A sharp knife has been a keystone of survival kits since Homo habilis discovered that a sharp rock could butcher wild animals. Later, metal blades made knives the original multi-tool, and swords the assault rifle of their day. In recent years, “survival” knives have metamorphosed from heavy do-it-all dirks into multi-functional tool kits with compass, fire-starter, fishing kit—even flashlights.
A good survival knife will never be obsolete, but recent decades have shown that most of the people who’ve found themselves in genuine survival situations have not been in a wilderness. Most of the people who have endured thirst, hunger, exposure, and deprivation have been in places where normal life includes electricity, water treatment, sewage disposal, and 24-hour supermarkets. When circumstances deny those things, survival demands more than just whittling a snare trigger or skinning meat, because in many ways, urban survival can be more perilous than any natural wilderness.
Survival On ICE
Ashbury International’s new ICE (In Case of Emergency) Pack takes the survival-knife concept to a new level with its 15 integrated Emergency Sustainment Systems modules. Packed into bright yellow 6-gallon buckets with airtight covers, each module is a comprehensive stand-alone kit in itself, but all of them together form an interlocking shield against most of the survival challenges that might arise during an extended period without public utilities and services.
The philosophy behind Ashbury’s ICE Pack system is to provide not just for the needs of its users, but to enable them to endure life-threatening disasters in relative comfort. Module 3 provides three freeze-dried meals, with sufficient water to prepare them, per person per day; Module 4 holds 2 liters of water per person per day, with a 5-gallon collapsible bladder and Crystal Light flavored drink mix. Module 6 encases medical items needed to manage bleeding, wounds, bone fractures, and other common first-aid problems. To help keep things clean, Module 7 is a hygiene kit that converts its own bucket into a bag-lined commode, complete with sterile wipes.