How to Make a Knife in a Survival Situation

—This post is courtesy of pioneersettler.com. (Original publish date OCTOBER 30, 2014 ), Shared with permission—

If you ever do find yourself in a survival situation, we all hope that we would be prepared with the appropriate tools and supplies. However, we can’t plan for everything so if you find yourself stranded and need to make your own makeshift tools, a knife will be one of the first things you should make. A survival knife is handy for cooking, creating shelter, hunting and self-defense when necessary. Even if you are the most self-sufficient, emergency prepared person you should learn to make this essential survival tool using this easy tutorial.

Learn how to make a survival knife out of stone so you can make this tool in a survival situation.

Step 1. Find a location where there are quality rocks

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Not all areas are abundant with rocks that are good for making blades. Scout your area to find where the quality rocks hide. A creek, for example, tends to be loaded with quality rocks that make excellent blades.

Step 2. Find quality rocks for the blade

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Rocks that are excellent for making knives make a ringing sound or they sound like glass when you clack them together. Make sure to choose rocks that are relatively large because most of them will have a weathered outer surface called the cortex. The bigger the rock, the more quality material there will be under the cortex.

Step 3. Find a hammer stone

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A hammer stone is a medium sized rock with a rounded surface. This will be used for chipping off the blades.

Step 4. Strike the rocks using the proper technique

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Place the rock on your thigh and smack the edge of it using the hammer stone. The hammer stone should glance the edge and it should be swung in a motion such that it follows through and does NOT stop on impact.

Step 5. Blades

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If done properly your blades will chip out of the rock. The larger the rock, the larger the blades.

Step 6. How to use a stone knife

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When using a stone knifes, hold it close to your body and pull in a slicing motion. This will protect the fragile edge from chipping and breaking.

Are you ready to make your own knife? Watch the full video for more details.

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