Case Sway Back Gent Red Bone Pocket Knife Review

I will have to admit before I start this review that this knife has been my Case Cutlery grail for the past couple of years. The Case Sway Back Gent comes dressed in what I think are some of the prettiest scales around. The particular model I chose, the “pocket worn old red bone” version, I’ve gotta say Case really nailed aesthetically speaking. It’s hard not to appreciate the charm of this little knife, which is why it’s been on my wishlist for so long.

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When I think of the perfect gentleman knife, the Sway Back is exactly what I picture. Its diminutive size, and clean, refined styling make it one of my favourite traditional knives, if judged purely on aesthetic appeal. The branding on the Case Sway Back is discreet, with its nickel inlaid shield and the cursive typography of the Case logo stamped in neatly.

Old world charm, as its name appropriately brags, is exactly what the Sway Back has in spades. I can definitely see why some people collect traditional knives to the exclusion of everything else.

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Thankfully for the Case Sway Back, the 3.5 cm (2.75 inch) Wharncliffe blade is more than capable for everyday carry tasks. Case offers the Sway Back Gent in its “Tru-Sharp” stainless steel only. If your a stickler for keeping your traditional knives with carbon steel blades then you will have to get the Swayback Jack instead. I personally don’t care very much about sticking to carbon steel; Tru-Sharp stainless steel is akin to Buck’s 420HC, used in the Buck 110, and in my opinion it suffices quite well for everyday tasks, as well as having the added bonus of its stain resistance being pretty damn high.

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The blade stock thickness of the Case Sway Back Gent is around 2 mm (0.79 inches). It is tapered, but in my opinion, is not a true needle like the point on the Kershaw Leek.

Realistically, I feel like knife companies often have to compromise between super slicers and overbuilt beater knives. With the Sway Back, Case chose follow the middle of the road, leaning just slightly towards being a slicer – and that’s just fine by me. The tip is acute enough to penetrate adequately for all EDC tasks, and isn’t so anemic that it will snap off.

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The dyed red bone scales and nickel bolsters are sandwiched in between two slabs of brass with fully pinned construction. This is a traditional method of constructing slip joints, and aesthetically I find the contrast in materials quite pleasing. You should be aware that through regular use, the brass liners will tarnish, and as such the nickel elements and stainless steel blade will clash in due time. Personally I think it enhances the look of the Sway Back, but I know some always want their knives to look brand new, so be forewarned.

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Case went with a full flat ground blade, as is the case with most of Case’s knife offerings. The edge geometry is not particularly acute, and much like the tip, I think Case aims to provide a good balance between cutting performance and edge durability. Out of curiosity, I did pry out some staples with the tip (which, mind you, I do not recommend doing with just any knife), and there was zero damage of any kind, so take that for what it’s worth.

In terms of edge retention, I wouldn’t expect super steel levels of cutting performance. If you know how to strop/maintain your edge, I think it will be perfectly acceptable. That being said, this would in no way be my first recommendation for someone who worked cutting abrasive material every day.

To reiterate, whilst I would love to see a CPM 154CM version of the Case Sway Back Gent, I have to acknowledge that Case made some sacrifices in terms of edge performance to focus on aesthetic appeal. And let’s be realistic: at $65 who can blame them? For its intended purpose and price point, I think they did a damn good job.

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The walk and talk along with general fit and finish is superb. I currently have a total of three Case knives, and this is by far the best one; and I’m not just saying that because this was my grail. Zero blade play with fantastic snap at both 90 degrees and fully deployed; the scales are fully flush and no cracks or give can be felt or seen.

As may be evident by now, the Case Sway Back Gent does not feature a lock, and should the blade fold during use, you will most likely get a pretty nasty bite. The solution is to not allow the blade to fold by performing tasks suitable for its intended purpose. Do not stab, gauge or pry, and please always be aware of where the pressure is coming from when cutting. There is no reason why a slip joint would be unsafe as long as the wielder/user has a good understanding of knife techniques and appreciates the inherent limitations of non-locking folding knives.

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Ergonomics with a slip joint as visually distinctive as the Case Sway Back is always going to be interesting. Is it the most ergonomic handle? Not really no. Does it need to be? For its intended purpose – I don’t think so. The handles are as thin as its size would suggest, and the inward curve doesn’t do your palm any favours, but after EDC-ing the Swayback for  few solid weeks, I can’t say it was ever uncomfortable. I don’t view the Case Sway Back Gent as a performance workhorse, and as such it’s unreasonable to hold it against the standards of the Buck 110 or even the Spyderco Delica, which is substantially larger and heavier than the Case Sway Back Gent.

