Following the reviews of the fantastic UCSK and EDC Fire Kit from Polymath Products, here's the final kit in the line up - the Mini Survival Tin.
Tipping the scales at just 51g, it's a bit heavier than both the UCSK and the EDCFK.
Its a change from the other two, being housed in a metal tin rather than the usual shotgun cartridge, however it shares a lot of it's contents with the UCSK.
Speaking of contents...
The larger volume of the Tin compared to the UCSK means it includes a few more items.
- Metal tin
- Ranger band
The tin is sealed with a ranger band stretched around the sides which gives fantastic waterproofing and is a well known multi-use survival item.
The ranger band is one of the most simple, yet useful items in the kit. It can be used to attach the tin to a belt, knife sheath or rucksack strap, it can be used to lash items together, it can support a broken finger, and it can even be used as a fire starter!
|The Tin attached to the shoulder strap of a rucksack|
- Fire Steel, 6.5mm Ø
- Fire Steel Striker
- IPA Alcohol Swab
The striker is the same as in the UCSK, a little piece of hacksaw blade and again - although small and fiddly, it works!
The IPA Alcohol Swab isn't technically a fire preparation item it works well to get kindling going after you've lit your tinder. Unfortunately though if you use it for fire lighting you obviously won't be able to use it to treat wounds!
I would really like to have seen at least one of the EDCFK's tinder sticks in the Mini Survival Tin, which would let you save the alcohol swab for first aid, but sadly this is an item that was left out of the Tin.
|One of the tinder sticks from the EDCFK|
- Liquid-filled Compass
- Glow Stick
|Good for some impromptu route planning!|
The whistle is a really nice little tubular aluminum device with a lanyard hole at one end. A whistle could be invaluable in a mountain or canyon emergency, where there may be people on nearby trails but you are out of sight and in a dangerous situation (127 hours anyone?).
- Scalpel Blade, #10
- 8m Fishing Line, 6lb
- 2x Swivel, Size 10
- Hooks: 2x Size 10, 2x Size 8
- 2x 1m Brass Snare Wire
Also included in the kit is a #10 scalpel blade which has a myriad of survival uses; cutting cord, building spears and traps and carving tools, as well as a number of medical uses.
The 2m of brass snare wire (cut into 2x 1m lengths) can of course be used to construct snares, or if food is less of a concern than shelter it can be used as shelter building cordage.
- Water Carrier (Condom)
- 2x Water Purification Tablet
The water purification tablets should make suspect water sources safe to drink from. They make the water taste horrible but it's much better than getting ill from the water. These things are trusted by military all over the world so I'm inclined to trust them too!
- Sewing Needle
- Scalpel Blade, #10
- Adhesive Dressing Strip
- IPA Alcohol Swab
- 2x Safety Pin
The sewing needle and safety pins could have medical uses including sewing wounds and pinning bandages (although obviously this is a very last resort!), and the safety pins can double as emergency fishing hooks.
The kit includes 1m of braided paracord, however it is inside the tin rather than outside it, so takes up quite a lot of space.
I'm not going to bother to list uses of paracord, there are far too many!
|Who doesn't love paracord?|
The overall quality, like the rest of the Polymath Products kits, is absolutely stunning.
The main components of the kit are all packed neatly inside a plastic bag with the paracord filling the remaining space inside the tin. An exceptional level of detail is put into manufacturing these kits!
If anything needs improved with this kit it's definitely the housing!
Tips and Tricks
The Mini Survival Tin comes with a printed instructions, tips and tricks sheet similar to the ones with the UCSK and EDCFK. It gives a handy refresher on basic survival techniques and alternative uses for components of the kit.
- Can literally save your life, or just save the day!
- Small and light
- Very comprehensive, covers all survival priorities
- Full fishing kit
- Discreet and compact
- Perfect for attaching to a knife sheath or belt
- Great price
- Flimsy tin
- Could be improved with a tinder stick from the EDCFK
This is a great kit, very well thought out and constructed, but it's only letdown is the tin.
If you're on the fence between the UCSK and the Mini Survival Tin I'd say just go for the UCSK. The Tin is a great product, it's just outshone a little by the UCSK! Saying that though, some people will prefer the Tin.
Also, if you have the UCSK and the EDCFK already you may as well get the Mini Survival Tin to complete the set!
Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed my review!
You can check out the Survival Tin at the Polymath Products website here:
|I currently have the contents of the kit attached to my knife sheath with the ranger band - no tin necessary!|
|Disclaimer: Polymath Products provided me with the product free of charge in exchange for this review. This didn't alter my opinion of the product in any way. These are my opinions.|
Review by Jake McConnell (part of HighballBlog.com outdoor athletes team who test and review outdoor gear).
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