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Ganzo Folding Knives (Part 2)

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Ganzo Folding Knives (Part 2)

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In Part 1 (see it here) we looked at the Ganzo G7xx(x) knife line from a high level. Now lets’ consider details.

Note: To see the catalog page for any of the following models, click on the model number in the title.

Ganzo G710

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I tried this one because the blade shape looked like it would be excellent for EDC and adequate for survival. I’m not quite sure what this style blade is called; it has a short clip at the end of a long clip, giving a nice tip which is stronger than one usually gets with a long clip. There is enough belly to perform adequately at skinning; the rest of the blade is quite good for all other tasks. I really like the blade, but with the thumb stud right next to the grip scales, it requires paying more attention when opening so your thumb doesn’t slide off the stud. At least the lock lever is slightly above the grip scales, so it closes easily. The pocket clip is a good example of the tip up standard depth carry. Grip scales are nicely non-slip; jimping is restricted to the back edge of the liners, and is fairly ineffectual. The lanyard hole is nicely sized, but the edges are not rounded.

Blade Length9.0 cm3.54″
Blade Width3.0 cm1.18″
Weight0.154 kg5.43 oz

Ganzo G716

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This is currently the only G7xx(x) model which has the option of partial serrations. I don’t care for serrations on a survival knife, but they can be of use in an EDC knife and I wanted to test Ganzo’s version of serrations. And it is “one sided” (would be called chisel grind in a straight edge), which I’m not a fan of. But I tried it on 3/4″ Sisal rope, and it went right through it, so my not liking it is my problem, not the knife’s. The blade shape is an excellent drop point, and the opening methodology is a small disk screwed to the back of the spine. It opens quite reliably, and the Axis lock is slightly above the grip panels, so closes easily. The pocket clip is a deep carry version, not as good as the one on the G720 and other models, but adequate and nicely blackened. There is a definite “glass breaker” conical point on the end. Grip scales have very aggressive grooves, which make for a very secure grip, but a bit more trouble clipping it to or unclipping it from the pocket. Jimping is restricted to the liner and grip scales, and with a slight thumb ramp built into the grip, provide a slight slip resistance for the thumb. The lanyard hole is just barely big enough for paracord, and the edges are not rounded.

Blade Length8.5 cm3.35″
Blade Width2.8 cm1.10″
Weight0.153 kg5.40 oz

Ganzo G724M

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This one appears to be a smaller version of the G720. Comparatively, it is smaller, thinner, lighter and the drop point tip is a bit better (less wide), with the great same tip up deep carry pocket clip. It performs all tasks one can expect of a pocket knife quite well. I generally prefer a longer blade, but this model is darn near perfect. There is enough space between the edge of the grip scales and the thumb stud for reliable opening even under stress, and the lock lever sticks slightly above the grip scales so it is easy to close. The grip scales are nicely slip resistant, and there is a deep recess for the forefinger to give additional protection from the finger sliding over the blade. Jimping on a small thumb ramp and the back of the grip is moderately effective. The lanyard hole is just big enough, but the edges are not rounded.

Blade Length8.0 cm3.15″
Blade Width2.8 cm1.10″
Weight0.124 kg4.37 oz

Ganzo G729 and G7291

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These models are essentially the same; I tried the G7291 because the blade was slightly longer. These are reminiscent of Spyderco knives, with the hole in the blade rather than a thumb stud to open the blade. Having a long clip blade, the point is not as wide as I like for survival and there is not enough belly to excel at skinning, but it is excellent for EDC. The blade shape is particularly useful for defensive purposes. Being fairly thin and with no sharp corners when closed, it carries easily. The large opening hole makes opening easy and reliable, even under stress, and the Axis lock lever extends slightly above the grip scales allowing easy closing as well. There is a slight curve at the base of the blade which matches with the one at the front of the grip, making a finger choil for a reasonably safe choke grip. The clip is the good tip up standard (non-deep carry) clip, held on by three screws. The grip scales are not particularly aggressive, but do provide reasonable slip resistance; there is a very nice thumb ramp, but the jimping is too smooth to be effective. The lanyard hole is nicely sized and has slightly rounded edges.

