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The Gift of Survival!

Updated on December 31, 2014

All you need to endure practically anything

There are many tactical kits, bug-out bags and the like that you can purchase for pretty much any amount. There are MRE buckets and packets of clean water. There are hunting tricks and blankets and tips and guns and gear a-plenty but I am here to assure you, come this gift-giving time you only need to buy two pieces of survival gear to Macgyver your way out of pretty much any situation with a bit of know-how!

Sure, you can see your family members wearing that personalized, hand-knit sweater year after year or boasting of how they are proud recipients of the newest toy from the electronics aisle, but imagine if you were to get a gift for your loved ones that could save their lives in a dire situation! While that new XBOX or Playstation are certainly going to be trample-worthy items, try gifting something that is going to be actually useful - forever!

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Good Blades are a Must!

knife collage
knife collage
Tom Brown Books
Tom Brown Books

What's in a Blade? It matters - get them something they'll love forever!

So what are the two perfect get-lost gifts, as it were?

1.) A Knife

2.) Para-Cord

That's it!

These gifts are timeless and work for any occasions but paracord bracelets can make great stocking stuffers for everyone in the family! Blades speak for themselves from your own lifetime of experience - I'm here to tell you which blades have worked for me in my own experience.

All images property of Gina Blanchard, 2013, All Rights Reserved

Click here to learn about the Tom Brown Tracker School as referenced in this lens.

Tom Brown Tracker, Gray Micarta Handle, Black Blade, Kydex Model TBT-010
Tom Brown Tracker, Gray Micarta Handle, Black Blade, Kydex Model TBT-010

For more than 30 years the Tom Brown Tracker School has been educating survival, awareness and tracking in a hands-on environment. Decades of teachings are still being passed on. Renowned survivalist, teacher, tracker and author Tom Brown actually commissioned this very blade after an interview from a journalist in which he was asked what one tool he could not survive without in the wilderness. He had responded then that the tool had not been created yet. Own that tool now!Sawing, chopping, splitting; The knife was also featured on the movie: "The Hunted". You can find a cheaper alternative below but I will certainly talk this one up to the grave as my fiance attends the school and has the blade himself so I can give an honest review on what we've used it for!


Don't be caught unawares

Maybe you already have a survivalist/survival nut in your life so you're paying enough attention to already have the tools you need (and you've bought extras for everyone else in your life).

It could be you have been living under a rock and have given no thought to survival outside of the bright light of your laptops glow.

Maybe you're one of those people who has a bunker full of supplies just awaiting global warming, war or whatever other untold terrors we can release upon ourselves.

When you think about durability for life you think shelter, food and water. What if you're lost without those things? What if no one finds you or worse; what if no one is looking?

Imagine life away from the comforts of your own home, in a situation where you have to live for yourself with only what you have in hand for a week or more because you didn't have even a minute to grab anything. A place where the caws and whispers only come out when the night is not dark but the blackest of blacks. There you are hungry and alone and wanting only for it to be light again.

If you found yourself in this place would you survive? Could you or those you hold nearest be able to provide for themselves if all suddenly went awry? You yourself have seen in this very lifetime of humans being unreachable in emergencies; Japan, Indonesia and New Orleans just to name a few!

Never be caught unprepared -everything can change in a breath without any care as to where you are in this world.

Tops Knives Tops Brown Scout Fixed Blade Knife
Tops Knives Tops Brown Scout Fixed Blade Knife

This is a much smaller version of the famous mans knife but if all you can carry is something on the lighter side it's a good alternative! I'm always going to suggest Tom Brown for his ingenuity and ancient teachings but if you're not a Tops fan there are many other similar knives out there!


Let us show you!

Yes, the video was made by the boyfriend and I specifically to prove the point.

We used the knife to axe and notch the fire-board and handle, carve the spindle and strip the piece used for the bow handle.

The bow string is the para-cord.

Survival live-action style.

I'm the excited voice in the background that can't hold a camera straight.

Great Para-cord gift Options!

Black 550LB Military 100% Nylon Parachute Cord 100 Feet
Black 550LB Military 100% Nylon Parachute Cord 100 Feet

You can build your own para-cord bracelets, water-bottle holders or lanyards to add personality to your gifts. This cording is available in many colors but be careful that you're purchasing the 550-lb safety; you don't want to end up with something that is only going to save a fashion statement.Fun Gift Tip: Use school colors or your sport-aholics favorite team hues to come up with a just-for-you motif that will make anyone feel special!

Paracord Survival Bracelet by Survival straps Wounded Warrior Project Edition Large
Paracord Survival Bracelet by Survival straps Wounded Warrior Project Edition Large

If you want to purchase because you're not feeling very crafty (like me) you can buy these para-cord bracelets (mind the weight of the cord again). I chose this one because 50% of proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project, who help with the recovery and rehabilitation of those who are injured while serving. As an added bonus (did you need one?) Survival Straps promises a guaranteed replacement should you use it. What? Yes, that's right, if you use the paracord and give them a story as to why you did they will replace it for the cost of shipping.


Am I right or am I right?

Maybe you think I forgot something for surviving. Perhaps you would rather subsist on one or the other or neither. What's your take?

Do you think this is good enough to get lost with?

The Bow

Bow Drill Bow
Bow Drill Bow

This Bow was made for a Bow-Drill set-up as seen in the video on this page. It was cut with the knives featured here. The cording is para-cording, also featured on this lens!

What's your take on it all? - Thanks for stopping by :)

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      clevergirlname 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Haha thank you!!

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Loved the video. Thanks for sharing

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      mstcourtjester 3 years ago

      I would need the cord to use as a tourniquet after I accidentally cut my self with that huge knife ;)

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      I think this is an excellent and original lens - well done.

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      I am an outdoors man so I am totally into preparedness when being outdoors. Excellent job. Those who get in trouble outdoors are typically the ones who lacked proper survival gear, even for short hikes.

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      paynui 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lens. Well done.

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      jemacb 4 years ago

      Pretty different lens. Good job.

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      BrownEyedGirl69 4 years ago

      Your Lens is great! Very informative! Great Job!

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      Anja Toetenel 4 years ago from The Hague, the Netherlands

      Thanks for your useful Lens clevergirl, it is a clever piece of art, great info!

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      Useful ideas for when you never expect to need them.

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      mayraborcea 4 years ago

      You should always be prepared! You just never know what can happen next...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Always good to be prepared!