Living off the land may be more beneficial than you might have considered, but it pays to be prepared in case there is an occasion when you are forced to do so. This is very different from the preparation, where people accumulate canned goods and fuel to survive an imminent death.
The use of bushcraft tools will help you survive regardless of the situation and help you thrive using what nature has provided. Knowing the important weapons tools that you must have on hand will make it much easier to move around and find the food and water you need. This is camping, rough style.
Buying or doing
For those who are not particularly artisanal, buying these tools in advance can make a difference in the world. It may cost you more money, but you will know that they will last a long time. However, the creation of shrubs also includes the possibility of creating your own tools from scratch, in the event that the purchased tools are broken or suddenly caught without them. It can be useful to have an eye on the effective design of the tools so you can know what will work and what will not work to create effective tools.
It could be useful to study the masonry, the size and the formation of wicks to build their own tools from natural materials.
Either way, the basic bushcraft tools you’ll need are divided into five basic categories:
- fixed blade knives
Fixed blade knives
The fixed knife blade should be well made and should be able to provide many years of use without rusting or breaking. This type of knife is best suited for light to medium work, which involves chopping, preparing food, skinning the game you trap, making traps and cutting branches that are smaller than your wrist. In case of trouble, this small knife can also be used to defend itself, as it is quite maneuverable and sharp, if it is well maintained. It is better to buy a higher quality knife than a cheap one that is on the market, since it is guaranteed to last much longer.
After using your knife, it is important to keep it clean after each use. This way, you will not get bored or start rusting when you need it. To clean your knife, you should not soak it in water. Instead, create a mild solution of soap and water, and use a clean cloth to remove any dirt or debris from your surface that may have accumulated.
It is also important that your leaf stays dry. After you have cleaned your blade, use WD-40 to remove water spots to prevent oxidation from occurring. Lubricate all metal parts regularly to keep them in good condition.
The most important thing to keep your knife is to keep it sharp. A sharp knife is much easier to use than a blunt knife and will save you a lot of energy when cutting into other materials. If you do not know how to do it, you can always buy a knife sharpening kit and practice with your cheap knives instead of the expensive ones.
When it is not in use, you will have to keep your knife somewhere. This is done not only to keep it dry, but also to keep it safe. A street knife can easily pierce the body and, if it is bleeding, it will be a while before help arrives. The blade should be greased before storing it in a cardboard sleeve. The use of nylon or leather alone would cause moisture to be trapped and this would cause the blade to rust. The knife should be stored in a cool place where there is little moisture.
Axes and axes
These tools are designed to cut wood that you can use to build a shelter or start a fire. They are suitable for heavier tasks, such as felling trees, chopping wood, splitting logs, digging, hammering poles and killing large game butchery. Axes and axes can vary from small to very large, but to keep the load light, you will not need something too big that will weigh you down.
To keep your ax or ax clean, you must keep your head completely dry. Use a dry cloth to remove excess water, and add a little turpentine to the rag to remove dirt and / or wood sap that has stuck. If you find rust, you should use sandpaper or steel wool to remove it. Keeping them free of rust will help them last much longer, and there are several methods you can use to achieve this:
- Spray blades with light lubricant or oil after use
- Using gun oil as a cleaner and rust protector.
- The use of motor oil protects and lubricates the head of the ax.
- Wax for cars or floors will inhibit oxidation and create a waterproof barrier
- beeswax or flaxseed oil
Your ax or ax should also be sharpened regularly so you are always ready to use when you need it. After cleaning and sharpening, you should save your ax or ax effectively. After applying an oxidation inhibitor, you should clean the excess and cover the head with a cloth or cover. Then they should be placed in a cool, dry place. Many people choose to store their axes by leaving them on a stump, but this will wear them down more quickly since they are exposed to the elements.
A machete is a hybrid combination between a large knife and an ax or ax. Its long blade makes it a good cutting tool, but not strong enough to feel the trees. It can be used to cut vines and tall grasses in order to clear a path, as well as to defend against much larger predators. They can also be used to cut smaller trunks for fire and digging.