G729

Blade Length8.7 cm3.43″
Blade Width3.2 cm1.26″
Weight0.123 kg4.34 oz

G7291

Blade Length9.0 cm3.54″
Blade Width3.0 cm1.18″
Weight0.122 kg4.30 oz

Ganzo G733 and G7331

These models have a very significantly dropped point, a bit more for the G7331 than the G733; essentially a sheepsfoot blade, with a slight belly. The sheepsfoot style blade is known for “safety”, as it is more difficult to stab yourself than with many other blade styles. Allegedly this was originally a maritime concept, where the officers wanted the sailors to have a useful knife which would be fairly safe in the unstable environment while not being effective weapons against those same officers. Today, this is a useful configuration for a rescue knife, and many wood carvers like it. This version seems to have a more aggressive tip than a true sheepsfoot, but I don’t see it as being as good as other models for either EDC or unexpected survival, so did not get one of these to try. It should be able to do anything which requires the straight part of the edge, but the tip is not optimal and the belly essentially non-existent.

From the online description and photos, these models are also “Spyderco-like”, with the thumb hole for opening, which should make this easy and reliable. The grip scales appear fairly flat, so there probably won’t be a problem operating the lock levers; they may be “slippery”. There is a slightly rounded depression in the blade behind the edge like the G7291, which should be usable for a “choke” grip. The clip looks to be the good version of the standard (non-deep-carry) clip.

Blade Length8.2 cm3.23″
Blade Width3.2 cm1.26″
Weight0.122 kg4.30 oz

Ganzo G735

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This is an unusual one. The blade shape is a short clip which is pretty good for EDC and entirely adequate for survival. The grip shape is a little “boxy”, but without sharp corners, so it carries well and is reasonably comfortable in use. The unusual thing about this knife is it has two blades at the rear. One is a hook blade, useful for cutting cord or even seatbelts, and the other is a “bottle opener”. It looks more like a can opener to me and trying that, I found that it worked, but not well. The blade part penetrated the lid easily, but the hook had trouble staying on the rim so each half inch of progress took multiple tries. It will do the job, but not quickly or easily and should not be your primary can opening methodology. I did find this narrow, thick, pointed tip to be useful for tasks such as digging a jammed staple out of my staple gun. As for opening a bottle, it does a pretty good job of that, so calling it a “bottle opener” was a good choice. There is a sharpened “V” notch in the same blade, which is supposed to be for stripping insulation from wires, but I found it totally ineffective, for the stranded wire I have on hand at least. These two accessory blades open using “finger nicks”, which is not a problem for the bottle opener, and although not optimal, is adequate for the hook blade. It has the nice deep carry clip like the G720, and also has the strange conical bolt head which might serve as a safety glass breaker. There is a large notch in the grips which give clear access to the thumb stud for quick, reliable opening, and it provides a nice depression for the forefinger while using the knife. The grip panels are two piece, with a thin stencil cut panel attached to a flat sub panel. This allows for an unusual looking and very effective slip resistant surface. And the Axis lever is slightly above this surface, so closing the knife is easy. There is a small thumb ramp, and the only jimping is in the liners near the pivot; neither provides much traction for the thumb. As might be expected, the two extra blades at the rear preclude any sort of lanyard hole. This is of little concern for an EDC knife, but is a bit risky for a survival knife.

Blade Length9.0 cm3.54″
Blade Width2.6 cm1.02″
Weight0.141 kg4.97 oz

Ganzo G738

This model is fairly similar to the G739x line; the primary difference appears to be that the spine has a false edge. Oddly enough, this does not continue to the tip, so should not affect the strength of the tip. But it is a bit weird, so between this knife and a G739x knife, this is the one eliminated from personal examination as being almost a “duplicate”.

