Sunday, October 23, 2011

Survival Resources - Broken Blades - Part One

In a survival situation, it will be important to utilize every item that may be available. One of the major items that will be needed is a blade. Unfortunately, different types of blades are sometimes required to cut different types of materials. One type of blade that can be added to a survival kit, a GHB or a BOB is also one that breaks frequently.
A simple hacksaw blade can be extremely valuable if you find yourself in a situation where you may need to cut a piece of metal, pipe, cable, etc. While carrying a full-size hacksaw will solve this problem, it’s not very efficient because of its odd shape. The good thing is you don’t need to carry a full size hacksaw when a broken piece of a hacksaw blade will get the job done but may take a little bit more of your time to accomplish the same task.

Hacksaw blades have a tendency to break quite easily. Even though a broken hacksaw blade won’t be of much use in its normal role, the broken piece can still be a valuable asset for your survival. That broken piece of hacksaw blade can still serve a purpose and can be easily included in your survival kit or BOB.

Got broken blades?

Staying above the water line!



Anonymous said...

Thanks RiverWalker. You are right about these blades being brittle, I'll snap off a blade about every 2 - 3 uses, that gets old fast. Maybe I need to find a quality blade, the ones from the 'Olden Times' when I was much younger didn't break nearly so easily.

Another tip - if its PVC pipe, synthetic rope can also be used to cut it. Especially useful info if your pipe is underground and your work space is very limited.

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 12:22

Great tip about using synthetic rope to cut PVC pipe!

One type of metal cutting blade that is a bit tougher are the Sawz-All metal cutting blades. They bend fairly easily but normally don’t break as quick as a hacksaw blade.

Thanks anon.


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