How to Make a Knife in a Survival Situation

Knowing how to make a knife is a handy skill to have in any emergency survival situation. A survival knife is handy for cooking, creating shelter, hunting, and self-defense when necessary. Even if you are the most self-sufficient, expert prepper, you should learn how to make a survival knife out of stone so you can make this tool should the survival situation call for it.

How to Make a Knife in 6 Easy Steps

Step 1: Find the Best Location

Find the Best Location | How to Make a Knife in a Survival Situation

Not all areas are abundant with rocks that are good for making blades. Scout your area to find where the quality rocks hide. A creek, for example, tends to be loaded with quality rocks that make excellent blades.

Step 2: Find Quality Rocks for the Blade

Find Quality Rocks for the Blade | How to Make a Knife in a Survival Situation

Find Quality Rocks for the Blade | How to Make a Knife in a Survival Situation

Rocks that are excellent for making knives make a ringing sound, or they sound like glass when you clack them together. Make sure to choose rocks that are relatively large because most of them will have a weathered outer surface called the cortex. The bigger the rock, the more quality material there will be under the cortex.

Step 3. Find a Hammer Stone

Find a Hammer Stone | How to Make a Knife in a Survival Situation

Find a Hammer Stone | How to Make a Knife in a Survival Situation

A hammer stone is a medium-sized rock with a rounded surface. This will be used for chipping off the blades.

Step 4: Strike the Rocks

Strike the Rocks | How to Make a Knife in a Survival Situation

Strike the Rocks | How to Make a Knife in a Survival Situation

Place the rock on your thigh and smack the edge of it using the hammer stone. The hammer stone should glance off the edge. Strike the hammer stone in a continuous motion, such that it follows through and does not stop on impact.

Step 3: Blades

Blades | How to Make a Knife in a Survival Situation

Blades | How to Make a Knife in a Survival Situation

If done properly your blades will chip out of the rock. The larger the rock, the larger the blades.

Step 6: How to Use a Stone Knife

How to Use a Stone Knife | How to Make a Knife in a Survival Situation

How to Use a Stone Knife | How to Make a Knife in a Survival Situation

When using a stone knife, hold it close to your body and pull in a slicing motion. This will protect the fragile edge from chipping and breaking.

**The content of this post is an adaptation of Hedgehog Leatherworks’ “How to Make Stone Blades for Wilderness Survival”.** Thanks for the great tutorial!!!

Are you ready to make your own knife? Watch the full video for more details.

That’s all, fellow homesteaders! We hope that you enjoy our knife making tutorial. Hopefully you may never need to, but use this survival skill when you’re in situation that calls for something sharp and handy.

What do you think about this tutorial in making a DIY survival knife? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on October 30, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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