The blade shape is pretty much textbook drop point, so should do well at all tasks. The sharpened spine may be a problem with batoning (which you generally don’t do with a folding knife anyway); it might impact your ability to use the Filipino grip and might make it impractical to use it as a “draw” knife, with your off hand pulling against the spine while pulling the blade through the work towards you. The thumb stud appears close to the grips in the pictures, so it might take more precision to open, but the grip scales look fairly flat, so closing it should not be any problem. The pocket clip is the good standard depth carry clip. Grip panels appear to have a checkered surface similar to other models which are too “slippery”, but do have grooves which may compensate. The only jimping is in the liner AND grip panels. So far, the liner jimping has not been very effective, because the grip panels keep the thumb from sinking in. In this model, that may not be a problem. The lanyard hole looks like it will be at least adequate.

Blade Length9.0 cm3.54″
Blade Width2.6 cm1.02″
Weight0.141 kg4.97 oz

Ganzo G7392, G7392P, G7393 and G7393P

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This group of models are all essentially the same. The “P” models have an aggressive ridge pattern on the grip scales as opposed to a very smooth checkering on the non-P models which are much less slip resistant than the other models. And the G7393 models have a nicely blackened blade and pocket clip. I chose the G7393 to check out the blackened blades done by Ganzo. The blade is classic drop point, great for EDC and unexpected survival situations. and decent for defense. Opening studs are far enough away from the scales for reliable opening, and the lock studs are slightly above the grip scales for easy closing. The clip is the good standard depth one. There is jimping in the liner and scales, as well as on a nice thumb ramp part of the spine, which provides good slip resistance for the thumb. The lanyard hole is nicely sized, with good rounding of the edge on one side, and less good rounding on the other.

Blade Length9.0 cm3.54″
Blade Width2.6 cm1.02″
Weight0.141 kg4.97 oz

See Part 3 for liner lock model details and my conclusions.

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Homemade Weapons You Can DIY To Awaken Your Inner Caveman

Learn to make your own homemade weapons so you’ll have a fighting chance in a survival situation where all you have is nature.

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How to Make Homemade Weapons

Why Should You Learn to Make Homemade Weapons?

Let’s say you got lost in the wild, and you somehow forgot or lost your Cold Steel Leatherneck Tanto 39LSFT (or whichever is the best survival knife for you). What do you do?

While your situation is most likely not quite as bad as Tom Hanks had it in Castaway, let’s face it. The only way you’re gonna get out of this situation in good shape is to let out your inner caveman.

Let me explain. Our very primitive ancestors lived in a time when every day was a survival situation. Any tools or weapons they needed had to be made from scratch.

So, should you be unlucky enough to have only the shirt on your back while you’re lost in the wilderness, you’ll have to follow suit. Let the training of your inner caveman begin.

Today’s lesson: how to make DIY weapons in the wild with only the resources nature provided you.

How to Make a Knife | Homemade Weapons

Having a knife, any kind of knife is probably one of the best things to happen should you suddenly find yourself in a survival situation. You can use it to help you find food, build a shelter, and defend yourself against wild animals.

So it’s highly fortunate nature is waiting like a momma at a craft table with lots of materials you can use to create one.

1. Stone Knives

Bone, shell, bamboo, wood, or even an old aluminum beer can may work to perform the puncturing function of a blade. You know you’ve seen these a million times when you’re out hiking.

They’re easy to crack or break or shape into a fairly sharp point which will do in a pinch. Unfortunately, you’re not going to be able to use a chicken bone or an expertly-shaped aluminum can point to skin, chop, baton, or any of the other necessary functions of a survival knife.

This is where the stone comes into play. I’ll start by saying making a knife out of stone isn’t easy, but it can be done.

You’ll need three things: a core rock, a hammerstone, and a pressure flaker. Remember, you’re going to be smashing these together in true caveman fashion.

So, having stones you can reasonably grip in each hand is going to make your life a lot easier. Although, it’s definitely an option to stand poised over one rock smashing down on it.

