When I think of survival, I tend to think of my favorite SKS and how many spam cans of ammo, well minus the one I shot last week, but that was for practice of course and I have a bridge for sale too. The thread on gloves got me to thinking about the real survival tools that we must have and we may use often. Gloves, summer and winter, work and shooting are a good start. Would be hard to survive a tour of guard duty with a pair of gloves that you have to take off in order to fit your trigger finger into the trigger area and I know from experience that finger type mittens will not keep your hands warm if it is real cold. But a good axe is just as important if you are going to live in a rural area, then an axe it is for cutting and will not work well for splitting, for that you need a splitting maul. Then if you need to use wedges, to get you axe out of the wood, or split a hard piece of wood, you need something to drive it with. Using your axe will destroy it in a very short time. Then you need saws to cut up the wood, chainsaw now and bow saw and crosscut if you want to be stealthy or after TSHTF. Then you need to get the wood out of the woods and to your house. A wheelbarrow may not be a real "survival" tool, but it will let you take 10 times as much out in one trip and doesn't require gas. Now my favorite off road survival tool to get my wood in is my garden tractor with the deck removed. In the fall I take it off, sharpen the blades, check the belts, clean it up, paint it and grease it and store the deck for the winter. This leaves me with a good lawn mower in the spring and an off the road fuel efficient, low speed automatic transmission 20 horsepower vehicle to pull my 2 wheel trailer with a capacity to haul out 500 lbs of wood at my leisure. I have stored a new ignition, starting, and generating system for it in tinfoil and in ammo can for less than $250 and they are normal spares if I need them. The powers that be are never going to look at the mower as a survival tool and I can drive 5 to 10 miles on it if I have to in an hour or less, go through woods and fields to bypass obsticles and it doesn't frighten anyone. It is quiet and you need one to mow the grass. You can often buy the really large older ones for a $100 or two at yard sales and if you are using them for a woods tractor, you don't care if the mower deck is worn out. As long as the transmission and the engine are good, often better then the new cheap ones from Walleymart, they are a nice tool. If it has a belt output of power take off, you can add a generator if you wish and park it . Well the SME thing is true for gardening, jeeps, 4 wheelers, etc. What is your favorite "stealth" survival tool? I do include goats in that catogory, even if I don't have any.