Frequently asked questions.
Is the Kodiak Survival Bracelet waterproof?
Yes and no. I have worn mine for over a year in the rain and maybe I have jumped into a couple of bodies of water with it on with no problems. There is a touch of hygroscopy (ability for an object to absorb water) involved. If your braid is soaked day after day you can expect it to absorb some water…which means blood, sweat, and adventure may make it swell a little bit and feel a pinch tighter.
But what you really need to consider is the fishing hook. It’s the 21st Century and science has come a long way. Some of our animal loving friends decided that it was a bad idea for fish to swim around with hooks in their mouths (assuming the line broke). So it is pretty much mandated that fishing hooks are designed to dissolve/rust out after 2 weeks in submerged conditions.
We had a beta tester wear his in the shower everyday…in a few months’ time it literally fell apart.
Do your best to keep it dry but don’t make any great effort. Like I said, mine is completely fine and I don’t treat it so nicely (but I don’t shower with it on either).
Once I take the Kodiak Survival Bracelet apart, how do I put it back together?
The Kodiak Survival Braid is a survival tool…if you are in a bind (think emergency) and need to catch food and create fire, it is there for you…to survive and “live to talk about it”. Once you use it, there is not too much you can do to put it back together other than brag about how you saved your own life or someone else’s life with the help of a small braid around your wrist.
But hopefully you are grateful that you survived…who knows, take some pics and tell your story, we may just send you a new one.
Do you have a return policy?
We do not replace braids that have been through the ringer. We have replaced a couple due to wrong size. Please try it on before scraping off the protective black layer on the ferro rod.
Who came up with this and where do you produce your Survival Bracelets?
We came up with the idea. Mojica is an engineer and has been involved in a few other patents so this is not our first rodeo. We have a few other IP items that we are working on and are excited to bring them to market as well.
Our Survival cord is made in America. Designed in America. We have workers bother stateside and overseas (China) that build our braids.
How Strong is the OE Survival Cord?
We took the standard 550 Paracord and made it better…we gave you more features without sacrificing strength. We use a state side vendor with an exclusive agreement to create this enhanced cord for us.
To prove it out, we had our vendor preform a Mil-Spec tensile test on it. It averaged about 586 pounds in tensile strength. So you can still call it “550 Cord” if you like when referring to strength.
How long is the cord and core items?
It depends on the size, but generally you will get 8-10 feet of OE Survival Cord with your Kodiak Survival Bracelet (for the math we will call it an even 9 feet). There are 2 strands braided fishing thus there will be a total of 18 feet of fishing line. There is 1 strand of raw twisted jute thus you will have 9 feet of fire tinder. There are 7 strands of nylon thus you will have 63 feet of nylon stand.
How durable is the Ferro rod, can it be replaced?
The ferro rod is pretty durable (I bet you could strike it 500-1000 times with no issues)…what you need to focus on is the hardened stainless steel striker (the part with our logo). Like any steel with a sharp edge, it will start to dull over time.
This is why we went with the particular hardened steel…it will take longer to dull down the sharp edge. The sharpest edge is the one on the side with our logo (laser etching).
I was able to start 10 fires in 2 minutes…I have since started 10 more with the same buckle.
We believe you are good for 10-15 fires. After that you can expect the metal to yield and start losing the sharp edge.
I have successfully re-sharpened mine with a Dremel tool…but you need to know what you are doing or you will just chamfer the edges right off.
And by the way, the ferrocerium rod comes with a protective black layer on it …it will need to be scraped off with the striker before you see any sparks.
Can I practice with the Kodiak Survival bracelet before I find myself in an emergency?
When you order a Kodiak, we provide you with a few extra inches of OE Survival Cord. This will allow you to take the cord apart; take the jute and untwist it, make a bird’s nest and throw your spark into it and become a son or daughter of Prometheus. The goal is to have you comfortable making a fire with the braid. Then in the event of an emergency you will be ready and confident…you will also see the fishing line and the nylon strands…practice your knots.