072: Wilderness Survival Tools Or Survival Weapons And No-Nonsense Methods

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Wilderness Survival Weapons and Tools

Don’t take chances with your survival

Keep items on hand if you have a remote possibility of getting stuck in a survival scenario.

  1. Keep Survival knife on you
  2. Basic fishing gear
  3. Always keep a sidearm
  4. If possible, keep shotgun or rifle
  5. Keep a fully stocked survival pack

If you ABSOLUTELY MUST build your own survival weapons and tools…

rabbit stick

  1. Staff
  2. Club
  3. Sling Club
  4. Knife
  5. Spear
  6. Throwing Stick, or Rabbit Stick
  7. Archery Bow
  8. Arrow Tip
  9. Bola 


One of the most basic tools to build

Helps with:

  1. Steep hikes
  2. Check for snakes
  3. Keep brush out of eyes
  4. Great weapon

Pick a large straight piece of hardwood

  1. Tall enough to reach eye level
  2. Thick enough for strength
  3. Thin enough to grasp



Easier to handle one-handled than the staff.

Simple Club

1. Short, smaller staff.
2. Needs to be long enough to cause damage

a. Strong enough to withstand damage

3. Straight-Grained hardwood is best

Weighted Club


1. Simple club with weight on one end

a. Knot in wood
b. Rock lashed to it

2. Straight-grained hardwood is best
3. 3 feet long

Split-handled clubs

4. Wrap lashing
5. Split end to lashing (7-8 inches, 4 beyond stone top)
6. Lash securely above, below, and across stone
7. Bind Split end tight to secure stone

Forked-Branch clubs

8. Fork of 7-8 inches, 4 beyond stone top
9. Lash crotch of branch fork
10. Lash top of fork
11. Tighten around stone

Wrapped-handle clubs

12. Must be an inch in diameter
13. Shave to half inch in diameter about 10 inches on end
14. Find 4 lb stone with “pecked groove”
15. Wrap shaved end around stone
16. Lash down on handle

Sling Club

single club

  1. Weighted club
  2. Has weight hanging 4 or so inches from club
  3. Strong lashing
  4. Length creates force multiplier on impact
  5. Build
a. Tie lashing to stone leaving at least 8 inches free
b. Tie to stick leaving 4 inches of rope
c. Stick should be about 15 in long


stone knife

  1. Don’t make your knife, buy it unless you want to knife craft
  2. Crafted or bought knives are much higher quality
  3. If you MUST make one in the wilderness, you will need
    a. Stone
    b. Bone
    c. Wood
    d. or Metal

Stone Blade:

4. Need to choose flaky stone like flint, chert, obsidian, jasper, quartzite
a. Stones with higher pitch when tapped are usually better for knapping
5. Use chipping tool of wood or bone to chip off thin flat pieces of stone
6. Use flaking tool of bone, antler, or iron
a. Press edges of stone, making opposite side flake
b. Will create sharp edge
c. Edges will not hold well

Bone Blade:

7. Bone is not good for cutting or chopping
a. Edges do not hold up at all
8. Best to be used for a puncture knife
9. Find bone and break with rock
10. Grab sharp splintered piece
11.Sharpen edges on rough rock

Wood Blade

12. Also best for puncturing.
13. Use straight grain as well, not core of wood
14. Sharpen to a point and fire harden
15. Sharpen again on coarse stone

Metal Blade:

16. If you can find metal, use it
17. Shape and sharpen it on a coarse rock
18. If you can hammer the blade on one side,
a. You can cold-form and edge


  1. Spear blades can be made the same way as knife blades
  2. Then affix it onto a wood shaft
  3. I prefer the ease of fire-hardened wood spears
a. You will sharpen the end of the wood shaft
b. Then harden it in fire
c. Then sharpen it again on a stone
d. Then quickly fire-harden it again

Throwing Stick, Rabbit Stick

  1. This is NOT a boomerang
  2. Throwing sticks are best for small game
  3. Find a stick with a natural 45 degree bend
  4. Shave down the sides until flat like a boomerang
  5. You will not be good at this
a. Practice with this before you need it

Archery Bow

archery bow

  1. Find a large solid branch that looks like it will be springy once fashioned into bow, Ash is great.
  2. Shave down smaller side of the bow to gauge how thin you will shave it.
  3. Shave down the larger end to match.
  4. For accuracy, it is good to shave down a handle so that your arrow can go straight when it goes around it.
  5. Notch out the ends so the string can be tied as show in the photo.
  6. Find good strong string.  Having bowstring on you is probably best, but if you have paracord, it could suffice.  Place string on the bow.
  7. Get your arrows and try the bow.  Get used to it before you hunt with it, and make final adjustments to shape while practicing.
  8. Now, a little nugget I learned is that for a better bow you want to get to the piece of wood that is where the surface wood meets the heart of the wood.  You want to get your wood like so…
  9. More info: How to Make a Bow and Arrow, Craft Long Bows for Survival


Arrow Tip:

  1. Use same technique for knife making
  2. Notch out the sides to lash it to the arrow shaft



  1. Bola’s are great for capturing running game
  2. Another tool that requires practice to get good at it
  3. Tie three cords about 25 inches long
    a. Using basic overhand knot
  4. Tie half lb rocks to each one
  5. Hold by the center knot and twirl over-head
  6. You will need to release prior to target
    a. PRACTICE!!!



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