The below items Ive gradually purchased and have attempted to test most, or still in the process of doing so. Still aquiring several of the blades which can add up in price. However, so far Ive come to several conclusions/observations. The first is its not worth having all your eggs in one basket. Its better to have items doubled up or spread out over several ways to avoid detection. Everything hidden, in say a belt can be found and lost at one time. Having items spread over several pieces of clothing or in layers of equipment have more chance of the possibilty if one or two items are discovered then the others may skip through a search. Depending on how professional the search has been completed. For example, having several sets of keys not just one pair. Hide them in several pieces of clothing. Belt, vest, shoes etc. This also helps if your bound into a position where you cant reach your main stash of gear.
This goes the same when dealing with handcuffs. The training standard of the detainer and not the victim will determine the technique used to escape. Everyone I spoke to with a decent amount of extended use of or advanced training will double lock handcuffs when an offender has been subdued, without exception. Leaving out the use of shims that only work if the cuffs are not double locked. Someone grabbing a person off the street without any training will not tend to spend the extra time double locking especially if a victim is struggling erratically or using quality model cuffs. A shim comes in handy in that circumstance to escape quicker by slipping between the teeth of the cuffs than to try and pick a lock for example and better kept near a surface point in the seam of clothing rather than stashed in a more hidden way designed for prolonged concealment for easy reach.
If dealing with better trained personnel such as either Federal agencies or Corrections services. They will not only use more extensive search procedures but will also use two sets of two different brands of cuffs, requiring two completely different sets of keys for prisoner transfers.
The Tatonka brand belt is the only model I found with a large 300mm/12inch pouch. The others only had rather small storage areas. This belt is also designed for every day use and not as a duty belt. Coming from a security background and not a military one. Ive always used belt keepers to hold my heavier duty belt to my lighter weight under belt. This way my pants stay up. From this perspective if captured a duty belt would be the first piece of clothing/equipment removed from my person. An under belt holding up my pants has less chance of being removed.
Ceramic blades have advantages and disadvantages. They will pass through metal detectors, however most styles out there are brittle. The smaller ones offered are 1/4 the size of a standard razor blade. I have small hands and found them difficult to use. They seem designed for professionals only, that require a last chance blade that can be concealed within a seam of clothing to avade an electronic scan. Very difficult to use as a weapon. The larger stanley blades are thin and will avoid a pat down but too brittle to keep concealed for long periods of time without expecting them to shatter if any pressure is applied to where they are stored. Such as a belt which will always be bending with movement and weight applied.
The smaller wire saws are once again designed for profesional use, where they are sown into seams of clothing. Id rather buy a larger version of the commando saws and cut one down to a 12 inch length to conceal within a belt or keep a full length version and sow into the lower seam of a vest. Much easier to cut with from a civillians standpoint. Just use layers of shrink wrap as a gripping surface once the handles are removed.
Mini pry bars are more likely to be found in a search but invaluable prying open anything unless wanting to loose fingernails.The smaller model the better for concealment purposes. Three different sizes are now made. The 2″ pico for belt concealment. The 3″ micro for key ring use and the 4″ pocket for inclusion within a vest. Once again using a layering system of tools.
The ability to start a fire is invaluable, wether to provide shelter or as a diversion tactic. A compass for direction, if being dumped in an unkown location and a small light if confined within dark spaces are self explainatory.
If not using handcuffs, then the next most likely choice for a restraint are flexi cuffs. The standard sort sold in hardware stores can easily be opened with a stiff piece of wire such as a paperclip inserted between the teeth. The better made brands designed for security personel by such companies as Manadnock have a covering over the locking mechanism and require cutting off. Ive found two tools that are capable of cutting either flexi cuffs or thin rope. The first was a rescue seat belt cutter made by the Colonial knife Company. This was the smallest model I could find. However without modifing, will not fit into a belt but can be concealed within a vest or hung from around the neck. The second was an accessory tool for a SOG multi tool which can fit into a smaller area. These need to have a piece of paracord large enough to wrap around a foot tied to the eyelet to be effective. Theres no way you can cut through a flexicuff using hands only, when restrained. Removing the inner core will flatten the cordage further.
Ive discovered that I have to be the worse lock picker on the planet. Still learning that skill. The Bagota Picks require only two picks to be used, however there are small credit card types that make a great secondary hidaway within a wallet. Along with larger credit card blades made by Microtech. This once again layers your tools.
Cordage, the hardest item to come across in the wilderness, let alone tied up in the boot of a vehicle. Many uses for having a supply of line. From a fishing line to trip wires, booby traps, snares, early warning system to twisting into a heavier line to form a garrotte. 20 foot spools of twisted Kevlar can be purchased.The difference between kevlar and dacron in archery terms, are that dacron line is a 1/3 of the price for a spool and used for bow strings on long bows and recurves. Kevlar is used exclusily on compounds having a higher breaking strain. Both are thinner than paracord with the similar strength properties.
Jigglers, bump keys and door knives are the lazy mans way of getting into locks without learning the skill of picking. These are items well worth looking into. They add another layer of tools and require less effort of use with faster results.
