The focus of those interested in defending themselves is on firearms. And this is certainly reasonable. As was opined many years ago, “God made man, Samuel Colt made them equal”. But a firearm is not always practical, and there are circumstances where a knife is a reasonable option.
See my article on this:
One of the most useful things for many survival situations is fire. And there are many ways of starting a fire.
Under ideal conditions, matches are perhaps the best choice. They are simple, small, light, cheap, and stored correctly, will be reliable for decades. Unfortunately, survival conditions are seldom ideal, so as your primary method of fire starting, they are not a good choice. As a backup method, they are excellent.
For details, see my article: https://www.survivalsullivan.com/best-survival-matches/
“Everybody” knows about the “Bug Out Bag”, or BOB. And many people use the term inaccurately. There are actually several “flavors” of emergency kits which are not quite interchangeable; I attempted to differentiate between them here:
Here is an article on choosing a backpack for a Bug Out Bag (BOB) and a two part review of a reasonably priced candidate:
Local Lion Olympus III part 1
Local Lion Olympus III part 2
If you’d like to get one of these packs, or some other outdoors products from GearBest, they have a 15% off coupon by using code OUT15OFF
Communications can be a problem during an emergency, or even just “on the road” or “on the trail”. Here is an overview of the options for wireless comms:
Good ideas if you need to sharpen your knife and don’t have a sharpener handy.
Link to an earlier post about knife sharpeners: http://wp.me/p3TYmc-6o