Today, we are going to talk about the modifications I’ve done to my Ka-Bar Survival Knife. I actually have added a survival kit to my Ka-Bar Survival Knife sheath because I think it is a good idea to have a redundant kit to my main survival kit. Just in case I’m separated from or I can’t use my main survival kit for whatever reasons, I still have the survival kit or my Ka-Bar Survival Knife sheath to help me survive and live a little longer until help comes or get out of the trouble the bad situation I find myself in. Everyday Carry EDC Knives
Survival Kit for the Ka-Bar Survival Knife
Here is what I carry and the set-up. I have a big piece of a bicycle inner tube, some (like myself) call it a Ranger Band. And I use it to wrap around the items that go on the sheath itself. The items I carry in my survival kit I try to cover those five aspects regarding survival which are shelter, fire, water, food, signaling and navigation. Actually, some people might consider it six aspects because signaling being one aspect and navigation being another aspect. But I can pretty much add the two of them in the same category. That would make no difference to me as long as you have a way to do some signaling, to signal for help and to navigate.
First is shelter, I have three meters of nylon cordage, a nylon cord. And I have another two and a half meters of paracord. So that gives me a little more than five meters of cordage which I can use to help me make a shelter or for any other types of survival activities or tasks which require cordage.
And we have to remember that cordage is one of the most difficult items for you to make, for you to reproduce out there in the wilderness in case you find yourself in the need of having this type of material and you don’t have. Anything work that needs for cordage, you’ll see how precious these things are and how difficult they are to be reproduced. Anyway, apart from these five meters of cordage here I don’t have anything else on this kit here to help with the shelter thing.
For fire, I carry a Magnesium Fire Starter which has a flint on the side. Which is a type of fire starter material. And then can use it to make fire very easily and very effectively.
I really like this magnesium bar and the flint. Sometimes I don’t even have to use magnesium. I don’t have to scrape the magnesium. Just making a sparks with the flint would be enough to light a fire. In case you have a good tinder like the one I prefer (and in my opinion is one of the most critical survival items) is a tampon.
And the reason I carry a tampon on me, on my survival kit, it is because that gives me a big amount of tinder in a very little volume because it comes wrapped in plastic which also helps to prevent water from soaking into the tinder in case it rains or something. The plastic should do a good job. And like I said, I have a very good material which is very – it catches fire very easily. And I think it’s a very good idea, very good item for you to carry some type of artificial tinder for you to help out starting fire.
I can always use a piece of the inner tube as tinder. I can cut off the inner rubber tube in case things are too damp, too much moisture on the ground. It’s a good idea to use some piece of burning rubber to keep fire burning longer and to help dry out the material you’re using. If you were out there in the boonies during that period, you really want to have a good way to help you start up fire.
Well, for water. I have these two condoms. I know it’s not much. I know it might not be the best thing in the world for you to collect and transport water. But, they are small, package so they will not dry-out and I can use them for various other tasks if need be. I’ll try to find out some better device or better things I can use for water transportation and collecting. But so far, this is what I got. And that should be good enough to give me a couple of glasses of water. If I know I’m going to be in the boonies I ALWAYS have in my possession a LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
For food, I have 10 meters of fishing line wrapped on a piece of leather. And it’s also wrapped with tape, so the fishing line is not going anywhere. It’s all packed in a little plastic bag, I have hooks, fishing weight, lead weight. I have some safety pins and I have needles. If I have to repair my equipment, I can use this nylon thread for fishing too. And of course I carry my P-38 John Wayne Can Opener I’ve had and carried since Boot Camp. GI P-38 Can Opener (5-pack). So I think those are multi-use items which I like to carry.
Well, for navigation, I have a liquid-filled compass which I know it ain’t very precise in terms of giving you a very precise direction. But it will tell you where north is in case you can’t see the stars, you can’t see the sun. That should be enough to help give you a general direction, where you’re going to. For signaling. I have a mirror, which is an aluminum case. So it is very good for signaling. But it will reflect sunlight.
Ka-Bar Survival Knife
And I’ll tell you something about the Ka-Bar Survival Knifee. It has a big blade, It’s good for batoning, for chopping through large chunks of wood. But for smaller camp tasks, it isn’t very good, because it doesn’t give you much control of what you’re doing. So what I did is, I took a small 3-4 inch piece of a broken hack saw blade and I had the spine (non-serrated side) sharpened. Then I wrapped some duct tape on it so I can use little handle.
And this little blade here gives me a smaller tool to use in case I have to perform some smaller camp tasks like maybe skinning game or fish. I can use the serrations on the spine of the little blade to cut little notches. And it’s a good idea to have a smaller blade in case you have to perform some more precise cutting tasks. It’s a way better than a bigger blade which doesn’t give you much control of those smaller tasks. And it is very easy to be sharpened too, it is carbon steel. Not to mention, I can use this blade to throw sparks on my flint or on my magnesium bar. So I carry this blade in this little sheath. I made it using plastic I cut from a soda bottle, wrapped it with duct tape.
That’s it, these are all the items I carry in my survival kit for my Ka-Bar Survival Knife.