Machetes should be kept clean and well oiled, and they should never be submerged in water to clean them. Use a soap and water solution and a clean cloth to remove dirt or debris. Once they have been cleaned, they need to be completely dry. WD-40 can be applied to remove moisture, and then a light layer of oil should be added to prevent rust or corrosion from occurring. This must be done on a regular basis to maintain machete functionality.
To keep your machete sharp, you must use sharpening stones or sharpening tools. Practice using these before deciding to go out into nature so that you know what you are doing.
When it comes to storing your machete, you should oil it and store it in a cardboard sleeve to avoid moisture, as well as in a cool, dry place. You should keep it in your case if you plan to take it with you and use it.
The saws have the same purpose as the axes and axes when it comes to cutting wood, but it depends on the purpose of the wood that makes the difference. The saws are used to build something more wood, be it a structure, chairs, tables, firewood or another tool of a large piece of wood.
The teeth facilitate the grip of the wood and the cut, although it takes a lot of energy to cut it. The saws should be cleaned after each use, as any buildup, sap or dirt inside the teeth can damage them and make them much harder to use in the future. Alcohol can be used to remove the sticky residue, but if that does not work, you can also use kerosene.
The saw should be washed and cleaned afterwards, and any rust stain should be removed with sandpaper or steel wool. Check the saw to make sure none of the teeth are missing or cracked. If the blade is damaged, then it must be replaced. The use of a damaged blade may cause it to break while in use, and this may cause injury.
When it comes to storing your saw, you should clean it and grease it to protect the blade from moisture. It should be kept in a cool and relatively dry place, as well as out of the way so that people do not trip over it.
Outside of the tools you’ll need to survive, you’ll need something to carry them all. Finding the right backpack can help with that, as you will need something that is durable and waterproof so your belongings do not get soaked. They can also be used to store things you can pick up along the way, including processing materials and food.
In case you have not brought one, you can do it with animal skins or weaving stems and leaves of plants. Knowing some craft skills such as knitting or working in leather can help you solve this problem. Trying to carry everything by hand can slow it down and waste more energy than you could use for more important tasks.
And like your other tools, backpacks should also be maintained. The holes are a natural result of the use, and knowing how to patch them can make them last much longer. But if properly cared for, a good backpack can last up to ten years, if not longer. When investing in a backpack, you should look for the following characteristics:
- It is waterproof
- You have a frame that fits you.
- There are multiple compartments instead of just one.
- The materials used in its manufacture must be durable enough to withstand the breakage, the stretching and the weight of the bearings.
Tools without blades
While Bushcraft’s five basic tool sets are essential, there are other tools you can bring with you that will make your life a little more comfortable.
Although shrubbery is focused on roughing as much as possible, these small conveniences can help keep the spirit and morale high, especially when the tides do not turn in your favor and leave you in a stream without a trowel.
These tools are also quite small and light, so they will not overload you with unnecessary weight. Here is a list of some of the things you can consider bringing to improve your experience:
- whetstone: Since most of your bush tools are sharp, you will need some way to keep them sharp. A sharpening stone is your best bet and it is important to have one over you. You can try and make one while you are free, but if not, buying will definitely make things much easier for you.
- fire starter: fires are the best way to cook food, as well as provide heat when the weather gets colder. The heat can also help boost morale and maintain positive mood.
Fire is also essential to sterilize your tools and cauterize wounds when there are injuries. Knowing how to start a fire on your own can be beneficial, but if you do not, a fire starter can be used thousands of times to light a good fire.
- water purifier: boiling the water you can find may be the best way to make sure it is safe to drink. But cooking it can consume a lot of firewood and can take a long time. If you are running away or can not start a fire for some reason, having a water purifier on hand can make things easier for you. Water purification tablets can kill most of the harmful bacteria and viruses that can be found in water and make it safer to drink them. You can also place many of them in a small package, making them easy to carry.