You, with a two-hand grip, pounding until you’ve chipped away at it a bit. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

2. The Core Rock

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The core rock is what you’ll be making into a blade. Find any large stone, preferably made from obsidian, slate, chert, or flint with a relatively flat side.

In case you weren’t a rock collector in any of your previous lives, here’s another way to decide if a rock meets the requirements for good knife-making material. Tap or click a rock together with another rock and listen for a ringing sound (like glass).

The more rock sounds like glass, the better it is as a material for your core rock. If you can, choose a rock which is already a bit sharp to reduce the amount of time you’ll need to shape it.

3. The Hammerstone

The hammerstone is a medium-sized, spherical rock, preferably made of granite. It will be used to smash, chisel, chip and shape the core rock.

You’ll be using it to chip off pieces of the core stone and to narrow the edges to a blade shape.

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4. The Pressure Flaker

The pressure flaker, or flaking tool, is a rock with a sharp point to help you refine the blade’s edges. You’ll use your flaking tool after you’ve thinned the edges of the stone with the hammer stone to make the “blade” sharper.

When you start making your knife, you’ll want to be sure to wet the core stone to shorten the time it takes to shape it into a blade. Begin by striking glancing blows near the edge of the core rock with the hammerstone.

Chip away at the core rock until you get the general shape of a blade. Then, use the flaking tool to refine the edges you need to sharpen.

You can also use a stone with a rough surface such as a sandstone to sharpen the edge. Use some rope, cloth, or leather to lash the base and create a handle.

If you are having troubling shaping the rock into a knife, you can opt to create stone blades instead. Check out the videos below to learn how:

Part One:

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How to Make a Spear | Homemade Weapons

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We’ve talked about how to make a spear using your best survival knife in a previous article. The same principle applies here.

Even without your Cold Steel Leatherneck Tanto 39LSFT or whichever survival knife you normally bring with you, you can still make a spear using your newly made stone knife. To make a spear, you’ll need to find a five-foot-long stick tough enough to endure repeated short or long-distance throws.

  1. First, pick the end of the stick which has a more rounded tip and use your stone knife to start shaving to create a spear. Once you’re done, be sure to heat the spear over some hot coals to make your spear sharper.
  2. As an alternative, you can also make a spear by tying your knife onto a stick. Find a stick which is about an inch wide.
  3. Measure about 2 inches from one end of the stick. Mark the point, then split the stick into two until you reach the 2-inch mark, creating a sort of Y shape.
  4. This will create a space where you can stick your stone knife before you lash it on with some twine, cord, or rope. To lock the blade in place, put some moss or lichen in the remaining space.
  5. If you haven’t had time to fashion your knife out of stone yet, you can also use broken pieces of shell or glass or splintered bamboo or bone and secure it to the end of your stick.
  6. If you find a way to split your stick without a knife, you can insert the splintered bone or bamboo into the wedge and tie it off like you would when turning a knife into a spear.

How to Make a Weighted Club | Homemade Weapons

While sharp pointy tools are all well and good, you can never go wrong with a blunt homemade weapon. You can use it for hammering or bludgeoning something such as a weighted club.

The weighted club could be one of the deadliest ancient weapons. To make one, you’ll need the following: a piece of wood around 14-16 inches, a medium-sized rock, and some rope.

  1. Once you have all the materials, you’ll need to wrap some lashing 6-8 inches from the end of the stick.
  2. Split the same end until you reach the lashing in order to create a V-shaped notch. The rock you picked out should be shorter than the length of the split.
  3. Insert the stone then lash it securely (above, below, and across the stone). The lashing on the stick above the stone clamps both sides of the split together providing the first point of security, so it’s especially important to create a good, tight lashing above the stone.
  4. You’ll want to make sure you bind the split ends securely so the stone won’t fall off whenever you use it to hammer or pound on something.

