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4 Tools to Cut and Chop Wood for Survival | Backdoor Survival

By Gaye Levy – Backdoor Survival

One of the basics of survival is having the ability to cut and chop wood.  It is wood that will fuel the fires that keep us warm, boil our water, and cook our food.

It seems simple enough, right?  Grab your tool of choice, head outdoors and chop away.  Alas, if it were only that easy.  How many times have you gone to the garage or outdoors to the shed, only to be perplexed when it comes to choosing the best tool for cutting or chopping wood?  Been there done that.

For this article I have reached out to experienced outdoorsman, Cody Assmann, to share his knowledge with those of us that have yet to select the perfect tool to meet our needs.

Continue reading at Backdoor Survival: 4 Tools to Cut and Chop Wood for Survival

About the author:

Gaye Levy started Backdoor Survival so that she could share her angst and concern about our deteriorating economy and its impact on ordinary, middle-class folks. She also wanted to become a prepper of the highest order and to share her knowledge as she learned it along the way. On Backdoor Survival you will find survival and preparedness tools and tips for creating a self-reliant lifestyle through thoughtful prepping and optimism.

To read more from Gaye, visit her website, Backdoor Survival. You can also follow Gaye on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest or purchase her eBook, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage on


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By The Survival Place Blog

Are you planning on taking a trip into the wilderness for your next vacation? Then, you need to be prepared for everything that the elements can throw at you. You might think that it’s easy to survive the outdoors. Particularly, if you’re heading to a place that you know quite well. But you might be surprised because the weather can turn at any moment leaving you in trouble. For instance, you might be camping miles from the nearest point of civilization. Imagine, if fog falls thick and low over the ground. You would struggle to find your way back and would need to rely on the kit that you had with you. If you didn’t have enough supplies, you might find the next few days incredibly difficult. So, what do you need to survive camping in the wilderness?

A Portable Heater

You may want to consider purchasing a portable heater for camping in the wilderness with a good supply of fuel. It does depend on whether you’re traveling on foot or in the car. You might also want to consider whether you’ll be moving around a lot. That said if you’re camping a portable heater can be incredibly useful. Particularly, if you are camping in the winter. If you don’t take a portable heater, you need to make sure you have a survival sleeping bag. The best sleeping bag has a hood to keep you warm, even when the temperature has dropped below freezing outside. It’s possible with the best sleeping bags to stay warm and dry even without a tent!

A Compass

There are two things you’ll need to make sure that you don’t get completely lost wandering in the wilderness. The first is a map and the second is a compass. Ideally, you should have adequate orienteering skills to make sure that you can find your way back to camp. However, even if you don’t, with a compass, you should always be able to find your way back where you started. By knowing what direction your campsite is, you’ll always be able to find your way back to the starting point. You will even find some winter jackets come with compasses included on them. This shows how important that piece of kit is. You might also want to think about some night vision goggles. Night monoculars will allow you to see for miles even when it’s pitch black. You’ll always find your camp site with these and you can check out a review on a site such as



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Make sure you have a device or tool that you can use to chop down wood. In extreme situations, you might need to collect wood for shelter or even to supply fuel for a fire. Be aware that to make a good shelter or fire the wood has to be dry. If it’s not, it won’t light, and you’ll struggle to keep your body temperature at a normal level. You might be camping in an area where it is illegal to cut down trees. However, if it is a matter of survival, be prepared to ignore rules like this. Your safety should always be the top priority.

Finally, this is another useful tool that you can find on most winter, explorer jackets. Check out some of the latest winter jackets on  A small tracker is embedded in the material. When pressed it will send a signal to the closest rescue team. They will then be able to track your exact location and avoid you being lost in the wilderness for days.

This article first appeared at The Survival Place Blog: Tech And Tips You Need Camping In The Wilderness

DIY survival tools

By  – SurvivoPedia

Let’s begin today’s article with a question: do you know what homo sapiens means? Well, I bet you do. But then again, how about homo faber? What’s the relation between homo sapiens and homo faber?

Translated literally, homo faber means “man, the maker.”

To put it simply, let’s assume that dolphins are very intelligent creatures since that’s what I hear constantly on National Geo and the Discovery Channel.

But that intelligence doesn’t help them much; they’re just the same as they were 500,000 years ago. Cute, intelligent creatures that constantly get caught in our fishing nets (by mistake) and they can’t get out. They often end up in tuna cans (that’s why I never eat tuna, but I’m digressing).

Are you starting to get the picture?

Homo faber is a peculiar creature, and I mean us, the people, the only “animals” on the planet which are able to control their environment through the use of – you guessed it – tools. Okay, tools and a juicy brain-to-body ratio. Some say that we control our fate too with those same tools, but I have my doubts about that.

Continue reading at SurvivoPedia: 5 DIY Survival Tools To Make From Scratch

By The Survival Place Blog

Whatever you think about the recent results of the US election, it’s not an exaggeration to say we’re living in strange times. A lot has changed around the world in the last few months and years. Who knows what might happen from here? And, there’s always the threat of natural disasters, which never truly go away. It’s always a good idea to have a survival shelter in case the worst was to happen, so let’s take a look at how to build one.


For any survival kit, the shovel is an important necessity. A shovel can be used for all sorts of reasons with a shelter, from building a makeshift bed to solving drainage problems. You’ll need to be sure that you get a high-quality shovel if you’re planning to build a good shelter. You can find these across the web if necessary.

Power Drill

A power drill is an important tool for any circumstance, let alone building a survival shelter! You’ll need this to reinforce the shelter and carry out all manner of DIY tasks related to it. There are a lot of different drills on the market, and you might need to seek more helpful tips about which ones you’ll need for certain tasks. Be sure to have the right type of drill to hand when you’re building your shelter.


