The Tactical Gentleman’s Survival Kit

A good friend of mine recently separated from the military to pursue new adventures.  I wanted to put something together for him, but the cookie-cutter military shadow-box has always seemed sorta lame to me…  A bit like getting someone a gift card to Walmart, in a way.  There’s gotta be a better way to celebrate a man’s military experience.  Well, a while back a couple of us stumbled upon this gem:  The Gentleman’s Survival Kit.  Pretty solid work there, pscmpf!  Ever since, I had been building one in my head.  Now I had the perfect excuse to execute!

I present:  The Tactical Gentleman’s Survival Kit. 

Cheesy name, but fitting, don’t ya think?

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Cool!  How’d you make that?

I found the vintage briefcase 20150419-IMG_0428on eBay.  It’s in nearly perfect shape, and even has the keys.  I cut a piece of beech wood board to size, and, after collecting all the items I wanted to display, I arranged and traced them on the board.  Then, I used a Dremel with a Multi-Purpose Cutting Kit to cut out the shapes.  After sanding and finishing with Danish Oil, I installed the leather straps with line snaps from Tandy Leather.  Underneath the board is a piece of dense foam from an old Pelican Case.  I cut out the shapes and depths required, then covered it with a piece of black cloth (to make it look extra classy).  Finally, I attached the flag and accoutrements to the briefcase’s divider, and secured it to the inside of the lid.

So what about the components?

20150419-IMG_0433I’d say that the pièce de résistance is the ESEE Survival knife.  This particular model is limited edition and was customized for the Airman, but you can get a hold of a standard model here:   ESEE Model 5 Survival Fixed Blade Knife.  It’s a well designed and tough survival knife that even has a depression in the handle to be used as a socket for a bow and drill.  The waterproof match case is a standard mil-issue and includes waterproof matches, a button compass, and a flint striker.  Inside the shorty mason jar is some cut pieces of pitch wood (fat wood) for tinder.  A tasty selection from Romeo y Julieta is sealed inside the aluminum tubo, and there is a healthy portion of Bulleit bourbon for when morale is low.  Oh, and CMMG’s Tactical Bacon— just because it’s freakin’ awesome.

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Thanks for checking out my Tactical Gentleman’s Survival Kit!  I’m really happy with how it turned out, and will probably keep my eye on eBay for a couple more vintage briefcases– now I want one for myself =).  I’d love to hear what you think!  Comment below with questions about how to make one of these, or with a link to something similar that you have made.

-Jwa

**Disclosure:  I added a few Amazon Associate links to this post.  If you click through them, and end up buying something, then I will get a small commission.  There is no price difference for you, and it helps me cover costs of web-hosting and such.  =)

6 thoughts on “The Tactical Gentleman’s Survival Kit”

    1. Hi Jay. Thanks for checking out my work! I’m not really in a place right now to offer you a kit at a fair price. Later this year, I’d like to get some items wholesale in order to bring the overall cost down. I’ll be sure to keep you in the loop ! 😉
      -JW

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