South Island Survival - based in Marlborough - already runs Survival Courses. We're looking to expand our Services by providing On-Line Survival Equipment Shopping. As part of a wider market research effort - we're trying to establish what those interested in Survival/Bushcraft would like to see available for On-Line purchase in NZ. What would you like to see a decent range of, at good prices, with a timely delivery date and after-sales service support?

Be as general or specific in your comments as you like. Anything you feel relevant would be useful!.


Thanks for your help!

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Great ideas, off the top of my head paracord (proper 7 core stuff), mora knives, tarps and bivies for camping, sturdy packs (canvas or ripstop nylon), etc

Thanks, Ryan. We've added your suggestions to the list of things to source. As soon as we have some products....we'll let you know. (Mora Knves........'love 'em. Had and used mine for years! Scando steel and Scando design - ripper!)



Mahoe and Kakamako sections for bowdrill kits, tarps/hammocks, paracord, knife sharpener, small belt packs.

Hey, Kev.

Tarps, Hammock, Paracord and knife sharpeners are all on the list. We think we've identified the source of a decent belt/pouch pick-and-mix kit combo - just need to procure and road-test.

Wow! Mahoe and Kaikamako bowdrill kits! Presume you mean a shaft with bearing plate and base-plate set (procure your own cord and bow)? Working on it - what'd be your preferred spec?

Thanks everso much for your input, Mate.


Key would be a Mahoe base plate and it seems the Kaikamako spindle is preferred. The bearing plate ,cord etc are easier to make. We can't find mahoe or Kaikamako around here! Base plate would be about 8 - 12 inches long by 2 or 3 inch wide (200 - 300mm by 50-75mm); spindle 8-12" long.

But please take further advice from someone more expert than me!

All understood......working on it............



From what I know, the spindle should be about the thickness of your thumb, and the length is the span of your hand (between tip of thumb to tip of little finger, when hand is stretched out) At this length it's easier to use the bearing plate and you have less chance of losing control when bowing.

Also, when selecting and cutting the bow to length, choose a branch that has a natural curve to it, but isn't too flexible. The bow should be about the length from your arm pit to the end of your hand (when stretched out in front of you).

I hope this helps.

Thanks, Mate; all helps.




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