Saber grip is adequate as long as you understand that continued use with linear pressure may prove to be uncomfortable. By continuous use, I mean 1hr+ of slicing in the same direction; something you probably won’t be doing with the Sway Back Gent anyway. Since the Sway Back probably isn’t going to be used in such a way, I don’t view this as an inherent problem.

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Interestingly, I found the ergonomics of the Case Sway Back Gent are actually better suited with an edge up grip. If you’re going to be cutting cordage, this would be an excellent choice.

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Extending my grip for horticulture, as well as other tasks that may require reach, is much like a traditional saber grip with the Sway Back: not ideal, but also not inherently uncomfortable either.

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At 13.97 cm (5.5 inches) long, weighing in at 1.8 ounces (0.11 pounds), I feel like Case achieved a uniquely well proportioned knife when it comes to the Sway Back Gent. Its organic lines and aesthetic flourishes, like the bolsters and brass pins, bring this knife together more naturally than any Spyderco or modern folding knife can brag.

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Before I get on with the conclusion, it bares mentioning Case Cutlery’s unique place in history. Case to this day makes all their knives in the United States, just as they did in 1905. With the same attention and care governing every step of production, they’re one of the few traditional knife companies that remained fully US and for the most part exactly the same for years.

When you handle the Case Sway Back Gent, and really any Case knife at all, you are reminded at every turn that the final machining and finishing was performed by a human being with hands, and not stepper motors. As such, it’s natural to find certain symmetrical imbalances in your Case knives – but you shouldn’t expect absolute mechanical perfection from a $65 knife with hand assembly and finishing. Instead, what you should be expecting is a level of handmade charm that just can’t be replicated by machines.

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Much like the Buck 110, I love this knife for both aesthetic and historical considerations. Every year new knives get released, and most of them just happen to chase the latest trends in the knife industry. Yes, the shaping of the bone and the final buffing on Case Knives is not 100% identical on both sides, but do I care? Nope. Nor do I think I should. It’s an incredibly affordable knife that’s been hand finished. The unevenness, to me, does nothing to take away from the knife’s appeal and charm.

Put away those calipers and just check out the Case Sway Back Gent’s undeniably good looks. Appreciate it for what it is: a great American-made and hand finished gentleman’s everyday carry from a company that’s remained almost completely unchanged for over a century. The Case Sway Back transcends its place in time by being appealing through unapologetic tradition. No super steels or space age materials here, and frankly I don’t care.

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Thanks to Case Cutlery for sending us the Case Sway Back Gent to test out ourselves!

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October 2014 EDC Purse Dump

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1. Google Nexus 4
2. Case Carbon Fiber Trapper
3. Spyderco Lum Chinese Folder Nishijin Glass FiberReview.
4. Paper Mate Flexgrip Ultra Ballpoint Pen
5. G-10 Single Nuko Tools Punchring

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Communication After an EMP [RQ#3]

Welcome to another round of Reader Questions. This time we’ll be discussing a two part question about EMPs raised by Bernard:

Bernard’s EMP Preparedness Question

I’m new to prepping. I’d like to get info on: 1. Communication after an EMP and/or 2. How to protect my electronics from an EMP.

Our Response: Post-EMP Communication Gear

First off, thanks Bernard for sending in your question. For those of you who do not know what an EMP is, let’s have a little background to start off with.

What’s an EMP?

An EMP is an electromagnetic pulse, commonly associated as a byproduct of a nuclear blast detonated above the earths atmosphere. There are also EMP bombs (without the nuclear element), and the risk of a super solar flare causing an EMP. All these possibilities are extremely rare, so no need to panic, but we’re here to prep for the extremely rare, so let’s dive in.

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First of all, should an EMP ever strike, it will be unlikely that the entire power grid will come crashing down. Should we in the West happen to engage in warfare with a technologically advanced enemy, however, it becomes highly likely that EMP bombs will come into play, increasing the chances that many different parts of the US and Canada would be taken out electronically. But again, chances are that not the entire grid would be taken out, as that would be just too financially consuming. As the modern world is so dependent on electronic connectivity for commerce, military, and social ends, hitting even only a small part of the grid will prove beneficial to an enemy, as it would cost us billions, and affect us and our surroundings drastically. Therefore, it’s more likely that only a few major cities would be hit by an EMP bomb in case of warfare, as this would be enough to cause serious damage to a country.

