Survival-Pax Blog: November 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Survival-Pax Store Introduction - Updates!

Today, a new video was put up on our YouTube channel explaining what Survival-Pax is, and where it's going. Check it out here:

Survival-Pax November Raffle

A raffle winner was also chosen. The winner is Survival-Pax YouTuber: shazbort. Congratulations to shazbort. Subscribe to our  YouTube channel for future raffles, fun videos and community updates.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving & Survival-Pax Updates

On behalf of Survival-Pax, I wanted to wish a Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you and to your families.

Thank you for being a part of Survival-Pax, because as members of the community, all of you are part of this. In my newest video, I will explain what I mean and where Survival-Pax is headed. This video will be posted in a few days, so look forward to it.

The winner of the raffle that we are having will also be chosen, so be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel before the raffle. Only YouTube subscribers will have a chance to win the WetFire Tinder and Fire Steel that we are raffling off.

I hope that all of you that wanted flashlights were able to purchase them during the Black Friday Sale. The sale will continue for the rest of the week! If you did not get the flashlight that you were looking for, we are restocking many of them and they should be back in stock on Friday. Some of them, however, will not be restocked until next week, after the sale ends, so if you see a flashlight that you want, be sure to get it right away.

Even though the sale will be ending this week, we will continue to stock these flashlights for an affordable price. As far as we can tell, we have the lowest prices on 4Sevens flashlights on the internet! At Survival-Pax, we want to stock high-quality products at affordable prices, and the 4Sevens flashlights that we offer are most definitely in that category.

So, again, I want to thank all of you who make Survival-Pax possible. This would not work without all of you.

Take care guys!
Simon - Survival-Pax Team Member

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

HUGE 4Sevens Sale!

We are currently having a HUGE Sale on 4Sevens flashlights & accessories. It's our Black Friday sale, but you actually have a week to take part, although I hope that after you have a flashlight, your Friday won't be as dark.

For those who do not know, 4Sevens is a fairly new flashlight company that produces some of the brightest flashlights for your money. As if their brightness wasn't enough of a selling point, all of their lights are also waterproof and come with a 10 year warranty.

They make great gifts, especially at these price points. Stock up on a few for Christmas presents, while supplies last.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Video - Survival-Pax Updates & Item Raffle!

We just posted a short video, giving you an update to the Survival-Pax Community, along with an opportunity to win a free firemaking kit.

In the video, we announce a raffle to all YouTube subscribers. You can become a subscriber by going to our YouTube Channel and clicking "Subscribe". We will be raffling off a basic firemaking kit consisting of WetFire tinder by Ultimate Survival Technologies and a Ferro Rod/Fire Steel.

These two items can almost guarantee a fire in hot, cold, wet or dry conditions, since the WetFire tinder will burn even when wet. If you can find relatively dry wood, you will have a fire.

Fire Steel, also known as a Ferro Rod, if you haven't used it yet, is also very useful. It consists of a metal rod that sparks when scraped with a sharp piece of metal. I like to use the back of a knife to scrape a fire steel. The sparks emitted from a fire steel are hot enough to light dry tinder such as grass, cotton balls and WetFire.

So again, subscribe to our YouTube Channel for great videos and for a chance to win some cool free stuff!

Take care guys!
Simon - Survival-Pax Team Member

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

550 Paracord - Multiple Utility Cordage

Starting with a few short announcements, we are currently having a Sale on a few items. It'll be going on until the end of the week, so click here to check it out.

Expect a YouTube video sometime next week. If all works out, it should be done. Like our last video, expect something slightly out of the ordinary but nonetheless entertaining. If you haven't yet, subscribe to our YouTube Channel. I promise that if you haven't yet, you will be wishing that you did.

550 Paracord comes in many different colors
550 Paracord

One of the products universally hailed by the emergency preparedness/survival community, but not as well known by your average person, is 550 Paracord. I guess it'll just take some time to find its way onto main stream shopping lists. Since discovering it a few years ago, I have put it to some use and have only had positive experiences with it, as long as I did not stress it beyond its design.

