THE SUR­VIVE AND THRIVE KIT

THIS KIT HAS ALL THE BA­SIC SUR­VIVAL BASES COV­ERED—AND THEN SOME.

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For se­ri­ous prep­pers and sur­vival­ists, the oc­cu­pa­tion of be­ing pre­pared is just as much a pas­sion­ate hobby as coin col­lect­ing, hunt­ing, fish­ing or hik­ing. Many of us en­thu­si­asts of­ten for­get that most folks who buy or pack sur­vival gear do it be­cause it’s nec­es­sary. They don’t pour hours (or months and years) of re­search into what they use.

In fact, most folks who pack some kind of sur­vival gear for a hunt or a day hike re­ally don’t know much about sur­viv­ing in the wild. So, the gear op­tions and the avail­able train­ing are a bit over­whelm­ing.

That’s why it’s nice to keep things sim­ple for the be­gin­ners or those who re­ally don’t have an in­ter­est in the sub­ject but need the gear.

SUR­VIVE AND THRIVE

In­dus­trial Revo­lu­tion has in­tro­duced a new ba­sic sur­vival kit for 2017 as part of the Can­ter­bury Col­lec­tion called the Bushcraft Sur­vive and Thrive Kit. For ba­sic sur­vival sit­u­a­tions such as get­ting lost or get­ting stranded overnight some place, the Sur­vive and Thrive kit is a great so­lu­tion for those not in­ter­ested in do­ing the ex­tra home­work but still want their bases cov­ered with qual­ity gear. Ad­di­tion­ally, it can serve as the foun­da­tion for a more com­pre­hen­sive kit once the user de­cides to build it out.

When it comes down to the ab­so­lute ne­ces­si­ties for a short-term sur­vival sit­u­a­tion, as far as a kit goes, there are three ba­sic things needed: a knife, the abil­ity to start a fire and a method to col­lect and pu­rify wa­ter. Those three things will go a long way in help­ing an in­di­vid­ual make it for a few days if nec­es­sary.

The Sur­vive and Thrive kit has those bases cov­ered—and then some. The kit in­cludes the fol­low­ing pieces of gear:

1 MoraKniv Kansbol knife

1 large, wa­ter­proof con­tainer of UCO Storm­proof Matches

1 UCO Orig­i­nal Can­dle Lan­tern

1 32-ounce, wide-mouth Pathfinder steel wa­ter bot­tle

1 25-ounce nest­ing cup/pot with lid

1 stain­less steel bot­tle hanger

Dave Can­ter­bury’s book, Bushcraft 101

1 box of SWEETFIRE strike­able fire starters

MSRP: $99

MA­JOR COM­PO­NENTS

In some ways, the Bushcraft Sur­vive and Thrive kit feels like a be­gin­ner’s camp kit—not for lack of qual­ity (be­cause it’s there), but in the sim­plic­ity of the in­cluded com­po­nents. So, aside from us­ing it only as sur­vival kit, it’s a great way to in­tro­duce a novice to camp­ing in the out­doors. Either way, there are a few com­po­nents that re­ally stand out in re­gard to sav­ing your ba­con if your out­ing takes a wrong turn.

First, and fore­most, the Morakniv Kansbol is an ex­cel­lent cut­ting tool that can be used for var­i­ous tasks, in­clud­ing cut­ting cordage, pro­cess­ing game, pre­par­ing food and pro­cess­ing ma­te­rial for a fire. The Kansbol is a bit of an update to Morakniv’s 2000 model and, like its pre­de­ces­sors, it’s ex­tremely sharp. The blade is 2.5mm thick, is made of stain­less steel and has a Scandi grind. There are a cou­ple of pro­files worked into the blade, mak­ing it ex­tremely ef­fi­cient as a skin­ning knife or work­ing with other me­dia, as well. It’s not to be used for ba­ton­ing large splits, but for an al­laround cut­ting tool, it’s hard to beat the Kansbol for the work that can be done with it. Ad­di­tion­ally, the spine has a 90-de­gree an­gle, so it can be used with fire steels to get the sparks fly­ing.

… THE MORAKNIV KANSBOL IS AN EX­CEL­LENT CUT­TING TOOL THAT CAN BE USED FOR VAR­I­OUS TASKS, IN­CLUD­ING CUT­TING CORDAGE, PRO­CESS­ING GAME, PRE­PAR­ING FOOD AND PRO­CESS­ING MA­TE­RIAL FOR A FIRE.

