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M-J's Miscellany

Walking Stick, a Survival Tool

Posted on April 10, 2014 at 5:45 PM

The Mulholland Suite

Posted on October 23, 2012 at 11:10 AM


Our Favourite Luggage-Maker Presents: the Mulholland Suite at the Huntington Hotel, San Francisco 

With the unveiling of this special suite, Mulholland observes an anniversary in 2008: “Celebrating 20 years of the good life.” The Mulholland Suite represents the collaboration of two iconic, family-owned San Francisco brands: The Huntington Hotel and Mulholland. Both are boutique brands characterized by high quality, quiet luxury, understated elegance and personalized service to clients. Mulholland products enjoy cult status.

Below: M-J with Mulholland Safari Bags


Survival Essentials

Posted on August 31, 2012 at 10:45 AM

36-Hour Survival Candles

Posted on August 17, 2012 at 3:00 PM

Powerful Mini-Flashlight

Posted on March 8, 2012 at 9:10 AM

This survival flashlight by Maratec runs on ONE AAA Battery.




Length: 2.75" Diameter: .5"‚ Weight: 20 Grams.

Comes with Diffuser & extra o-rings

LED Type: Cree XPE-R3 with a life span up to 50,000 hours. ( New Tighter Beam )

New stronger clip

The reflector is aluminum alloy.

Flashlight body is made of aircraft grade aluminum covered with Type III Military grade anodization.

The lens has been treated with a AR (Anti-Reflective) coating.

Its proprietary circuit design features reverse polarity protection and runs off of one AAA battery that provides 2 levels of brightness (High/Low).

Twist on for High

Twist on again for Low

3 Second Memory and then resets

Using a single Duracell AAA battery we got the following results:


Low mode, 1.5 lumens output for upto 50 hours

High mode, 115 lumens output for upto 65minutes ( Rev 1 model was 80 Lumensand 48 minutes)

Alexander's Outdoors: Elegant Survival Tools

Posted on February 10, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Alexander's Outdoors

Alexander's Outdoors is Elegant Survival's source for the best custom handmade paracord knife lanyards, straight from Sportsman's Paradise.

Besides creating beautifully artistic lanyards, Alexander carries Swedish fire-starting kits and a wide variety of wilderness survival tools, backpacks, pouches, beads, knives, sharpeners,  compasses, and food-rations.

©M-J de Mesterton 2012

Swiss Rescue Tool

Posted on January 26, 2012 at 9:50 AM

The Rescue Tool by Victorinox of Switzerland comes with a matching nylon holster that, like the tool itself, can be found in low light.

Our Elegant Victorinox Swiss Army Rescue Tool

Elegant Casio Survival Watch

Posted on November 7, 2011 at 9:20 AM

The Classic G-Shock DW-5600-1V by Casio has a battery that will last for many years (some have reported it lasting 18 and 20 years), and basic functions like digital day/date, seconds, optional light at the press of a button, and a rugged, replaceable watch-band. Its easy-to-set alarm, resistance to water and impact makes this classic Casio watch perfect for wear during trips away from home. This is an elegant time-piece, highly recommended in reviews on Amazon.com. ©M-J de Mesterton

In 1983, Casio launched the shock-resistant G-SHOCK watch. This product shattered the notion that a watch is a fragile piece of jewelry that needs to be handled with care, and was the result of Casio engineers taking on the challenge of creating the world’s toughest watch. Using a triple-protection design for the parts, module, and case, the G-SHOCK offered a radical new type of watch that was unaffected by strong impacts or shaking. Its practicality was immediately recognized, and its unique look, which embodied its functionality, became wildly popular, resulting in explosive sales in the early 1990s. The G-SHOCK soon adopted various new sensors, solar-powered radio-controlled technology (described below), and new materials for even better durability. By always employing the latest technology, and continuing to transcend conventional thinking about the watch, the G-SHOCK brand has become Casio’s flagship timepiece product.

Elegant, Intelligent Casio

Posted on August 24, 2011 at 11:25 AM
This elegant military watch by Casio, which corresponds to the official Atomic Clock, has a countdown timer, an alarm, world-time feature that shows the time in a different city for each time-zone (London and Stockholm, to name two), Daylight-Saving Time adjustment, a timer, and many more features. The Casio G-Shock is a work of art which illuminates at the lifting of your wrist with a soft gold light, if you set it to do so. Casio is the eminent Japanese designer and innovator of military and survival watches. This particular model was designed to withstand falling from a seventh-story window, and is waterproof to 200 meters.

©M-J de Mesterton

The Elegant Military Watch Band

Posted on August 5, 2011 at 10:45 PM

Carry the Torch for Survival

Posted on April 20, 2011 at 12:18 PM

A survival tool with many applications, the Cree Lumen Master tactical light is something you will want to carry with you at all times. This powerful little gem requires three AAA batteries. It is a strong light-source that will allow you to scan your property or home for intruders, and if pointed at them will cause criminals to go wobbly, thereby giving you more time to react in fitting fashion. Our recommended supplier is a sterling fellow who will get Cree's fabulous torch to you in record time, at a price you can afford. In fact, one cannot afford to go without such an asset. Used by military personnel and savvy citizens, the business-end of this baby is a dangerous bit of metal with which no slime-ball wants to come into contact. 

Elegant Swiss Water Bottle

Posted on January 26, 2011 at 11:22 AM
Safe, Traditional, Elegant Water Bottle from Sigg of Switzerland

Miniature Washcloths

Posted on February 6, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Quick-drying and small, these miniature washcloths are very efficient scrubbers and dust-cloths. They may be indispensable for your survival kit. Look for "Baby" brand.

Ice Grips for Your Shoes--a Lifesaver!

Posted on November 28, 2009 at 11:02 AM

Spare Spike Ice Grips fit any shoes or boots, and will keep you from dangerous falls in various environments.

Survival Stocking-Stuffer

Posted on November 20, 2009 at 9:28 PM