Selecting blades for an E&E kit has several legalities and intents. Is a cutting edge only required or a weapon. Are a materials that pass through metal detectors needed. A pen that just happens to be made from solid aluminium is a legal carry although it can still be used as a kubaton. A titanium/timber chopstick is still a legal carry although it can be used as a spike. Intent would need to be proved. Small blades concealed within a belt along with other items used for E&E would need to have intent proved that they were intended for anything other purpose, even though they have the potential of severing a Jugular vein or carotid artery. A jugular carrying deozygenated blood away from the head. A Carotid carrying oxygenated to the head.
I decided against the main cutting tool made from a non-metalic material. They are primarily designed for stabbing. I do own many and carry several as a layering system, but wanted a primary blade as a cutter for removing bindings. I also found that many of the other items carried within the belt are also metal based. Carrying a non-metalic blade seemed of little use when carrying in approximation to other metallic items. These would be better suited to other hideaway locations.
Small edges such as a standard Safety Razor Blade, Atwood Micro Card, TOPS Alert 01, Titanium Dog-Tag knives are easy to conceal within a belt, around your neck or within pockets and fall into this catagory. Blades that are good for the next level up from there are the necker/boot style designs with skeletal grips to fall flatter against clothing. Such as an Emerson La Griffe, Benchmade Tether, or Mission knives titanium MPU/MBK. These are small and light enough for concealment purposes but very effective as fighters.
Tatonka TEC Belt – 42mm width with a 300mm/12inch inside storage pouch.
Products being Tested
Nylon Universal Handcuff Key
for Smith and Peerless Cuffs (will not fit ADI Saf-Loks)
ADI Saf-Lok Handcuff key
1�� Spring Steel Shim works most universal handcuffs. The shim slides between the ratchet and the teeth to quickly release the cuff. Works only when cuffs are single- locked.
Ceramic Razor blade
Zirconia ceramic razor blades are extremely hard, sharp, and wear resistant and can last up to 100 times longer than conventional steel blades. Black single edge razor 25 x 8 mm
Diamond Wire blade
70mm diamond wire cutting is the process of using wire impregnated with diamond dust of various sizes to cut through materials. Because of the hardness of diamonds, this cutting technique can cut through almost any material that is softer than the diamond abrasive. Cuts stainless steel, iron bars and chain.
Widgy Pocket Pry Bar
Mini match Ferrocium Rod and Spark-lite
The Spark-lite has less metal material in its construction and can be used one handed.
Colonial Knife Company Rescue Hook
SOG V Cutter
These are used as a substitute flexi cuff cutter. A small loop of paracord can be placed under/around a boot and used for leverage, while both hands cannot be utilized.
Bogota Pick/Rake Set
Very few of the common pick shapes around today can be traced back to an original designer, but this cannot be said of the Bogota Rakes. These picks were developed by Ray Conners based in Minneapolis, MN. These rakes have been found to be so exceptionally effective that they deserve special mention when discussing rakes. Ray has published detailed instructions on their construction so the home toolmaker can make them also. These plans can be found on a popular online lock picking discussion forum at www.lockpicking101.com.
Aside from being effective, the economy of design is quite remarkable. A set of two picks includes a Bogota Rake and Bogota Pick (modeled much like a half diamond). The handle end of each tool doubles as a tension wrench, allowing the user to be prepared to open many locks with just these two tools alone.
The Bogota Rake is best used, as Ray describes, with a �jittery motion�, as though the user had consumed too much coffee. As odd as this might sound, the rakes have been found to be strikingly effective on many common pin tumbler locks by a large number of both hobbyists and professionals alike. The rakes are particularly effective against locks with a high/low bitting � something many types of rakes cannot claim.
$50 Small denominations.
Made from several layers of Bow string Dacron. Can be used as a garotte by adding makeshift grips twisted through the loops or as a defensive tool against a blade in the same way as a sarong for locks, throws and takedowns. Approx 18-20 inch center with 4 inch end loops. The serving or wrap can be removed to leave several metres of heavy duty dacron cordage that can be used for fishing line, trip wires, early warning system, improvised restraints, etc.
Photon Micro Light LED
Kevlar spooled 20 feet
Blades being tested
Micro tech Credit Card Knife
To be kept in wallet.
Atwood Micro Card Knives
�1.5″x1″x1/8th (3.5mm) S30V steel
BK Johnson knives Medium sized Credit Card blade
�2″x1.5″x3/32″ (2mm) 01 steel
Custom Order $40 USD
TOPS Alert#01 1095 steel
Cold Steel FGX Nightshade Series Knives
Polymer re-enforced fibreglass, no metal present.
Custom Order version of a Extrema Ratio Shrapnel/CRKT Sting
Made from 10mm G10 Micarta Knife Handle Material from local knife maker
Ceramic Stanley Razor Blades
Emerson La Griffe
Mission Knives MBK/MPU 4″ titanium
Alternate Carry Items
Foster Brother Saps and Jacks
How to Escape from Smith/Peerles Handcuffs
Lock Picking Youtube
Lock Picking 101 Forum
Make Your Own Lock Picks
Bomb Shock Downloads
Credit Card Pick Set
Key Screw Drivers
Survival Straps Belt
Wallet Size Picks
Roth Tactics and Solutions (NZ)
ISR Matrix (Australia)
ISR Matrix (International)
Urban Survival Training (US)
On point Tactical – Urban SERE Courses and Forum (US)
Jim Wagner Reality Based (US)
Edged Weapons Solutions AMOK (International)