Signal Mirror
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Linsey Budden
(lollygag)

Locale: pugetropolis
Signal Mirror on 08/13/2008 02:16:35 MDT Print View

Emergency Signal
For Grooming Purposes
Intimate Tick Checks
Aid Removal of Stubborn Debris From Eye

What else am I forgetting (besides the morbid Check for Breath)?

PS. Author Cody Lundin ("98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive!") advises to practice using emergency equipment like this before you need to under duress.

Edited by lollygag on 08/13/2008 12:56:00 MDT.

Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Locale: DON'T LOOK DOWN!!
Re: Signal Mirror on 08/13/2008 05:02:37 MDT Print View

Sharpen one edge to use as a knife?

Jeremy Greene
(tippymcstagger) - F

Locale: North Texas
Re: Re: Signal Mirror on 08/13/2008 09:36:33 MDT Print View

If your mirror is actually glass this might work.

Michael Wands
(walksoftly) - F

Locale: Piney Woods
Signal Mirror on 08/13/2008 11:25:15 MDT Print View

Just a few more uses:

Check a sore or broken tooth.

Place behind a lantern or other light source and it will intensify the light.

Linsey Budden
(lollygag)

Locale: pugetropolis
"Signal Mirror" on 08/13/2008 12:50:51 MDT Print View

Awesome ideas! Really I should have thought of "check a...broken tooth" as I've checked (and applied wax to) a tooth that broke in the middle of a week out.

My signal mirror is actually glass, one of the many reasons I'd never make SUL weight although the new Starflash Ultra looks way better than the typical plastic mirror.

Edited by lollygag on 08/13/2008 12:52:59 MDT.

Michael Mangold
(mkmangold) - F
Signal mirror uses on 08/14/2008 23:57:44 MDT Print View

I use mine and the pliers from a multi-tool to flip food while cooking. Makes a great pancake turner.

Edited by mkmangold on 08/14/2008 23:58:17 MDT.

Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Locale: DON'T LOOK DOWN!!
Re: Re: Re: Signal Mirror on 08/15/2008 01:26:20 MDT Print View

>If your mirror is actually glass this might work.

Or stainless steel. Do plastic mirrors really work? What about cd's?

Peter Macfarlane
(ptc) - F

Locale: The Scottish Highlands
Mirror on 08/17/2008 18:03:50 MDT Print View

A signal mirror is a genius bit of kit for all the reasons given above, especially for the grit in the eye (my most common use). But hardly anyone in the UK carries one. None of the usual medical/emergency kits have one. Only AMK, and they're not widely distributed.
Stupid.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
StarFlash Ultra Signal Mirror on 12/28/2008 20:15:12 MST Print View

If you have one of these from the BPL store or elsewhere -

From the manufacturer

"StarFlash Ultra Water Immersion Notice 10.27.08

UST has observed a decrease in mirror performance in the rare situation where the StarFlash® Ultra™ mirror is immersed in water for extended periods of time. After our testing is complete, letters will be sent to Ultra™ customers regarding the water immersion findings. Production on the Ultra™ mirror has been halted while engineered solutions are quantified and verified. Our former long-standing StarFlash® signal mirrors will be offered in the interim."

Doug Ritter and Company discovered this, and in some cases the effectiveness of the mirror fell off dramatically. Not all mirrors say Ultra, but the frameless style is definitive. Details are found HERE.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: StarFlash Ultra Signal Mirror on 12/28/2008 21:34:57 MST Print View

My Silva Ranger 15CL compass has a mirror that may be used for all of the above, plus taking accurate bearings.

Scott S
(sschloss1) - F

Locale: New England
Compass on 12/28/2008 22:10:55 MST Print View

Yeah, I'll second the compass/mirror recommendation. I have a much-abused Silva Guide that weighs 1.2 oz and does everything a standalone mirror could do.

Matthew Roberts
(matthewjamesroberts) - F

Locale: San Fernando Valley
starflash mirror on 01/18/2009 19:30:08 MST Print View

I recently received the Starflash mirror in their Aqua survival kit. Very disappointed. It almost looks like a thin layer of cheap foil inside of a plastic case. When you look at the mirror from an angle, you can see miniature crinkles in the reflective surface.
My StarFlash doesn't even work well as a normal grooming mirror. The reflective image is fuzzy and distorted.

They must have improved this in the Ultra addition; however they've recalled it and I can't get my hands on one to review it.

I've been considering cutting a piece of reflective mirror off of the solar-tubes homeowners use to pipe light in from their roof to a dark corner in an interior room.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: starflash mirror on 01/18/2009 19:36:42 MST Print View

I third the compass idea.
If think you you need a mirror, why not simplify your kit and carry a compass with one?