Having the right tools is an important part of survival. Mankind stands out from the rest of the animal kingdom with the ability to create and use those tools. Since the first caveman picked up a stick to hit his obnoxious neighbor, we've been finding ways to use the materials around us to do things that we can't do with our bodies alone. As time has passed, the number, variety and complexity of those tools has increased exponentially.
When the "ideal" tool is not available, make do with what you can find. In a crisis, make the most of everything you have; that means getting a little creative. The only limitation is your imagination.
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Make a Soup Can Lid Ulu Cutting Tool: An Ulu is a traditional crescent-shaped-blade cutting tool of the Inuit people of the Artic. A make-shift version can be formed from soup can lid. Remove the lid with a can opener or by smashing the can level with the can lid to remove the lid rim holding the lid in place or rub the can on a rock until the seal breaks. Fold 1/3 of the lid over to create a flat folded edge to hold the tool. Sharpen the exposed rounded edge on a stone. This tool can be used as-is or a handle can be added to the folded part for a better grip.
Survival Uses for Tin Cans
Make containers to eat/drink from, collect or boil water or cook
Fishing lure or signal device
Scrub cookware or remove rust
Resize batteries (fill big-battery space with foil when using a smaller battery)
Transport fire coals
[Uses List 1] [Uses List 2]
Battery (12v) as Spot Welder with Jumper Cables and Carbon Rod
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|Body Language: Every person and creature speaks "body language". Knowing how to read a person, animal or situation is hugely beneficial in everyday life and survival situations. Body language is one of the best ways to do this for Bartering and Survival Companionship and Self-Defense.|
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Handles for Knife/Tool:
If the handle breaks on a knife, weapon or hand tool, don't "buy" a new one. Make it yourself with paracord/rope wrap, duct tape, corn cob, a section of a tree branch, using animal bone or melting HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastic in a metal container then molding it to the desired size and shape. HDPE plastic is identified by a "2" (resin identification code) inside the recycle symbol. The fumes from other melted plastics are noxious and can cause illness.
Melted HDPE Plastic
Paracord: Paracord is a lightweight nylon rope initially used to suspend lines during WWII. The smooth texture of the rope is ideal for multiple uses due to its lightweight and elastic nature. Paracords are also a prepper’s best friend. Also called a parachute cord, it is a strong, versatile, inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to carry. It can be separated into multiple strands for use as rope or its thinner inside threads for sewing.
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Plastic Bottles: It's sad that we've come to a point where tons of destructive plastic are discarded every day; a large percentage consisting of plastic bottles. These simple recycling methods won't solve our greater problem on plastic management, but it will help out in our own little way:
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Knife/Tool Handles: HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastic can be melted and molded into any object. If the handle breaks on a knife or hand tool, replace it by melting HDPE plastic in a metal container. HDPE plastic is identified by a "2" (resin identification code) inside the recycle symbol on the container. The fumes from other melted plastics are noxious and can cause illness. During the melting process, pause occasionally to press down the plastic to remove air bubbles and make it more dense. When it is fully melted and compressed, stick the tool handle into the melted plastic and let it cool. When it is cool, remove the plastic from the metal container and file or carve the plastic into the desired shape. [Video]
Bottle Cap Pulley: Melt 2 equal-sized HDPE plastic bottle caps together at the flat tops. Let them cool. The flat top edge of the caps are slightly rounded which will form an indented seam around the middle of the fused caps. This will act as the pulley channel. Drill or carve a hole through the center of the caps to insert an axle. Depending on the thickness of the axle, the pulley is capable of a large amount of weight.
[Bottle Cap Projects 1] [Bottle Cap Projects 2]