Sec­ond, the nest­ing cup/pot and steel Pathfinder wa­ter bot­tle make a great com­bi­na­tion for col­lect­ing and stor­ing wa­ter, along with also pu­ri­fy­ing wa­ter. In ad­di­tion, the pot can be used around the camp to make a stew or sim­ply cook your din­ner—what­ever it might be. The combo comes with a lid for the cup/pot and a hanger that can be used for the cup/pot and the wa­ter bot­tle, as well.

The kit does come with a con­tainer of UCO Storm­proof matches, which are handy. How­ever, the stand­out in the fire group are the SWEETFIRE strike­able fire starters. These are a lit­tle like matches, in that they can be struck to ig­nite them, but they are much larger. Also, the ma­te­rial that burns is made from resin left over from pro­cess­ing sugar cane, and it will burn for around eight min­utes. That makes it an ideal tool to help the user get a fire started in in­clement con­di­tions.

I timed three of the SWEETFIRE fire starters to see how long they would burn, and the av­er­age came out to 7 min­utes, 42 sec­onds. Af­ter be­ing struck, the phos­pho­rous helped the tip burn bright; but I did no­tice that I had to pro­tect it from the wind to make sure the rest of the fire starter got burn­ing well. There was a breeze that blew out one in the be­gin­ning, but once the body of the fire starter had a good flame work­ing, it was much more wind re­sis­tant.

The fi­nal ma­jor com­po­nent that brings it all to­gether is Dave Can­ter­bury’s Bushcraft 101 book. It lays out a lot of good gen­eral in­for­ma­tion that will in­form the un­ex­pe­ri­enced on tips and tech­niques to make the best of their time out in the wild. I es­pe­cially ap­pre­ci­ated the in­clu­sion of the book in the kit, be­cause it helps ad­dress a pri­mary part of sur­viv­ing the out­doors: build­ing or im­pro­vis­ing shel­ters.

LAST THOUGHTS

The Bushcraft Sur­vive and Thrive kit does not have a wide va­ri­ety of gear to ad­dress ev­ery need, but it drills in on the most cru­cial items to keep you go­ing for at least a few days. The tar­get au­di­ence is novices or folks who aren’t in­ter­ested in build­ing their own kit by hand. The gear that it does in­clude, how­ever, com­prises some of the most re­spected prod­ucts on the mar­ket and is a great starter kit for those just get­ting into the game.

If you find your­self look­ing for a quick and sim­ple way to get a buschraft kit to­gether or some­thing to put in the pack the next time you go hik­ing or on a hunt, the Sur­vive and Thrive kit will def­i­nitely serve you well. GW

THE KIT DOES COME WITH A CON­TAINER OF UCO STORM­PROOF MATCHES, WHICH ARE HANDY. HOW­EVER,

THE STAND­OUT IN THE FIRE GROUP ARE THE SWEETFIRE STRIKE­ABLE FIRE STARTERS.

The new Bushcraft Sur­vive and Thrive kit comes with the ba­sic items needed for the be­gin­ner or nonen­thu­si­ast in or­der to be ready for an un­planned overnight in the wild.

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The fire-start­ing part

of the kit in­cludes SWEETFIRE strike­able fire starters, along with a wa­ter­proof con­tainer of UCO’s Storm­proof matches.

Pu­ri­fy­ing wa­ter is a sim­ple mat­ter, even on the go, with a small fire and the Pathfinder pot. The Morakniv Kansbol is an up­dated ver­sion of the Morakniv 2000. It has mul­ti­ple edge pro­files to make it a ver­sa­tile cut­ting tool for pro­cess­ing wood, game or for food prepa­ra­tion.

Al­though it is a ba­sic

kit, the Bushcraft Sur­vive and Thrive kit con­tains all qual­ity

gear that’s been de­signed and tested to en­sure its ef­fec­tive­ness

in the field.

The kit’s pack­ing ma­te­rial

makes great tin­der for a fire, and a wad can be stuffed into a pack or a pocket be­fore you head out

into the woods.

The SWEETFIRE fire starters burn for ap­prox­i­mately eight min­utes and work well for stub­born tin­der or get­ting fire go­ing in in­clement con­di­tions.

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