To reiterate, this kind of thing happening is extremely unlikely. I will eventually write a full blown article about EMPs, but for now treat the above as a primer and let’s assume (for the sake of an argument) that an EMP blast hit the continental United States. Assume the grid as we know it has been knocked out where you live. Here you are in the aftermath trying to find a way of communicating beyond your immediate surroundings…

How Can We Communicate?

The key in being able to communicate actually lies in being able to protect your device(s) during the initial pinch/pulse of the EMP, after which, should your device have been protected, it will remain perfectly usable. While your cellphone make work, however, there will be no promises that your cellphone network will be up and fully operational!

With that in mind, besides the obvious non-electronic means of interacting, I would suggest some sort of decentralized communication network/protocol that by definition does not depend on an established grid if you’re aiming to communicate after an EMP. The best option would be investing in a radio (short and long wave) like this CB radio here or a HAM radio, or both. Paired up with your more basic walkie talkie for short range communication, you should do just fine with communicating after an EMP. In theory, I imagine that telegraphs will also be fully functional, though I don’t see very much information about it online.

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I will mention that the ideal choice for communication is a satellite phone because of its off grid capabilities by design. These phones support both voice and data transfer and come in a relatively small package. Note that satellite phones still need a phone plan to function. While they’re technically ideal, their entry price point isn’t quite feasible; satellite phones cost a lot and the plans they run on cost a lot as well. Inmarsat sets come with prepaid plans, but run over $700, and even then the units expire after only 180 days. I would suggest really researching the pros and cons of a satellite phone before purchasing one. Make sure you pay attention to the total cost of having and maintaining one of these, not just the individual device’s cost. If you need some help with researching, simply let us know and I can analyze and break down all the satellite phone options. Once again, however, please be aware that the price is overwhelming and can be pretty astronomical.

I have full faith that humanity will eventually be able to rise up after pretty much any disaster. However, in the short term, those of us with basic ways of acquiring news and knowledge will have definite advantages over others. There’s good reason to want to communicate after an EMP, but considering the extreme cost of the ideal form of communication, you may want to go with the less ideal alternatives and allocate extra funds elsewhere to boost other preps. You can live without ultimate communication. You can’t live without clean water and food.

Protecting Your Electronic Gear

The reality is that the dangers of EMPs are extremely over sensationalized. Many of the devices that you own, regardless of the fact that they’re electronic, will actually still work after an EMP. Many home appliances and commercial devices have built-in surge protectors that should protect your electronics in case of an EMP. Most electronic equipment not connected to the mains should survive an EMP as well, as most tests conducted with nuclear bombs and observed solar flares have very little electromagnetic impact beyond the immediate ground zero. It’s also worth mentioning that if a nuke detonated above your head, you probably wouldn’t be worrying about how to share that news on Facebook! ;) And travelling further out from ground zero increases the chances that the technology you’ll need to communicate is up and running. You really want to communicate after an EMP? Get out of ground zero and you’ll find tonnes of working communication tools.

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The only true way of protecting your electronic equipment against an EMP is to use an EMP-proof container, like a faraday cage or, in a pinch, full metal cabinets. Ammunition cases or those galvanized steel bins should work. The thickness does not matter much. It helps, but it’s not the defining characteristic of an EMP-proof container. As long as the item is fully encased in metal, end-to-end, and the item you wish to protect is stored inside the metal box/faraday cage with the contents insulated and not touching the metal at all,  your gear should be protected. The cage/box/container cannot have any gaps whatsoever, and once again, must be end-to-end encased in metal.

If you’re feeling especially worried, or have vital medical gear that depends on electronics, then wrap up a spare of the device in tin foil, place it inside a faraday cage and then place that cage inside your car. This will protect it against your average electromagnetic pulse.


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CRKT Minimalist Folts Wharncliffe Neck Knife Review

The CRKT Minimalist set the standard in the knife world as one of the first truly affordable neck knives to enter the market that still offers a level of practicality that made it viable as a utility blade. While so many other neck knives at its price point turned out to be a gimmick, the CRKT Minimalist is actually quite useful as an EDC tool, and in my opinion, is one of the best back up blades in the business.