This video from Wannabe Bushcrafter will show you how to make a bamboo knife:

Now, hopefully, you never find yourself in a situation where making homemade weapons is going to be a necessity for survival. But, if you do find yourself in such a quagmire, this little bit of information and inner caveman training may be what saves your life.

Which of these homemade weapons do you want to make? Tell us your progress in the comments section below!

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5 Home Remedies For Chigger Bites

Know these home remedies for chigger bites, or better yet, avoid the bug's bites in the first place with helpful tips included here!

RELATED: Top Ways to Deal with Insects [Especially Mosquitos]

In this article:

  1. What Is a Chigger, Exactly?
  2. Where Do Chiggers Live?
  3. Identifying Chiggers Bites
  4. Home Remedies for Chigger Bites
  5. Tips to Avoid Chigger Bites and Chigger Bites Infection

Home Remedies For Chigger Bites

What Is a Chigger, Exactly?

Chiggers are members of the arachnid family. They are extremely tiny, and my guess is you won’t even see them as they jump from the tall grass onto your skin and/or clothing.

Adult chiggers are about 1/60 of an inch and have eight legs. The larvae are red, wingless, six-legged creatures which measure less than 1/150 of an inch.

Because of their red color, you might be able to spot the larvae when they cluster together, especially on white clothing.

What Is the Arachnid Family? It is a large group or class of invertebrate animals where the spiders and scorpions belong.

Where Do Chiggers Live?

Chiggers reside in tall weeds and grass, berry patches, and wooded areas. They could be in your backyard, by the lake, or your favorite hiking trail.

They are most active in summer and fall afternoons – the warmest part of the day.

Identifying Chiggers Bites

Only the larvae bite humans and they tend to choose warm, moist areas of the body.

Chiggers also have claws which help them grab onto your skin. The chigger then attaches its mouth to the skin and injects saliva.

The saliva contains an enzyme which breaks skin cells down to liquid form. Your body responds by hardening skin cells around the saliva, creating a tube (cyclostome) through which the chigger sucks the dissolved skin cells.

Chiggers can stay attached and feeding for several days before falling off.

When the chigger falls off, you are left with reddish bumps. You may notice a bright red dot in the center—this is a remnant of the tube your skin formed in response to the chigger's saliva.

The bumps may look like welts, blisters, pimples, or hives. Bites generally appear in groups and get larger for several days to a week.

While many insects bite exposed skin which is easy to get to, chiggers like to bite in folds of skin as well as places where clothing fits tightly on the skin. Most chigger bites occur around the ankles, waist, armpits, crotch, or behind the knees.

Home Remedies for Chigger Bites

Just remember, no matter what, DO NOT SCRATCH THE BITES! I know, easier said than done. But, breaking the skin on a chigger bite can lead to infection.

Here are 5 home remedies to help with the itching and swelling.

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1. Vicks Vapor Rub

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Vicks Vapor Rub can put an end to itchy chigger bites immediately and will even reduce the risk of blisters. It’s the cooling menthol in it which relieves itching by affecting itch receptors in the skin.

Steps:

  • Take a hot shower (use antibacterial soap.) Pat dry your skin with a soft towel.
  • Take a small amount of the vapor rub and add some table salt to it.
  • Mix well and apply to the affected area.
  • Repeat if the swelling continues (otherwise, there is no need to repeat the process)

2. Cold Compress

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A cold compress can help reduce the itching associated with chigger bites. Its numbing effect helps reduce the sensation of itchiness.

Steps:

  • Wrap some ice cubes in a thin cloth.
  • Apply the compress to the bites for 10 minutes. Repeat if needed to relieve itching.

3. Baking Soda

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Baking soda is another effective remedy to reduce rashes as well as itchiness. It acts as a natural acid neutralizer which helps relieve itching and reduces the risk of infection.

Steps:

  • Add 1 cup of baking soda to a bathtub filled with cool water.
  • Stir well and soak in this water for 15 minutes and pat your skin with a soft towel. (Do this once daily)

Another remedy using baking soda:

  • Prepare a thin paste of 2 teaspoons of baking soda and a little water.
  • Apply the paste on the affected areas and leave it on for about 10 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with cool water.

