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  My new user
Posted by: jbarrow - 11-04-2018, 03:29 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (8)

Anxious to get out and put this to use.

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  A brief trip report.
Posted by: Limey Pete - 10-31-2018, 06:49 AM - Forum: Urban Survival Skills - Replies (15)

I have just returned from Jolly old England where I spent eight nights.
First night I slept out after arriving late at the airport.
One night I spent sleeping out in Yorkshire.
One night I spent sleeping outside the airport before I flew back to the Far East.
The rest of the nights I stayed with friends.
However I had a problem.
Before I left Thailand I could not find my key to my storage unit.
And that meant I had no gear to use to sleep out. No kill em let God sort em out knife.
No black fang tactical sleeping bag. No viper sniper cooking pan.
However it was a challenge to me to survive without these essential items.
First at Withenshawe near the airport I bought a $13 sleeping bag, and a polyester woolly hat.
Plus some full size polythene trash sacks, and a newspaper.
The sleeping bag was too short, but then it was only $13.
I laid a trash sack down on the ground in trees near the airport, put the sleeping bag in the other trash sack, and after stuffing the sleeping bag with newspaper, spent a fairly comfortable night.
For my next night out I bought a $5 fleece without hood, a can of beer, and had a folding scout cup.
This night was more comfortable because I could sleep by a campfire.
In the morning I boiled water in the empty beer can and brewed coffee.
Back at the airport after a night out I discarded the odd socks I was wearing and my raggedy underpants, a shirt that had a collar beginning to wear, and dumped the cheap fleece, and left the sleeping bag.
I had lost the woolly hat some days before.
My method is increasing to have items to discard, especially clothes.
I had packed two shirts I was going to dump, and a few pairs of odd socks.
I entered the airport with enough time to have a shave and a wash, put on clean clothes, including a pair of trekking trousers I had bought, and was ready to fly – smelling of essence of the woods.


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Posted by: Survivor Kid 909 - 10-30-2018, 12:07 PM - Forum: Welcome To The Hoodlums - Replies (4)

Howdy everyone.  It's been a long time since I've been around, and I'm glad to see that things are back up and running here.

I was going through some of my old posts...  I thought that I was a smart kid, damn I was stupid sometimes.  I guess I was always asking questions though, which is how you learn...  

Just wanted to drop in and say hello.  As well as say THANK YOU, to everyone here, for helping me grow into who I am today.

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  Pill Capsules for PSK, What to put in them?
Posted by: Tn Ridge Rover - 10-25-2018, 12:52 PM - Forum: Questions and Answers - Replies (11)

Kit making time again.  I have ideas, but what can I use pill capsules for? I have several lying around of different sizes. Rate gave me the idea to revisit this idea.

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  PSK waterproof? Or not?
Posted by: Tn Ridge Rover - 10-25-2018, 12:48 PM - Forum: Questions and Answers - Replies (8)

Am putting together some PSKs. Waterproof container/pouch, etc or waterproof components?

Am aiming for on the water and on the land. Probably the same for each kit.

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  Potassium Permanganate
Posted by: ratel102 - 10-21-2018, 12:48 AM - Forum: Urban Survival Skills - Replies (15)

After all these years I thought I may as well get back on the board and post something of possible use.

As an actual Comical Engineer I thought may as well start with Potassium Permanganate. It's a chemical with several excellent uses.   It's chemical formula is KMnO4. It is also known as 'Condy’s Crystals' or 'permanganate of potash'.   

Let me start by saying DO NOT handle crystals it with your fingers, or splash strong solutions on your hands - it will stain them brown. If it can be done, I've done it......  Ideally, Potassium Permanganate should be stored in a nonreactive plastic bottle with a Teflon coated cap. Most plastic bottles and non-coated caps should be fine.  

1.   It is superb for making fires when mixed with either Glycerin, or antifreeze (which is Ethylene Glycol) or Glycol-Ether based brake fluids....Place a teaspoon of Potassium Permanganate on a flat surface and carefully add the same amount of Glycerin. Here's a video showing one way of doing it; pouring the the glycerin through the kindling and onto the permanganate: KMnO4 and Glycerin.   A similar, but usually slower, reaction to that shown in the video will be obtained with either antifreeze or brake fluid.
Key comments:

  • The reaction usually takes a few seconds to initiate. Give it the time needed; stay back and get ready to add kindling & wood. 
  • Once you start to see fumes (smoke) you need to be sure you're a a few feet away.
  • FWIW, "Pre-wrapped' Glycerins are sold as suppositories!

If you mix sugar with the Glycerin before adding the permanganate, you’ll get decent signal smoke.  

Due to its deep violet color, Strong potassium permanganate solution can be used to stain snow if you need to leave an emergency signal....

2.  For water purification, its use is relatively straightforward. It goes without saying that if there is any sediment in the water, strain it out. Then add 3 – 4 crystals per liter of water. Stir or shake for a few seconds then let sit for 2 hours. Some sources say 20 minutes is enough. I always prefer erring on the side of caution. The drinking water should be a light pink.  Here is a video that shows the amount of permanganate to add and the color it gives to clear waterWATCH THE VIDEO! Notice just how LITTLE permanganate is needed for drinking water.
  • Permanganate is currently used to treat organic matter in drinking water and to prevent iron bacteria growth in wells.
  • It's worth noting that studies, from “The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics”, have shown that at a dilution of 1:10,000 (potassium permanganate to water) kills most bacteria within an hour. That is 1 gram Peroxide in 10 liters - or a tiny bit under 1 oz in 80 gallons.  
  • AND JUST FOR THE RECORD: As with most things,Potassium Permanganate can become toxic in HIGH concentrations. So just how much is too much? The MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) Gives the LD50 (median lethal dose - the amount required  to kill 50% of the test population) for rats as 1090 mg per kilogram of body weight.  That would be equivalent to 2.7 ounces for a 155 pound person.
  • Personally, I have always used re-sublimated iodine to purify my drinking water when backpacking (see Ron's video on this). For comparison, the LD50 for Iodine is 315 mg per kilogram (for rats)

3.  As an antiseptic for cleaning wounds, and as an antifungal, refer again to the third drinking glass in video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EU5WkkhOxxM. A quote from technology.org,: 

Quote:"Potassium permanganate is also extensively used for medical purposes including as an antiseptic and fungicide. Apart from that, it is also used for the treatment of various skin infections such as eczema, dermatitis, acne and other fungal infections caused in hands and legs.  Further people suffering from wounds with pus, oozing and blisters are subjected to a potassium permanganate bath. Additionally it should also be made sure that the solution is dilute. Other than that, it is also used as an acute solution for the treatment of fungal infections like athlete’s foot, where the affected foot is soaked in a potassium permanganate solution in water for about 15 minutes.

P.S.  For many decades I have carried a key chain sized Magnesium,  Ferrocerium striker and drilled & rounded 2" length of hacksaw blade. The magnesium bar is 2-1/2 inches long and a quarter of an inch thick. 

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  Ruana Knives
Posted by: 7.62 - 10-20-2018, 04:13 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (8)


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  A.G.Russell Passes
Posted by: jbarrow - 10-17-2018, 12:38 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (3)

We lost a great man today.
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  Lime Pete Hobo Blade Question
Posted by: Willie - 10-10-2018, 09:44 PM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (4)

Hey Limey Pete, I heard that old time hobos shaved using a piece of broken glass because they couldn't afford a good razor. Do you think thats true?

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  The addiction is real!
Posted by: jbarrow - 10-02-2018, 01:40 AM - Forum: Knives and Assorted Weapons - Replies (34)

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