Up for review today I’ve got an inexpensive survival kit from a company called Reserwa and inside you’ll find plenty of things like a knife, fire start, compass, flashlight and a lot more. The best about this whole kit I think is the price, you get everything and the carrying case for only $11. Read on to learn more…
Specifications and Features
Here’s everything in the kit in one picture: fire starter, fire scraper, versatile tool card, tactical pen, portable mini light, whistle, flashlight, paracord bracelet, ear plug, multi-function knife, compass, 2 x carabineer, waterproof and shockproof case and then we’ll take a quick look at each individually to give you a better look at them.
The credit card tool is something I’ve already reviewed before, it looks exactly the same really as the one I reviewed, they’re all the same I think. It can be useful in an emergency I guess, it has opener, knife edge, screwdriver, ruler, cap opener, 4 position wrench, butterfly wrench, saw blade, direction ancillary indication, 2 position wrench and a key ring hole all in one very slim gadget.
The compass looks very nice, the first thing I thought of when I saw it was a pocket watch really. I believe it’s made of brass, a very thin brass and the lid just clips closed. The inside compass part is plastic with a rotating bezel so you can find direction. It does look nice but it doesn’t feel very well made honestly. It should work in an emergency of course, but it’s certainly not something I’d use all the time as it just doesn’t seem very durable or rugged.
Also included is two locking carabineers, a mini keychain LED light, double sided whistle and a pair of ear plugs with case. I’ve never seen earplugs in a survival kit before, not sure why they would be included. The whistle is made of a solid piece of aluminum and it’s very loud, it would work well as a signal or in an emergency for sure. The locking carabineers are not of the greatest quality but they’re not made for actual climbing, but they would be fine for keys or to hang other things from your backpack. I like the little mini LED flashlight, it’s very bright and it can be locked in the on position if needed.
The flashlight is nice, it’s 300 lumens with an adjustable beam by sliding the front forward and back. It’s made of aluminum and does feel very well made and rugged. The flashlight uses a single AA battery for power which goes into the back as the tail end screws off. There is a rubber gasket there to keep the weather out but not one on the front so it should be fine in the rain but not underwater.
The magnesium bar Ii s about 4.5 inches long and it has a nice sturdy handle on it to make it easier to use. There is a nylon cord attached to the bar with a scraper for the bar and the scraper has a bottle open on it along with metric ruler. The magnesium bar is thick and it does produce large sparks when struck. I like this bar a lot honestly, it’s nicely made and should be very useful.
The paracord bracelet is fine, it’s just like any others I’ve seen really. The buckle is also a whistle which doesn’t work very well, but it also has a magnesium bar inside of it and a scraper on the outside to strike the bar. There should be about 20 feet or so of paracord if you unwind the bracelet, at least that’s what all the others I’ve owned and seen have.
The included knife seems well made overall, it’s solid metal and it’s about 3.5 inches closed and about 6 inches when opened. It has a locking blade and on the back is what sort of resembles a carabineer and yes it’s a clip so you clip it to your bag but it’s also how you unlock the blade, you just push down on the metal bar. The knife also has a clip on the side as well. The blade isn’t very sharp at all, I would sharpen it before you take it anywhere or have to rely on it in an emergency.
The tactical pen is a nice solid piece of aluminum with a glass breaker on one end and a pen on the other, you twist and the pen tip comes out to write with. The pen seems very well made and like it could do some damage in a self-defense situation for sure. The pen also has a sturdy and strong slip on it so you can be sure it won’t fall off from wherever you attach it.
Right now this whole kit is only $11 on Amazon and I have to say it’s well worth it really.
Yes some of the stuff isn’t of the highest quality, but for all that you get for the price is worth it really.
This would make a great gift for the outdoor type, I’m sure they’ll find something of use in here.
+Lots of stuff included
+Can be useful for sure
-Some things of questionable quality
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