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THE ORIGINAL "Survival Staff"™
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Customer gives me a new idea

I would like to start by thanking you for your tireless innovation. I purchased one of your incredible survival staffs 20 years back. I cherished it and took it everywhere with me, but unfortunately it was stolen while I was camping just a few short years after I bought it. I hope to replace it one day soon, but that's not the reason I'm writing to you.

I have an idea for a way to use the
"SURVIVAL STAFF" that I haven't heard anyone talk about before. I believe that the staff would make a simple yet effective Steadicam. In case you're not familiar with it, a Steadicam is a device used to stabilize a video camera while moving around. Steadicam is the trademarked original version that cost about $40,000, but there are countless amateur versions that people have produced for under $50 that work just fine. Here is one example that I found online:

By attaching the heavy steel handle to the bottom of the long tube and the camera mount to the top, you could take a lot of the shakiness out of video shot while moving around simply by holding the tube just underneath the camera. Plus, if you are so inclined, you could create a few additional pieces to sell that would increase its usefulness: a heavier weight to attach to the bottom, a side handle to make it easier to pan and tilt the camera, and a gimbal to add stability. Here is a link to a web page for a gimbal to give you an idea of what it looks like.¨CAM_c__d_15.htm

Well that's about it. Please feel free to share my idea with anyone that might be interested. Thanks again for creating such beautiful useful tools.

Most sincerely,


Jeremy and son Josh enjoy their SURVIVAL STAFFS


I purchased your survival staff a couple of years back and though I don’t do any of the treacherous hikes as many of the stories describe, I do carry my staff on many walks. Although I CCW carry, I just feel comfort in having your staff with me. I live in rural Georgia and often take my little Yorkie Cooper on walks along the dirt roads near my house. On one particular day, we encountered a pack of “wild” dogs. A couple of Pitbulls and a mix of others. A couple had collars, but they were after little Cooper.

I scooped him up and pulled the only gun I had on me out to fire a shot to scare them off - didn’t work. Now I’m down to 4 shots in a snub nosed revolver. Can’t hit much at range especially with two hands much less with a squirming dog under one arm and struggling to hang onto the staff. I’m an animal lover, but detest people that let their dogs run wild and in packs. I pocketed the pistol and went to the staff. I had purchased the weighted head as part of the kit. I had dogs coming at me from several directions. Actually feared for my own safety as well as my beloved little Cooper.

Swinging the staff at the closest ones, I made contact with one and he yelped and ran off a distance. I finally figured out who the leader of the pack was and when he lunged, I gave him more than he bargained for. Laid him out cold! The others continued their attack a little less vicious, but one mongrel got a little to close and I had adjusted my grip and stabbed at his side. It pierced about an inch from what I could tell from the blood stain. They all ran off. I cautiously made my way home leaving the Pitbull laying beside the road.

I immediately went back in my truck only to find, either he had come to and ran off or someone had picked him. I hated the encounter and what I had to do, but had it not been for that staff things might have turned out much worse. I inquired with some of the neighbors (distant), especially the one that I know has pit bulls, but he said his dogs were chained up. Whether it was his dog I laid out, I’ll never know and I worry about the one I stabbed, but I felt I had no choice.

Your Staff certainly saved the day, both for my little Cooper and for myself. I regret the encounter to this day. I still take those walks, but carry a little more accurate firepower, but the staff is always with me as well! Thanks!


The Original "Survival Staff" in Utah

I just wanted to let you know I used your staff again on another hiking trip through Utah… I can’t imagine hiking on the steep rocks without one now.  Mike


Hi Janie,

 Thank you very much for sending the things I need for my Crawford Survival Staff TM. I had not thought of getting new O-Rings, what a wonderful surprise to be getting those along with the darts and rubber tips! After  reading your email telling me that Pat had included O-rings    I looked at the rings on my staff and sure enough 2 of them were ready to break--considering Pat made my staff for me ~27 yrs. ago (1985) and that up until my spinal cord & brain injuries 2 yrs ago, I had been using his most excellent Survival StaffTM on a regular basis----it is a testament  to the quality of everything from Crawford knives that those are the only replacement items that I needed!!

 I will, when I install the rubber tip you are sending me, be using and depending on Pat's staff more than ever before since I now need it for physical support of my right leg due to continued paralysis on that side of my body, the amazing survival staff that has "saved me" many times over the past quarter decade in the woods, mountains and streams, will continue to serve as I transition into using it in the streets, buildings, airports and other more "tame" environments than it has served me in the past. 

