Etowah Edge & Tool Ridge Survival M-1 package instructions


The Etowah Edge & Tool Ridge Survival package was designed to provide a margin of safety and confidence when operating in remote areas. It is not intended to be a complete kit but a set of specific items that may be of use when nothing else is available. A complete kit should be carried at all times but you could get separated from it. Never allow yourself to be separated from your Ridge Survival knife.

The knife system’s kit and use are explained below.

1. The knife. The knife has many obvious uses but there are some special features that are unique to this knife package. To start, there is a kit inside the handle that contains some unique items not found in other “survival knife” kits. Therefore, some explanation as to the use of the items is listed below. The Ridge Survival is made of CPM3-V. It is very tough steel and has been chosen for this package because it comprises the quality expected in a high performance knife.

2. The sheath. The knife comes with a Kydex sheath. It will not hold moisture and makes a tough, thin cover of protection for the knife. The belt clip can be moved for left hand carry as well as horizontal carry. The sheath accepts both large and small Teck-Loks from Blade Tech Industries. Other attachment panels are easy to make as well.

3. The wrench. The spanner wrench is the small winged devise attached to back of the sheath. It is required to remove the handle scales. Be sure to clear any leaves or debris away from the area where the knife will be disassembled. It is best to do it over a shirt or jacket. There are several small parts inside plus the handle screws that can get lost. The wrench does not need to be removed in order to use it. This helps keep it from getting lost.

4. The ferrocerium rod. The ferro rod is for making sparks to build a fire. It is recommended that you use the back edge of one of the hobby knife blades inside to perform this task. The ferro rod will dull your knife edge very fast. It is recommended that you obtain a spare ferro rod to practice with and watch videos that demonstrate its use. It requires the right tender to work.

5. The large fish hooks. There are two large fish hooks that are included in the kit. They can be used to catch big fish, but can also be straightened to make gigs. This drastically increases the odds of getting food in the field. There is a pair of special notches in the front pin hole of the knife tang. They are to help hold the fish hook straight while bending the hook. The hooks are very strong and hard to straighten without this feature. This added feature allows for the taking of food in many ways. Some of the methods are not sporting or legal. I do not condone the use of these methods except in the most extreme dire situations. Gigging and snagging animals from their holes and dens are a couple of ways to acquire food.

6. The small fish hooks. There are four small fish hooks in the kit. The obvious use is for fishing but they can be used for other purposes too. They can hold live bait for other kinds of traps (not legal in most areas), and be straightened into sewing needles (bend the barb down) because the eye is small enough to pass through an awl hole.

7. Snare. The snare can be used as a snare but, success in a passive snare is rare. The best use for this devise is as a fish stringer, or lashing for other devises. However, if you find a den or other high value area where a snare set up is beneficial, here is how to use this one. The split rings allow many ways to adjust the snares size and sensitivity. Study spring and anchored snare diagrams for specific ways to build the trap. The split ring on the loop end can be used to hold the loop at the right diameter. The other ring makes a fast pass through for connecting it to an anchor.

8. Anchor eyebolts. The anchor eyebolts can be used in the above snare set up or for rigging other kinds of traps, tripwires, clothes lines and many other uses. Cut a small stick or use a nail as a T-handle to aid in twisting.

9. Small nails. The small nails can come in handy in many ways in the rigging of traps, making shelter and many other things that come up in the worst times.

10. Fishing line and swivel. The swivel helps save time in changing out hooks.

11. Hobby knife blades. There are two HKB’s in the kit. One is a scalpel shape and can be used to dress game when the large knife gets dull from larger chores. The other is a needle point blade that can dig out splinters or be used as a small spear head for small game. The corner of the square base of the blade can be used to turn the phillips head screws to adjust the belt clip on the sheath (be very careful, they are tight).

12. Compass. The compass in this kit is of the most basic type. It is not glued in so it can be taken out and the knife can be reassembled and sheathed. You should be familiar with the use of a basic compass and a real sighting compass should always be carried. This compass does not have a global needle and that is not available at this time from us. If you live on the “South Side”, you may be able to acquire a 14mm compass that will fit.

13. Micro pulleys. Available upon special request only. There are two micro pulleys attached to the sheath. They can be rigged into a snatch block to help cut the weight of objects that need to be moved or hoisted. These are NOT FOR LIFE SAFETY. They are NOT rated for any kind of human support. They merely assist moving heavy objects acting as a force multiplier. Basically, when properly rigged, a two pulley set up changes the mechanical advantage to a 3:1 making 100lbs raised with 33lbs effort. Any time you can save calories and work safe, you should. You do not want to injure yourself in the wilderness.

Thank You for the purchase of an Etowah Edge product.

Be safe
James Sanders EE&T


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