cable shown here, is my favorite. The aluminum […]

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Gear Review: Acke 24 watt Grow Lamp

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I love growing my own vegetables, and I have been searching for ways to do this inside, becasue of this I have used a bunch of different grow lights.  The cheap ones don’t work, and the good ones are expensive – and they all take a lot of electricity. I was pretty pleased to get […]

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Valley Food Storage Dehydrated Peanut Powder.

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For those wishing to stockpile foods for long-term storage, there are a number of options. There are many companies that specialize in dehydrated foods, and the best advice you can get is to decide what you are going to need, and sample a variety from different companies. And there are a large choice of food types and menus.

Valley Food Storage is one of the major players in the industry. I tested their white bean and lime chili and found it really good. So when I was given another choice of item to test, I decided on the peanut powder. My main interest is in lightweight and easily stored items that would be functional and nutritional either bugging in or out. Peanut butter is a popular staple with survivalists for a number of reasons which I described here where I wrote about the real deal.

Peanut powder is made by compressing peanuts to remove the oil and fats, and then grinding them into powder. This provides a lightweight substitute for the much heavier actual peanut butter. So how does it stack up against the real thing on the two issues I see as most important: Nutrition and taste.

Nutrition

The table below is the label off the Valley Food Storage package. One serving consists of two tablespoons. One serving will contain 7g of protein, 70 calories, and 4g of total fat.

This is the label off of a regular jar of Jif creamy peanut butter. It also has 7 g of protein, but has 180 calories, and 16 grams of total fat

The peanut powder has and equal amount of protein, but a lot fewer calories, fat and sodium. But you are also talking a lot less weight for the amount of protein.

Taste Test

Easy to mix, it is 1 for 1 water and powder. I mixed two tablespoons of powder with two tablespoons of water. It mixed easily and rapidly. It wasn’t as thick as regular peanut butter. It tasted good, but needs a bit of sugar for my taste. Easily done in the field with small sugar packets.  It is advertised as good to mix in things like yogurt or cereal, or juice. OK in a bug in situation, but maybe not so practical on the move.  It would make a lightweight protein additive for such things as crackers, etc. It would also lighten up the blandness of survival food.

Conclusion

Lightweight and tasty protein supplement for a survival situation, but it has the same water dependent drawback that all dehydrated food stuffs have. I have placed one bag in my food stash and will let the wife enjoy the other in her breakfast yogurt.

Available from Valley Food Storage

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50% off code on Amazon Water Filter

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My friends over at survivalhax offered a 50% off code on a water filter straw I want to share with you. It is for a water purification straw, unfortunately it is only good for the next 5 days. Using it is simple. Step 1 – Go to the link for the Water Filter Straw with […]

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Sricam 720P HD Waterproof Wireless Surveillance CCTV

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  j I admit I have mixed feelings about this camera, than the last one I reviewed.  This one was easier to hook up to my phone, and I like the single cable instead of three separate cords coming from the camera.  IT goes to IR nicely, and has a good picture.  However, it feels […]

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Book Review: Advanced Surveillance

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This training manual on Advanced Surveillance covers all aspects of carrying out a physical covert surveillance in order to gather intelligence and evidence. This is an interesting topic to read about, but be warned, it takes a lot of effort and practice time to learn how to do this. While most of us don’t have […]

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Book Review: Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill

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There is perhaps no bigger or more important issue in America at present than youth violence. Columbine, Sandy Hook, Aurora: We know them all too well, and for all the wrong reasons: kids, some as young as eleven years old, taking up arms and, with deadly, frightening accuracy, murdering anyone in their paths. What is […]

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ESI HN03 Bullet Camera SD Card Install

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In this video I show a ESI HN03 Bullet Camera SD Card Install, I am not pleased that I have to take the camera apart and add a mini SD card to make my camera record.  You would think that a security camera would come ready to work. At lease it was not hard. All […]

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Gear Review: Wireless Doorbell Home Kit With Over 50 Chimes

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hhh I needed a wireless doorbell to put down by the gate at my land.  Since this one says it will transmit up to 900 feet line of site or 200-700 feet normally and I am only about 150 feet from gate to shipping container I thought this may work. Of course, that 150 feet […]

