L.V.I. Basics Videos
These videos are NOT advanced, they are specifically intended to be basic so that anyone can watch them and understand all the basics they need in order to get outside and get involved in Bushcraft and Survival training.  Some of the videos we have done are both instructional, and display our products in action. Please check the Product Videos section of this website as well to see these dual purpose videos!

Our goal is to provide you with the opportunity to purchase and own some of the best gear on the planet, and at the same time, learn new skills that you may not yet possess. We consider the instructional videos a nice way to give back to the customers and anyone who has an interest in the outdoors. Passing on skills is an old tradition, and we want to continue that here at L.V.I............

We are always adding new videos to our YouTube channel, and some may not have made it onto the store site as of  yet. Keep up with the latest video action by checking out and subscribing to our YouTube channel as well! 

Low Visual Impact Bushcraft & Survival YouTube Channel Here!



SURVIVAL TIN 1:

This is a demonstration of what you might select to put in your survival tin for emergency use in the pouch on your knife sheath. 

In the video:
Tops Knives "Bushcrafter Kukuri 7" with olive green mil-spec sheath. 
Common tin, filled by us with necessary items to cover Shelter/Fire/Water/Food in a Survival situation. 



SURVIVAL TIN 2:

This is a continuation from Survival Tin 1. In this video we discuss how each item was chosen to be a part of the tin, as it pertained to the 4 elements necessary for Survival - Shelter/Fire/Water/Food.



SURVIVAL TIN 3

This is an amendment to the other survival tin videos, and discusses items I had wanted to include in the first videos but did not at the time. Firstly, the addition of a container with water purification tabs, secondly, a small compass, and to complete the overall package, a waterproof LOKSAK, which is waterproof to 200 ft deep. These videos are designed to give you a proper overall idea on what you should include in your own kit. You may also include a bright orange sheet of plastic, or small waterproof bag. Your conditions will dictate the final outcome - so prepare for your personal situation as you see fit.


Overall, we see the knife, sheath, and pocket contents as a full survival kit which can be used by anyone, including professional adventurers, and special operations unit members. If you have questions, you are always free to PM or contact us via email on the company website at www.lowvisualimpact.com and we will be glad to answer them. When you purchase the knife, it comes with the sheath, and the black whistle. The contents of the pocket have been added in these videos to teach you what you need for your own kit and are not included. We have to emphasize this because someone will inevitably order a knife and ask "where is the survival tin etc?" - so there it is in writing - you make your own per these instructional videos. 


Units who may find these videos on the survival tin especially useful would be:


USMC Special Operations Command
US Navy SEAL Teams
US Army Special Forces
US Army Rangers
US Air Force Para Rescue
US Air Force / Navy Pilots
Foreign Units:
French Foreign Legion (Legion Etrangere)
UK Special Air Service
UK Special Boat Service
UK Royal Marines Commando
UK Royal Air Force
ETC........ 

These of course are sample videos, and items can be changed depending on conditions you may face if you know the environment you will be going into. Between videos 1-3, you should be able to confidently choose your kit for your own tin.





Knife talk... The Bushcrafter Kukuri 7 as compared to some of our other knives we have used for a few years....



Knife talk 2.... 



Nature Preserve Adventure Video 1

                  * Kit - SAS Smock in multicam
                              British Bergen in DPM




Nature Preserve Adventure 2

            * A short talk on foraging, and the importance placed on learning to identify                the edible Nuts, Berries, Plants in whatever area you are usually                                    operating in.
                       -Learn from the locals- Aborigines, Tribesmen, Foragers, Botanists etc. 
                       -Learn from getting good field manuals and getting into the field first                             hand either with a mentor, or at the very least, on your own being                                 particularly careful that everything meet the criteria for being edible.



Nature Preserve Adventure 3

           * No 'hard routine' here - using our Esbit Pocket Stove to boil up some water                for a meal, and having a bit of fun using 2 part chemical reaction to ignite                  the fuel cube, and some wood in the stove. You can find the Esbit Pocket                        Stove for sale through the "Shop Online Here" link to the left! 
 


Nature Preserve Adventure 4 

           * Conclusion- The Preserve closes at dusk, so here are some closing remarks                 for the day trip.



In this video the pressure activated snare trap is shown and discussed. You can use this as food for thought to jump start your imagination on the hows and whys to snare traps. 

In the video-
                         * Discussion of the snare: - types of wire, line, cord
                                                                               - camouflage of the snare
                                                                               - setting it up for different animals
                        
                         * Discussion of eating to live: - expending the least amount of energy                                                                                             for the largest gain.
                                                                               
                         * SAS Survival Guidebook: - we recommend everyone try to have a                                                                                             copy of this in miniature size in your                                                                                               jacket at all times, whether you're an old                                                                                      salt, or youngster in training, it's an 
                                                                                   excellent reference for all.

We will be shooting more videos on other methods to feed yourself when out in the wild. Whether in a survival situation, or just living off the land in general, these skills are essential for both special operations men, or bushmen in general. 




Knives and field tools discussion.
Here we discuss different sized knives, pairing them with other implements - size and weights, tradeoffs etc. depending on individual need, and the scope of the mission.




Here I discuss three of my Tops Knives, and some improvements made to them.

*Steel Eagle 111A - Tanto Tip
*Steel Eage 107D - Tanto Tip
*Tracker - T1 (reprofiled blade)




Here I take out my Tops Tracker (T1) after I had reprofiled the blade. The blades on these knives need to be re-done after you receive them from Tops in order for them to perform as designed. After my edge work, I am very happy with the overall results in performance of the knife. In this video, the Tops Tracker, and later, a little comparison with the Tops Steel Eagle 111A, the survival knife you usually see me using.



Here I discuss how I reprofiled my Tops Tom Brown Tracker (T1), which took me two days of constant labor. The reprofiling of the blade actually allows you to use the knife the way it was intended. I hope you reprofile your Tracker, and thus gain much enjoyment out of using it, the way it was meant to be used - as a primary bushcraft and survival knife. 



After reprofiling the Tracker, I wanted to show how easily this knife now shaves even seasoned hardwood like Ash. Now it's a performer, as it should be.




This video follows our video on the Field Test of our reprofiled Tops Tracker. Make sure you check this one out on keeping your survival knives sharp in the field as you use them! Especially good for those who use larger survival knives.



Cold Steel Survival Shovel-
After nearly 15 years of thinking it over, I finally saw enough positive feedback on these shovels to warrant purchasing one. I discuss the shovel here, and a couple of things I did to personalize it to my own liking. We don't sell these, and we don't sell knives (at least at this point), however I recommend this as another tool in your tool chest.



In the woods mountains of Connecticut, wearing our SAS smock and a short talk on birch bark as tinder!



Natural Tinder Firestarting, and the importance of having your Emergency Tinder Kit with you at all times.

                  *This is a dramatization illustrating the importance of having an Emergency Tinder Kit on your person should everything in your environment be completely waterlogged. In an emergency situation, you need to get a fire going as soon as possible and spend the least amount of time and effort in doing so. This video shows how quickly a fire can be started with pre-gathered, bone dry tinder. Fire is life, never forget it. 




Nice little firestarters you can make yourself to distribute around your different bug out bags, winter parka etc so you always have a firestarter around in an emergency.


Below are a few things you can practice at home in the comfort of your own Kitchen!


Igniting an Esbit Solid Fuel Block with your Firesteel! I show you step by step instructions on how to accomplish this, and be ready for when you get outside and do it for real!



What is Fatwood? 


Lighting up some seasoned Ash curls from the knife videos.... 




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