Friday, March 7, 2014
A bandana is another one of those things that is useful for a thousand things but nothing specific. It’s right up there with duct tape and rope. The things only weigh a couple ounces, they are dirt cheap, and are a must have in your Survival Kits, Bug Out Bag or Urban Survival Gear. Here is just a short list of possible uses for a bandana.
2. Neck Gaiter for cold weather
3. Tourniquet (But for Snake Bites use a Sawyer Extractor)
4. Pot Holder
5. Collecting Wild Edibles
6. Sun block for neck
8. Sling (as in David and Goliath)
9. Sling (for a staff )
10. Cordage (strips or as is)
11. Washcloth/Towel (Bathe out of a Collapsible Bucket)
13. Waist pack/pouch
14. Hobo Pack
15. Padding a hotspot
16. Cleaning Patches for Firearm
17. Bullet Patches for Muzzleloader
18. Gun Wipe Cloth (with oil)
19. Toilet Paper
20. Mark a Trail
21. Dish Rag
23. Eye patch
24. Pre-water Filter (like Coffee Filters)
25. Clean Glasses and other lens
26. Ear Muffs
27. Bind a stone and toss a line over a limb?
28. Dust Mask
29. Wet and wear for Hot Weather
31. Wash/dry feet after fording a creek
32. Clean muddy shoes
33. Wipe mud/rain off ground cloth
34. Wipe up spills of all kinds
35. Plug sink drain
36. Shade head/eyes/neck from burning sun
37. Muff ears from freezing sleet
38. Forehead sweatband hiking up a hill
39. Clean/dry eyeglasses
40. Wipe a tear
41. Blow a nose
42. Muffle a sneeze
43. Cover a cough
44. Cover face to take a forest nap after lunch
45. Neckerchief to dress up going to town
48. Pad shoulders carrying a load
49. Pad elbow resting on the ground while eating Roman style
50. All-terrain sitting cloth
51. Pillow stuffer
52. Filter dust/smoke/bright lights
53. Filter water coarsely
54. Apply hot/cold/medicinal compresses
56. Suppress rattling of jumbled items
57. Collect loose items
58. Forget-me-not reminder for clothes drying on a bush
59. Flag a passing motorist
60. Distract a charging wild animal
61. Whisk pestering insects
62. Coax a spider out of a corner
63. Capture a caterpillar or an assassin bug for non-violent removal elsewhere
64. Bind stone to toss a line over a tree limb
65. Thermal insulator for hot handles/bowls
66. Bib/lap napkin
67. Wash/dry inside of pot/bowl/spoon
69. Cover exposed food
70. Carry out/store leftovers
71. Open a stuck jar
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Choosing the best survival knife you can afford can mean the difference between life or death in a emergency situation. It can mean the difference of being able to get the job done that it was designed to do or to be a hindering piece of junk.
Here are the things to look for in a good survival knife:
1. Full Tang- the metal blade should start at the tip and end at the butt of the handle. This allows the strongest design, rather than one that has a hollow handle where a survival kit would normally be stored. The hollow handled knives could break under strenuous applications.
2. Length- 6-12 inches. Anything longer could be in the way, unless it is a machete and you are in a jungle. In this case you should have a machete or similar and a survival knife.
3. Thickness- The blade should be 3/16 to 1/4 inch thick.
4. Steel Type- There are generally two types of metal blades- carbon steel and stainless steel. I prefer carbon steel blades because they are easier to sharpen and hold an edge longer. The only drawback is that carbon blades can rust. Stainless steel blades are harder to sharpen, are more brittle and the sharpened edge does not last as long. Stainless steel will not rust.
Stainless steel type- S60V, BG-42, S90V, CPM S30V, CPM 154
Carbon steel type- D2, A2, 01, carbon V, CPM 154
5. There are 4 basic blade geometry shapes: (see diagram)
6. The spine of the knife (top edge) should have a flat spot where it can be hit with a piece of wood to assist in cutting through wood.
