Shhhhh! Be careful you don’t want to start a fight in here. 🙂 People who love to prepare are very passionate about their gear and it’s not unusual for people to disagree on the merits of one tool verses another. We like to think that there’s a best tool for everyone, and often the factors are very personal. Maybe one knife is better suited for your hand compared to another person with larger/smaller hands for example. What we find is that in categories like knives, tools, books, bags, etc. that there can be different answers, but we do feel like there are certain levels of quality standards that you shouldn’t drop below. For that reason you won’t find us carrying items that fall into a merely decorative level, vs. heavily functional. We also strive to carry the best we can for various budget levels. It’s better to have a
NO. Not at all. What we hope is that people will think about being prepared at any level, and then make conscious efforts to cover the scenarios that mean the most to them in some priority order. For some, that may be just worrying about tornados, or earthquakes, or having enough food stocks to outlast a bad winter storm. For others, it may be a lifetime journey to being prepared (you see what we did there ‘journey’ & ‘prepper’), and their gear, stockpiles, practice, and training, may involve using many of the things we do carry. But in no way do we want you to think that it’s an all or nothing mindset.
If you are new, and maybe you are only here for a very simple thing, we would suggest that you probably have a prepper mindset and suggest you consider any of the books in our SHOP. If you are just starting out, look especially for the Disaster Preparedness Handbook, and the SAS Urban Survival Handbook if you are really just starting out. In the fiction, check out One Second After. It’s a great fictional story, but really opens your awareness to how unprepared we all are to things that can and do happen.
Yes. A lifetime of outdoors, camping, and raising a family have contributed to what we carry and recommend. We also listen to others about what works for them, what they worry about, and what they need and try to source things that cover a variety of scenarios, people, and budget levels. We get as excited about a great multi-purpose survival knife as we do about gear we use in the kitchen that we can’t live without as well. Being prepared for anything is fun to do!