The Hobo Gift Set from W.R. Case fits in anywhere and actually does offer survival basics as well as practical camp cutlery. Experts get by with a knife and a firestarter — Case throws in fork and spoon plus a handy belt pouch.
This 4-1/8-inch-long pocket folder with jigged amber bone handle holds three very useful blades including a standard high carbon stainless steel clip point knife blade with plain edge. Two more slip-joint blades in the knife provide a stainless steel fork and matching spoon. The base of the fork blade doubles as a bottle opener. The weight of the hobo knife approaches eight ounces, a little heavy for those concerned about weight on the trail. Since the knife blade is strong enough for many common camp chores and emergency uses, you could leave your old mess kit at home and depend on this sturdy combination instead. Combining functions saves weight and space.
Also in the gift tin, you’ll find an engraved stainless steel Zippo lighter. Maybe the old standard is a little heavy compared to a disposable Bic, but there’s something very reliable about the smell of lighter fluid in the morning. A Zippo is one of those important survival tools you’ll probably keep in your pocket just because you like it, and that means it’s there when you actually do need to build a fire.
The genuine tooled leather pouch fits neatly on the belt and keeps the Hobo knife within easy reach. Like any sensible traveler, you’ll always be ready for a good meal.
For a larger wilderness version of the basic survival kit, see the Bear Grylls Survival Knife.
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