Wilderness Survival Gear

3 Traits That Separate True Survival Knives From Worthless Ones

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By Kevin Danielsen – Off The Grid News

Let’s go over a bit of “basic survival knife 101” and talk about what makes for a good piece of sturdy, handy, sharpened steel to make your time in the sticks just a little bit easier.

However, there is one thing I did want to mention before we begin: I’m personally not much of a believer in the modern “survival” knife concept.

Yes, it is true.

Let’s just say that I don’t believe I’ve ever seen or held a real survival knife — at least, as it’s described in many popular gear magazines — and that’s because I’m fairly certain that they don’t exist. In my own backwoods experience and years of study, there are many types of knives that make for excellent companions. To depend on only one just doesn’t make much sense.

What Makes a Good Knife?

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By The Survival Place Blog

When it comes to preparing for the worst, there is a lot that you need to consider. One of the most important aspects of this whole deal is thinking about the tools and equipment that you might need. In terms of surviving in the wilderness, it is much easier said than done. People often think that it is obvious what you will need and what you can discard. However, once you look into it, it soon becomes clear that it is a little trickier. In this article, we are going to try and find the most essential items which anyone will need for survival. We will be looking at those tools which apply equally to everyone. That means ignoring certain things which not everyone could get a decent use out of. However, you will probably find that there are a couple of surprising items on this list as well. Nonetheless, all of these are essential for anyone wanting to survive in a wilderness situation. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the most essential tools for survival.

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Pocketknife

This is something which is likely to grace any list of this type. With a little look into what it entails, it is easy to see why. A decent pocketknife is essentially several tools in one. This means that you are saving a significant amount of space – but also money. If you only buy one thing on this list, then it has to be the pocketknife. However, not just any one will do. You need to make sure that you go for one which offers as much as possible in as little space as possible. It is also a good idea to remember to always keep it close to hand. This is the one item you really should take literally – always keep it in your pocket. As long as you have this on you, you can survive a far greater number of occasions. Don’t go anywhere without this one – it is the bare bones of survival in any situation.

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Saw

Perhaps a little more surprising, but no less useful in the right circumstances, is the saw. Most pocket knives do actually have a small saw on them, but they are often not good enough for your purposes. The truth is, you often need to ensure that you are also carrying a decent-sized saw. The potential uses for this particular tool are wide and varying. With a decent saw, you can make sure that you always get to where you need to go. Even in the densest woods, you can forge a path to wherever you are heading to. The best saws are both sharp and compact. It can be difficult to find the perfect combination of these qualities, but it is well worth shopping around for. A good example is the makita saw. The makita saw cuts like a demon, and it happens to be compact enough to stow away easily. Having the right saw will make you feel safer and more capable of taking on whatever challenges might arise.

Machete

In a similar vein to the saw and the knife, having a machete is likely to make you feel safer. Of course, there is a significant difference here. While the previous two items are both ideal for utility purposes, the machete is much more of a weapon. Let’s be honest, weaponry is an essential part of survival in the wilderness, in pretty much any situation. There are all sorts of weapons you can potentially use, but a machete has the advantage of being swift and lethal. It goes without saying that you need to be as careful as possible when you are carrying this. The last thing you want to do is to hurt yourself or someone with you. However, if you are in a situation where you need to defend yourself against an animal, it might be ideal.

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Flashlight

Let’s look to some of the more all-round utility items now. One thing which you really won’t be able to do without is the flashlight. What kind of light you go for is really up to you, but there are some basic qualities you should look for. It helps if your flashlight is as compact as possible. However, you don’t want to sacrifice the power of the light itself. What’s more, battery-operated units tend to be more powerful. Then, of course, you have the problem of carrying around batteries with you as well. You might decide, therefore, that it is better to use a solar-power or wind-up torch. These are not as powerful, but might last you longer and be more useful overall. Whatever you decide on, you simply must have some kind of light to take with you. It could even save your life in a tricky situation in the dead of night.

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Cordage

There are likely to be many occasions when you need to tie a number of things together. Not having a way to do that can be a particular nuisance. As such, you should make sure that you get hold of some decent cordage. With the right cordage, you know that you can always build a temporary home wherever you are. In truth, this is one of those things which becomes obvious how useful it is as time goes on. There are so many uses that it is impossible to count them all. For example, it can be used to hoist food away from scuttling wildlife in the woods. Or you could even use it as a splint for broken bones. This is one all-round utility item you can’t do without, regardless of the situation.

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Compass

Finally, let’s not forget the importance of knowing where you are. With a proper compass, you don’t necessarily know your location, but you can work out your direction. This is the kind of item which you really won’t get very far without. Of course, you should also make sure that you have a keen grasp of exactly how to use it. Otherwise, there is little use in having it at all.

This article first appeared at The Survival Place Blog: The Most Essential Tools For Anyone’s Survival

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By Orlando Wilson – The Prepper Journal

Urban Camouflage and Concealment

It makes me laugh when I see a lot of SWAT Teams and PSD guys wearing Tactical Black and other colors that look cool but do nothing but make them stand out. In reality black is one of the worst colors to wear. Ask yourself, what is black in nature? Look around you and what in your surrounding’s are black? I expect very little… In urban areas most walls are white, gray or cream… Light colors! The colors you wear should blend in with your background whether its day or night.

