The Gentleman's Survival Kit Is a Masterpiece of Disaster Preparedness

How long could you survive without the comforts of modern civilization? I'll bet that blogger PSCMF could endure almost any disaster for a long, long time. He knows how to prepare for emergencies. His Gentleman's Survival Kit has all of the necessities: a hatchet, matches, kindling, and whiskey. Here's the full inventory:

Vintage Briefcase - purchased it on Etsy for $37 including shipping.
Basswood Interior - I had the wood on hand.  Basswood is easy to work with.  I finished it with an oil based cherry stain, sanded off the finish in key spots to make it look weathered and then put two coats of amber shellac on.
Hatchet - I found this at a flee market for $5.  I cleaned up the ax head, sharpened it and burnished the handle with some steel-wool.
Match Tin - Flee market for $3 - I have no idea what it was originally used for.
Kindling Tin - This is actually an old Kodak film real container.  Flee market again - $5.
Flask - This flask had an ugly cozy around it, so I made one with some left over leather that I had and some snaps (this was my first time to install snaps - not so bad).
Whiskey - Jack Daniels for $13.  You may find this funny, but I chose the Honey because I liked the light label better.
Kindling - These are short pieces I cut of "duraflame fatwood" from Lowe's.  They are all natural and contain extra sap, allowing them to light easily.
Matches - These are strike anywhere fireplace matches that I cut down to fit inside the match container.
Leather Straps - I used some extra leather, the snaps, some screws to attach the male snaps to the wood and some black rough looking tacks to attach the straps to the wood interior.

-via Zac Benedict


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