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#65225 - 05/05/06 08:15 PM Re: A Belt-Pack PSK.
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I would add a blastmatch and as many of the individual wetfire cubes as can be conveniently be carried. And you cannot have too many butane lighters. I would also suggest that you go to the links page and have a look at the U.S. Rescue site. Not sure I agree with them about wire saws or knives but it's still a damned interesting site. Also look at Doug's comments about survival kits on the main site.
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#65226 - 05/05/06 08:20 PM Re: A Belt-Pack PSK.
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2. "drop the chem lights in favor of other light source"... I don't think so. These are light weight and convenient. Spun on a short cord at night these can be seen for miles.


Right .... but only if they still "work" when you need them !! <img src="/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" />
I was a fan of chem lights, before really needing them. Most were not functioning when I tried to use them (limit date not expired ; package not punctured)
now, I use electronic devices, at least you can periodically test if they works and replace batteries when needed.
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#65227 - 05/05/06 08:27 PM Re: A Belt-Pack PSK.
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I would add a blastmatch and as many of the individual wetfire cubes as can be conveniently be carried. And you cannot have too many butane lighters.


IMHO, a blastmatch is simply a gadget manner of selling flint and steel to those who don't know how to use a flint and steel. I already know how to use a plain flint which takes-up a fraction of the space of a blastmatch. I prefer not to depend upon any form of lighters either. I will certainly check out the web sites you mentioned. Thank you!

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#65228 - 05/05/06 08:30 PM Re: A Belt-Pack PSK.
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Gotchya...tear the kit apart, loose the tablets and replace with bottle full of PA... Check!

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#65229 - 05/05/06 08:33 PM Re: A Belt-Pack PSK.
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IMHO, a blastmatch is simply a gadget manner of selling flint and steel to those who don't know how to use a flint and steel. I already know how to use a plain flint which takes-up a fraction of the space of a blastmatch. I prefer not to depend upon any form of lighters either. I will certainly check out the web sites you mentioned. Thank you!

I can see you have not used one... <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
Just for kicks, I tried it on a piece of paper that had been siting on the damp ground for a few hours, just to see if it would burn through it... It did more than that... It set it ablaze!!!...
This was NOT a cut up piece of paper either... Just a flat piece of very damp notebook paper...

Also, it can be used one handed...
I have also been practising using it with just one hand and and NOTHING to push against... That took a bit of practise, but I got that quickly enough, by using one to get make sparks as a signal(only problem being when you get one down your shirt <img src="/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" /> or you get one of the 'persistent' sparks that keeps burning for 3 or 4 seconds, and burns the carpet!!! <img src="/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" />).
BTW I have never seen anything like the Blastmatch for producing 'persistent' sparks... I tried it on a cement driveway at night once, and it looked like a little fireworks display, with a bunch of sparks jumping and bouncing over the cement for almost THREE seconds!


Edited by jamesraykenney (05/05/06 08:45 PM)

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#65230 - 05/05/06 08:33 PM Re: A Belt-Pack PSK.
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2. "drop the chem lights in favor of other light source"... I don't think so. These are light weight and convenient. Spun on a short cord at night these can be seen for miles.


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Right .... but only if they still "work" when you need them !!
I was a fan of chem lights, before really needing them. Most were not functioning when I tried to use them (limit date not expired ; package not punctured)


So what is a good option that could also be used for signaling?

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#65231 - 05/05/06 08:36 PM Re: A Belt-Pack PSK.
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I'm applying my foot towards my mouth..... I should try one.

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#65232 - 05/05/06 08:39 PM Re: A Belt-Pack PSK.
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I would not bring tealight candles. I suggest UCO 9-hour burning candles... Non-dripping, long lasting, better burning


Do you have a link to buy these Bee?

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#65233 - 05/05/06 08:54 PM Re: A Belt-Pack PSK.
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I'm applying my foot towards my mouth..... I should try one.

I added some to my post also, you may want to reread it.

If you want one... About the cheapest way to get them is through the NRA, as part of the NRA Survival Tool Kit...
It is cheaper than most places sell the Blastmatch by itself!
"The kit includes the Jet Scream Whistle, Star Flash Mirror, Blast Match Fire Starter and Wet Fire Tinder cubes."
All for $15.95!!!!
And sometimes they are on sell for less than $10.00!!!
The case it comes in is worth that!

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#65234 - 05/05/06 09:15 PM Re: A Belt-Pack PSK.
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Ok, I've been beaten to the punch in defense of the blast match. I suggested it because I've been playing with the sparklight from my Doug Ritter PSK. Good idea, but it's a little fiddly to use under stress. And yes, I know its practice makes perfect territory. Also with regards to the chemical sticks, have you considered the Extreme Krill stick? I've just brought one, and thus far I am favorably impressed.
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