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3 Emergency Items You Should Not Skimp On


3 Emergency Items You Should Not Skimp OnBeing frugal is a good thing, but it’s possible to be frugal to a fault. Yes, it’s great to save money, but when you only buy cheap products, you’re going to end up dealing with broken products. Then you’ll be going back to the store to replace what broke and will end up spending more money than if you’d just bought a premium product in the first place.

As PreparedMind101 explains in this video, there are certain products where you should make sure to purchase something of high quality. This is especially true of survival gear. Here’s his list of three emergency items you shouldn’t skimp.

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1. Primary Knife – As he says, “the knife is the oldest and most useful tool in human history.” In a survival scenario, you’re going to use it a lot and for many different things. A cheap, flimsy knife is going to cause a lot of problems.

2. Backpacks and Bags – Whatever type of bag you put your survival kit in, make sure it’s a high-quality bag. You don’t want to end up with a bag that’s uncomfortable or tears easily. You can’t carry all of your survival gear without a good bag.

3. Multitool – As he explains, your multitool is going to be one of “your biggest problem-solving items.” As with the knife, there are so many things you will use it for that you can’t afford to have one that could break on you.

Watch the video below to hear his comments on these items and suggestions for specific brands.

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  1. Bemused Berseker on January 19, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    Well, I can’t comment on PM101’s curriculumn vitae, but he does make the point, that his comments are based upon his experience with certain brands that he’s personally used. With that in mind, I have to agree with the majority of what he’s saying.

    Your primary knife should be the best you can afford to buy. Benchmades and other high end knifes are really nice and exceptional, but the average person is going to balk at paying $200 and up for a knife. There are good production line knives put out by Buck, Gerber, Kershaw, CRKT and others. Their better knives aren’t in the $29.95 Price range, so you should expect to pay around $75 and up for those knives. It’s an item that you don’t want the BUDK Chinese Knife of the Month club special.

    Backpacks and bags, I’ll agree with him again on. Cheap bags don’t last. A quality bag will have the edges heat sealed, double stitched (with kevlar, dyneema or similar thread), quality zippers and snaps. There are many bags out there that look Tactikool, but in reality are no better than the cheap backpacks that a kid goes through once a year going to school. Personally, I look for military surplus bags and rucks rather than some of the high end bags that are out on the market. Make sure it’s true surplus, and not the misleading “military style” you’ll see on a lot of products. Military style means that it’s styled like or designed like, not that it meets or exceeds military specifications.

    Multitools, I agree, are not all created equal, and again, buy the best you can afford. That $39.95 Gerber or Leatherman is still way ahead of Walmart’s Ozark Trails MT. Out of the 30 or 40 Multis I’ve used and that are still kicking around, one that’s stood the test of time is a Schrade from the 80’s. It’s outlasted several Leatherman’s and a Bucktool. All of those I mention have broken blades, tools or sprung frames, and the cheapo Schrade still keeps going. Go figure. The biggest issue for me, with any multitool, is whether or not the blades and tools lock open. I’ve cut fingers and busted knuckles on too many that don’t lock (the original Leatherman was infamous as a finger/knuckle cutter/buster). This is why I don’t own a Swiss Army Victorianox Boy Scout/NASA Special and never will, simply because they don’t lock.

    As for my CV, I’m a former Civil Service GS7 with the Dept. of Interior (Cadastral Surveying Team), Paramedic and Trauma Nurse, forced to retire on disability from Degenerative Joint Disease and Cardiac Arrhythmia (Left side Bundle Branch Block). I’ve lived and worked in the Colorado Rockies for most of my 59 years. Avid Hunter, Backpacker and Gun Owner. Volunteer Medic with the County Sheriff’s SWAT teams and NRA Patriot Endowment member, RSO and former Basic Pistol Instructor. So I don’t claim to be an expert on any of this stuff. I’m just an opinionated auld Fart, whose walked a mile or two through the years.

  2. GREY WIND on August 12, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Who the hell is PM101, what urban or woodlands survival has he done for real not a weekend warrior crap, and the same questions to you? Done it me self, 3 1/2 years homeless in rural woodlands, combat, worked in 29 different countries, what is your & PM101 background? ….GREY WIND!

    • Stugots on August 13, 2018 at 7:12 pm

      SO, You’re some kind of hero ?

    • cindy farrell on August 13, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      smart man

    • bkeithhm on August 16, 2018 at 12:57 pm

      Well since you want to question him and are so experienced, we’re waiting for you to give us dummies some of your enligtenment.

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