If you are one of those who hasn't ever heard of 550 paracord, let me tell you what it is and where it came from.

550 Paracord (AKA paracord, or parachute cord) was originally designed for parachutes during the World War II. Since then, soldiers, and now civilians, have found it very useful for a variety of tasks. Known for its strength, it can support up to 550 lbs. without breaking. Being about the thickness of a shoelace also makes it easy to store, perfect for emergency kits or for anyone requiring thin and strong cordage.

Much of the utility behind 550 paracord is due to the way that it is constructed. Quality 550 paracord is composed of seven inner strands and an outer sheath. The inner strands are great for fishing line, sewing, dental floss, or for other tasks in which a thin line is sufficient. The outer sheath can be used for tasks that don't require as strong of a line as well.

Here is the tensile strength breakdown of 550 Paracord:
Outside Sheath - 305 lbs
Inner Strand - 35 lbs each x 7 strands
Total Strength - 550 lbs

Why would you want to take apart (gut) your 550 paracord? You might want to do this because, if you do, then you have 8 times the length of cord than what you had initially. In an extreme emergency, where you might not be guaranteed a resupply of cordage, this can be very helpful since quality cordage is difficult to construct in the field; wasting valuable time, resources and calories.

Paracord Bracelets

550 Paracord can even be woven into bracelets.
Remember making friendship bracelets in Elementary School? I guess the craze caught on with adults too. Paracord is often used to make bracelets, lanyards, even belts. It's pretty popular too, especially among the survival/preparedness crowd. I'm sure that in the future, I'll talk more about this aspect of paracord; maybe even show you how to weave a paracord bracelet.

Can I use 550 paracord for climbing?

It's important to understand the limitations of 550 paracord. An unexperienced individual may, at first glance, see that it can support 550 lbs. and think it would be good for climbing or rapelling. I confess, it has crossed my mind before.

I want to make one thing clear: 550 Paracord IS NOT climbing rope!

It is possible to very easily stress 550 paracord beyond its design, causing it to snap. What many people do not understand is that, while you may weight only 175 lbs., the force exerted on a rope during climbing/rapelling is actually much greater, since you are bouncing up and down.

Paracord should never be used to suspend a person in a situation where injury would result if it were to break. You should always assume that it'll break and think about what would happen if it did. Paracord is fine for attaching a hammock to a tree (not too high up) and other tasks where you might want to be suspended low to the ground but nothing more. Paracord isn't magic or a substitute for a quality climbing rope. Remember that safety is critical. Don't do anything stupid.
550 Paracord is composed of seven inner strands and an outer sheath.

Once, I did stress 550 paracord beyond its design. I'm sure that you guys are wondering what I did. I was tying a hammock between two trees. Usually I double up on 550 paracord, but this time I only used a single strand. I guess I was curious if it would hold. Initially, it did. After bouncing and swinging a bit from side to side, it ended up breaking. I only had about a foot to fall down, so nothing happened, but it would have been a tragedy if I had been higher up.

But what do I do in an emergency if all that I have is 550 paracord and I need to climb/rappel?

Now I want to make it clear again that paracord is not climbing rope and that you should never use it as such, in an emergency, I would quickly weave together three or four lengths of 550 paracord if I ever planned on using it to suspend myself. Even then, I would do everything I could to hang as gently as possible. However, this is only to be done in a life or death situation. Do not try this unless this is the case.

Wow, what a tangent. Sorry guys, but I'm sure that most people who know about 550 paracord have thought about climbing with it and I felt like I had to say it.

I hope I've at least shown you that 550 paracord is some pretty useful stuff. If it isn't, consider adding at least 100 feet of paracord to your emergency kit. Take it with you on your next camping trip and try it out for yourself.

Take care guys!
Simon - Survival-Pax Team Member

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