Survival Knives

When it comes to survival gear, you should include a knife or knives, depending on your needs.  They can serve many important purposes from something as helpful as a can opener to a weapon that could save your life.  There are 3 types of knives: a fixed blade, a folding blade, and a multi-tool survival knife.  Each type of knife has its own purpose and benefits.  Of course, there is no rule saying you only get to own one knife.  However, it is important to know how to safely use them for the correct task and to put them away so there are no accidental injuries.

Most fixed blade knives designed for survival are sturdier, longer, and bigger than the other types.  It is recommended that survivalists who purchase a fixed blade knife also purchase a sheath to make it safer to carry.  These knives can be used for a number of heavy-duty tasks that would not be possible with a folding blade or a multi-tool blade.  Since fixed blade knives are so much bigger and sturdier, they can be used to chop wood, clear areas of tall grass and brush, cut cord, use as a weapon, hunt with, and several otherwise difficult tasks. 

The folding blade knife does just what it says.  It conceals itself right into the handle by folding into it, which makes it easier to carry and hide.  However, it can’t do everything that a fixed blade can do as far as the major workload.  Plus, it has a shorter blade, which would mean that in a defense situation, you would have to be much closer to your attacker.  (never recommended!)  To make matters worse, if the spring mechanism fails to open, you would basically have no weapon and therefore no defense.  It would still be good to have around camp to do things like: clean fish, carve spears, gut animals, and any other tasks that need to be done by hand.

Many survivalists prefer the multi-tool knife.  Since lots of manufacturers make multi-tool knives with a specific activity in mind, make sure you get one that has the tools you want on it.  Some tools that might be helpful are: scissors, pliers, screwdriver, bottle opener, can opener, and a wire stripper.  These knives come in different materials, so you want to make sure you pick something sturdy like stainless steel and not ceramic.  Although these are great knives to have with you almost all the time, you might not want to make this the only knife you take with you in a survival situation. 

As you pack your survival gear, don’t forget to think about what type of knife or knives you should take with you.  When doing so, you need to take into consideration how long you are going to be gone and where you are going.  If you are going to camp for a long time, you should take more than one because you must be prepared for anything.  You also have to consider the terrain because if you need to hack your way through some dense foliage, then you should take a big fixed blade.  Remember, you can take more than one kind of knife with you if you think it will be beneficial to your survival.

Survival Guides for Any Situation

If you ever find yourself in a survival situation, always remember the first rule. DO NOT PANIC! Panic can lead you to make reckless choices that may lead to a bigger problem or could possibly end a life.  No matter what the survival situation is, food, water and shelter should be your focus.  Survival guides are excellent tools to use in order to help you survive – no matter where you are when disaster strikes.  A useful survival guide will not only prepare you for a variety of settings, but also with the different skill sets needed in those different types of locations.

Once you have the information you need to survive, you can make it through short and long-term catastrophes.  However, not every survival situation is the same.  For example, making it through a survival situation in the desert is nowhere near the same as a survival situation in an urban setting.  Another example might be the skill set and gear needed to survive in a forest versus surviving a hurricane or a Tsunami.

Using a survival guide will teach you that things happen when you least expect it and that you need to be prepared.  Therefore, you should always have emergency gear/supplies available when driving through the desert.  Of course, no one anticipates car trouble or that their sightseeing in the desert would result in them getting lost.  However, it happens all the time.  Before leaving home, you should bring with you: a hat, water, a mirror, matches, a flashlight, a first aid kit, and a blanket.  Although it is extremely hot in the desert during the day, it can get very cold at night.  So, the matches will provide a fire to keep you warm.  If you are smart enough to stay by your car (which is recommended), you can always remove a tire and burn it, which makes plumes of smoke. Hopefully, the smoke will signal to others where you are and that you are in trouble.  A mirror is extremely useful in signaling airplanes and helicopters during the day that may be looking for you.  Just point the reflective side of the mirror toward the sky and use the sun’s powerful rays to attract the attention of rescuers.  

Urban survival is a completely different type of survival all together because it requires a way of thinking that most modern-day people are not accustomed to.  In developed countries, most people simply do not know what to do when societal rules completely break down after a disaster.  Understanding that basic urban survival quickly turns into having food, water, and shelter will keep them alive.  Survival guides that teach about urban survival concentrate on food storage, a way to cook the food they have stored, a water filter and/or water purification tablets, and masks to protect against any possible toxins, pollutants, chemicals, poisons, or biohazards in the air. 

Surviving in the wilderness is a whole different experience than desert and urban survival.  It all depends on the area of the wilderness you choose…or get stuck in.  If possible, try to set up camp in an area away from game trails and water sources.  The last thing you want to do in a survival situation is tangle with a bear, or wolverine, or some other large animal looking for a meal.  However, it is not a bad idea to take a weapon with you into the wilderness for just such an occasion and to hunt game.  You’ll also need a waterproof backpack, first aid kit, food bars, matches/fire starter, a compass, string, water purification tablets, and a parachute cloth or a one-man tent.  Using a parachute cloth and string is a quick and easy way to make a shelter.  Tie the string between two trees.  Drape the parachute cloth over it and there’s your quick and easy shelter.

Survival guides that teach you how to survive in any emergency or disaster will give you the knowledge and self-confidence you need to get through any crisis alive.  Just remember, DON’T PANIC!  No matter what the disaster is, your focus is food, water, and shelter.  An effective survival guide will help you to understand the necessary gear, the skills you will need, and what your course of action should be.  Although the idea(s) of societal rules breaking down or having to wear a mask for fear of what is in the air, or getting lost in the desert can be terrifying, being prepared for such disasters does help bring peace to mind.  

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Survival Gear for My Family

Weather disasters from hurricanes, tornados floods, etc. happen more often and are more severe. Mass shootings are a regular in the news. And now the Coronavirus pandemic. When and what will the next situation be that reminds you that you need survival gear for your family? Natural disasters and man-made disasters are occurring with more frequency than ever. Preparing ahead is the best way to keep your family safe in a disaster situation.

Thinking ahead about your family – what do your kids need? Your spouse? Your parents? Your pets? Is there anyone else you take care of? What do they need during a disaster? Having those things packed and at the ready will put your mind at ease and give your family a sense of security in knowing that you are prepared. You may never need it, and let’s hope that’s the case.

All your family’s gear should be packed in a go bag, a backpack or travel bag that can be kept at the ready. Your bag should be sturdy and waterproof, lightweight and easy to carry. If your family is large, you may need more than one bag.

Each person needs a change of clothes. Food that is packed should be nonperishable. Water is also a necessity. Water bottles require space and are heavy. Instead include water that is packaged just for this purpose – lightweight and immune to temperature fluctuations.

A solar powered radio is useful so that you can listen to emergency broadcasts. Thermal blankets should be packed. Rain ponchos can have multiple uses depending on the situation. An emergency or tube tent is something else to consider. Light sticks or a rechargeable lantern should be included in case there is no power available. A multi-function tool that includes a knife will come in handy for many tasks.  A fire starter should also be in your go bag.

Medications for each person should be included and stored in an easy to find location. A two weeks supply is recommended for prescriptions. Include an emergency first aid kit so that minor injuries don’t become bigger problems.

Being prepared for tough situations takes time, thought and effort. The resources you invest in being ready will pay dividends if you encounter a disaster.  Plan wisely for your safety and your family’s.

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