American Bushman

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Monday, September 04, 2006


I've been a bit errant today on posting. I've got quite a knife blowout going over on Knifeforums and it's taken quite a bit of my time answering emails and PTs.

Anyway, on to the subject at hand--PSKs.

Let's talk about some of the other contents of the PSK including, but not limited to, signalling, water, and fire. Others throw fishing kits or other food-acquisition devices into their kits but I feel they are unnecessary.

For hiking anywhere but the remotest regions these days a 72-hour to 1-week kit should be more than adequate and knowing the human body can go up to 3 weeks without food (mine slightly longer due to excess...fuel) adding the weight of a fishing kit and/or snares and losing the limited space available does not, in my opinion, equal an advantage.

Of course, the cordage and safety pins I include in my kit could be used as a fishing kit should the need arise.

My kit will contain elements to purify water, start fires, and signal for rescue. After those essential needs are met I can erect a shelter and huddle inside to stave off hypothermia if necessary. A simple debris hut can be made without a cutting tool so if I've become lost with my PSK and without my knife (hardly a possibility) I am confident that I can still make myself a place to keep warm and dry.

Tomorrow, more on FIRE! Heh heh heh...

Thanks for reading,



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