Want to know how to make your own DIY survival knife?
There is no survival tool more important than the knife. In most emergency situations even SHTF scenarios, the multipurpose cutting tool can help make life much easier. If you decide to bug out, you can use it to clear the area you have chosen to camp in. The knife is handy in making stakes on which to tie down the tent as well as cut some rope for setting up the tent. After that, the knife can be used to chop some dried and dead branches to build a fire. Read on to learn how to make this DIY survival knife at home.
Dirt Cheap DIY Survival Knife
For the full tutorial, click here.
hack saw blade
file or grinder
locking pliers (when using grinder)
work goggles (when using grinder)
some paracord for the handle
spray paint (optional)
Step 1. Mark the blade with the shape you like.
Tip: Use the toothline as the spine of the knife.
Step 2. Grind it to shape.
A bench grinder would make the work faster but if there is no power, you have to make do with a file. Take safety measures by wearing goggles and using locking pliers to keep your hand away from the grinder.
Step 3. Spray it with color (optional).
You can use just about any shade you like or whatever’s available.
Step 4. Sharpen it.
Use the rough stone followed by the fine one until you reach the desired sharpness. You can test using cardboard.
Step 5. Wrap the tang with paracord.
Start with a loop before wrapping the tang.
Once the fire is going, you can open your canned food with the knife and start cooking over the flames. Then it’s time to rest for the night, with the trusty knife close by in case animal or human attackers arrive to take your precious food.
When you get up in the morning, it is time to hunt, fish, or trap depending on your location. If you are good at throwing knives, you can try hunting game with your cutting instrument. When you’ve camped near a body of water, you can go fishing with the knife. You can also set up traps around your camp to catch game while you are away hunting. On a side note, traps are also useful for protecting your territory.
A knife is not only essential in surviving outdoors. If you have bugged in, the cutting tool can be handy in the kitchen. And it is always a good self-defense weapon, wherever you may go. In survival situations as well as in our daily lives, the knife is a great companion.