Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Real Paracord Survival Bracelet

Paracord Survival Bracelets are popular for a number of reasons. They look great and allow you to carry a usable amount of very strong cord with you wherever you go. However, the application of what you can do with paracord is generally limited to tying things together.

This is what I think a Paracord Survival Bracelet should look like.
It's 2016 and things have changed for the better.

I would like to show you guys what I think a real paracord survival bracelet should be. The purpose of such a bracelet would be to pack in the most amount of functionality into a bracelet, while still keeping the costs reasonable and the bracelet functional.

Starting with the cord. I was recently introduced to a new product called Fish & Fire Paracord. This cord combines all of the strengths of 550 Paracord (7 white internal strands & strong outer sheath), with an added 8 lb test monofilament fishing line and a strand of jute twine.

The functionality of the Firestarting Whistle Buckle
makes this bracelet excellent.
I've written about Paracord for EDC before, but what the Fish & Fire Cord gives you is a more useful line for fishing (monofilament) and the ability to easily start a fire with the jute twine. If you've never used it before, jute makes a great tinder by fluffing it up and forming a ball.

The next thing that makes this bracelet so useful is the buckle. The Firestarting Whistle Buckle combines a buckle, a ferrocerium (fire steel) rod and a functional whistle. This buckle, along with the Fish & Fire Paracord, would allow you to start a fire almost anywhere, as long as you have adequate fuel after you ignite the jute.

To me, a bracelet made with these two items makes a lot of sense. The added functionality of the whistle, fishing line, ferro rod and jute, make this bracelet a great addition to your EDC gear.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

EDC First Aid - QuikClot Sport

I've written about this numerous times, because I am a firm believer that having a First Aid Kit is a very important part of your EDC. You never know when an emergency, minor or serious, can occur. Emergencies that require first aid attention are some of the most dangerous, so it would make sense to try and prepare for them.

QuikClot is a product that's easy to have with you
and can save a life.
Even a minor scrape can become a serious infection in today's day of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Such a problem can be easily avoided with simple first-aid supplies.

For injuries that are especially serious, and by that I mean injuries that involve heavy bleeding, there is a lightweight product that just might save a life. This product is called QuikClot. QuikClot is a hemostatic agent, meaning that it stops bleeding. It contains a mineral called kaolin, which starts the body's natural blood clotting mechanism..

QuikClot used to be used as a powder, but was found to be safer and more effective as an impregnated sponge, which is what QuikClot Sport is. This product comes in two sizes: 3.5" x 3.5" and 5" x 5"

Directions for using QuikClot are very simple.
To use this product, place it on a wound and apply pressure until the bleeding stops. Then wrap the sponge with a material to secure the wound and seek medical attention.

While I have never used this product, there are videos on YouTube of this product being used on animals and stopping bleeding instantly. Due to the graphic nature of such videos, I will not show them here.

Serious injuries do happen. They're not confortable to think about, but if ever confronted with one, you'll be happy that you were prepared with QuikClot. Since this product only weighs about 1-2 ounces, throwing one into your First Aid Kit wouldn't be a large burden, but would greatly increase your ability to deal with emergencies that involve serious bleeding.

Do any of you have any experience with QuikClot? If so, let me know in the comments below.