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#14452 - 03/28/03 08:19 PM "shirt & tie" PSKs
Craig Offline

Registered: 11/13/01
Posts: 1784
Loc: Collegeville, PA, USA
For those of you who work in offices where you have to dress up, in a shirt and tie, for instance, how do you carry your PSKs and what do you have in them? I know there have been discussions about this in the past, but I have been unable to find any archives of such threads. You obviously could not take a fanny pack, even a nice black leather one, into a meeting without being noticed.

#14453 - 03/28/03 08:53 PM Re: "shirt & tie" PSKs
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Registered: 04/08/02
Posts: 1792

#14454 - 03/28/03 10:07 PM Re: "shirt & tie" PSKs

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#14455 - 03/28/03 11:18 PM Re: "shirt & tie" PSKs
Casual_Hero Offline
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Registered: 11/19/02
Posts: 134
Loc: England & Saudi Arabia

Here's something I posted a while back:

Here are my contents for a discreet urban survival kit that you can get away with in an office environment:

Urban Kit

Tobacco tin
6 feet of quality tape to seal tin
2 1/4" blade folding locknife with built-in red LED light (Whitby Firefly)
Turboflame Windproof Lighter
Mini Cyba-lite LED flashlight
3 Starlite SL3 6mmx 50mm fishing lure lightsticks (last 12 hours each)
Fox 40 whistle
Mini slotted / cross head screwdriver
Small pair Scissors
Small pair tweezers
2 Scalpel Blades
12 assorted adhesive plasters
4 Paracetamol / Codeine tablets
4 Piriton Antihistamine tablets
2 Alcohol free cleansing wipes
Sewing kit (2 needles, 4 safety pins, 4 hanks of thread, 2 buttons, 1 press-stud)
Suunto Clipper Mini Compass
Small magnifying lens
Small pencil
10 mini fluorescent Post-It Notes

Compare, contrast and discuss! All feedback welcome!!

In the end, all you have left is style...

#14456 - 03/29/03 01:12 AM Re: "shirt & tie" PSKs

This is what I wear to the office in a suit

First choose your suit with capacity in mind - pleated slacks and full-cut jacket with matching inner breast pockets.

Front pant's pockets:
I carry two altoids tins: first is a standard cord-wrapped psk. second is a FAK. FAK contains siscors, tweezers, safety razors, Xacto blades, ibuprofen, bandaids, moleskin, adhesive tape, magnifying lens, antibiotic cream, CPR shield, gloves, LCD thermometer, and a few other things that I cannot remember off the top of my head. I also carry a lighter, and small pocket knife here.

Back pant's pockets:
Wallet with Brunton survival cards and the other usual stuff on one side and an equally thick flat bundle of nylon twine - 100' or so.

Inner chest pockets of jacket
Write in Rain notepad and space pen and small digital voice recorder capable of 90 min capacity on one side. PDA on the other.

Inner waist pockets of jacket
lighter on one side and compass on the other

Keychain, leatherman and cell phone ride the belt. the leatherman and the cell phone ride on the hip and are not easily visible while the jacket is on. The keychain is stylish accessory and keys hang into front pocket discreetly hiding the fact that they carry a swiss-key, swiss tool, bisons whistle, bison capsule, and asp saphire light.

All of this carries pretty much undetected. while I am standing with the jacket on the only thing that is occasionally visible is the stylish accessory of the key chain fob. My garishly stylish tie usually steals the show though. <img src="images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Edited by miniMe (03/29/03 01:13 AM)

#14457 - 03/29/03 03:13 AM Re: "shirt & tie" PSKs

I too work in the suit and tie business world. I carry this daily.
Keychain: Mini Mag Lite, Bar Creek 2" Blade Lockback, Timber Creek Whistle/Led Flashlight with Mini Bic Lighter zip tied to it.
Left Front Pants Pocket: Keychain, Kershaw Liner knife, Leatherman wave.
Right Front Pants Pocket: Kel-Tec P-11 14 oz. 9 mm pistol in Don Hume pocket holster, extra mag.
Left rear pocket: Altoids PSK
Right rear pocket: Wallet
Zippered DayRunner contents: TV/Weather/AM-FM Radio, 2 contractor trash bags, 2 3M N-95 masks, foam ear plugs, flourescent orange flat duct tape, pepper spray, 2 bandanas, 50 feet paracord wrapped on cardboard of notepad, 100 feet Spectra Kite line, Bottle Potable Aqua, Planters Peanut Bar, mini multi tool, large multi tool, lockback knife, 1 signal flare, 1 glowstick, large Bic Lighter, waterproof matches, whistle, mini air horn, AA Flashlight, 36 inches snare wire, 1 oven bag, bandaids, Motrin & Tylenol, pictures of family, phone cards, cash, 2 pens, pencil, zip ties, metal clip fasteners, large rubber bands, emergency numbers, calculator, spare charged cel-phone battery.
Larger items are secured with velcro - nothing falls out when opened. Also carry burgandy handled portfolio - usually holds business papers, Dayrunner, sports bottle of water, playing cards, HD aluminum foil, more N95 masks, foam ear plugs, and other survival items. Regards, Keys

