Making a knife in the field, a knife from improvised materials, how to make a knife yourself.

How many copies were broken in disputes about the best survival knife, what it should be. Large or small, folding or fixed, or it may be better to multitool or even constantly walk without a knife, but with an ax and wait for the moment when this survival comes. That’s why it would be more correct to name the topic Robinson’s knife, it’s when fate turned out to be wherever or almost nothing is with you, but what is lying around in your pockets is like pulling an instrument. 

Making a knife in the field, a knife from improvised materials, how to make a knife yourself.

It is clear that the Nayfoman is more likely to be in an unforeseen situation with pockets full of knives, and what to do the rest or in a situation when the knife was taken or lost. We will not consider the expediency of making a knife instead of going out to people in two days. Let’s get down to business. We are faced with the task of making a knife without using tools in view of their complete absence. First we turn our pockets out and see what we can use from the content for our purpose.

Then we look around in search of material for the blade. There are several options from which you can make a knife blade: stone, flint, metal, glass fragments, bone. For the first two options you need to find a large amount of raw materials, it takes a lot of time to acquire the skill of carving stone, a great chance to spoil all the workpieces without getting the result. If you still managed to carve a stone blade, then in the end we will get good cutting properties, but in return you will have to pay with extreme fragility.

The material for the blade of a stone knife can serve as.

Obsidian homogeneous volcanic glass passing through the rapid cooling of molten rocks. Obsidian can be found on the Aeolian Islands, Iceland, the Caucasus, Siberia and Kamchatka.

The choice of material for the manufacture of a knife in the field.

Let’s stop on the metal, now the question is where to get it. You can find a purely random piece of iron, but it is better to look near the places of human activity. For example: near high voltage poles, along the railway track, old farms, abandoned villages, landfills. In abandoned villages it is worth taking a closer look at the gates and doors because everything else has probably already been brought to you, you can make a folding knife from the door hinge by sharpening one part and make it shorter so that you don’t cut yourself when closed.

we sharpen the blade on the brick, for greater efficiency we moisten the brick with water and if there is sand we pour it and as a free abrasive. As a result, we get such a knife made in the field from improvised materials.

Making a knife in the field, a knife from improvised materials, how to make a knife yourself.

Production of sheaths in the field, sheath from improvised materials.

What kind of knife does not have a knife, then we proceed to the manufacture of these. We find a piece of wood of suitable size, plan it with our new knife to the desired length, and use a knife and a stone to chop it in half. On one half, we outline how the contour of the blade with the allowance for free extraction from the sheath comes under the arm. Then we start woodcarving at the same time we check the quality of our hardening and the convenience of the handle of our knife. We combine two halves together and give the product a finished shape. If you have laces on your shoes then don’t be greedy cut off each piece and tie two half of the scabbard together. It should be something like this.

Making a knife in the field, a knife from improvised materials, how to make a knife yourself.

The scabbard can be worn by the eyelet on the belt, but it is much more convenient to obliquely behind the belt. Due to the sufficient thickness of the sheath and their bending, you can not be afraid to lose them. That’s basically it, describing the whole process was much longer and harder than making the knife itself.

Characteristics of a self-made knife.

Total length 255 mm
Blade length 135 mm
Butt thickness 4 mm

Time spent on self-production of a knife in the field.

Making a semblance of a hearth 7-10 minutes.
Ignition of the hearth with burning large logs for 20 minutes.
Forging a blade without experience in this matter, on a stone with a brick, hardening 25-30 minutes.
Editing slopes and grinding on a brick for 15 minutes.
Making a wooden scabbard 20 minutes.

As a result, in 1.5 hours we made a knife in the absence of a tool, used only those materials that can be really found, the knife turned out not to be disposable, but quite suitable for a number of tasks. I hope that this article gave some idea of ​​what and how to do with only medium-sized hands, a head on shoulders and shoelaces.

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