Coghlan's 5 in 1 Survival Aid
Great Multipurpose Whistle
I've been looking for a multi task survival whistle for a while. At under $7 this is the best one I found yet. The Coghlan's Survival Aid (5 in 1 survival tool) says it comes with:
- Waterproof Matchbox
- Fire Starter Flint
- Liquid Filled Compass with Luminous Dial
- Shrill Signal Whistle
- Nylon Lanyard
It's really 6 in 1. Inside the cover they have added a signal mirror. The waterproof match box is good sized and the body is thick, hard, orange plastic. The fire starter flint which is glued into a small groove in the side of the tube (see photo) is small but sufficient to put a spark to tinder. The compass is oil dampened and good quality for the size... It points North which is all one can expect from a button compass. The luminous dial works like most luminous dials... For short time after exposure to light but fades after just a few minutes. The shrill whistle is indeed shrill. The ball inside the whistle rattles around, something most hunters would not like, but that was easily remedied with a short piece of 550 cord (para cord). The lanyard provided was a nylon weave cord that was snagged like a wool sweater gets snagged when it arrived. It was not to my liking so I replaced the lanyard and wrapped the whole whistle with 550 cord. The waterproof compartment is perfect for putting a fire starting kit in. My kit consists of 2 cotton balls with a smear of Vaseline rolled into small foil tubes ( the foil keeps the Vaseline from getting on the other stuff and works as a cup under the cotton to catch the melting Vaseline when lit), 10 water proof matches with the striker and 3 birthday candles in a small zip top bag (found at the local drug store) for extra water proofing. For a small tool it can pack a bunch of stuff. Overall impression is it's simple and well made. It provides 4 types of signal: whistle, flint spark, mirror, and fire for under $7. The one downside was the lanyard... Not a deal breaker but I prefer 550 cord.
April 24, 2012
This is a very good and inexspensive buy. Don't listen to anyone who says it isn't. The whistle is loud.The compass is very accurate.I compared it to my serious compass.It is true that it is waterproof.It holds about 40 matches and the striker.The flint works and makes a medium spark but the flint could be bigger.The lanyard is great and the perfect size.If you don't have it you should buy it even if you are serious or not. You should have it if you camp, hunt, fish, hike, or do any outdoor activity.
December 31, 2010
All in all, you get what you pay for with this little item. It's a hard orange plastic, so it's durable and visible. You get a whistle with a plastic (as opposed to cork) pea, and it's LOUD. Like "almost damaging to your sense of hearing" loud. Definitely a plus for a survival whistle. The matchbox is, indeed, watertight and holds exactly 30 of the Coghlans waterproof matches plus the striking surfaces cut from the box. The flint on the side is really cool and works great when struck with a pocketknife blade (as long as you don't mind scraping the side of the case starting a fire). Great features. The down side is the compass. It is most definitely not reliable, which was a surprise, given that my Coghlan's lensatic compass is always reliable. Go for this item if you need a whistle and a waterproof matchbox and don't want to spring for them sepeartely (and have twice as much chance of losing it / them). The compass is a toy, no more.
July 30, 2010
I was mostly impressed by the accuracy of the compass. I have a high quality compass and it was almost spot on with it.
Wish they would add the all weather matches. I ended up buying them separately but I stuffed this product instead with cotton balls.. The best tinder.
September 15, 2013