If you are a serious survivalist or prepper this is certainly not going to be your main go to survival kit and if you are like me you are going to have various kits for different scenarios which you have custom built yourself. I have a Home Emergency kit, a bug out bag ready and some stuff in my car.
You might have seen the survival kit in a sardine cans and such like being sold online, the SOL Origin Survival Tool Kit is much better than these but slightly larger and bulkier though it does still fit in the palm of your hand.
So who is this for?
If you are an experienced Outdoorsman, prepper or survivalist this might be a nice back up survival kit, maybe to have in your car or when you are going on a day hike and don’t fancy carrying a lot of gear. It would also be suitable for the average person who is not big into survival but understands the common sense in having a survival tool kit to hand.
It would also suit a responsible teenager who is starting to get interested in survival or outdoor activities like hiking, hunting or camping. I say responsible because it does have fire-starting tools and you don’t want them burning your house down!
Lastly it would make a great gift for someone who likes their gadgets or is an occasional hiker or camper.
All in all, it is a reasonable survival kit for a short term period, it will give you the tools to build a fire, and cut stuff up if need be and signal for help. You certainly would be a lot better off with it than without.
So let’s take a closer look at this Survival Kit
Everything comes in an ABS plastic water resistant container that is approximately 4” long x 3” wide. The manufacturers describe it as water proof but if you submerge the kit for more than 5 minutes water will start to get in.
The Compass – Some users say the detachable button compass is fairly accurate and a small majority the opposite. It is stored outside of the case so you need to make sure that you don’t drop it otherwise it could easily break. Obviously if you are using a compass you will need some navigational skills to begin with. If you are completely disoriented then this will be no use to you.
Knife – this is a functional small blade, once again a good back up that can be used for small tasks such as shaving some twigs for kindling, gutting a fish or even at a pinch cutting through cloth or a seat belt. The knife also has a bright orange handle so it helps keep it from getting lost. Check the knife is sharp enough when you get it as it might need a bit of work if the blade is dull.
Signal Mirror – the flip up signal mirrors has printed instructions on the box on how to use it. It also comes with a protective film to protect the mirror from scratches. This is a nice addition to the kit and if used correctly could be a lifesaving piece of kit.
Fire Starter & Tinder – this stuff works to easily build a fire if you know what you are doing, the Fire Lite Firestarter and TinderQuik fire-starting tinder are proven products. The four pieces of tinder come in a zip lock bag, if you have never built a fire using this sort of method before you might want to try it out first and buy yourself some replacement tinder’s.
Whistle – this is described as a 100 decibel whistle and is another useful item, if the weather is bad and you can’t signal.
LED Light – the light runs down the blade of the knife and while not replacing a dedicated torch will illuminate small areas and it should last about 15 hours of run time.
Survival Skills Guide – the enclosed 62+ survival skills guide by Buck Tilton is a handy little addition and contains accurate and helpful basic survival information that could come in useful.
Supplementary Items – In addition to the main survival tools you also get; 150lb test braided nylon cord, safety pins, sewing needles, fishing kit, approximately a foot of aluminum foil, military spec steel wire and a lanyard to make sure you don’t lose it all!
Most of you serious guys will have dedicated knives, flashlights, multi-tools ETC but this would make a nice back up kit. I’d certainly carry a first aid kit as well and some water purifying tablets. All in all this is a good quality kit that with a little knowledge could increase you survival rate in an emergency situation.
All in all, you can absolutely find MUCH higher quality and more powerful tools if you buy separately. However, the case is convenient as an every day carry item to make sure you have at least minimal basics with you at all times. If you are the kind who carries a real knife, real flashlight, multi-tool, etc at all times then the kit probably has less value, but I will likely keep it in my jacket pocket all the time for use as backup.