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About Artifice

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  • Birthday 07/11/1986

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    Survival, Bushcraft, Camping, Hiking, Four-Wheeling, Drums, Music
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    Supervisor/DrumTech/Adrenaline Junkie
  1. Artifice

    Training Kit or Survival Kit?

    Yes and No. My BOB or Survival Kits never get used. I do do a turn on them once every 2 months to make sure they are in good order and to check expirations dates. But other than that, they are staged for when I NEED them. My "training bag" is there for me to use and practice with differant types of gear to find the best and most practical concept.
  2. Artifice

    Training Kit or Survival Kit?

    I have many survival kits but they arent meant to be used unless I need them. Thats what my training kit is for and thats how my kits are constantly evolving. I take a training bag out with differant configurations and gear and see what works best. That determines how my PSK's are built.
  3. Theres a huge differance between what I consider to be my Training Kit and Survival Kit. We all know a Survival Kit is meant to give you the resources and tools needed to keep your ass alive long enough to be rescued. A Training Kit is a kit used to practice the tecniques needed with these tools to better your skillset for when you really need it. Could I survive on my Training Kit alone? You bet your ass I can. But its not built like my Survival Kit. My Survival Kit is not built to get the job done at my best but rather to get the job done when Im at my worst. When your not at the top of your game and your cold, battered, beaten...possibly injured, you dont want to be fiddling with a fire trying to get it started. You want sure fire! Which is why I keep Mini Inferno and Wetfire in my Survival Kit at ALL times! Its a bag built on the "lets not mess around and get it done" philosophy. Everything I put in that kit is tried, tested and assured by me and me only and tailored to my personal needs and skillset to save my ass when I am at my absolute worst. Furthermore, the items in my PSK may not be whats best for you. Whats good for one guy will kill the guy sitting next to him. I prefer using an Aurora Fire Steel. That might not be the Fire Steel you are prone to using. I carry a Becker BK-2 with my PSK. You may not be skilled with that sort of knife and prefer a Wetterlings Axe or a Machete. But THAT is the whole purpose of the Training Kit! To take the gear out into the woods and get actual field time with it to determine whether you think it would serve you in a real life or death situation. In conclusion, my Survival Kit is a kit that when I go camping, hiking or whatever it is that Im doing that comes with me and is staged and forgotten until that time comes when I need it. And my Training Kit is there to determine how that kit evolves. So the question is...Is having a Training Kit good for everyone? I think so.
  4. Surpisingly, this knife feels really good to hold. For $50, its defiantly worth the money in my opinion. However, I havent really went out and tried to beak this knife yet. You know you have a good knife when you beat it to hell and it never quits.
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    Loadout of my Survival Training Kit

    The main pouch also holds my food kit which is a cook tin and consists of oatmeal, MRE goodness, Instant Coffee, HOBO Tool and some Water Purification Tablets. The 2 sleeves in the main pouch has heavy duty tin foil, zip-lock bag and some coffee filters. MRE Peanut Butter, MRE Cheese Spread and some MRE Crackers.
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    Loadout of my Survival Training Kit

    In the main pouch I hold a bunch of stuff. Theres a small sleeve on the lid that I keep easy to get to medical supplys. The main pouch holds my gloves, an Aquamira Frontier Pro, Multi-Tool, SOL Survival Blanket, some Maya Dust and Electrical Tape. It also holds a mini Fishing Kit, mini Sewing Kit and some dryer lint. And of course my Rite in the Rain Travel Journal case with an Eastern Trees Identification Guide.
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    Loadout of my Survival Training Kit