At night dark colors stand out, especially when moving past light backgrounds and in urban areas most backgrounds are light colors. Even in rural dry areas when moving through low bush and fields the silhouettes of people in dark colors are easy to see at a distance.

You do not have to have expensive patterns to give you good camouflage and concealment, a gray dress shirt and a pair of light khaki pants is way more effective than tactical Tim dressed in SWAT black!

Movement and Rural Camouflage

Camouflage your face, neck and any areas of the exposed flesh with mud, ash or charcoal from fires. Or use a balaclava or scarf to cover your face and wear gloves.

Modern humans are positively disadvantaged when surviving in and moving on foot in rural and wilderness areas. Most people these days have never spent a night outside without any cover, let alone in bad weather. When you’re in the woods or bush you need to get comfortable in the environment. I remember one of my military instructors telling me that to be able to fight in an environment, you must first be able to live comfortably in that environment, and this is true. If you’re having difficulty living day-to-day how can you operate?

You need to start using all your senses as the animals do, learn to identify sounds, smells, movements and what they mean. You need to especially be able to identify things associated with people, like foot prints, cigarette stumps, broken twigs or foliage, fences, straight lines, domestic animals, aircraft, vehicles, talking etc. Think about human smells like fires, food, fuel, human waste and tobacco; if your senses are sharp in bush or wooded areas you should be able to smell or hear people before you see them.  When moving you must do so quietly and regularly stop to look, listen and smell for any indication of people. If you identify people in your proximity are you going to take cover, evade or ambush?

Continue reading at The Prepper Journal: Camouflage and Concealment: The Art of Staying Hidden

Lost In The Woods: 5 Tricks For Finding Your Way ... Without A Compass

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By Steve Nubie Off The Grid News

After numerous fishing, hunting and backpacking trips, I’ve found myself lost more times than I’d like to admit. Over time I learned the hard way and spent a good amount of effort learning some basic techniques for those occasions when I simply assumed I wouldn’t need a compass.

We all know a compass points north. At least to magnetic north, which is close enough to true north to help you get where you want to go. But if you don’t have a compass, there are a few other ways to make sure you stay on course:

Continue reading at Off The Grid News; Lost In The Woods: 5 Tricks For Finding Your Way … Without A Compass

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By Joshua Krause – Ready Nutrition

Civilization makes life so easy, because you only have to be specialized in a handful of skills to survive. And the money those skills bring in will pay for everything else that you need in life. If however you’re ever stuck in the wilderness, you’ll find that you have to juggle countless responsibilities to survive. You have to build your own shelter, gather your own wood, protect yourself from predators, procure and clean your own water, and you have to find your own food.

And when it comes to food, you’ll require another layer of diverse skills. You’ll need to know how to forage and how to tell which plants are edible. You’ll have learn how to set traps and how to properly clean and cook the animals that you kill. And among many other skills, it would be useful to know how to catch a fish.

Obviously, if you’re struggling to survive in the wilderness, you won’t have a fishing pole and a tackle box. All you’ll have is your own bare hands and what you can make with them. While you could make a rudimentary fishing pole, in many cases your best bet would be to simply wade into some shallow water and spear the fish yourself.

While an ordinary sharpened pole can work well for this task, you’ll be more successful with a four pronged spearfishing pole. Fortunately, they aren’t too difficult to make out of the typical vegetation you’d find in the forest. Here’s how it’s done:

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition: The Quick and Easy Way to Make a Fishing Spear

About the author:

Joshua Krause was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a writer and researcher focused on principles of self-sufficiency and liberty at Ready Nutrition. You can follow Joshua’s work at our Facebook page or on his personal Twitter.

Joshua’s website is Strange Danger

 

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By The Bug Out Bag Guide

One of the most important things to stock in your home and pack in your bug out bag is your first aid kit. One way to keep your first aid kit full when bugging out is to learn herbal medicine foraging skills so you can identify and harvest useful natural remedies as you move.  A person’s health is, after all, essential to survival and should always be a top priority no matter what the situation is.

In this article we are going to teach you how to find and use 12 life saving herbs that can be used to treat illnesses, alleviate pain, and give you energy. The best part is that ALL of them can be grown at home of found in the wild at little to no cost!

Continue reading at The Bug Out Bag Guide: Primitive Skills: Herbal Medicine Foraging & Uses

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By  – SurvivoPedia

There’s good reason our military have trained men to tie them for generations. Knots has always been a skill the inexperienced take for granted, but any experienced outdoorsman, has had enough successes (and failures) to know there’s always a good knot, but only if the rope maintains its quality.

If you use the wrong knot, or type of rope, it could lead to a disaster. For safety sake know what knots, and rope materials to use.

Over the years knot tying has become a diverse practice with many specialty designs used in different jobs and occupations. This article will show you how to choose and care for rope, and prepare it for tying 13 of the most important knots for survival needs.

Continue reading at SurvivoPedia: Ropes And Knots: Basics for Survival and Everyday Use