This isn't meant as a primary survival knife but rather it's meant as a bare bone, keychain version, just in case your main pack and gear tumbles off a cliff or sinks to the bottom of a lake. Think of it as a last ditch backup you still have in your pocket (and can carry effortless every day), even when wearing business attire..I'm thinking of adding the Whistle scale but for now I'm just showing this initial prototype.
[I too am a fan of your work and like the idea of these mods but think they would be better on either the 91mm or by using custom 93mm sak that has the screws so you can take the one scale off to access the inside addon's. Once you glued on the scale, wouldn't you damage it by prying it off to get to the addon's?
Quote from: sir_mike on December 03, 2017, 03:59:19 AM[I too am a fan of your work and like the idea of these mods but think they would be better on either the 91mm or by using custom 93mm sak that has the screws so you can take the one scale off to access the inside addon's. Once you glued on the scale, wouldn't you damage it by prying it off to get to the addon's?Well to me, when I call it a "survival kit" I mean a true, dire emergency situation kit as in, "If I can't get a fire started here in the middle of the wilderness where I just broke my ankle (so I can't walk home), I'm going to freeze to death tonight". Worrying about if the scales might get damaged to extract the ferro rod is the last thing on your mind. Hopefully you'll live to see another day and be able to buy new scales for about $10. Yes the larger knives have bigger storage areas under the scales so you can store all sorts of extra things, such as that emergency fishing hook I showed, and that's why at the beginning of the video I mention you can use any knife you want, but remember this system I show in the video isn't for actual use, it is more like a life preserver on an aircraft where you keep your fingers crossed that you'll never use it: if you really do have occasion to inflate it, jump in the water and then watch your plane sink you don't worry about things like, "I sure hope this repacks nicely when I'm done using it so United Airlines can reuse it". Ha-ha.To me the 58mm series is the best for this application because it is the smallest and lightest hence one is much more likely to be willing to carry it on their keys perpetually, 365 days a year, despite the fact that it is sort of dead weight and never used. Remember: it's just a backup.The SAK you actually use for everyday, EDC tasks is a separate tool you carry, not this emergency-use-only backup. We'll that's my thinking at least.
Thanks, everyone. Now that 3D printed scales are appearing I would think making a special scale with even larger internal pocket (storage) areas will open up the possibilities. Plus we are no longer limited to plain old, standard shaped scales.For instance, say you make a scale which instead of having a regular cross section shaped like a slab or a rectangle you instead give it a deep "U" shaped depression like a trough or a valley. Now your SAK can snap (or glue?) onto cylindrical objects like say a AAA flashlight, an aluminum whistle, or for FolderBeholder, above, a Chapstick tube! BINGO: SAK LIP BALM! [Sir_mike might prefer to fill the tube with other knick knacks instead of lip balm.]
Another idea is to just add a key fob tube that opens/unscrews to put your sewing kit, needle and small rod into.