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Book Review: Harvesting Urban Timber

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Harvesting Urban Timber explains the importance of harvesting urban trees and how to do so. Three to four billion board feet of potential lumber is being fed either directly or indirectly into landfills throughout the United States each year. Case studies illustrate how some cities and counties have reduced waste through the use of urban timber […]

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Gear Review: Esi Hitch Portable Wireless Vehicle Backup Camera

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#WirelessTrailerCamera Esi Hitch Portable Wireless Vehicle Backup Camera Rear view camera Water Resistant IR Night Vision Camera System Trailer Hitch Rear View with 2.5″ LCD Monitor For RV Trailer Motorhome 5th Wheels Having a lot of trailers to move around and not a lot od space to do it meant I needed a backup camera.  […]

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List of Great Books on Bartering

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Just by going to websites like this, you are way ahead of the general populace. If you go ahead and actually prepare you are light-years ahead of most. If we have a large scale disaster, you may be in a position to trade some of your goods (and services) for items you may need. Here are some books to get you started in bartering.

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“Third Tier” List of Recommended Specialty Books

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Some of these books are more expensive than those in the second and first tiers, others are more technical, and some are supplemental texts that cover the same subjects in different ways. For whatever reason, I don’t find these books as essential as those on the first two lists, even though I bought some of them first….

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“Second Tier” List of Recommended Specialty Books

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I subscribe to a Good, Better, Best philosophy when it comes to preparedness resources. I would rather have a good piece of equipment RIGHT NOW, than have plans to buy the best most ultimate piece of gear someday. Then as I learn to use that good piece of equipment, it helps me know what too look for when I have the resources to upgrade. Once you start to understand the fundamental skills contained in the non-fiction must have list, you may want to learn more details. This next list is a little more in depth. It will be followed by a third list at a later date.

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Book Review: Chainsaw Lumbermaking

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Once you’re familiar with Will Malloff’s method of chainsaw lumbermaking, you’ll be simply and economically turning trees into lumber on your own! Learn how to select the tree you want, fell it safely, and saw it into a fine pile of building or cabinet lumber. With detailed instructions and over 400 photographs, Will Malloff tells […]

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Non-Fiction Must Read Books

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Having “stuff” is cool, but too many people tend to rely on “stuff” in an emergency, when really, keeping your head and thinking your way through things works a lot better. (Ever watch MacGyver?) No preparedness plan is complete without knowledge, because somebody can take your stuff, but they cannot take your mind, (if YOU don’t lose it!).

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100 Things to Disappear First

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You might have seen this list floating around the internet, I don’t know who first created it, or when, but I thought it brought up some interesting points. I took the liberty of reformatting it when I found it skipped items 14 and 15, and added a couple to make 100. One way or another […]

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Gear Review: Can Food Organizer

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The cardinal rule of food storage is store what you eat and eat what you store.   In my home we eat can food, and we go to the local ALDI and buy our can food by the flat.  Now we do mark the month and year on the top of each can with a sharpie, […]

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Gear Review: prO-Bub Kid Ear Muffs

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#probubearmuffs As a father and a firearm instructor, I have been on the lookout for good quality hearing protection for my son. Kid Ear Muffs are not something I am willing to compromise with. My bot is 4 and while I don’t think he is ready to shoot a “real gun”, I have more than […]

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Book Review: Stories and Recipes of the Great Depression of the 1930’s, Volume IV

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Reading about how others survived hardship is a great way to prepare to survive. The book Stories And Recipes of the Great Depression os a great resource to do just that. This book is a continuing historical documentation of the impact the Depression Era had in the homes of those who struggled to keep their […]

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7 Great Homesteading Magazine Recommendations

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Here are some of my favorite Homesteading Magazine Recommendations, These have a lot of great information (and are sometimes the sources of some of my project ideas). I like the term prepsteader as a way to merge the similarities of preppers and homesteaders Subscribing saves a lot of money over buying them at the newsstand. […]

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Book Review: Meditations on Violence

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Experienced martial artist and veteran correction officer Sgt. Rory Miller distills what he has learned from jailhouse brawls, tactical operations and ambushes to explore the differences between martial arts and the subject martial arts were designed to deal with: Violence. In Meditations on Violence Sgt. Miller introduces the myths, metaphors and expectations that most martial […]