Note: Do not use this remedy more than once or twice a day. Never use baking soda on broken skin or open wounds.

4. Oatmeal

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Oatmeal contains anti-irritating, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties providing instant relief from itching–one of the common symptoms of chigger bites. It is recommended to use colloidal oatmeal, meaning oats which are ground into an extremely fine powder.

(You can accomplish this yourself by grinding regular oats in a sealed Ziploc bag, using the backside of a spoon to crush the oatmeal.)

Steps:

  • Add 1 cup of colloidal oatmeal to a bathtub filled with warm water
  • Stir thoroughly
  • Soak in this mixture for at least 15-20 minutes
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day

5. Olive Oil

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Olive oil can also be used to get relief from the irritation and inflammation. It is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants which reduce itching and facilitate healing.

Steps:

  • After rinsing the affected area with water, apply olive oil to the chigger bite.
  • Reapply several times a day.

Another option using olive oil:

  • Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and apply on the affected area.
  • Repeat a few times a day.

Tips to Avoid Chigger Bites and Chigger Bites Infection

As summer and fall are prime time for chigger bites, it is best to take the following precautions:

  1. When hiking, stay in the center of the trail and avoid brushing up against vegetation.
  2. Wear long sleeves and long pants when going into the woods.
  3. Apply mosquito repellent on your hands, feet, and exposed skin on your arms before going outside.
  4. Shower immediately after being outdoors and use antibacterial soap.
  5. Wash your clothes in hot water.
  6. Resist the urge to scratch because breaking the skin on chigger bites can lead to a possible infection.

This video from Online Pest Control will show you tips to avoid chiggers and ways to get rid of chiggers:

Chigger bites much like other insect bites aren't only discomforting, they can be dangerous too. Many of these insects including chiggers carry diseases in some cases.

The best way to deal with these bugs is to avoid them or control them with our tips here. But, if you're so unlucky, you also now know the best home remedies to chigger bites!

Have you had to deal with chigger bites before? Tell us how, including more useful tips which worked for you in the comments section below!

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9 Good Reasons To Carry A “Survival Stick”

Arm yourself with a survival stick, get savvy with it, but first, find out why as you read on!

RELATED: Deadly Parasols | Umbrella As A Self-Defense Weapon

In this article:

  1. Survival Hiking Stick
  2. Survival Stick for Support
  3. Fetching/Reaching Things
  4. Walking Staff Weapon for Self-Defense
  5. Balance
  6. Gauging Depth
  7. Carrying Gear and Supplies
  8. Club
  9. Fishing Rod

Survival Stick: An Underrated Multipurpose Tool?

The Survival Stick in History

A walking stick or a survival cane were popular in the 17th and 18th centuries as a decorative show of power and a defensive replacement for a sword. Yet, the truth is our ancestors have been using them for thousands of years, and for good reason…

…They work! Even the animal kingdom is smart enough to know just how useful these are:

(It may be hard to see, but this gorilla is holding a walking stick to gauge the depth of the water as she sloshes along)

A walking stick is not a new or revolutionary idea. In fact, the use of a walking stick predates history and its use continued on for generations including this present time.

Yet, it is one which is more often than not overlooked. When most people think of a walking stick, it is usually paired with a top hat or seen as a crutch for someone with a walking disability.

Far too few people even realize how important a walking stick can be, especially to someone in the outdoors. We will dig a little deeper into the many uses of a survival stick and maybe safely say, it could be the first multi-purpose survival tool.

Practical and Survival Uses for a Survival Stick

Walking sticks are also known as trekking poles, pilgrim's staffs, hiking poles and hiking staff have quite a few different uses:

1. Survival Hiking Stick

Hold the survival stick in front of you and you can use it to clear your way by parting brushes and branches or leaves and thick tall grasses. You can also use it to clear spiderwebs, especially if you're not too fond of spiders.