    The top pouch is my fire kit. Has an altoids tin with vasoline injected cotton balls. Waterproof match case with matches, small tinder tin with tinder tabs, and a BIC lighter that NEVER gets used because I always use a firesteel. In this case, the one Im using right now is the Primus Firesteel. Theres also a small allen wrench used for my Becker BK2. In the Top Pocket I carry some easy to get to items such as Chapstick, Duct Tape, another lighter, Advil, Aleve, Eye Drops, Bug Spray, Itch Relief and a small pencil sharpener I use for making Tinder.
  8. Hey guys, had a few of you ask for a loadout on my Survival Training Kit so here it is! This is the Maxpedition Sabercat Versipack. Awesome bag, alot of space and great organization! I added suspenders from SKD Tactical for easier carry. On the first side pocket I carry 2 25' lengths of 550 Paracord, a small Coleman LED Flashlight and a Pocket Survival Guide. In the second side pocket I have a small FAK, Coleman Bio-Wipes, Hand Sanitizer and a small Hygene Kit. The front pocket holds an extra Mylar Blanket and Rain Poncho. Some hot chocolate, drink mix, a CLIF Bar and some extra Waterproof Matches.
  9. To give my disclaimer about this first off, I dont go for these kinds of knives for actual field usage but I went ahead and purchased a knife from the Les Stroud Series by Camillus out of pure curiosity. This is the Mountain Model. Keep in mind this is my overall first impressions. I will do a more extent review on this after I get out and use it in the field. Cost This knife is very affordable. They go for around $50 give or take. Appearance Bright green, grey, and black with a shiny signal mirror on the sheath. I dont think this is gimmicky because it does have its advantages. For one, it makes it easier to find when you drop your knife on the ground. Trust me, we've all done it! Blade The most important part is the knife blade itself. The blade is made of 440 stainless steel which is a very strong steel and easily sharpened. There is also a non stick coating on the blade. This is handy if youll be using it to prepare food. The blade is drop point with about 1/4 of it serrated. Im not a big fan of serrations but if you want them you don't want it taking up most of the knife blade so good job by Mr. Stroud on this one. Also, the blade is full tang so it won't just snap off the handle. Handle Bright and grippy. Most of it is rubberized making it extremely comfortable for extended use. It also has a steel pommel for hammering tasks. Sheath The sheath is made of a ballistic nylon and plastic compartments. The knife locks in securely and straps in nice so the danger of it falling out is minimal. On the outside, there is a signal mirror. Brilliant. Not only does it make the sheath easy to find, it can also aid in getting that piece of dirt out of your eye or pull that tooth. Not to mention the obvious task of signaling your rescuers. I will also add that with the signal mirror being on the outside of the sheath, your are signalling just walking around! Also, there is a good bit of cordage wrapped around the sheath. It doesnt look like true paracord, but it is some good cordage. So I wont fault it for that. Also inside the sheath, a firesteel. Obvious plus. Then on the other side, you have a whistle and a small LED flashlight. The whistle isnt that loud, but its there. Oh well. The flashlight isnt bad, but it does take smaller batteries. I would have rather seen it using just a single AAA. There is a small storage compartment behind the mirror that would probably hold something like matches, tinder, or medication. On the back of the sheath is a small, mesh compartment that has a little survival guide written by Stroud himself. The Verdict For the price and what you get in the package, I like it. Most are saying that this is Les Stroud's sell out to compete with the Bear Grylls Knife, however I see more thought put into the overall build of this knife. I will take this out and do some tests with it and give you my thoughts on that in a later post. MODS: First thing I did was I yanked that cordage this knife came with and added some true 550 cord. I also took the whistle and notched the hole a little wider and now its much louder. I recommend these modifications to anyone interested in this knife.
  10. Artifice

    New to the forum from Maryland

    Thanks for the welcome guys! Ill be posting some new stuff soon enough!
  11. Im Marvin. Ive been trekking and riding mountains since before I can remember. Im a total full blown Adrenaline Junkie and the Appalachians and West Virginia were my childhood playground. This due to my entire family being avid hunters and fisherman...and ALOT of Four-Wheeling! Defiantly learned alot of survival and bushcraft techniques growing up. Any questions, feel free to ask.