 Between Pat's Staff and Thunder, my Service Dog, I know that I will continue to safely transverse the countryside and the cities!

 Thank you, Pat, Wes and the entire Crawford family for all that you do and God bless all of you and yours for your generosity and kindness!

 My very best to all,



Mr. Crawford,

I contacted you a few months ago regarding a modification I had made to adapt a cleaning rod into the Survival Staff and I wanted to fill you on my exploits with it since then. At the end of October I took a cross-country trip from Ohio to Lakeview, Oregon to attend Thunder Ranch's High Angle Rife Training and I brought my Crawford Survival Staff along for the ride. I did some hiking in the Back canyon of Gunnison in Colorado and the Staff came in fairly handy, but when I hiked the Canyons lands and  Goblin Valley, Utah I really gained an appreciation for the Staff's abilities. Scaling rough, rocky trails and descending steep inclines was noticeably safer and easier from having a strong third point of control with a long reach and the sharp steel tip to dig in with. My Staff will be coming with me on every future hiking and camping trio I take. At Thunder Ranch, it attracted a lot of attention from my fellow students and from the school's owner Clint Smith. Clint (who is having knee surgery this week) even borrowed it for some of the steeper climbs.

Just wanted to let you know how well it worked out. Mike

Hi Pat,

I received my Survival Staff about ten days ago. It is beautifully made and I was anxious to use it. I take my little dog for a one to two mile walk every day. We have a lovely wooded neighborhood to walk in and I thoroughly enjoy the exercise as does my dog.

I have used a walking staff for some time, as at sixty-three my balance is not as good as it once was.  In our area we have a small coyote problem, along with some unleashed or stray dogs. Although we had not had a huge problem, at one point a large dog ran at us. With my lightweight aluminum walking staff, at that time I was able to deflect the dog, but he was more interested in us than aggressive.  But that is what encouraged me to purchase your survival staff. And now for the reason I am writing to you. On the fourth day after receiving my staff, my dog and I were walking in an area in which we regularly walk when a large dog (he looked like a mix of Great Dane and something else and looked to weigh well over 100 pounds) viscously attacked us. He went right for my dog.  I only had time to raise my staff and poke it at his chest as hard as I could. That stopped him in his tracks and he backed up a couple of feet, which gave me time to raise the staff  with two hands ( there wasn't time to reverse it to get my optional heavy steel head in play). He then attacked again and I hit him in the head as hard as I was able. Again, it stopped him and he stood for a moment shaking his head and then apparently decided it was too dangerous to mess with us. Of course, by then my adrenaline was really up and I reversed my staff and yelled at him, telling him to come ahead and I'd knock his head off. A few moments later his owner, having heard me yelling apparently, opened the door to her house and called him in.  Interestingly, no apology from her was forthcoming. I just want to thank you for a fine product which I am convinced either saved my dogs life or protected her and/or me from potential serious injury.

 Warmest Regards,

Well it's been a while since I emailed you about my problem of the tubes coming loose while hiking, and I still haven't sent this staff back. A friend of mine gave me an idea so I wanted to try it before I mailed it back. It's been a while since I have had time to go for a hike. I have used the staff recently for a two day hike and it didn't come lose once. I put some of that plumbers PVC thread tape on the connecter. I put it on so thick that it was hard to tighten. It's a temporary but very cheap fix. I'll have to carry a roll or two with me to add to it when I take it apart but that's not a big deal I think. Thanks for offering to fix it for me. The staff has seen a lot of miles and hard use over the years. Now it will see a lot more. It has kept me from falling with a pack on, on some pretty technical hikes, and some pretty easy ones. I wish I could afford another one so I could use two of them.

Thank you for your time.

Hi Pat

No survival story here but I have to say this is one well made tool, this Survival Staff TM. I was skeptical as buying things on the internet can be iffy at times.

Thank you for the quality I expected. John.



