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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Making Improvised Tools for Survival - The Broken Knife

A situation may arise where you find yourself in a situation where the use of your gear may result in it breaking. It could be accidental, from normal wear and tear or a little abuse on your part. The main thing to remember is that it can still be used to make an improvised tool that will allow it to be useful in a survival situation. One of the more common mishaps that can occur to your gear is winding up with a broken knife.

One of the easiest and most useful survival tools that can be made from a broken knife is a simple spear. Here is an example of an improvised spear that could be used for hunting or defensive purposes in a survival situation that was made from a broken knife. You could also shorten the stick to make an improvised handle that would turn it back into a useful working knife.

A short section of wood about 3 to 4 feet in length split on one end to allow you to insert the blunt end of your knife blade (the blade tang) and then secured in place by whipping the end with some sturdy twine. Thus a blade that had no handle now becomes a useful tool that can be used safely and effectively.
In a survival situation, you will need to be able to make use of all your resources. This includes the ability to turn broken or damaged gear or other items back into useful items. if your resources become limited this will be a very useful survival skill.
Got broken gear?
Staying above the water line!