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varies from region to region. You wouldn't want an axe meant to chop trees, when you're surviving in the mojave...take a look at where you'll be bugging out if needed. Look at the routes getting there, and what you'll need once you're there. Most Everyones most essential tools will be different. Mine is a shovel ;)
 

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I had the chance to buy one and two person saw that were used to clear the land we will stay on when it was settled. They have been brought back to new condition as best they can . Also the same axes that were used to clear this land.
Our farm back round here means we still have a lot of the old tools around.
We have been working tools for planting by hand we will be doing a lot of that. If things go bad and SHTF.
If not we have some really cool stuff for the grandchildren to enjoy.
 

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Don't forget cold weather clothing if you live up north.. People don't think about what it would be like without heating.. If it were an extended outage(like a grid down situation) even the propane and diesel will run out sooner or later. All there will really be is wood and maybe some natural gas in certain areas.. The cold is VERY unforgiving so you should be prepared.

We used to be in Florida so it wasn't much of a consideration.. Now that we are in Montana, weather is always on the mind.. We have winter and preparing for winter for seasons here!!
 

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It's easy to say " security" but what do those tools look like?

Ok guns and ammo but what else then..

1. 10,000 cleaning patches with cleaning liquids, jags, brushes, etc
2. Body armor
3. 2 way radios, rechargeable batteries, a way to charge them
4. Night vision
5. Low/no light scopes or sights
6. Improvised intruder perimeter security (trip wire, mouse traps, cans)
7. LP/OP installed, maybe several
8. 1000 sand bags, 10k better
9. Barbed wire, metal posts, locks, chains, nails, fetching nails

Other things

A good volt meter, measure batteries, wire circuits, fix broken things.

A welder, torch, cordless drill, cordless saws all, mechanics tools, tap and die set, pipe threader, bolt cutters

Extra chain saw blade, sharpening files, sharpening stones for knives, syths, machettes

Sewer snake for unclogging problems.

Hand sickle, syth, hoe, corn shucker, chicken plucker, e I e I oh.
 

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It's easy to say " security" but what do those tools look like?

Ok guns and ammo but what else then..

1. 10,000 cleaning patches with cleaning liquids, jags, brushes, etc
2. Body armor
3. 2 way radios, rechargeable batteries, a way to charge them
4. Night vision
5. Low/no light scopes or sights
6. Improvised intruder perimeter security (trip wire, mouse traps, cans)
7. LP/OP installed, maybe several
8. 1000 sand bags, 10k better
9. Barbed wire, metal posts, locks, chains, nails, fetching nails

Other things

A good volt meter, measure batteries, wire circuits, fix broken things.

A welder, torch, cordless drill, cordless saws all, mechanics tools, tap and die set, pipe threader, bolt cutters

Extra chain saw blade, sharpening files, sharpening stones for knives, syths, machettes

Sewer snake for unclogging problems.

Hand sickle, syth, hoe, corn shucker, chicken plucker, e I e I oh.
Those sound like every day tools around here.. Most of em anyway..
 

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I had the chance to buy one and two person saw that were used to clear the land we will stay on when it was settled. They have been brought back to new condition as best they can . Also the same axes that were used to clear this land.
Our farm back round here means we still have a lot of the old tools around.
We have been working tools for planting by hand we will be doing a lot of that. If things go bad and SHTF.
If not we have some really cool stuff for the grandchildren to enjoy.
There is an elegance and history to antique tools that make them just about some of the coolest things ever.
 

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So then it's knowledge that's the tool?
I say almost BS to this
Yes you need to know how, but without the proper tools it is much much harder or impossible.

To cut wood without a chain saw is possible, to weld metal together without electricity is almost impossible

Knowing how to fell a tree without an axe is only knowledge.
 
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