During my 10+ years in survival I have seen hundreds of survival gadgets come and go. Many of which I thought were clever, but would never make it, and others I thought would be great to have. It is kind of like the fidget spinners. They were extremely popular, and even bushcrafters were using them to make friction fire, but I knew the craze would die off. Many survival gadgets are like that, but I wanted to share a few that I think are extremely useful:
Some of favorite survival gadgets that I use on a regular basis:
There is nothing worse than tangled paracord (cordage). If you have ever done any shelter building with cordage then you know what I am talking about. The Spool Tool is amazing because it holds up to 100 ft of paracord, and it has a cutting blade and spot to hold a mini Bic lighter. I absolutely love this thing.
This nifty gadget is great for keeping your Bic lighter dry. I love kayaking, and in the winter time it is essential that you have good fire starters that will work even if they get wet. The FireSleeve is a waterproof case for your Bic lighter. It also has a rubber flap to slide over the gas button so it stays lit. I did have to remove the child safety to get the flap to stay. Overall great gadget for the price.
I love survival bracelets, and they make excellent gift for kids and kids at heart. Unfortunately a lot of them are overpriced, or the bracelet doesn’t fit right. The great thing about the SpeedyJig is it is easy to use, and you can get the perfect fit every time. Once you get the basics down then you can begin adding things to make it the ultimate survival bracelet. I have one with some fishing line, hooks, jute twine, and even a small ferro rod attached to it.
This amazing knife sharpener will get your blade extremely sharp. Even if you have no experience sharpening knives the guides help you get the perfect angle for bushcraft. I used to always struggle getting a consistent edge on my knives until I started using this handy gadget. You can also sharpen serrations and fish hooks. I love it’s versatility, and not only does it have diamond plates it also has a ceramic rod and leather strop on the sides. I won’t go into the field without it.
These amazing lanterns are great for backpacking because of their portability and weight. They are extremely light, and they pack up nice and compact. The inflatable design turns the light from and ordinary lamp into a bright lantern. The best part is it is solar powered. I had the opportunity to use one of these first hand recently during a search and rescue training I was doing. It wasn’t no spotlight, but it lit up the area really well. I plan on taking two with me when I go to the Jungle in June.
There are several gadgets out on the market right now, and there are sure to be hundreds more, but these 5 are winners in my book, and if you are looking at picking up any of these items be sure to support Sigma 3 and purchase from the links provided.
Thanks for Reading!
Justin “Sage” Williams
Director Sigma 3