7. The cutting edge of the blade should not be serrated, as this requires a special sharpening tool verses being able to just use a rock to sharpen the blade.
8. Sheath- should be of strong material, have a lanyard at the bottom for securing the knife to your leg; a belt loop; the handle securing strap should be able to keep the knife from falling out; the handle of the knife should have a hole for applying a lanyard; should have a place for a sharpening stone or tool.
One knife for one person may not be right for another. As long as you get a knife that meets the basics as listed above, you should be able to depend your life on it.
Remember- you get what you paid for. But, I have found some decent survival knives for under $30 that I would depend on in a survival situation.
Note on hollow handled knives- I have nothing against these type knives. I actually like them, as long as I realize that I am limited to how much abuse I can put them through.
Stay Prepare! Stay Alive!
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Pop Rivet Gun
PVC Pipe, 1 inch x 6 ft, schedule 40, grey color
Black duct tape
550 Para cord (color optional) approx 50 ft.
PVC pipe connector, 1 inch, female, 3 each.
PVC pipe connector, 1 inch, male, 2 each.
PVC pipe cap, 1 inch dia., 1 each.
Metal conduit pipe connector, 1/2 x 1/2, 1 each.
Threaded rod, 1/2 inch dia., 1 inch length., 1 each
Cap to fit threaded rod, 1/2 inch dia., 1 each.
Soft plastic lids from coffee can. 2 each.
PVC pipe cleaner (optional)
Rubber "O" rings that fit around the male connector ends.
Dime or penny size coin collecting plastic tubes.
Measure the pipe to cut out two 1 1/2 foot lengths. This should give you three sections with one section measuring 3 feet and 2 sections measuring 1 1/2 feet each.
Use the sand paper and smooth off the areas that were cut to remove burrs. Then roughen the outer sides of the tube where the PVC glue will go when applying the pipe connectors to give it a better grip.
Starting at the top part of the staff, take one 1 1/2' section and attach one female connector at the top. Take a rubber mallet or piece of wood to tap the connector down after applying the glue and connector to ensure it is seated all the way down.
On the same staff, take and place the bottom on top of one of the plastic coffee lids and trace out a circle of the end. Cut this circle out and place it in the top of the female adapter that has no threads. Next apply PVC glue to the same end of the staff and then attach the female connector ensuring that the end with the plastic disc is facing up and the threaded end of the connector is facing down. Tap this end as with the first connector to ensure it is firmly seated. Place the top cap on the top end.
On the second 1 1/2' section glue a male adapter to the top and tap it down as did with the first section. Attached the female adapter and plastic disc to the bottom as was done on the first 1 1/2' section.
On the third section (3 ft section), glue a male adapter to the top and tap it down as did with the other two sections. At the bottom of this section, insert the 1/2" conduit coupler until the bottom edge is flush with the bottom edge of the PVC pipe. Drill three holes equally around where the center body of the coupler would be.
These holes should be the same size for the pop rivets that you will use to secure the coupler to the PVC pipe.
When connecting the staff sections, place an "O" ring on each of the male ends of the connectors to give the tubes a water tight fit.
Next insert the 1" x 1/2 threaded rod into the coupler and then add the end cap. This is the adapter set up for other connections, such as a spear tip, frog gig tip, walking tip, etc.
Next, wrap the body of the staff length wise with the black duct tape until the body is completely covered. This tape can be used later in an emergency if needed and also helps to melt snow if you fill one of the tubes to make drinking water.
Next, wrap the top portion of the staff with the para-cord to make a handle grip. The cord is also used in an emergency if needed. Allow the staff to try for a day so that the connections bond tight.
Use the plastic coin tubes to hold small stuff or kits. This, I believe, is a reliable staff for emergencies. Do not place all your weight on this staff or it may break. If used properly, it will help is walking uphill and downhill and to help keep your balance. The staff also allows you to check ahead of your steps in tall grass for possible holes and hidden critters like snakes.
Have fun with your new survival staff.
Stay Prepared! Stay Alive!