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Book Review: Practical Pole Building Construction

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In Practical Pole Building Construction the author has given the extra dimension of original plans for a lean-to barn, horse barn, hillside house, garage/wood shed, mountain pole cabin, and a coastal house. Pole building construction saves money, time, labour, and materials because it involves limited grading, no excavation, flexibility on site, and few materials. I […]

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Gear Review: DIY Soft Plastik Bait Injection Mold Do-It Fishing

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<a href=”https://www.tomoson.com?code=TOPeb269b20b40434ed0388404dbe4cc2a7″ rel=”nofollow” style=”display: none;”></a>   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N0B6HI6 #BaitMold I am only posting this because the manufacturer is holding me to the terms of the review agreement even though I never received the product. Normally when I have a bad experience the company lets me not review the product rather than say something bad (this happens […]

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Best Bugout Flashlight

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I was updating my bug out bag this weekend. I like to do this in winter every year since there are times we can be iced in. I had the toughest time picking which flashlight I wanted to put into my bug out bag this year though! There are so many great flashlights to pick […]

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Book: How to Season and Dry Your Own Wood

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Wood may grow on trees, but it’s still expensive, especially for fine woodworkers in the market for high-quality lumber. Knowing how to season and dry your own wood is the answer.  This is an expert’s handbook on finding, processing, seasoning, and drying your own wood. Designed with the independent craftsperson in mind, it focuses on […]

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Book: 52 Prepper’s Projects for Parents and Kids

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Prepare your child for the unpredictable through 52 prepper projects. Teach them basic outdoors survival skills, first aid, how to create their own “bug-out bag,” and more.

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Summates Solar Light Unpower LED light Wall Light Montion Sensor Light,2-Pack

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I am a big fan of solar lights, and after reviewing a similar product a few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to review this 2-pack of similar LED solar lights. Compared to the original lights, this product had some changes. This model had a easy to operate on and off switch at the bottom […]

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Summates Solar Light 2-Pack

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I am a big fan of solar lights, and after reviewing a similar product a few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to review this 2-pack of similar LED solar lights. Compared to the original lights, this product had some changes. This model had a easy to operate on and off switch at the bottom […]

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Review of Twod Pistol & Rifle Flashlight/QR/Compact 200 Lumen Flashlight

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This $15.00 Pistol & Rifle Flashlight is pretty functional for the price.  It installed easily and worked well.  While it is not as sturdy feeling as a more expensive light, it shot well and was bright. My main concern with the light is the switch.  I killed the battery it came with the first night, […]

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Book: Homegrown Whole Grains

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A backyard field of grains? Yes, absolutely! Wheat and corn are rapidly replacing grass in the yards of dedicated locavores across the country. For adventurous homeowners who want to get in on the movement, Homegrown Whole Grains is the place to begin. Growing whole grains is simpler and more rewarding than most people imagine. With […]

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Book: MAKE Fun!

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You don’t need to own a factory to make toys. Author and toymaker Bob Knetzger has been making fun stuff all his life with simple technology like vacuum forming and mold-making. In an age where makers are tantalized by the capabilities of 3d printers and other digital fab technology, this book takes you back to […]

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JACKYLED 2-Pack 7inch 36W Cree LED Flood Beam Lights

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#FloodBeamLights The amazon pictures do not do this product justice. I was offered the chance to review these 36W Cree LED Flood Beam Lights .  I was not expecting much, but I was pretty impressed. Read More …

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Survival Hax Survival Shovel

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survival_shovel_1_1024x1024One of the fun things about doing a survival blog is that manufacturers and dealers will often send you one of their items to test. I have some definite policies on this. I do not accept money for the review. I get to keep the item. And I will only write an honest evaluation. When Sara of SurvivalHax offered to send me one of their survival shovels I was glad to test it.

Before I discuss the shovel, let’s define what a survival shovel is. For my purposes, it should be lightweight and small enough to fit in a bug out bag. It should be sturdy enough to perform some basic functions. These would include digging a cat hole, digging a fire pit, digging a water run off trench around your shelter, driving tent stakes, and shoveling snow or sand from around a stuck vehicle tires. If you are planning on doing more heavy-duty digging, then you will need a larger tool. The SurvivalHax survival shovel will perform it’s intended functions very well.