- navigation medium: Getting lost is easy when all the trees look the same. You do not want to be stuck in the desert without any way to return to civilization. Having a map on hand and a compass on the motherboard can help you to be aware of where you are and what is nearby. A map can also show you what is nearby, such as water sources (rivers and lakes), where national parks, roads, cities and railways are located.
- Cookware: Having a fire is good and good, but it can be beneficial to have something to eat outside of your meals. Adding some meat and vegetables to a light aluminum pot can make the best soup, which can be sensible and keep it warm for a long period of time. A few utensils and dishes can not hurt either, enough to make you feel comfortable. You do not need to transport all the contents of your kitchen drawers with you.
- clothing: it is inevitable that your clothes get dirty and smell bad for walking and the activities you will perform. Changing your clothes will help you feel better than wearing the same outfit day after day, and you will not always have time to wash and clean them again. You should always bring some changes of underwear and socks to prevent the appearance of infections, since athlete’s foot can be quite irritating. You want clothes that are waterproof and breathable.
- coat: unless you really plan to sleep under the stars, even when it’s raining, you may want to bring a small makeshift tent with you. You may be able to build your own shelter with natural materials, but having a backup can always make things a little easier. If it is not a tent, then a good quality canvas can be enough to cover some well-placed stakes to keep it dry from the elements.
A sleeping bag or even a waterproof blanket can help you stay comfortable when you sleep on the floor. Always think in layers to be prepared for the weather that comes your way and invest in a hat to prevent the sun from escaping from your eyes.
- first aid kits: There will be injuries, insect bites and allergic reactions, whether you want to or not. It could be the best planner in the world and accidents will continue to happen. Having a first aid kit to take care of them will prevent the appearance of infections and also relieve the suffering you may experience.
The first-aid kit that you carry should be compact and light, and should include adhesive, gauze, bandages, wipes with alcohol, scissors, tweezers, finger splints, various ointments for burns and insect bites, cold compresses, disinfectant hands, aspirin, Benadryl, and diarrhea pills. This is just a small list of important things to consider, so if you have special medical needs, you should also include them.
- box cable the box cable can make it easier for you to catch the prey you plan to eat and it does not take up much space or weight in your backpack. Trying to catch the prey with bare hands will be difficult.
- Fishing lines and hooks: all you need is a line and some hooks, since you can find larvae and worms in the wild to serve as bait. It may be a change of pace in your meals, especially if you have difficulty catching smaller games.
- Error output bags: It is important to have one of these in case of an emergency. This is a bag of the essentials you will need for the next 72 hours when a disaster occurs, such as an earthquake or fire.
Your insect outlet bag should also include your hunting tools, as well as essential items, such as water, some dry food, basic needs for first aid, some spare clothing, a fire lighter, a light source and batteries, your compass and some means of communication, like a radio ham, to be aware of the state of the disaster that is taking place.
Having a bag full of flaws may require you to duplicate some of the tools you already have, but it is better to be prepared than caught with the pants down and unable to deal with this new situation.
This may seem like a lot of things to take with you, but you’ll be grateful to have the patience to carry these things with you when you do not feel ready for a rigorous job. The manufacture of shrubs can be quite exhausting, and it is the small comforts that can help maintain our mood, especially when our usual methods are not proving to be very successful.
If you can, choose to use them only when you really need it, instead of when you really want to. You will be grateful to have these backup copies so that you can relax from time to time.
The tools you will bring with you are as useful as the skills you are equipped with. A knife will not do you any good if you do not know how to catch prey or skin it in the first place. Having a rounded set of skills to survive in nature includes knowing how to hunt and catch, find other sources of food, how to purify water, build a shelter and light a fire. Without these skills in your belt, you are as dead even with all the bushcraft tools at your disposal.
The manufacture of shrubs is something you have to prepare completely for, and even then, there will still be surprises that you have not taken into account. It is not an activity in which you can jump when your mood affects you, since you can quickly learn how little prepared you are, very quickly and in the worst possible way.
It requires a lot of preparation, time, patience and the right mentality to decide to live in the desert with nothing but the tools at your side to help you. It is better to keep an open mind and a positive attitude, so you can deal with anything that comes your way.