Want to know how a knife can save your life in a survival situation? If all you have in the wilderness is a knife, if you know what to do, you’ll live!
Ways a Knife Can Save Your Life in a Survival Situation
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you’re in the wilderness and all you have is a knife to survive? I hope not but just in case you do, it’s very important that you know what to do to survive. As a farm girl, I see to it that I always have a knife at hand. So to take it a notch higher, why not find out what you can do with your knife for any survival situation? If you need a guide, here’s a list that can help.
Before we get started, it’s always best to have the best knife handy as much as possible. So why not check out these tips first on how to choose your survival knife.
You may not want to but you have to consider, a knife was invented primarily as a weapon. You should know how to use it to defend yourself from animals and people alike. You can find pointers on choosing a self defense knife here.
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When you’re out in the wild in a survival situation, getting food is one of your top priorities. You can use your knife as a hunting tool by attaching it to a pole or long stick to use it as a spear.
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After you successful hunt, the next step is to skin or gut your catch. What better tool to use than your knife!
4. Clear a Path
The wilderness doesn’t always have a ready-made trail for you. Knives can be really handy to clear a path and make sure you get across safely. Even better if you have a machate.
5. Splitting (Batoning) Wood
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5. Make a Feather Stick To Start A Fire
Now that you have wood, the next step for your survival is to make fire. In case you don’t have any fire starters, your knife can work wonders in this area too. See how you can do it here at smartbushcraft.
6. Can Opener
Okay, so you were able to bring some canned goods but you forgot the can opener. Don’t fret, a knife can be your substitute!
7. Digging Tool
If you have a sturdy knife, you can definitely use it as a diffing tool. You can use to dig small holes to dispose waste, build a fire bit or even make a distress signal.
Can’t find a rock that’s solid enough? Use the butt end of your knife as a hammer.
9. Emergency Modification Tool
You can use your knife on just about anything, given that it’s sharp enough. If you need to cut rope, clothing or pry something open, it will surely come in handy.
10. Tool Making
A knife is a tool in itself but when you need other tools for your survival, you can surely use it to make some: stake or spear, snares, fish hooks and others.
11. Rope Making
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Do you know you can make a rope by using your knife? Get the steps here.
12. First Aid
When a medical emergency arise, your knife can be very handy too. It’s perfect for tearing apart bandages or getting foreign objects out of a wound.
13. Rescue Tool
Found yourself aiding someone trapped in a car? You can use your knife to break a window or get the person out of the car by cutting through their seat belt.
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14. Signaling Device
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A shiny knife can be used to signal your location. Use it to reflect the sun or light.
Want to sharpen your knife with a mug? Learn how here.
You can also use a knife to build your survival shelter! See how with this video from Kullcraven Bushcraft:
Got enough reasons to have a knife handy at all times? Let us know what you think below in the comments!
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