This little shovel is basic military style with a folding spade and pick. This design was initiated by the Germans in WW2 and quickly copied by the United States and many other countries. The shovel has a two piece hollow handle which screws together and the end survival_shovel_6_1024x1024cap unscrews and has a ferro rod fire starter. Both handles are hollow. It also comes with a carrying case, as well as a lifetime warranty. When the shovel is unfolded it is 24 inches (2 feet) long. Its collapsible size is 8.6 x 8.2 inches. The head of the shovel is made out of manganese steel with a rigidity rating of 42-46. The handle is made out of steel as well, while the orange adjustment nut is aluminum alloy. It weighs in at about 2 pounds.

The blade is serrated on one side like many other shovels of this size. And like most of it’s counterparts, the serrated edges as well as the blade edge need to be sharpened with a file. This is not a criticism.   A few minutes with a file and the serrations and flat edge are nice and sharp. Again, most shovels of this type need to be sharpened. The three rivets that hold the blade to the mount seem solid. At 2 lbs. weight, it is solid enough to pound tent stakes in soft to moderately hard soil. I took the shovel out back and used both the pick and the blade to dig  around a bit. The soil here is gravely on top, sandy under. Both the pick and blade worked well and the locking nut stayed tight. There were no dings or bends to the blade.

survival-hax-shovel-dissassembledThe handle is a two piece hollow affair that screws together. The threads for both the handle and the end cap are cut clean and screw together with no problems. I recommend lubricating the threads lightly.   The black finish is smooth, actually slick. I solved this problem by wrapping the handle in paracord.

This not only adds no real weight, but gives a more solid grip on the handle as well as providing additional paracord for my kit. As the end cap is a ferro rod fire starter, I decided to use the hollow space to enhance  fire making capability. I took 5 Vaseline impregnated cotton balls and wrapped them in a plastic bag. I attached a piece of paracord to one end and a military p-38 can opener to the other. It works like a pull through with the p-38 being the weight that allows the sack to be pulled into or out of the tube. In addition, I have found a p-38 to be an excellent striker to use on a rod. I tested it on the rod that came with the shovel and got good sparks. I haven’t decided what to use the space in the upper handle for yet. Perhaps kindling.

The carrying case is adequate to store the two pieces nicely in a rucksack, but only has one belt loop and would probably not be too durable for long-term wear on a belt. If you wish to carry it that way, a very inexpensive military surplus e-tool holder can easily be found.survival_shovel_7_1024x1024

Summary

The SurvivalHax Survival Shovel is a well made, lightweight shovel of a proven design that is small enough to fit in a bug out bag, or under a vehicle seat and comes with a lifetime warranty. The hollow handles give you the option of storing additional items of your choice, which most other shovels of this type do not have. Mine is now in my get home bag in my jeep. Available on Amazon or SurvivalHax

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Book: The Art of Splitting Stone

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See larger image The Art of Splitting Stone: Early Rock Quarrying Methods in Pre-industrial New England 1630-1825 “The Art of Splitting Stone” is a detailed study of the history, tools, and methods used to split, Read More …

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Why Preppers Should learn to code Python (and E-book Learn Python review)

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#python Many preppers focus on old skills like bushcraft and homesteading, but don’t forget to realize that we also live in a tachnology filled world. Having the ability to code can come in handy. Python Read More …

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Book: The Do-it-Yourself Submachine Gun

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See larger image The Do-it-Yourself Submachine Gun: It’s Homemade, 9mm, Lightweight, Durable-And It’ll Never Be On Any Import Ban Lists! Build your own 9mm, blowback, selective-fire submachine gun that’s as powerful as an Uzi or Read More …

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DVD: The Quick Wholesome Foods

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See larger image The Quick Wholesome Foods DVD with 28 page Recipe Booklet shows you how to make delicious heart healthy meals from wheat, grains, beans and more using your food storage. A complete HOW-TO&; Read More …

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Faraday Cell Phone Bag for Information Security

