Saturday, March 19, 2011

My every day carry

 I've posted about EDC many times, but there's always a few things that get impoved/changed as time goes by.










 Original SOE Cobra Rigger's Belt

Large Vaquero, Zytel Handle, Serrated
Large Vaquero Cold  Steel

Leatherman 830682 Charge Multi-Tool
Leatherman Charge Multi-Tool
Otterbox Defender Series Case for the Apple iPhone 4 (Verizon & AT&T) Retail Packaging (Black)
Otterbox Defender Series Case for the Apple iPhone 4 (Verizon & AT&T) Retail Packaging (Black)





FerFAL

12 comments:

Tyler A. said...

Thanks so much for the video. Please keep it up. I am ordering half of what you featured. And I will go out of my way to find an Aff. link.

Don Williams said...

1) Thanks for the info, Ferfal. My son is about to graduate with a degree in computer engineering from a good university and has accepted a job from CISCO in the USA's Silicon Valley.

That is our center for computer technology in the USA but alas has the San Andreas Pacific plate to the west, the Hayward/Calaveras Fault to the east and the San Francisco Bay to the north. What could go wrong, eh?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayward_fault_zone

The local governments KNOW a significant 7.9 earthquake is going to hit this area within the next 30 years -- and the impact to the USA economy is going to be enormous.

The City of Sunnyvale does not have policemen, firefighters and Emergency Medical Technicans. Rather , it trains its employees in those fields to be ALL THREE. I.e. the policeman is crosstrained to be a fireman and medical EMT --depending on what the situation requires. Similarly, the fireman is trained to be an EMT and policeman.

And the Santa Clara County government offers training courses to the regular citizens on how to provide First Aid , fight fires, handle earthquakes etc because it knows it will not be able to provide enough public safety officers when the disaster hits. It will be like Japan is now -- although the nuke plant is much farther to the south.

I am trying to work up emergency kits and procedures for my son and find your advice of much help. Of course, the sensible thing would be for our government and plutocrats to relocate such critical technology to a less vulnerable area.

FerFAL said...

Thanks guys for your support. While filming I kept thinking of a million other things I just wanted to mention but time was running up. I'll probably do other videos regarding awareness, street grey man philosophy, etc.

Don, yes I know its just something that simply will happen at some point. A good kit and some conversation regarding these sorts of things may go a long way.

FerFAL

jamie said...

Excellent videos. When you make another one if you could cover the holster you're using it would be great.

Anonymous said...

Iphones (and similar expensive phones) is a bad idea in some countries.
In my home country - France - The iphone is a magnet for thieves.

In europe, an ordinary phone is much cheaper and more discreet.

Don Williams said...

A few suggestions for people's consideration, for what they are worth.

1) According to MunchRe's "World Map of Natural Hazards" ( http://www.irinnews.org/pdf/in-depth/DR/ISDR-World-Map-of-Natural-Hazards.pdf ) Buenos Aires is not subject to earthquakes.

However, If one is an area subject to severe earthquakes, then there is some chance that things you left stored at home may either be buried under rubble or destroyed by fire. Same is true of a war zone.

2) For such locations, I would suggest also having a canteen of some kind and at least a Space blanket (or plastic garbage bag) for warmth/shelter from rain/windscreen. (More depending on weather and season.)

The US Army has a large rubber canteen but such is bulky to carry around. The best alternative I've found is the special plastic oven bags used to bake turkeys, chickens etc. They fold up to nothing, can hold over a liter of water, and are extremely tough (I have kept water in one for over a week without leaks.) You need a twist tie or piece of string to keep them closed.

3) A woman's thin rayon scarf can be used to carry the canteen and can also be used as a bandage, tourniquet, face mask to prevent sunburn/frostbite,etc.

4) A 6 inch piece of duct tape can be used to fix leaks in the canteen or space blanket and can also be used to bandage cuts, put over foot blisters so you can continue to walk,etc. It is very important for a refugee/evacuee to be able to walk.

5) Re pocket knives, we in the USA are limited by law to blades with 4 inches or less. I think if you look at it's uses, it is important that the grip allow a strong hammer grip with both ends curving down so your hand doesn't slip when you push or PULL on the knife.
Unfortunately, most US folders are made for the undesirable saber grip.

6) One knife to consider is the relatively cheap CRKT M16-14ZSF. Originally designed with input from soldiers, It did well in Marine Corps tests and it punched through body armor:
http://www.leatherneckmagazine-digital.com/leatherneckmagazine/201009?pg=58#pg58 (click to enlarge.)


(Another knife which did well in the Marine test, the Benchmade Griptilian, has a badly designed grip, in my opinion.)


7) However, the CRKT M16 does have a somewhat thin tip and one use you may need for a tactical folder is the ability to punch a hole in an abandoned car's gasoline tank so that you can extract gas to put in your own car. (Most recent US cars now have locks on the gas tank
cap, preventing use of a garden hose to siphon gas from the tank)

Don Williams said...

PS Even a space blanket is kinda bulky to carry in one's pocket --and does not provide much warmth beyond being a wind/rain screen.

However, it may not be possible to build fires for warmth in an urban area hit by an earthquake because broken pipelines may be leaking explosive gas.

Of course, some one is bound to try. :)

Nolan said...

There is no U.S. law regarding knife size. Specific states and smaller municipalities (cities, towns, villages) do have their own laws, however. I think the only national knife law has to do with blade length on merchant marine vessels.

If you are looking for a tough, lightweight, water bottle try looking at the Platypus bottles. I have carried mine on dozens of hiking trips and on three continents and the only problem I have had is that about every month or so you will need to bleach the inside if you are regularly using it.

I find EDC to be invaluable. Of course, the same people who make fun of me for carrying a "purse" are the fist to run to me anytime they need something.

Survival And Prosperity said...

Thanks for putting together these very informative videos. The items you covered should get their bearer out of a lot of sticky situations. I especially like the emphasis on redundancy.

Anonymous said...

Ferfal,
Any ideas from arg on where to store precious metals? In and around the home? We hear that safety deposit boxes are broken into for a variety of reasons and people say that is no longer safe I do not have much in the way of pm but would like to store what little I have, safely

Thanks in advance

Anonymous said...

I find earthquakes to be so not scary. If you have food and water stored, there is very little disruption,,,lived thru a huge one

Anonymous said...

FerFal and Donn Williams - thank you for very valuable video and comments. I already started to make these sets - for each car one and for each person one. Because I trave abroad almost every week and I face currency issues frequently - I would add on my side:
1/ No 50 USD bill - but 5 x 10 USD bills and of course I would reccomend more than just 50 $. Anothe currency would not harm. In EUrope I would put USD and German EUR (the first letter x in the series number). On exchange changes normally you can loose even 15% - in case of emergency - it might be even 40%. Gold will be good when situation stabilisez.
2/ Termic blanket. I am in Poland and silver as well as golden side of these blankets are imortant in this climate. The size and weight is null - but protection in case of emergency - hudge.
Best regards,

Jay Dee