I wanted to experiment with making my own waterproof light weight and highly pack able fire lighting strips so here is the result.
Here is how to spilt larger wood without a solid knife. This knife is a swiss army knife climber which I carry everyday.
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No food, no shelter, no sleeping bag, no cordage, no containers, just the clothes on my back the knowledge in my head and my shovel to last 4 days in the woods alone,
Real survival I think every perspective teacher of this subject should experience.
I intend on leading by example and will never class myself as an expert because there is always something new to learn.
Here are pictures of the build shes made from 5160 truck spring steel.
First stage is to draw out my shape onto the metal.
With an angle grinder I cut out my rough shape.As you can see I have some hammering to do in the axe head.
Into the forge to heat her up to a workable temperature
The shape is coming but I still have a few more heats to do to get the blade length and shape I am after. At this point the work has cooled down to much for big shaping hits, lighter taps are used to take out some of the hammer marks.
Axe blade and hammer hammered in time to work on the knife and saw blade.
This hump is where I cut in the saw blade I wanted a little extra material to play with.
Knife blade shaped and saw blade angle ground in its rough but she looks like she ll work.
It ain’t no Bacho but she doesn’t cut bad at all.
Rough and mean looking shes finished figured I would try a leather wrap handle.
Come with me as is show you one of the best natural materials for making natural cordage. At the end I will do a strength test on the cordage I have just made.
Here are some pictures of some Dog bane in winter note the redish brown colour.
As you all know I was ment to go out in to the bush this weekend with the rat. Unfortunately I had to abort the mission after this happened. Lol
Things to remember
- Always carry food and water in your vehicle;
- Always carry a shovel;
- Always have a tow kit with tow strop, reflective gear and flash light;
- Have a way to re inflate tires (air in a can, compressor etc)
- Carry blankets, extra warm gear and water proof gear, a tarp and gloves;
- Keep Those old car matts in the trunk, they can come in handy. Iven winter a bag of salt or sand is also a good back up for extra grip;
- Keep your fuel tank topped up;
- First aid kit and training;
- Know how to signal for help if you cannot use your cell phone;
- Tow company coverage;
- Knowledge in basic self recovery weighs nothing;
- A way to heat and cook food and boil water;
- As with any trip always tell someone where you are going and the route you plan to take.
Hopefully this is helpful to you all and keeps you safe out there. Things like this can happen to anyone and everyone so Make sure you are prepared.
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The knives In order of appearance;
click each one to find out more apart from my home made knives just message me if you have any questions the link on number 6 will take you to see it being forged.
NE knives number 2
Honorable mentions in the video
Dave canterbury, material reduction knife build;
Felix Immler, Swiss army knife skills;
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This glue can also be used to;
make birch bark containers and canoes water tight;
stick arrow heads to shafts;
patch holes in fiberglass/kevlar canoes;
makes a great fire starter as you saw in the video lol;
and as I find them I ll list some more uses.
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