CRKT very wisely contracted Alan Folts for this design in order to recreate a production model of his very own custom Minimalist. This approach, which has been successfully used by knife companies (such as in the recent case of the Kershaw Emerson CQC-6K) leads to the best of both worlds – it gives exposure to the custom maker before an audience that may have never heard of him, and it also gives opportunity for those of us who are not in a position to drop a serious amount of cash on a full blown custom knife to get a “diet coke” experience for a substantially cheaper entry price. More collaborations like this please, CRKT. I vote for a Laconico or Fiddleback next!

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Aesthetically, the Minimalist is very utilitarian in nature with its dull green/black micarta (or similar material) scales. I’m not the biggest fan of the colour scheme choice, but CRKT now offers an alternate version of the Minimalist that I think looks better: black scales and powder coated blade; much more appealing.

It should be noted that as well as color options, CRKT offers the Minimalist neck knife in a wide range of blade styles: from my Wharncliffe blade, to tantos and bowies. You can check them all out here on Amazon.

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Notice the lanyard attached to the heel of the knife. In terms of functionality, it works great, but I cut mine off because it’s just too large and visible for me when I’m trying to use the Minimalist as a discreet EDC. Be advised that the lanyard hole leans towards the microscopic side, so don’t think you will be able to thread some nifty paracord lanyards through this one. Really thin lanyards only.

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The stock is appropriately thin for a 5.08 cm (2 inch) blade with a total thickness of 0.25 cm (0.1 inch). I also love the aggressive jimping over the middle of the spine. Really aids in control when doing finer cuts, and remains quite comfortable in use.

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When carried as a neck knife, deployment is fast and natural. The glass-filled nylon sheath is well molded, and the knife sits securely inside it. One quick tug and you’re 100% ready for business.

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The CRKT Minimalist also comes with a removable belt clip. I don’t use mine, as I prefer to use the Minimalist as a neck knife, but the option is there should you want it.

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The clip slips over your belt, with plenty of room for bigger belts. The clip can be adjusted so that the knife can be attached at various angles and positions. If you like carry options, this is a great option for you.

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Objectively, the CRKT Minimalist looks quite sleek on my belt, and if it weren’t for the fact that I really like wearing it as a neck knife, I’d have no problem carrying it this way.

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Deployment of the CRKT Minimalist, even from this position, is smooth and natural with no jerkiness or instability, as is common with smaller sheaths. Really nice work here.

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There’s no shortage of Minimalists at my house. I actually own quite a few Minimalists myself, and have backups to give away to friends and family. They make really good gifts. One of my neighbours actually requested me to pick up a couple for him specifically; said they’d be perfect for his grandsons to use while they were over at his place. Needless to say, his grandkids loved ‘em.

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My own Minimalist has been carried by me for quite a few years, and over time, I’ve made substantial adjustments/modifications to it. The most noticeable alteration I’ve made is the complete removal of the scales. I removed them because of the simple observation that they were just a teensy bit too chunky for discreet under-shirt everyday carry in the summer. Didn’t want a printed outline of a knife whenever I carried the Minimalist under my shirt. I definitely don’t regret taking the handles off, as now, the Minimalist worn as a neck knife is almost completely invisible, even when worn under T-shirts – exactly the objective I was going for.

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I contoured the handles and acid washed the whole knife. As you can see by the amount of wear on the knife and sheath, this thing has been heavily used. I wore it almost every single day for about 6 months as a back up blade and it got to the point that somedays I would wake up with it still around my neck. Obviously sleeping with a neck knife is probably not the wisest thing to do, so I would advise against that – regardless of how good the in sheath retention may be!

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I also chose to modify the grind of the blade into a full convex. The steel CRKT chose to use is 5Cr13MoV, which runs pretty damn soft at 55-57 HRC. If I had one complaint it would be the steel choice, but when you take a look at the price (under $25 – insane), you have to be understanding; sacrifices had to be made somewhere.

With a lean, full convex, my Minimalist is now a robust slicer. Paired with the fact that since the handles were removed it is literally invisible when worn under shirt, the knife is pretty damn awesome if you ask me. Like I said, I do carry another knife on me at all times, but I don’t technically have to. The CRKT Minimalist is excellent as a back up knife or in case you just keep forgetting to pocket a regular everyday carry knife. Just slip the Minimalist around your neck and forget it: it’ll always be there when you need it.