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#rmsidtheft In earlier videos on DIY faraday cages I used cell phones to show that the homemade bags did prevent the EM radiation from penetrating.  I was not doing it to show how to protect Read More …

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Book: Basic Construction Techniques for Houses and Small Buildings Simply Explained

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See larger image Basic Construction Techniques for Houses and Small Buildings Simply Explained 1972 Copyright: by U. S. Bureau of Naval Personnel – 568 pages – Published by Dover Pub. List Price: $15.95 New From: Read More …

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Book: Plowing with Pigs and Other Creative, Low-Budget Homesteading Solutions

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See larger image Plowing with Pigs and Other Creative, Low-Budget Homesteading Solutions Fueled by a failing economy and a passionate desire for a return to simpler times, a new wave of homesteaders is seeking the Read More …

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Book: Basic Electricity

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See larger image Basic Electricity (Dover Books on Electrical Engineering) This expanded and revised U.S. Navy training course text provides thorough coverage of the basic theory of electricity and its applications. It is unquestionably the best book of its kind for either broad or more limited studies of electrical fundamentals.It is divided into 21 chapters and an extensive section of appendixes. Chapters cover safety, fundamental concepts of electricity, batteries, series direct-current circuits, network analysis of direct-current circuits, electrical conductors and wiring techniques, electromagnetism and magnetic circuits, introduction to alternating-current electricity, inductance, capacitance, inductive and capacitive reactance, fundamental alternating-current circuit theory,

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Book: The Backyard Orchardist

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See larger image The Backyard Orchardist: A Complete Guide to Growing Fruit Trees in the Home Garden For every gardener desiring to add apples, pears, cherries, and other tree fruit to their landscape here are hints and solid information from a professional horticulturist and experienced fruit grower. The Backyard Orchardist includes help on selecting the best fruit trees and information about each stage of growth and development, along with tips on harvest and storage of the fruit. Those with limited space will learn about growing dwarf fruit trees in containers. Appendices include a fruit-growers monthly calendar, a trouble-shooting guide for

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Book: Island of the Blue Dolphins

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See larger image Island of the Blue Dolphins Records the courage and self-reliance of an Indian girl who lived alone for eighteen years on an isolated island off the California coast. In the Pacific there is an island that looks like a big fish sunning itself in the sea. Around it, blue dolphins swim, otters play, and sea elephants and sea birds abound. once, Indians also lived on the island. And when they left and sailed to the east, one young girl was left behind. This is the story of Karana, the Indian girl who lived alone for years on

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Book: Tactics of the Crescent Moon

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See larger image Tactics of the Crescent Moon: Militant Muslim Combat Methods This book is still required reading at Forts Benning and Leavenworth (and some Marine commands), because it fully details the Islamists’ yet-to-be-defeated 4GW method. That method is best countered by “light” infantry tactics, but America has had only “line” infantry since 1943. Its modern sequel travels mostly by truck and fights mostly with supporting arms. That’s because the Pentagon still practices a “higher-tech” version of 2GW (killing as many enemy as possible). How to operate the latest equipment takes up so much of the young infantryman’s day that

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Book: Cookin’ with Potatoes

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See larger image Cookin’ with Potatoes: Featuring Many Fabulous Dried Potato Recipes Book by Layton, Peggy The Cookin’ with Potatoes book contains 104 pages of tips, recipes, and ideas for cooking with fresh and dehydrated potatoes. Learn to use them in everything from soup to bread, and from casseroles to desserts. Enjoy hearty comfort foods and storage favorites with the varied recipes in this comprehensive cookbook developed by author Peggy Layton. List Price: $13.95 USD New From: $7.50 USD In Stock

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Book: Operating Techniques for the Tractor Loader Backhoe

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See larger image Operating techniques for the tractor loader backhoe 298 pages, 8.5″ x 11″ Revised in 2000, this book explains how to get maxiumum productivity from a highly versatile machine. Includes specific new information on the One Call System, expanded utility chapter, examination of the “physics of operation”, and Q&A exams for each chapter. 298 pages, 8.5″ x 11″ Revised in 2000, this book explains how to get maxiumum productivity from a highly versatile machine. Includes specific new information on the One Call System, expanded utility chapter, examination of the “physics of operation”, and Q&A exams for each chapter.

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