Wednesday, December 12, 2012

On adding fishing kits, handcuff keys, snare wire and wire saws into myBSB - Best Survival Bracelet

The following is a response to an inquiry about adding fishing kits, handcuff keys, snare wire and wire saws into my BSB - Best Survival Bracelet. Names have been changed to protect the innocent!

"Dear Jane,

Thanks for your inquiry and interest in my unique paracord products! I have frequently been asked similar questions about incorporating fishing kits, handcuff keys, snare wire and wire saws into my BSB - Best Survival Bracelet, so I'm going to also use this reply as part of a new blog post!

As a big fan of Cody Lundin's book "98.6 the art of keeping your ass alive", I understand that the overwhelming majority of survival situations are over within 72 hours when simple steps like leaving an itinerary are taken. The most important task facing the "lost" person is maintaining core body temperature. Shelter and fire are important means to that end. The BSB - Best Survival Bracelet (pat. pen.) includes all the average person needs to make a fire, along with multipurpose paracord which can simplify the process of shelter building. In 98.6, Cody argues that food is lower on the priority list and elegantly debunks the notion that fishing kits are critical survival gear.

On saws, snare wire and handcuff keys: With all due respect, I believe that integrated handcuff keys have crossed the line into insanity. Sure one of these may prevented Merle from having to cut off his hand to avoid falling victim to dehydration and zombies on the Walking Dead, but for you and I? If covertly freeing yourself from handcuffs is on your priority list, you really have bigger problems than I can help with ;)

Wire saws are often junk, particularly those small enough to be worked into a bracelet. They break and are not really necessary. In a survival situation firewood need not be cut to even lengths and stacked pretty. Longer logs can be laid right over the fire, thicker sticks can be snapped in the "v" of two trees.

Snare wire would similarly add bulk and is not critical for the same reason as the fishing kit. If desired, paracord can be utilized to fashion traps and provide fishing line and there are ways to field improvise a hook!

In summary, I believe the addition of fishing gear, saws, "knives" etc. to a bracelet are unnecessary. They lead to a gaudy, bulky, uncomfortable wrist-trinket unsuitable for EDC. Sure I could probably make a lot more money and appeal to the Bear Grylls masses by offering such products, but I believe that those bracelets will soon be cast off, no longer there when truly needed. I seek to make the best quality 550 cord gear for true outdoorsman, hunters, hikers, survivalists and preppers. Leave those baubles to the armchair survivors and mall ninjas. This is what sets the BSB apart - form and function. Ours is the original and only BSB - the others are just BS!"

Written by Kevin Gagne

1 comment:

  1. Kevin, very well written, the saw, snare, fish hooks, kives, and hancuff-keys, do not belong as part of a surivial bracelet. The BSB Survivial Bracelet, is perfect as-is.