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Thinning out the blade and adding a needle tip drastically altered the cutting performance of the knife. It now cuts ridiculously well (edge retention not withstanding) and the tip bites in with almost no effort.

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In terms of ergonomics, an unmodified CRKT Minimalist is very comfortable. Much more comfortable than my own scaleless version, but that should be apparent.

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The stock CRKT Minimalist is shockingly comfortable in saber grip for a small neck knife. The finger grooves lock your fingers into place and the jimping adds some much-welcome traction. Really great ergonomics.

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Choking up on the Minimalist for added pressure is still comfortable. If you need some extra leverage for a hard job, you would be surprised as to how much pressure you can crank out of this tiny 2-inch blade knife. Wharncliffe blades seem uniquely suited for utility tasks in my opinion, so if you’re a fan of this kind of use in particular, strongly consider the Wharncliffe blade version of the CRKT Minimalist over the others.

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Perfectly placed finger grooves mean that there’s no way in hell your hand is sliding up to the blade should you make thrusting cuts.

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Reverse grip, the CRKT Minimalist is also comfortable, but unless you’re using this knife defensively, I would suggest sticking to a more traditional saber grip.

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In the pinch grip, the CRKT Minimalist is also very comfortable. Definitely not my first choice for a hunting blade, but certainly viable in a pinch (heh).

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I honestly find that the CRKT Minimalist’s combination of discreet carry, quick and easy deployment, and secure grip design make it an ideal back up as a tactical knife. It points very naturally, and whilst the blade is a mere 2 inches long, a slash from a sharp 2 inch blade is no picnic.

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As an everyday utility blade for cutting abrasive materials like cardboard? You’ll want something with a more durable steel. If you use the Minimalist regularly for cutting cardboard, you’ll have to sharpen the edge every other day, and that can grow to be quite frustrating. I’m really not a fan of 5Cr13MoV, and I’m not sure if the money saved is worth the performance hit. CRKT if you upgrade the steel to 8Cr13MoV you will have one hell of a neck knife. As it stands the Minimalist is a fantastic everyday carry option as long as you understand its edge retention limitations.

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Ultimately, it’s hard not to like the CRKT Minimalist. It has great utility and use for pretty much any task besides cutting cardboard for extended periods of time. It’s one of the least threatening looking knives I own; it’s tiny and discreet, yet is able to do its job as a backup EDC better than pretty much any other neck knife I can think of. Again, I’ve also purchased quite a number of these for giving away, and as of yet, it’s definitely been the most well-received knife I’ve offered as a present. Being so affordable, it’s one of the best introductions to cutlery on the market for non-knife people. It’s also quite possibly the best option for children and young adults as a first knife.

Recommended. You really can’t go wrong with this one, ‘specially at its price point.

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Winter Emergency Supplies: Get ‘Em While It’s Still Warm!

Not sure if winter’s begun to show it’s frosty fingertips where you live, but here in Toronto, the weather’s slowly begun to take a turn for the colder. Last December, Thomas and I had the misfortune of living through 5 nights and 4 days with no electricity in sub-zero degree Canadian weather, as the Toronto power grid went down and emergency vehicles were having trouble getting the electrical lines back up. Being left without working central heating, and without a working stove (yes, ours was electric) really had us wishing we were more prepared than we were.

This year, we’re doing our best not to relive our mistakes. After all, the past could repeat itself. However unlikely, we could be stuck in yet another ice storm, maybe one that knocks out the power grid for even longer this time.

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Just after the events of last year, we took a hard look at our winter preparedness gear and decided it just wasn’t enough. After all, we didn’t just want to grit our teeth and get through a winter emergency, we wanted to live through it as comfortably as we possibly could (and maybe not freeze as much?). From our tech to our cookware, to our heating methods and all the way down to our clothes, there was just all around more that we could have had to have been better prepared.

We’re taking a hard look at that winter emergency supplies list now, reworking it a little, then checking up on our stock to make sure we’d really be ready this time, in the case of another city-wide winter emergency. Whatever we haven’t yet added to our stockpile, we’ll start ordering ASAP, to make sure it will get shipped to us plenty long enough before we need it.

