When thinking about survival either in a backpacking scenario or bug out bag a good mess kit or canteen set up is key. Now we all know you can pick up a cheap canteen with a cup on eBay or Amazon for around 25-30 bucks and while it will do it's job it can get heavy. That's where Heavy Cover Inc. comes in with their titanium mess kit. This is a USGI style kit. But before we go any further let's take a quick look at the company. It's a USMC veteran owned company that sells a ton of diffrent gear. Ok, now let's jump into the specs of the kit.
Benefits of Titanium Cookware:
- Biocompatible (BPA Free, Nontoxic to the human body)
- Non-porous, non-stick material for easy clean up
- Rapid heat conductor, less gas/fuel and faster boil time.
- Canteen won't puncture or rip like plastic water bladders.
- As strong as steel but 45% lighter.
- Anti-corrosive and will not rust.
- Titanium Canteen/Tritan Cap Capacity= 1.1 Liter (37 ounces)
- Titanium Canteen Cup Capacity= 23.7 ounces (700 mm)
- Titanium Canteen/Tritan Cap= 6.041 ounces (172 grams)
- Titanium Canteen Cup/Titanium Canteen Cup Lid= 4.8 ounces (132 grams)
- .5 mm Titanium
Now after comparing the standard GI Kit to the Heavy Cover it's clearly lighter and stronger. Which is huge since with any item you carry, any ounces you can shave off is key. Also with the plastic you can still get toxins from the plastic even if it's BPA free. One awesome thing is you have two ways to boil water in it, not just one with the standard GI kit. The non-corrosive and porous element makes it real sweet for easy clean up.
When it comes to survival nothing is more important then water! Clean, safe water is a must no matter if it's a survival scenario or just a backpack trip. We all know the rule of three. So 3 days without water is very dangerous and I've tried a crap load of water filter in the past with really good results. But one has stood out that I recently came across and it's from Survivor Filter. This is not your typical water filter that just does the job but you still have that smell or taste that is a bit off. Before we jump into the guts of the filter let's lay out the man behind the filter.
I became interested in knifemaking about the age of 13. I built my first "forge" in the sand in my backyard using a galvanized bucket and a blow dryer. Beginning with no previous knowledge about steel type and heat treating, most of my knives did not turn out too well.
By the age of 15 I had my own 6'x10' shed with a dirt floor and no door. I built my first charcoal forge out of a galvanized tub and some bricks I had in my back yard. This worked well enough for the task at hand, but soon enough I learned that a properly made coal forge would heat steel up much faster and was cleaner to use. My junior year in highschool I built a coal forge out of an old rusty 1/4" thick sheet of steel and a brake rotor. This thing was the bomb! I still use it to this day to heat treat my knives. I started to research more into knifemaking and soon realized that mild steel was not a sufficient blade steel. I began using files I got from my boss who owned a local ranch and the cutting capability was far superior than my previous mild steel blades. Youtube and bladeforums became my best friends . I researched a lot about knifemaking and took in as much as I could.
At 17 I started to order my blade steel from Admiral Steel and began a journey in which I could not turn back from. A fire started inside of me in and it has grown, and will continue to grow. This knifemaking thing was a great hobby and it became very interesting, very fast. I locally sold my knives to family friends and got great feedback.
During the summer of 2014 I scrounged up enough money to buy a 12'x24' building and turned it into my own personal workshop. This gave me plenty of room to work and allowed me to be able to work in all weather conditions. I am currently in college at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX working to get my master degree in mechanical engineering, and I travel back home every weekend to make knives.
The title says it all! The folks over at Key Smart sent us one to check out. So have you ever had your keys and been like these are annoying and bulky? How bout wanted to go running or hunting and thought your keys are to loud or don't fit in a small pocket? Well the key smart fixes all of that. I received one in the mail and started to put it together and it's so simple yet so smart.