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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
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.
Well that's about it. Please feel free to share my idea with anyone
that might be interested. Thanks again for creating such beautiful
A MEMORIAL DAY OUTING
Jeremy and son Josh enjoy their SURVIVAL STAFFS
SURVIVING VICIOUS DOGS
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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,
TRUE STORIES OF LIFE
SAVING ACTION WITH THE ORIGINAL "SURVIVAL STAFF™"
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
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.
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.
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
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
A "SURVIVAL STAFF™"
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
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
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
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.
ANOTHER TRUE LIFE
ADVENTURE WITH AN ORIGINAL "SURVIVAL
I am writing this to
you to thank you for the good construction of my
I am a field engineer
who does environmental sampling and had an
interesting experience with my Survival Staff™ on a
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.
D. G. S. Jr.