Mr. Crawford,

I purchased my Crawford Survival Staff about three years ago, and I am never without it when I venture into the woods, especially on my frequent hikes on the Appalachian Trail. Last summer, I was on a planned three-day hike with a regular hiking buddy, who remarked how much he liked my Survival Staff. Early, on day-two of the hike, I slipped on a rain-slick rock. Due to my heavy pack, the fall was at an awkward angle, and I felt something snap in my ankle. The good news was that it turned out to be a nasty sprain, but I am convinced that had I had a regular aluminum trekking-pole, I would have broken both the pole and the ankle. The bad news was were about eight miles from the nearest road, with no choice but to wrap the ankle, and press on to a point where we could arrange for an early pick-up. Again my trusty Survival Staff served me well, as it helped me to hobble over the 8 miles, on some very hilly terrain. We eventually made the road and were picked up. On the way back to home, my friend said "I got to get me one of those Survival Staffs". He did, and neither of us venture out on the trail without them today, nor do we pass up an opportunity to tell the Crawford Survival Staff story.  Thanks for making such a great product.



I wanted to pass on some information about your staff, a success story if you will. I received my staff in 2001 as a gift. I had used an old ski pole for years while hiking and fishing. A friend thought it would be a nice gift, I bet she never thought it would be a valuable tool in getting me out of a bad situation.
This year in September 2005 I went on a sheep hunt in Wyoming, not liking to be bothered or having to worry about being responsible for anyone else I almost always go alone. Having done this for years I am no stranger to the dangers that lurk with every step. Knowing this I am always prepared for the worst. However even the most prepared and experienced outdoorsman can not know exactly what a life or death situation feels like until he has actually been in one.
To make a long story short I hurt my knee while in a canyon away from camp, I couldn't climb back up the canyon so I spent 3 days trying to get to my truck. If it were not for my staff my endeavor would have been much more difficult. Here were my uses for the 3 days.
1. On the first evening I used it to act as a center pole for an emergency shelter. Without the staff I would have to exert more energy to cut a proper length pole.  Having the rifle rest on was very handy it gave me a place to hang my led light while I worked to reset my kneecap.
2. The rifle rest also became handy as I had to use it as a crutch. Again having something with me that I didn't have to make or spend time and energy on finding was a very good thing.
3. Having the staff made climbing up and down steep slopes much easier. It would have been very painful if I had not been able to support my weight with the staff.
4. I actually killed a squirrel with the blowgun.  I was shocked..
5. After crossing a rather deep and cold creek I found 2 trees that were close enough together. I laid the staff in between 2 branches lit a fire underneath and uses it as a rack to dry my clothes on.
6. Piece of mind. Knowing I had plenty of good quality equipment gave me more confidence that I was going to be ok.
The final use I had for the staff was as a flag pole. When I got to my vehicle some kids had broken the windows and flattened the tires. As if my ordeal was not enough! So I tied a length of surveyors tape to the end and used it to flag down some help.
The only sad part about this story is when EMS came to get me they left my staff in the parking lot never to be seen again. Although I asked the sheriff and trooper to make sure it was retrieved, it never turned up.
Now after major reconstructive knee surgery I should be able to hunt again next year. And yes I will be buying me a new staff between now and then.
Kindest Regards,


Dear Sir,

I am writing this to you to thank you for the good construction of my Survival Staff™.

I am a field engineer who does environmental sampling and had an interesting experience with my Survival Staff™ on a river.

The river is a small but vicious one called the Big Blue river in MO.  I was out hiking taking water and soil samples and did not realize that the weather south of me had started pouring rain.  This river is the only large drainage river for 30 miles around and can flash flood within a minute or two of rain starting to fall.

Here I am out in the middle of a rocky area and I notice the water rising by the second realizing that I am 60 feet from the nearest bank which at its lowest is 8.5 feet. I am at least 200 feet from a widening that has three foot banks.  This river fills with debris rocks, trees, dead things you get the idea. 

I then see a wall of water rushing at me and figure out that I can not out run it and decide to stab my Survival Staff deep about 2.5 feet into the bottom mud and crouch down with my back pack in front of my head and hope no trees are coming.  The wall of water hit me and tries to drag me but the death grip I had on my staff , and the lanyard kept me in place until the first wash had gone by.  I then had time to pull up my staff and swim to the bank before the next series of waves and large debris came through with a 10 foot wall of water. Only about 5 minutes had past since the first water wash.

I only had a couple of dozen bruises and a few scratches from that and was damn lucky no large debris had hit me.  Kansas City loses about two dozen or more people each year to flash flooding in our creeks and rivers.

I regularly use my staff for balance and walking comfort while hiking. Also I have used the 3 prong fishing tip to fish for lunch many a day.

Thank you,

D. G. S. Jr.



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