Edited by KeysBear (03/29/03 03:15 AM)

#14458 - 03/29/03 07:19 AM Re: "shirt & tie" PSKs
jet Offline

Registered: 03/06/01
Posts: 220
Hi Craig,

Well, I guess by my own definitions, I don't carry a PSK (Personal (or Pocket) Survival Kit) on a daily basis. I think of my PSK more as something I add when going out of doors a way. It may be simply semantics, but I tend to refer to the stuff I always have on me as my EDC (Every Day Carry) gear. My "Business Dress" EDC is the same as my "Casual Dress" EDC. I just keep it in my pockets. I'm currently carrying just a bit less than I used to. None of it shows.

Front Left Pants Pocket:
Bic or Cricket mini disposable butane lighter
Leatherman Squirt P4 mini multi tool
Wallet w/ all the extra stuff I carry in it
cell phone
This sounds like a lot, but the lighter & multi tool go side by side in the bottom of my pocket, with the wallet & phone side by side on top of them. Once I put everything in, they stay organized and create a flat profile.

Front Right Pants Pocket:
ASP "Palm Defender" pepper spray (smaller than "Key Defender")
Keyring w/ white Photon II LED flashlight & Acme "Tornado" whistle
loose change

Rear left Pants Pocket:
Checkbook w/ all the extra stuff I carry in it
Spyderco Police model pocket knife (fully serrated - a weapon, not a tool)

Rear Right Pants Pocket:
Schedule Book w/ all the extra stuff I carry in it
Fisher "Bullet" model Space Pen

"Extra stuff" mentioned above include extra cash & card carried not just in wallet, extra checks carried not just in checkbook, Brunton survival cards w/ brightly colored ribbons (for signalling) & safety pins, some small misc. first aid supplies, plastic fresnel lens, laminated information card w/ personal & medical data & phone numbers for myself & loved ones (in case I'm injured, sick or otherwise unconscious) & an unlubricated condom in an Extra Strength Anacin travel tin. This last I'll put in a watch pocket or one of my front pockets. I wear a braided leather belt which can have the buckle cut off and be unbraided for emergency cordage.

All of my jackets & coats have a small bottle of lotion, a tube of lip balm, a cheap disposable rain poncho, some Grabber "MyCoal" heating pads & a heat reflecting aluminized mylar blanket stuffed into their various pockets.

I really like KeysBear's idea of creating a PSK in a zippered day planner. If it's been mentioned before, I don't remember it. That's clever and useful for environments where a book bag, back pack or shoulder pack just wouldn't maintain the expected professional decorum. You could keep it in a desk drawer or out on a shelf or desktop. You could carry it in a briefcase or just by itself. I like that idea a lot. (Thanks, KB.)

Stay safe,

#14459 - 03/31/03 08:11 PM Re: "shirt & tie" PSKs
Craig Offline

Registered: 11/13/01
Posts: 1784
Loc: Collegeville, PA, USA
Very cool. Thanks man. How did you find them? I was unable to.

#14460 - 03/31/03 08:59 PM Re: "shirt & tie" PSKs
Craig Offline

Registered: 11/13/01
Posts: 1784
Loc: Collegeville, PA, USA
Thanks for all the replies. I appreciate it. I have something to work toward.

#14461 - 04/01/03 02:53 AM Re: "shirt & tie" PSKs
Eugene Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2856
When I was working in a shirt and tie environment, I found it easier to hid things in pockets. I was in IT so a Leatherman on the belt was a common thing, but everything else went in pockets. I found some dress pants with deep pockets that had some elactic type stuff that held them tight on the leg so I went and bought a bunch more. Now I work in a casual IT shop where we wear jeans and the tight pockets of jeans can't hold near as much stuff, so I'm starting to get the 'Bat Belt' thing goign on <img src="images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />

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