Other insects, animals, poisonous plants, and even animal dung can get in the way. Use a survival stick to inspect or poke at those things if you are unsure, and never ever your hands or your feet.

2. Survival Stick for Support

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Making your way through an uneven terrain will be more manageable with a walking stick for support. Whether you're going up or down, use the walking stick to either slow you down or hold you up.

You can use your walking stick like breaks to keep you from speeding down or use it to latch on to a rock or crevice when you're climbing up. Besides for yourself, you can also use your multipurpose stick as a support for your tarp emergency shelter.

3. Fetching/Reaching Things

It happens–a supply or gear falling on water, mud, puddle or in an area you dare not walk into. You can fetch or reach for those items with a stick.

It also happens where you need an item over a physical barrier and only a stick can fetch the item for you. You can also reach for fruits, nest, or other food sources up a tree or high structure with a stick.

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4. Walking Staff Weapon for Self-Defense

To use a survival stick as a weapon, make sure it's a sturdy stick with a finished look and not just any stick you found along the way. You can use it to defend yourself from an attacker whether it's human or animals.

I would suggest to train yourself in some form of martial arts using a stick like a baton as a weapon to have a better handle at it.

You can also fashion a spear with your stick by tying a survival knife on one end. Don't throw this spear though or you risk damaging or losing your knife and stick.

Hold on to your homemade spear and only use it to thrust at your target.

5. Balance

Hiker is crossing the river in Sweden | Hiker in Caucasus mountain | Good Reasons To Carry A "Survival Stick" | survival hiking stickWhen you're crossing a log bridge over a stream or you're going through the stream itself or other bodies of water, a walking stick can help you balance so you don't fall over. If you're walking through a muddy or rocky waterbed, a walking stick will help you up.

If you're up for it and if the body of water isn't too wide across, you can also use a long stick like a pole vault to cross over so you don't get yourself wet.

6. Gauging Depth

Relative to crossing bodies of water, a survival stick is handy in identifying dips beneath the waters which could cause you to stumble. You can also use the stick to identify where it's safe to take the next step.

You can also use this simple trick with the stick when you're traveling in deep snow, marshland, and even the dessert.

7. Carrying Gear and Supplies

Use your survival stick to help you carry gear and supplies. Pack your supplies with a shemagh, tie it tight to one end of your stick then place the stick over your shoulders in hobo fashion.

You can also carry more supplies with your survival stick. Even today, a carrying pole is used by indigenous people all over the world to carry heavy supplies you never thought possible.

Hang bags of supplies or jars of water on either side of the pole or stick, putting a stopper like a notch or tie on both ends so they don't fall off. Place the center of the stick over your shoulders and balance your load to your destination.

8. Club

Man carrying blue backpack | Good Reasons To Carry A "Survival Stick" | walking staff weapon
Use your survival stick like a club to knock obstacle down. A pillar of rocks or other objects may be on your way and a sturdy stick can help you safely knock those.

If you are in a building with glass doors or windows or inside a car, you can break the glass with a stick. Make to knock over pieces around your entrance or exit with the stick, too.

9. Fishing Rod

You only need to bring a fishing kit and your survival stick will make a good fishing rod. Tie a line on one end of your walking stick and fish away.

A DIY fishing pole is actually effective and many a fish has been caught this way.

As you guys and gals already know, I am a stickler for carrying things only if they have multiple uses. This guy managed to fit almost an entire survival kit into a walking stick he built from scratch, for under $20.00.

Check out this video from SOS 2054 I found, and find out for yourself, too:

A humble walking stick will indeed surprise you with what it can do for your defense, convenience, safety, and survival. Since you know now the practical and survival uses of this primitive multi-purpose tool, it won't surprise me if it lands a top spot on your list of survival tools for camping, hiking, or SHTF.

What other uses can you think of for carrying a “survival stick”? Let us know in the comments section below!

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