This might not be a tool to actually build your shelter with, but it’s an important necessity for the shelter itself. To be honest, a tarpaulin presents you with a readymade shelter from the off. It can be used for all sorts of other things, including providing ground insulation. Or, as a basic need to stay warm, it can be used to wrap around yourself inside the shelter during cold moments. A necessity, for sure.


You never just know what you might need a hatchet for. In a particularly troublesome scenario, it could be used as a self-defense mechanism. More likely, you’re going to use a hatchet to chop wood and hack tough materials. Ultimately, the hatchet is a great tool for the survival build because of its many uses. It’s also something you can carry around with ease, unlike some other tools which might need plugging into the mains.


Has a survival shelter ever been built without the use of a knife? Whatever type of knife you use for the task, you’re bound to get a lot of use out of it. In a similar fashion to the hatchet, the knife can be useful for a wide variety of tasks. Close-up work both inside and outside the shelter will be easy to tackle with the convenience of a knife. It’s also worth equipping yourself with a pocket knife for any nights you spend inside the shelter later on. You never just know when it might come in handy.

We hate to suggest that anything bad might be on the horizon, but it’s always worth having a shelter just in case. It’s also quite a fun task to get involved with, especially if you’re a fan of DIY! There’s no time like the present to get started.

This article first appeared at The Survival Place Blog; 5 Tools You Need To Build The Perfect Survival Shelter


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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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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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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.


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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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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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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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 Cody Assmann Off the Grid News

“If you don’t have the right tool, make it.”

This advice was given to me by full-time bushcraft instructor Doug Hill a few years ago and has really stuck with me. What Doug what alluding to is the simple fact that tools make our lives easier. With them we can perform jobs we could not otherwise accomplish, and in an easier fashion. People interested in survival or self-reliance need to be selective about the tools they carry. Tools take weight and space, two valuable commodities for a person who is living light.

Another bit of advice buried in Doug’s motto is to recognize what you can’t recreate in nature. Important tools such as steel knives and hatchets that cannot be recreated easily in nature are items that should find their way into your survival or backwoods kit. Other items, such as an extra hatchet handle, fire starting materials, and even shelter, should be created when you need them.

Continue reading at Off The Grid News: How To Make A Lightweight, Take-Down Bucksaw You Can Carry Anywhere

multitool shovel

By Joshua Krause – Ready Nutrition

Multitools are just plain awesome aren’t they? They let you save a ton of space by wrapping multiple functions into a single item. And since most little problems don’t need super specialized solutions, a few multitools can fix pretty much any problem around the house.

That’s not to say that single use tools aren’t as useful. If anything they’re far more efficient. If you have the money and space to accumulate a wide range of tools, then you should absolutely do so. But multitools fill a very important niche in our lives, especially for those of us who are preppers. We need more space in our homes to store our preps, and with the ever looming possibility that we may need to bug out some day, we need tools that can give us the most utility with the least amount of weight and space.

However, not all multitools are created equal. Most in fact, are either made out of shoddy materials, or are encumbered with tools that would interfere with each other during normal use. If you’re looking for awesome multitools that get things done, consider the following:

Axe Shovel Combo

fobachi axe shovel

Nothing can beat a standalone axe, but if you’re backpacking or bugging out, its size and weight isn’t ideal. Neither is a standalone shovel for that matter. You’ll want a portable lightweight shovel that can do some hatchet work in a pinch, and the Fobachi folding shovel delivers. It also has a saw and weighs less than one and half pounds.

However, if you want a shovel that has more substantial axe capabilities, you should go with something that is longer and heavier like the Pagreberya folding shovel, which weighs about 2.6 pounds. It also includes a knife, magnesium rod, compass, and hex wrench cutouts.

Carabiner Multitool

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The True Utility carabiner packs 20 different functions in a compact tool that only costs about 4 bucks as of this writing. It has four different wrench sizes, four different screwdrivers on a rotating disc, a bicycle spoke wrench, a file, bottle opener, pry bar, and a ruler, among others. It comes with a leather carrying pouch, or you can use the carabiner function to clip it onto a belt loop. Alternatively, you could use the clip to attach more tiny tools to the device.

Leatherman Tread Bracelet

leatherman tread

Almost everything Leatherman makes is useful and durable, and their tread bracelet is no exception. It consists of a series of interchangeable links that can be unscrewed and removed with a penny. Each link contains two tools, most of which consist of screwdrivers, Allen wrenches, and box wrenches. It’s perfect for travelers who are tired of having their multitools confiscated by airport security.

Honeydoo Hammer

honeydoo hammer

They say that if all you have is a hammer, then all of your problems will look like nails. That’s not the case if you have the Honeydoo Multitool. It includes an adjustable wrench, pliers, screwdriver, knife, file, and 12 different screws and bolts. While a small hammer like this would be inappropriate for serious nail work, it’s perfect for solving lots of little problems around the house.

Innovation Factory Axe

innovation axe

It should go without saying that while the axe shovel combo would be useful, you probably can’t split wood with it very easily. It’s only an “axe” in the vaguest sense of the word. But when you ditch the shovel and build a multitool around an axe head instead, it is a thing of beauty.

The Innovation Factory All Purpose Axe comes in two different varieties; one that was designed for truckers, and another for fire and rescue workers. Both include an axe head, hammer, nail puller, and pry bar. It’s a very simple and resilient tool that isn’t overburdened with too many gizmos. It only has a few tools that do their jobs very well. And at a little over two pounds, you could take this axe just about anywhere.

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Five Cool Multitools You’ve Probably Never Heard of

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.

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