Take a look below to see if there’s anything you feel would be an asset to your winter emergency stockpile as well. If you have tips/suggestions for us, either in terms of products to get or in terms of which products not to get, please let us know in the comments! Last year, one of our readers recommended an excellent portable propane heater, and if we didn’t already have a propane heater, you sure as hell better believe it’d be the first thing on our to-buy list! I firmly believe that it’s always incredibly wise to learn which items have proved useful to other preppers, and which products have turned out to not be worth the investment. After all, you don’t want to be stuck with a problematic product that you haven’t tested (you should always test – but hey, sometimes you’ll forget, it happens) in the middle of an emergency situation. Passing on information about the good and bad products out there really helps us to be better prepared as a community – at least I think so.

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Please note that this list is not exhaustive: we know that there’s plenty more we could add in terms of emergency supplies, but we tried to concentrate on those items that would make living through colder weather easier. For a much more exhaustive prep stockpile, check out our Ultimate Survival Gear List.

And now onto the winter emergency supplies…

1. Winter Emergency Supply List of Gas Heating

Staying warm during winter emergencies is indubitably your top priority. Hypothermia is no joke, and while there are many different ways you can insulate your body that don’t require gas heating, few even come close to keeping you as warm as the emergency supplies on this part of the list.

2. Winter Emergency Supply List for No-Electricity Cooking

While it’s very likely you’ll still have running water during a winter power outage emergency, chances are you may not have a working gas stove to use. If your stove is electric like ours, you might want to add one or two of the cooking devices below to your stock of winter emergency supplies. Although it is completely possible to eat only cold food, you’ll get a huge psychological boost if you’re able to eat a warm meal here or there. There’s nothing like a hot bowl of soup on a freezing cold day.

3. Winter Emergency Supplies List of Warm Clothing

What you wear will be very important in any cold weather emergency. Even if you do have other methods of keeping warm, none will replace the necessity for well-insulating clothes that can be layered on top of each other to keep in extra heat.

  • Wool socks (different sizes for layering purposes)
  • Wool hats, gloves, scarves
  • Leggings/long johns
  • Down jackets
  • Lined hunting pants
  • Warm pants + shirts/sweaters (different sized thickness and tightness for layering purposes)

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4. Winter Emergency Supply List of Misc Heating

While having a gas heater is certainly a benefit, you definitely don’t need one to stay warm in case of a winter emergency scenario. Adding many of the following items to your stockpile should help you keep plenty warm regardless of whether or not you have a gas heater, or in case you happen to run out of fuel before the emergency situation ends.

5. Winter Emergency Supplies for Illumination

You’ll likely want some way of seeing in the dark if the power goes out in the middle of the winter. It’s not absolutely necessary, but we found it very helpful to at least keep a few candles lit in the room while we slept, and a flashlight on a bedside table in case we wanted to make a trip to the washroom in the dark of the night. Lighting and illumination products typically last a long time and are relatively inexpensive anyway, so it doesn’t hurt to have them in case of an emergency like this.

6. Winter Emergency Supplies for Communications

It’s always a good idea to keep a cell phone working in case you have family or friends you’ll want to get in contact with during an emergency. You never know who may need some help. Keeping a wind up or AA-battery radio will also help you keep up-to-date on what’s happening in your city, so you can have a good idea of how long the emergency will last and how likely it is to continue past the estimated resolution date.

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7. Winter Emergency Supply List of Short-Term Consumables

While it’s a huge benefit to have long-term non-perishable survival foods stockpiled anyway, we’ve found these short-term consumables really helped us out during last year’s emergency. Hot soup is amazing on a cold day, and it’s always nice to have some spreads and canned tuna on some bread in case you really feel too exhausted to be cooking.

  • Bottled water
  • Boxes of breakfast/energy bars
  • Soup cans
  • Canned fish/meat
  • Sandwich ingredients: spreads (peanut butter/jam/nutella) & refrigerated bread

8. Winter Emergency Supply List of Pet Items

Going through last year’s winter emergency with our pet cat opened our eyes to how vital it was to have some extra supplies lying around that are specifically geared to helping your pet survive. We kept our cat huddled up in the same room as we were in, only letting him out through the cold house a couple of times a day for exercise. You might also want to feed your pet a bit extra in case the power goes out in the winter, as producing heat requires more calories to be burned.

  • Extra bags of dry pet food
  • Extra bags of litter
  • Carrying cases (in case there’s a need to move to a warmer location)

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&&: If you found this article useful, you may also be interested in taking a look at our other survival gear and survival food item lists. Starting with the article, The Ultimate Survival Gear List, we also have an article about The Best Survival Foods, this article about Winter Emergency Supplies, as well as more to come.

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